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30 Places from Moldova that Are So Beautiful, that will make you visit this place

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The Republic of Moldova is a picturesque country in Eastern Europe, between Romania and Ukraine. Its territory is easily recognizable on the map due to the fact that it looks like a bunch of grapes. If you like to return from the trip with unforgettable impressions and captivating stories to tell your friends, not just with fridge magnets, then this country will surprise you and leave you with deep emotions. This is exactly what those who venture on a new journey tend to find.


1. Cricova and Mileștii Mici wineries


The Republic of Moldova is a wine-growing country, ranking in the top of the most important wine-growing states in the world. Moldova is known for its famous and unique underground cities, such as Cricova, located 11 kilometers from Chisinau and Milestii Mici, about 30 km south of Chisinau.


While Cricova is the largest underground complex, known worldwide for its huge labyrinths, with galleries with a total length of 120 kilometers, the underground cellars Milestii Mici have the largest collection of wines in the world (over 1.5 million bottles of the collection) and entered the Guinness Book of Records in 2005.


Such a tour will be an unforgettable experience for any tourist, but especially for wine lovers.



2. Orheiul Vechi cultural-natural reservation


It is located in the eastern part of the Republic of Moldova, only 60 km from the capital, in the rocky gorge of the river Raut, in a place of strategic importance, close to the river Dniester.


The Orheiul Vechi complex is a system made up of cultural and natural elements, where there are archeological vestiges from all known epochs on the territory of the Republic of Moldova and about 200 Christian cave complexes.


Within the limits of the Orheiul Vechi Landscape, 20 archeological sites are documented, two of which are ensembles of particularly large proportions traditionally named by the local population: Peștera and Butuceni.


The cultural-natural and landscape reservation is on the list of candidates to be included in the UNESCO patrimony. Let's find out -



3. Ţîpova Monastery


In Ţîpova, on the rocky bank of the Dniester (about 100 km north of Chisinau) is the largest Orthodox cave monastery in Moldova, considered one of the largest in Europe.


The cave monastery "Tipova" is perfectly harmonized with the surrounding nature, dug in the limestone rocks.


There are several legends related to this place, and we mention the one according to which “it was here that Stephen the Great married his wife Voichiţa” and another that “says that here, in this monastery, the mythological poet ended his life Greek Orpheus ”.

  

Tourists arriving here can also visit an impressive gorge within the "Tipova" landscape reservation, an exclusively pedestrian route.



4. Soroca Fortress


It is located in the middle of Soroca, about 160km north of Chisinau, and is the business card of the city of the same name.


It is the right place if you want to feel the atmosphere of the medieval era.


Soroca Fortress was built at the crossing of the Dniester on the site of older fortifications and is also known as the meeting place of Moldovan armies under the leadership of the famous statesman Dimitrie Cantemir and Russian armies led by Tsar Peter I during the campaign in Prut against the Turkish soldiers in 1711.


The image of the Soroca Fortress is on the banknote with a face value of 20 lei, issued by the National Bank of Moldova.



5. The lower Prut meadow


The Lower Prut Scientific Reserve is a protected area located in the lower reaches of the Prut River, including Lake Beleu and its surroundings, in the southwest of the Republic of Moldova.


Between the villages of Văleni and Slobozia Mare in Cahul district, Lake Beleu is the ideal place for nature lovers. The lake is home to herds of Pelicans heading for the Danube, Black Gypsies, White Egrets, Gray Herons, and other birds.


During May-July, white and yellow water lilies bloom on Lake Beleu.


Due to the impressive diversity of habitats and life forms that it hosts in a relatively small space, the "Lower Prut" is a true museum of biodiversity.


A natural bank of genes of inestimable value for the universal natural heritage.



6. "Codrii" Natural Reservation


Within this reservation there is a rich "Museum of Nature", located in the hilly center of the Republic of Moldova, on the Plateau of Central Moldova (Straseni district), occupying approx. 40% of the surface of this high plateau.


In the reserve are under protection about 1000 species of plants, 43 species of mammals, 145 species of birds, 7 species of reptiles, 10 species of amphibians, and more than 10 thousand species of insects.


The “Codrii” nature reserve is of significant importance in the protection and multiplication of endangered plant and animal species.


At the same time, the reservation contributes to the conservation of biodiversity characteristic of the Republic of Moldova, thereby improving the quality of the environment.



7. Saharna Monastery


Saharna is a village in the commune of Saharna Nouă in Rezina district, Republic of Moldova, located about 110 km north of Chisinau, on the right bank of the Dniester River, at an altitude of 28 meters above sea level.


The Saharna Monastery, as a whole, is one of the oldest monastic settlements within the Orthodox Church in the Republic of Moldova, composed of two monasteries: one cave (Annunciation) and another terrestrial (Holy Trinity).


The history of the cave monastery is very little known, it is not known the exact date of its foundation and who the founders are.


Saharna forms 22 waterfalls, of which the best known is the "Gypsy Pit" Waterfall with a height of 5 meters.



8. The valley "a hundred mounds"


Hundreds of Mounds is a protected area near the Prut, located in Riscani district, between the villages of Braniște and Avrămeni.


From the name "One hundred mounds" we can conclude that they are 100, but in reality, according to some estimates, their number is much higher (over 3500), each with different heights, 15-30 m.


The valley of the hundred mounds is part of the "Pădurea Domnească" scientific reservation and of the list of protected areas.


Some scientists say that "One Hundred Mounds" ("Centum Monticuli" after Dimitrie Cantemir) is the only place in Europe where they are concentrated in such a large number of submarine reefs of the Mediterranean Sea.


Tertiary water basin, which covered about 20 million years ago the current territory of the Republic of Moldova.


Other scientists believe that the mounds formed due to landslides and collapses.



9. Bechir cave hermitage


Bechir's ravine or "Bechirov Iar" is a geological or paleontological nature monument in Soroca district.


In the steep cliffs of that valley is the Bechir cave hermitage, considered the oldest to date, probably dating from the sixth - eighth century.


It is supposed to be a cave-church, carved into the rock, reminiscent of rock settlements in various parts of the Christian world.


The cave is located at a height of 12-14 meters on vertical, white limestone rock and consists of a small room facing the altar to the north and a small French door-window to the south.


The interior is decorated with constructive elements carved in stone and imitating the interior of an antique wooden church.



10. Tighina Fortress


It is a fortress during the reign of Stephen the Great, located on the banks of the Dniester, in the city of Tighina, 61 km southeast of Chisinau.


The Tighina Fortress (renamed by the Turks Bender) is an architectural ensemble with an irregular quadrilateral plan, surrounded by wide walls, 2.3 - 3 m thick and high, made of limestone and brick, with 10 bastions. for corner artillery and 11 towers and 6 gates, surrounded by a stone ditch.


11. The Soviet bunker from the village of Olișcani


The huge bunkers in the forest of Olişcani village, Soldanesti district, are among the most enigmatic constructions on the territory of the Republic of Moldova.


The two casemates, 32 meters in diameter and more than 60 meters deep, were part of a secret Soviet military objective.


The construction system so ingenious suggests that this military unit in the heart of the forest from Olișcani had a special destination, rather a command post of the General Staff.



12. The cave from Duruitoarea Veche


Duruitoarea Veche Cave is known as an ancient settlement from the Stone Age. It consists of three rooms with a total length of 49 m, a width of 5-9 m and is located above the village of Duruitoarea (Riscani district), at a height of 33 meters.


Here were discovered animal remains, fragments of tools but also traces of primitive man 250-300 thousand years ago.


Near the cave, is the Duruitoarea Gorge, a geological or paleontological nature monument.


The rocky massif with the strange colossi, part of the Prut towers, creates a prehistoric atmosphere in this deep gorge, which seems to have been preserved for millennia.



13. Cinderella Cave


"Cinderella" or "Emil Racoviță" Cave is the largest cave in the Republic of Moldova, also recognized as the third-longest gypsum cave in Europe.


The cave is located in the Eastern European region, in the village of Criva, where the borders of three states intersect: Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, and Romania.


In the karst caves, there are over 20 lakes, of which the largest are: Dacian Lake, Green Lake, A mouth of water, Blue Lake, Dinosaur Lake, Nautilus Lake, named after the culture, imagination, and passions of speleologists.


Most of the rooms have a vaulted ceiling in Gothic style, with a height of about 11 meters. The width of the tunnels is 30-40m, and the length varies between 60 to 100m.


There are several water fountains in the galleries. Most ceilings and walls resemble mosaic, due to the formations that result from the process of crystallization of gypsum.



14. Fetești Nature Reserve


220 kilometers from Chisinau and 20 km from Edinet, in the Draghiștei Valley, far from the eyes of the world, hides the village of Fetești, which wears with dignity and delicacy a chain of ancient rocks.

The Fetești landscape reservation is a protected area, with an area of ​​555 ha, which stretches near the Prut, along the steep banks of the small river Draghiște.


The vegetation of the reserve is very rich and diverse, in total there are about 160 species of plants, of which 15 species are represented by trees and shrubs.



15. The mansion of Zamfirache Ralli


Zamfirache Ralli's mansion is a former aristocratic residence from the early nineteenth century, built by the wealthy Greek boyar Zamfirache Ralli, located in Straseni district, Dolna village (67 km away from Chisinau).


The place became especially famous due to the fact that it was often visited by the well-known Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, exiled between 1821 and 1823 in Chisinau.


After the First World War, the mansion remained in the village. There was a library here, then the music school, only in the '70s the museum opened, with small modifications.


The museum has 2 levels, the rooms upstairs are open to the public, 15 in number.



16. Serpeni Memorial Complex


The memorial complex was erected on the right bank of the Dniester, about 40 km east of Chisinau, in memory of Soviet soldiers who fell during the Iasi-Chisinau operation in 1944.


A trip to this place evokes history and nature alike.



17. Buteşti Reef


The Butești Reef, are a geological or paleontological nature monument in the Glodeni district.


The protected area is located southeast of the village of Butești.


The largest rock cave, which is actually the largest in Moldova, forms a concretion in the shape of a stone waterfall, which from a distance resembles an elephant lying on the grass.


It is this elephant that brought fame to the rock, which is full of myths and stories.


Remains of prehistoric man have been found in the cave of the "elephant", in these places being discovered several objects from the time of the Cututeni Civilization (6th millennium BC).


18. Valea Trandafirilor Park in Chisinau


Chisinau is a green city, full of parks and wide streets, flanked by tall trees.


One of the famous parks in the city is the Valley of Roses located in the Botanica sector, which covers an area of ​​145 hectares of which 9 hectares of water.


Inside the park, there are restaurants, beaches, children's playgrounds, and sports fields.


 At the edge of the park, near Trandafirilor Street, there is the Chernobyl Victims Memorial and an amusement park, the only one in Chisinau where a Ferris wheel operates.


A symbol of the park is the Bridge of Lovers, the meeting place for couples in Chisinau.



19. Țaul Park

Approximately 200 km from Chisinau, to the north, in the center of Ţaul village in Donduşeni district, is the largest park in Moldova.


It was created in the early twentieth century, around the mansion of the Pommer family. The park is one of the most successful creations of the well-known landscape architect I. Vladislavskii-Podalko.


Among the parks of the Republic of Moldova, Țaul Park has the most species of conifers and deciduous trees of foreign origin, about 150 species.


The park is conventionally divided at the top, where the village of the boyar Pommer was located, but also a whole network, dense with alleys with various floral arrangements and the bottom, which is more reminiscent of the forest, consisting of various groups of trees, features for different geographical areas.


Being the largest in Moldova, the park from Tăul has an imposing multitude of alleys, paths, and trails, whose length reaches more than 12.5 km.



20. Vodă lui Vodă

The picturesque valley of the Dniester River, the forest-park, and the beaches on the bank of the Dniester contributed to the transformation of the area adjacent to Vadul lui Voda, located 23 km east of Chisinau, instead of rest and leisure.


Vodă lui Vodă has become a beloved place of relaxation, not only for the inhabitants of the city but also for many guests who come from the republic and abroad.


21.Uvaliu's palace from Căzănești village


Căzănești is a village in Telenesti district. In this locality were preserved the remains of the water tower, which was part of the Mansion Palace in the late nineteenth - early twentieth century. Unfortunately, this is all that is left of the huge palace, built by the boyar Ștefan Uvaliu. It is worth noting that this place has an incredibly beautiful nature, accompanied by vibrant landscapes. Therefore, you will surely find a place to walk and spend a beautiful and relaxing time, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.


22.Rudi Monastery


The monastery is located 140 km from Chisinau, in the village of Rudi, Soroca district. It was founded in 1777, on the territory of the estates belonging to the brothers Andronache and Theodore Rud, with the financial support of the merchant Danciul din Podolia. The church was built keeping the traditions of the old Moldovan architecture. Now the monastery is surrounded by a picturesque forest and a gorge.


23.Blue Lake


Blue Lake is located on the edge of Naslavcea village, Ocnita district. There was once a clay flooded quarry, and over time the place turned into an impressive, turquoise lake with a graphite beach. Why go to Croatia if we have such beauty here ?!


24.Wind Mill from Beșalma village


For more than a century and a half, on a hill on the edge of the village of Beșalma (Gagauzia) there is a windmill, which we can only see in the old books. The building is still functional, and the locals sometimes use it.


25.The weather station from Cornești


In the village of Cornești, Ungheni district, there is an unusual ball, with a diameter of about 18 meters. At the moment, it is not used in any way, but it is assumed that during the USSR it was designed to integrate inside it a space tracking equipment. Be sure to go inside to feel its acoustics and feel its unusual atmosphere.


26.Japca Monastery


The monastery is built on a rocky slope, on the surface of which stretches a dense and green forest. Miraculously, on the top of the cliff stands a church, built in the seventeenth century, and to reach it you have to cross a bridge suspended by all its beauty. It was from this steel church that the monastery was created. According to legend, the founder of the Japca monastery was the monk Ezekiel, who was traveling through Bessarabia at that time. Due to the invasion of the Tartars, the locals could not afford to build a church, and the monk offered to build a monastery right on the rock.


27.Stroievskaia's chapel from Stolniceni village 


The chapel is built in the village of Stolniceni, Edinet district. Nearby, next to the village hospital, there is an incredibly beautiful park, founded in 1910 by the landlady Stroievskaia. Once upon a time, there was a lake there, of which only a small pond remained. Not far from the park and the hospital, Mrs. Stroievskaia built a chapel that we also visited. Even if more than a hundred years have passed since the construction, it has been perfectly preserved, so you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the architecture, but also the beautiful surrounding landscape.


28.Hora sculpture located in Bravici village


And now, as for dessert, we present one of the most beautiful Moldavian sculptures, which can be found in the north of the country - "Hora". The sculpture is located in Bravici village, Călărași district. According to the author - Nicolae Vieru - it symbolizes the Moldovan people as a nation, united for the highest goals.


29. Manuc Bei's mansion

Manuc Bei's mansion is an architectural monument registered in the Register of cultural monuments of the Republic of Moldova. It consists of several buildings: the Palace, the Old Man's House, the Stable, the Kitchen, however the only preserved building is the Hunting Castle (Mansion), unique in its kind, where a museum is arranged. The oldest objects are some religious books from the early nineteenth century. The mansion is located in the city of Hincesti.


30. Căpriana Monastery


One of the most beautiful monasteries in the Republic of Moldova, the Căpriana monastery, is located 40 kilometers from Chisinau, in the area of ​​the old forests of Lăpuşna. It is the oldest monastery between the Prut and the Dniester, documented at the beginning of the 15th century, during the reign of the voivode Alexander the Good. The church of the Căpriana monastery is the only one in the Republic of Moldova that preserves the classic plan of the churches built in the medieval Moldavian style.


With this column of posts, we want to show you that our country is wonderful, with a complex history, interesting places, beautiful nature, and enormous potential.  

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No one can tell where danger will lie in wait for you. In any city and country with a meager crime rate, there are places where an ordinary person, and even more so a foreigner, should not meddle. Meet the ten most dangerous cities whose inhabitants endanger themselves daily. It is quite possible to find a hired killer for a hundred dollars or get hit by a stray bullet from a passing car.

 

What are the most dangerous cities in the world?

 

There are probably few people who do not like to travel. Many would like to travel around the world and see distant countries about which they read books or watch movies with their own eyes. Our planet is an endless number of places to explore. But there are also such dangerous cities in which it is better not to meddle, and if the case brings you there, then be aware of it. No wonder they say: forewarned is forearmed.

 

Let's talk here about the ten most dangerous cities globally, visiting which may be your last adventure in life. It is not so easy to make a list of such towns because the situation in the world is changing not only every year but every day: military conflicts, natural disasters, unnatural disasters can change this list constantly. And yet, let's try.

 

 

10. Caracas, Venezuela

 

The capital of Venezuela, Caracas, is an actual business center of the Central American states, where many universities, offices of large companies and business centers are concentrated. At the same time, the income difference between different segments of the population is simply huge. On the one hand, affluent families bathe in luxury; on the other hand, hundreds of thousands of people are below the poverty line and simply have nothing to eat. Add here high inflation and violent street gangs, the leaders of which the inhabitants of the slums pray and are ready to turn a blind eye to any, even the cruelest, crimes for small handouts. All this makes Caracas one of the most dangerous cities in the world. There are 115 people killed per 100 thousand inhabitants per year. Moreover, in 2012, 101 police officers were killed in the line of duty.

 

9. Cape Town, South Africa

 

Cape Town attracts many tourists with its proximity to nature reserves and the most beautiful views that open from the city. However, extreme poverty, social unrest, and rampant crime have reached the once calm tourist areas. A night walk through the streets turns into Russian roulette. But even in broad daylight, you cannot feel safe withdrawing money from an ATM. At best, local bandits will simply rob you of all the cash and, at worst, maim or kill you.

 

8. Karachi, Pakistan

 

Political instability, lawlessness, and high crime rates make the former capital of Pakistan one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Here all problems are solved with the help of money and weapons. For a relatively small amount of money, you can hire mercenaries ready to eliminate any competitor, from politicians, business people, and ending with the police. About 600 traffickers are hiding in Karachi, and religious fanatics can at any moment open fire with small arms at a crowd of people from a moving car. Incessant terrorist attacks, street gang shootouts in broad daylight, sectarian skirmishes, and violent political settlements certainly don't make the city a better place. The most popular crimes have been arson, car theft, and armed robbery.

 

7. Mogadishu, Somalia

 

For more than 20 years, there has been an uninterrupted civil war in the city, from which half of the population has already fled. Bombings are heard here almost daily, street skirmishes and abductions occur, and hospitals are overflowing with the wounded who are provided only with first aid. The city is divided into two parts, where the southern half is considered safer. To get from the northern to the south part, you need to overcome the dividing zone, through which only people walking on foot pass, after a thorough search.

 

Almost no buildings remain in Mogadishu. People huddle in the ruins or refugee camps in the structures of former ministries, schools, and universities. No one can report the exact number of people killed, but this figure is enormous.

 

6. Maceio, Brazil

 

From the outside, Maceio looks like a heaven on earth, which should beckon people with bright sun, palm trees, blue water, and white sand beaches. However, statistics say otherwise; it is one of the most dangerous cities on earth, where 135 murders per 100 thousand inhabitants annually. There is simply a massive difference in income between rich and poor residents of the city. The only thing that pleases the local authorities is that the victims of the crime are residents, not tourists.

 

5. Tegucigalpa, Honduras

 

The wealthy business districts of Tegucigalpa are run by gangs that collect taxes from homeowners and impose a curfew during which any ordinary person who appears on the street risks his life. Special measures are applied to people who do not want to pay, mainly blackmail and torture, but more often, it comes to murder.

 

Crime in the city rose after the deportation of members of the MS-13 gang from the United States (after a severe reduction in prison funding) to Honduras. The bandits who returned to their homeland try to show their status by committing cruel and sometimes senseless crimes. Most police forces are thrown into solving serious crimes, no longer paying attention to minor offenses like robberies. There are 102 murders per 100 thousand inhabitants of the city per year.

 

4. Baghdad, Iraq

 

The golden years of the city are long gone. From the American occupation of the town in 2003 to this day, the streets of Baghdad have become a real war zone with constant firefights between government troops and rebels, car bombings, and suicide bombers. This is not counting rocket and mortar fire on residential areas. Most of the city is abandoned and littered with garbage, and electricity and water are supplied by the hour.

 

3. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

 

The city on Mexico and the United States border has recently become one of the most dangerous places on earth, turning into a war zone between gangs and cartels fighting for control of drug trafficking routes. In recent years, 100 officials have been killed in the city, and the corrupt police continue to cover up the cartels. The people of Ciudad Juarez are simply fleeing the city for safer places,

 

There are 130 murders per 100,000 people per year. Residents prefer not to go out on the streets at night; however, even during the day, the city's streets cannot be called safe here; you can get a bullet or be kidnapped.

 

2. Acapulco, Mexico

 

Acapulco is the second most dangerous city in the world. The city, sung by musicians and included in the frames of many films, known across the globe for its white-sand beaches, is becoming more and more deadly for people. Now Acapulco is increasingly appearing in the news feeds in the crime section with descriptions of mutilated or dismembered bodies found on the streets and beaches of the city.

 

After the death of the head of the local drug cartel, Beltrán Leyva, a real war broke out for control of drug transit routes to the United States. Prominent businesspeople who have long lived off tourism have recently become increasingly involved in the affairs of cartels and local gangs. There are 140 murders per 100 thousand inhabitants per year.

 

1. San Pedro Sula, Honduras

 

We meet the most dangerous city in the world, where no one can vouch for your life, where lawlessness and violence reign here 160 murders come per 100 thousand people a year. San Pedro Sula, one of the largest industrial centers of Honduras, bears the unofficial title of one of the world's drug capitals of the world, becoming a transit point for the transit of cocaine to the United States, where the powder is cleaned and packaged before being sent to North America.

 

The extreme poverty of people, drug addiction, and corruption have made the streets of the city dangerous not only for residents but also for tourists. It has already come to the point that, by local bandits, an English traveler was killed behind the camera, and the Peace Corps evacuated all its personnel.

 

 

What country is the most violent in the world?

 

The most dangerous and violent country in the world in 2022 is Afghanistan. For decades, civil wars have been fought here, including foreign states' participation. Currently, the internal political situation is relatively calm, the central government has been formed, but the insurgent groups continue to resist and demand the complete withdrawal of all armed forces from abroad from Afghanistan. Hotels with foreign citizens are often subject to terrorist attacks, and there is a threat of kidnapping throughout the country.

 

 

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Every day, almost every country in the world counts its sick or dead because of the new coronavirus.  Brazil has now become the second most affected country, after the United States.  There are few places that have not been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.  But there are, however, some last "points of resistance" on Earth.


Africa, a continent that seemed spared for a time of pandemic, now has no "untouched" country after including the isolated Lesotho, a high-altitude country, practically an enclave in South Africa, has already announced the first cases, in the middle of the month  May.


 However, some countries seem to be exempt from this wave.  Of the 193 UN-recognized states, only ten have reported no cases of COVID-19.


 Among them is the Samoa Islands, which has a population of 250,000.  Affected by a measles epidemic that took the lives of 70 children, at the end of 2019, this archipelago in Oceania quickly declared a state of emergency, closed its schools and airport.  According to France Info, the head of state ordered the population a period of fasting and prayer.


 North of Australia, Vanuatu, a country in the southern Pacific Ocean, made up of about 80 islands stretching 1,300 kilometers, has not reported any cases of COVID-19.  Devastated by Cyclone Harold on April 6, the small state was reluctant to accept help from abroad, for fear that this aid would bring with it another catastrophe: the coronavirus.


 Another pandemic-spared Pacific state: the Solomon Islands and its 653,000 inhabitants.  The 12 main islands and the 1,000 islets surrounding them have so far had no cases of coronavirus.


Micronesia, a federal state that occupies part of the Caroline Islands archipelago off the Philippines, is also part of these end-of-the-world territories that have so far escaped the coronavirus.

 The same is true of the Republic of Nauru, a slightly larger island-state than Monaco, lost somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.  With 160 tourists a year, it is one of the least visited places in the world.  The island banned travelers from China, South Korea, Italy and then Iran, however, and suspended flights from Fiji, Kiribati and Marshall Islands.


 Further west, between the Philippines and Indonesia, the Palau Islands, in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, have also benefited from their geographical isolation.  Despite coronavirus contamination in late northern Mariana Islands in the east, the government has not reported any cases of COVID-19.  Instead, this small country is facing significant supply shortages.  Prior to the pandemic, United Airlines had six flights a week between Guam and Palau.  Now there is only one flight a week.

 The Marshall Islands, made up of volcanoes and coral atolls and populated by only 75,000 inhabitants, have also remained untouched by the coronavirus.


 No cases have been reported in the island republic of Kiribati, with its 33 atolls, located between Polynesia and Micronesia.

All of these countries are spread across the Pacific Ocean, sometimes thousands of miles from a large city.  This geographical isolation, which does not usually bring them benefits, has now proven to be a lifeline, especially as there are countries that usually do not have very strong health systems.  There are small and fragile populations, which do not have, for example, artificial ventilation devices.  If an epidemic broke out, their population could be decimated.


 Two "free" coronavirus countries should be viewed with reluctance


 There are two other countries that, so far, have not declared any case of contamination with the new coronavirus: North Korea and Turkmenistan.  In both cases, the information must be viewed with reluctance, because it is governed by authoritarian regimes, too reluctant to communicate, especially when it comes to recognizing an epidemic.


 In fact, North Korea placed its military forces in isolation for 30 days, according to the head of the American troops stationed in South Korea.


 In Turkmenistan, you are not even allowed to talk about coronavirus.  The state media remains silent and the term does not appear in medical leaflets distributed in schools, hospitals and workplaces, according to Chroniques du Turkménistan, one of the few independent sources of information whose website is blocked in Turkmenistan but is hosted by the organization  Reporters Without Borders.

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The official name of this state is the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The country is located in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of the Florida peninsula. The Bahamas is one of the most popular tourist resorts in the world; tourism profits account for more than half of the state's GDP. Every year, the number of tourists visiting these islands is many times greater than the number of local residents.

 

Facts about the Bahamas

 

The archipelago includes more than 700 islands, but only a small part of them (about 30) has a permanent population. The total area of ​​all the islands is about 14,000 square kilometers, and the population is almost 400,000 people. It is assumed that the first Indian settlements were founded in the 9th century, and the first Europeans visited here in 1492. It was an expedition led by Christopher Columbus.

 

 

1. For a long time, the Bahamas were a colony of Great Britain, they received independence only on July 10, 1973. Currently, the Bahamas are a constitutional monarchy, the head of state is the Queen of England, who is represented on the islands by the Governor General. Residents of the Bahamas are not subject to income tax.

 

2. Gambling business brings a solid income to the state treasury, there are many casinos on the islands that were opened here in the late sixties, when the Bahamas were a colony of Britain. For a long time, only foreigners were allowed to enter the casino; local residents were forbidden to visit such establishments. The restrictions were only lifted in 2013. They tried to organize a National Lottery for local residents, but it was not particularly popular with the islanders.

 

3. Currently, more than 80 percent of the local population are descendants of Africans. The standard of living here is quite high, the Bahamas are even called "Caribbean Switzerland". The average life expectancy in this country is 71 years, and literacy is 96 percent. The annual population growth is more than 2,000 people.

 

4. Eternal summer reigns in the Bahamas, which attracts tourists from all over the world all year round. George Washington, who visited here at one time, called the Bahamas "the islands of eternal June." But, on January 17, 1977, an amazing event was recorded on the island of Grand Bahama - snow fell here. But not many people managed to admire this unexpected natural phenomenon, the snow melted almost instantly.

 

 

5. New Providence Island is not even in the top ten of the Bahamas in terms of territory, it covers an area of ​​​​207 square kilometers. However, almost 70 percent of the entire population of the country lives here. The capital of the Bahamas, the city of Nassau, is also located here. Not far from the city is the largest international airport in the Bahamas, where tourists arrive from the USA, Great Britain, Canada and the Caribbean.

 

6. On one of the islands of the archipelago live pigs that willingly swim in the sea. They spend a lot of time in the water, swim up to tourists in anticipation of food. Many legends are connected with their appearance on the island. According to one of them, sailors brought the pigs here, but did not have time to eat them all, and the remaining individuals bred. According to other information, the pigs got to the island on their own from a wrecked ship near the island.

 

 

7. There are no railways in the Bahamas, this is due to the small area of ​​\u200b\u200bmost of the islands. The main means of transportation in the Bahamas is a car. The total length of highways is about 3,000 kilometers. Most of them are privately owned. Traffic here is on the left.

 

8. At one time, the Bahamas were a haven for pirates who traded in the Caribbean. At the beginning of the 18th century, they were expelled by the British, at which time the Caribbean became an English colony. But, until now, there are rumors about countless treasures that were buried by sea robbers on the island of Andros. Many tourists visit the island not only to relax, but also try to find pirate treasures.

 

9. The most popular seafood is on Sink Island.

 

 

10. The population lives on only 30 of the total number of 700 islands in the Bahamas. New Providence is an inhabited island in the Bahamas with a population of over two hundred thousand.

 

11. While the country is driving on the left, it is surprising to find some cars steering on the left and others on the right.

 

12. The Bahamas is one of two countries whose official name begins with the word "the".

 

13. The Bahamas are right on the edge of the infamous Bermuda Triangle.

 

14. The Bahamas have a wonderful underwater cave system. The sea was low 250 feet from its current level during the Ice Age. Acid rain eroded the limestone on the island and led to the formation of vertical and horizontal caves.

 

15. On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus is believed to have landed on the island.

 

 

16. The slave trade was the main economic enterprise on the island after the departure of the first royal governor of the island, Captain Woodes Rogers. Slavery ended in the island nation in 1838.

 

17. "Linden V" became the country's first prime minister after independence on July 10, 1973.

 

18. During the 1980s, the island became a notorious destination for the drug trade. Almost 90% of the cocaine reportedly entered the US through the Bahamas.

 

19. "Hubert Ingraham" became Prime Minister of the Bahamas in 1992 and served another consecutive term in his chair. During his administration, he noted the creation of jobs and the economic development of the country.

 

20. The Bahamas signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) on February 4, 2005.

 

21. There is no railway on the island, and the road network on the larger islands extends over 2,693 km of roads.

 

 

22. Hurricane Floyd caused significant damage to the island, and the country fell into decline in tourism.

 

23. 2004 - and another ferocious hurricane hit the Bahamas: Hurricane Francis, which causes widespread harm to the living and non-living.

 

24. The case has not yet been settled, and they saw another monster hurricane on the island; tearing up houses, uprooting trees, throwing up cars and smashing houses. However, the island is ready to shine again and come back as strong as it needs to be to forget the pain and destruction caused by a natural disaster.

 

25. The Bahamas and an import-oriented economy. However, significant tourism activity and government-provided financial services bring in a lot of foreign exchange to balance the economy. According to the CIA, the economy of the Bahamas is developing and stable.

 

26. The Bahamas have the world's third largest shipping registry.

 

 

27. There is only one stock exchange in the Bahamas, the Bahamas International Stock Exchange (BISX).

 

28. There is no income or sales tax for residents of The Bahamas. Most government revenue comes from tariffs and import charges.

 

29. The Government of The Bahamas provides maternity assistance for every live birth and a 13-week maternity benefit.

 

30. Tourism makes up about 40-45% of the country's economy. It has beautiful beaches, flora, fauna and many recreational and resort facilities.

 

31. Gambling is legal for non-Bahamians who visit the Bahamas.

 

32. A tourist from the US and Canada is not required to carry a passport to the Bahamas for a stay of less than three weeks. Every year, millions of visitors to the country spend billions of dollars. The average cost of staying on the island per day varied depending on the time of year and location. You can expect to spend between $30 and $400 a day during your visit to the island.

 

 

33. The Bahamian dollar is equal to the US dollar and you can easily use US dollars throughout the island as they are freely accepted as cash. However, the United States does not accept Bahamian dollars at its counters. You will have to exchange currency or spend it in the Bahamas before leaving the country.

 

34. More than 90% of Bahamians are followers of Christianity. However, there are also spiritists who worship various spirits, and even followers of the voodoo cult. They are mainly immigrants from Haiti and some African countries, as well as their descendants. However, followers of various religions in the Bahamas get along peacefully, and there are no conflicts on this basis.

 

35. The Bahamas is home to the world's largest colony of pink flamingos, birds that everyone knows. On the island of Big Inagua, which is part of the archipelago, there are about 50,000 of these amazing birds.

 

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