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​70 facts about Macedonia that you didn't know

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Interesting facts about Macedonia are an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Balkan countries. Today, this state cannot boast a strong economy and influence on the world stage. However, the government had significant political and military power in ancient times.

 

The Republic of Macedonia is a state in southeastern Europe on the Balkan Peninsula. Member of the UN as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

 

Interesting facts about Macedonia

 

 

1. Macedonia is a country located south of the Balkan Peninsula.

 

2. Macedonia is a small European state located on the Balkan Peninsula, bordering Kosovo, Serbia, Bulgaria, Albania, and Greece.

 

3. There are several Macedonias: the Pirin is a region in southwestern Bulgaria, Aegean is a region in northern Greece, and Vardar partly belongs to Serbia.

 

4. The modern state of the Republic of Macedonia is located between all these countries. It occupies an area historically called Vardar Macedonia - after the name of the Vardar River.

 

5. Macedonia is the only country that gained independence from Yugoslavia peacefully. It became a separate state in 1991

 

6. Although Macedonia is now a very small state, it used to be the greatest empire that conquered most of the world.

 

7. This is one of the oldest settlements in Europe. The first settlements on the territory of this country date back to 5000 BC. However, the first traces of organized cities date back to 808 BC, when the Argead dynasty controlled the area.

 

8. The name of the country comes from the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia, which was named after the ancient Macedonians. The name Μακεδόνες (Makedónes) comes from the ancient Greek adjective μακεδνός (makednós), which literally translates as "high". Perhaps the Macedonians got this name because of their physical characteristics, or their mountainous habitats.

 

 

9. More than five centuries, until 1912, Macedonia was part of the Ottoman Empire. Therefore, some local traditions, dishes and even music are reminiscent of Turkish ones.

 

10. The Macedonians have always wanted to gain independence, so they often heroically rebelled against the Turks.

 

11. In memory of one heroic uprising, a huge monument was erected - “Macedonium” in the city of Krushevo, where the Ilinden uprising broke out in 1903, as a result of which the Krushevo Republic was created. The republic did not last long - ten days later the Turks dispersed this uprising, killing all the revolutionaries. The revolutionaries became heroes, their names are heard in the national anthem, and August 2 (Ilya according to the church calendar, “Ilinden”) is celebrated on a grand scale every year.

 

12. After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Macedonia did not have statehood, and its fate was decided by its neighbors, who defeated the Turks in the First Balkan War and then quarreled with each other.

 

13.Macedonia is the second most mountainous country in the world. About 85% of the territory of this state is covered with mountains. It is second only to Montenegro, whose territory is 89% mountains.

 

14. There are 34 mountains in the country, the height of each of which exceeds 2000 meters above sea level.

 

 

15. Macedonia is a country with a territory of 26 thousand km2, and a population of just over two million people, of which about 500 thousand live in the capital, Skopje.

 

16. The city of Skopje has experienced many devastating earthquakes throughout its history. The most serious earthquakes occurred in 518 and 1963. These earthquakes almost completely destroyed the city.

 

17. Now Skopje has been completely restored and has the unofficial name of the "city of monuments", since on its territory there are monuments at almost every step.

 

18. In Skopje, there is the Church of the Holy Savior with a unique iconostasis dating back to the 6th century.

 

19. Skopje is a city where it is colder in winter than in the rest of Macedonia, and hotter in summer. Macedonia has a warm and dry climate, with 300 sunny days a year. In winter, the temperature is not lower than -5, usually from 0 to +5, in summer - +25+35, sometimes up to +40. If there is a thunderstorm, lightning is sure to strike.

 

20. In the mountains of Macedonia it is colder and there is snow. Ski resorts: Mavrovo, Krushevo, Popova Shapka. The Mavrovo National Park is open to tourists in the summer as well.

 

 

21. In the mountainous northwestern regions of Macedonia, there are quite large areas of forest vegetation. The lower slopes are dominated by deciduous forests. At altitudes up to 2000 meters above sea level, coniferous forests predominate.

 

22. These forests are home to a large number of wild animals such as wild pigs, wolves, bears, lynxes and others.

 

23. About 67% of the inhabitants of Macedonia are Orthodox Christians, 30% are Muslims.

 

24. Orthodox Macedonian ancestors were Slavs who, as the local history textbook says, came from beyond the Carpathians in the 6th-7th centuries AD. e.

 

25. Macedonians speak Macedonian. There is such a language. Everyone understands and freely communicates with Serbs, Croats, Montenegrins, Bulgarians, these are different languages, but they are similar. The younger generation in the cities speaks English. The older generation once learned Russian at school, but, as a rule, no one remembers anything.

 

26. Despite the modest size of the country, there are many different dialects of Macedonian, which can be very different from the literary one.

 

28. Formal languages ​​such as Greek and Church Slavonic were often used for writing by these people. The Macedonian alphabet was created only in 1945.

 

29.Now the Macedonian language is one of the most difficult languages ​​to learn.

 

 

30. Macedonia is a predominantly agricultural country, fully self-sufficient in food. The main crops grown in this country are tobacco, fruits (mainly apples and grapes), various vegetables, wheat, rice and corn. Viticulture is quite developed in Macedonia.

 

31. Here everywhere, among the hills and low mountains, along the valleys and along the roads, fields and vineyards stretch.

 

32. Ohrid is a small town in the southwest of the country. There are 365 churches in this city (one for each day of the year). Several of these churches have been abandoned, but Ohrid is still the city with the largest number of churches, if not in the world then at least in Europe.

 

33. August 26, 1910 in Skopje was born Agnes Gonje Boyadjiiu, who is now known to the whole world as Mother Teresa. Today, in the center of the capital, you can visit her house-museum.

 

34. At 30 kilometers from the city of Kumanovo, at an altitude of 1030 meters, there is the oldest observatory in the world - Kukino. Its age is about 4 thousand years. This is the most important archaeological site discovered in Macedonia.

 

35. The Millennium Cross in Skopje is the highest in the world. It has a height of 66 meters and is located on the top of Mount Vodno (1066 meters). It was built for the 2000th anniversary of Christianity in Macedonia.

 

36. Macedonia is landlocked, but has many lakes, of which the most famous is Lake Ohrid.

 

37. Lake Ohrid is the oldest and deepest in the Balkans, it is located at an altitude of 750 meters above sea level, a depth of about 300 meters, according to scientists, it is about five million years old. Also, more than 200 endemic species of animals live in Lake Ohrid.

 

 

38. The water in Lake Ohrid is very clean. Wastewater is not drained into it, even the river that flows into the lake is cleaned of debris before that.

 

39. The waters of the Crni Drin River, which flows into Lake Ohrid, do not mix with the waters of the lake, and from a height you can see how it flows through the turquoise water with a black ribbon and flows out from the opposite side.

 

40. The city of Ohrid, on which the lake is located, is famous for the first Slavic university, a large number of churches, a beautiful monastery that rises above the water, and an ancient amphitheater. The city of Ohrid and its lake were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1980.

 

41. Every wealthy Macedonian has a house or apartment in Ohrid, where they come for the weekend, but they prefer to spend their holidays in Montenegro or Greece, because the sea is warmer than the lake.

 

42. Ohrid resembles the Adriatic coast: a beautiful promenade, many restaurants and hotels. The beaches are located outside the city. There are sun loungers for vacationers by the water, restaurants and cafes right behind them, modern toilets are equipped every 50 meters, which have never been paid. Sun loungers are also free, you just need to order drinks in a cafe. There are wild beaches, but they are unpopular.

 

43. Local residents are very friendly. They are very fond of tourists. Many offer accommodation to tourists. Others take tourists on a boat. Souvenirs, soda, baked corn, glazed donuts, books, antiques are sold on the embankment.

 

 

44. Many Germans, Belgians, Swiss, Danes, tourists from the Baltic countries and Scandinavia.

 

45.After Macedonia became an independent country in 1991, the small village of Vevkani, located in the mountains north of Lake Ohrid, declared itself the first micronation in the Balkan Peninsula, even though the inhabitants of Vevkani were all ethnic Macedonians. The inhabitants of this village had their own flag and currency, but the so-called "republic" did not last long.

 

46. ​​In this state there is a system of caves Vrelo, located near Skopje, the depth of which reaches 230 meters. These are currently the deepest caves in the Balkans and the second deepest in Europe.

 

47. Alexander the Great was an ancient Macedonian, not a Greek. The Greeks even refused him participation in the Olympic Games, referring to the fact that only Greeks have the right to take part.

 

48. The Greeks managed to force the Macedonians to change their coat of arms, arrogating to themselves the rights to the "Sun of Alexander". But the patriots still decorate their premises and even make tattoos with the coat of arms and various phrases, the meaning of which is: “we will die, but we will not change our name.”

 

49. In the center of Skopje, a huge monument to Alexander the Great was recently erected, but in order not to anger the Greeks, they called it “Warrior on Horseback”.

 

50. In the city of Bitola, the ruins of Heraclea, the palace of Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great, have been preserved.

 

 

51. Very often in this country, the construction of any object, house or garage is interrupted due to an accidental important find and archaeological excavations begin instead. There is even a joke like this: “Don’t piss me off, otherwise I’ll plant an amphora in your garden, and in the morning you will receive archaeologists.”

 

52. Macedonians are very patriotic citizens. Each house has a flag, souvenirs or clothing with national symbols, they love their cuisine, music, football team and believe that everything Macedonian is the best.

 

53. 20:00 - time for the evening news, all of Macedonia falls to the TV screens. The population is especially happy about news from other countries with the mention of Macedonia, even if someone just found their state on the map.

 

54. Macedonians make unique blankets from sheep's wool, which look like the skin of a bear, they are called yamboli. They are painted in different colors and laid on the sofa, and when the yambolia wears out, they are thrown on the floor instead of a rug.

 

55.There are three types of popular music in Macedonia: folk popular music, popular music and children's music.

 

56. Macedonian folk music is very patriotic, reminiscent of the wedding music of Western Ukrainians and Moldovans.

 

57. The children's stage consists of several festivals where children of different ages perform, all this is shown on local television. Thus, children have their own, children's idols, favorite songs on children's topics.

 

 

58. The city of Struga every year becomes the venue for poetry evenings, which attract poets from all over the world.

 

59. The city of Prilep is known for its summer beer festival, where Balkan pop stars perform.

 

60. Socialism in Yugoslavia differed significantly from the Soviet one, land was not taken away from people, private enterprise was allowed. In Macedonia, many family businesses were inherited by the current owners from their grandfather-great-grandfather, these are all sorts of workshops, vineyards, shops, as well as land.

 

61. In central Macedonia, growing tobacco has been a popular form of income since the 18th century. They collect it, string it on long needles, then on threads two meters long and dry it on the street, after which they keep it in the attic until winter, and in winter they rent it to a tobacco factory. This is very hard work. All family members are involved in this work, starting from the age of 4-5.

 

62. Macedonians grow more than 40 types of peppers of different sizes, colors, shapes, tastes and pungency. It can be said that this is one of the main food products along with wheat, feta cheese and tomatoes.

 

63. There is no buckwheat and herring in Macedonia. Herring in Macedonians is disgusting.

 

64. In the mountains of Macedonia there are villages where there are thousands of times more sheep than people.

 

 

65. There are deposits of marble in Macedonia. Whole marble mountains. Therefore, the completely marble central square of a small town is not uncommon, here it is not expensive. In the process of marble extraction, a lot of marble scrap remains - curved slabs of different sizes, marble chips. Local residents lay out their yards with slabs; you can often find an ordinary house with a beautiful marble yard.

 

66.The Macedonian diaspora exceeds the population of the country itself. Most Macedonians live in the USA, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Germany. They emigrated in several waves, starting from the 19th century, fleeing poverty and Ottoman oppression.

 

67. Foreign Macedonians, as they are called in the country, come to their homeland regularly, marry the same foreign Macedonians, met “down” (“below”), in their homeland.

 

68. Macedonians will proudly show a foreigner their house, their neighbor’s house, the city, and the history of the country, and all this with pride.

 

69. They treat Russians with respect. Russians consider all citizens of the CIS countries. And the Russian mafia scare small naughty children.

 

70. What cannot be expressed in words is the atmosphere in the country. The unhurried pace of life of self-proud Macedonians. Magical sunrises and sunsets against the backdrop of endless mountains. Sweet smells of hot Macedonian summer. Macedonia needs to be felt, and for this you need to come here.

 

 

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30-interesting-facts-about-kiribati-the-slowly-vanishing-islands

Kiribati is an island country in the Pacific Ocean. It is the largest state in Oceania in terms of extent, with an area of ​​about 5,000,000 km² covered by the ocean, but the land area is only a small fragment of it, only 811 km², in the form of 32 small islets . The country has about 100,000 inhabitants who can be proud of the official title of "land of the rising sun". taking into account the conventions that set the time zone across the planet. The Republic of Kiribati is one of the first places on Earth traversed by the first rays of the Sun every morning. The time zone is 14 hours ahead of UTC - the farthest time zone in the world.



The state comprises three groups of islands - the Gilbert Islands, the Phoenix Islands and the Line Islands. The capital of the Republic of Kiribati is South Tarawa, and the island relief is of coral and volcanic origin, the maximum altitude in the area being only 80 meters. The climate is equatorial, and vegetation is represented by tropical trees and grassy plants. Coconut and pandanus forests occupy 50% of the territory.


The island state of Kiribati is located immediately in Polynesia and Micronesia. Currently, the small country is successfully developing, despite scarce natural resources. Bemorepanda collected some interesting facts:


1. The name of the island state of Kiribati comes from the distorted English "Gilbert Islands".


2. All the islands on which Kiribati is located are atolls.


3. Kiribati covers an area of ​​33 atolls.


4. The highest point in Kiribati is 81 meters above sea level. It is located on Banaba Atoll.


5. On the territory of Kiribati there are two freshwater lakes and about a hundred salt ones.


6. Kiribati is a member of the United Nations.


7. Two of the atolls of Kiribati were once used for testing atomic weapons.


8. The main problems in Kiribati are overpopulation, lack of fresh water and soil erosion.


9. The total population of Kiribati is just over one hundred thousand people.


10. About 90% of the population of Kiribati are representatives of the people of the same name. Its other name is tungaru.


11. The official language of the country is English, but very few people speak it. The majority of the population speaks the Kiribati language.


12. The writing system of Kiribati is based on the English alphabet.


13. Kiribati does not have its own army.


14. There are two official currencies in the country - the Australian dollar and the equivalent Kiribatian dollar.


15. The Kiribati one dollar coin has a dodecagonal shape.


16. Stamps issued by the country are popular with philatelists around the world and are a significant source of replenishment of the state treasury.


17. Kiribati has the second largest exclusive economic zone in the Pacific Ocean - more than three and a half million square kilometers of water space.


18. Kiribati has two radio stations - a government and a private one.


19. Kiribati is the least visited country on the planet by tourists.


20. Athletes from Kiribati take part in the Olympic Games.


21. Also, the Republic of Kiribati is unique in that it is located in all hemispheres of the Earth at once. Part of Kiribati, islands


22. Phoenix is ​​the world's largest marine reserve.


23. On one of the atolls of Kiribati there is a city called London.


24. Christmas Island, one of the Kiribati atolls, is the largest atoll in the world. He alone occupies 48 percent of the country's total land mass..


25. The Republic of Kiribati as a state appeared in 1979, having gained independence from Great Britain.


26. There is not a single river in Kiribati.


27. The only diplomatic mission in the world of the Republic of Kiribati is located on the Fiji Islands. In Russia, for example, the British consulate is in charge of Kiribati's diplomatic affairs.


28. Tarawa and others of the Gilbert group were occupied by Japan during World War II.


29. The island is slowly disappearing.


30. Most of the islands of Kiribati are low-lying coral atolls built on a submerged volcanic chain and encircled by reefs.


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If there is a truly heavenly spot on Earth, it is probably located in New Caledonia. At least that's what those who have been here are saying. And it's hard to argue with this - magnificent beaches, snow-white yachts swaying on azure waves. In addition, serene calm always reigns here, not interrupted by various events that periodically shake the world political arena.

 

Amazing facts about New Caledonia

 

Even though New Caledonia is located in the Pacific Ocean, de jure, it is considered an overseas department of France. And, like other former French colonies that never gained independence, this country primarily exists thanks to the financial support of the metropolis. It is not so easy for the French to move here to live because they will not receive any social benefits here. The French authorities decided to cut off the flow of their citizens who wanted to wallow on New Caledonian beaches, do nothing and live on welfare.

 

1. New Caledonia is located in the southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean, in Melanesia.

 

2. This country is one large island in the Pacific Ocean, including a relatively small island group.

 

3. New Caledonia is a particular administrative-territorial entity of France.

 

4. About a quarter of the New Caledonian population are Europeans, primarily French.

 

5. New Caledonia consists of the leading and most significant island, Grande Ter, and several other smaller islands.

 

6. The total area of ​​the New Caledonia archipelago is 19,060 km². This can be compared to the size of ​​Wales.

 

 

7. The famous navigator James Cook first discovered these islands for Europeans.

 

8. Therefore, the island got its name in honor of Caledonia, an area located in Scotland, which was the birthplace of Captain Cook.

 

9. From the nearest giant neighbor, Australia, New Caledonia is separated by 1200 kilometers.

 

10 ... According to scientists, New Caledonia separated from Australia about 66 million years ago.

 

11. Then, for 16 million years, the archipelago drifted in a northeasterly direction until it reached its current position about 50 million years ago.

 

12. The first people appeared here about 3.5 thousand years ago. After the discovery of this archipelago by Cook, British whalers and sandalwood traders soon began to appear there.

 

13. The influx of foreigners brought trade and many diseases that the indigenous population first encountered. Leprosy, smallpox and dysentery led to the mass extinction of the indigenous people.

 

14. As trade in this place expanded, so did the number of missions, which further eradicated local customs and traditions.

 

 

15. The French arrived on the island's territory in 1843 under the pretext of protecting the indigenous population and made it their colony in 1853.

 

16. But the French needed New Caledonia only to counteract British influence in this region.

 

17. New Caledonia was a French colony from 1853 until the end of the 1980s.

 

18. In 1988, the Matignon Accords were signed, according to which the archipelago gained independence but remained under the strong influence of France.

 

19. The former colonialist retained his powers in defense, currency, public order, justice, and foreign affairs.

 

20. Despite the new status, New Caledonia depends on France. More than 50% of this country's income is subsidies from France.

 

21. Europeans first settled in New Caledonia when France established a colony there. In the 19th century, the French sent former prisoners there and gave them land there to farm and build houses.

 

22. Now, out of 278,500 people in New Caledonia, about 30% have French roots.

 

 

23. Of the entire population of the whole country - a little more than a quarter of a million people, about a hundred thousand live in the capital city of Noumea.

 

24. And about 40% of the local population are Kanaks, representatives of one of the peoples of Melanesia. However, their culture practically disappeared under the influence of France. Even the purely Kanak villages here are more like European than Pacific settlements.

 

25. In 2018, a referendum was organized on the independence of New Caledonia from France, resulting in the overwhelming majority of voters opposing independence.

 

26. The local currency is called the French Pacific franc. In addition to New Caledonia, this currency is circulated on the Wallis, Futuna Islands, and French Polynesia.

 

27. French traditions are decisive here. This manifests itself in architecture, local food, and croissants. But this does not surprise anyone since New Caledonia is an overseas possession of France.

 

28. Not surprisingly, the official language of New Caledonia is French.

 

 

29. Although the locals speak 30 Melanesian and Polynesian languages ​​and dialects.

 

30. Of course, most of the population speaks French. New Caledonia. But Indonesian, Vietnamese, Tahitian, Welsh, and Chinese are among the archipelago's 30 most widely spoken languages ​​.

 

31. Since most of the country's population is fluent in two languages, French and one of the 30 most common languages.

 

32. But most people here do not speak English. Tourists must learn French if they desire to feel comfortable while relaxing in New Caledonia.

 

33. Most citizens of New Caledonia identify themselves as Catholics.

 

34. Almost 97% of the local population is literate, which is a high rate for countries in Oceania.

 

35. Education in New Caledonia is free and compulsory for children between 6 and 16. Primary education lasts five years. Secondary education is divided into two cycles: the first last four years, and the second - is three years.

 

 

36. If Caledonian citizens wished to obtain a higher education, they did not have to travel abroad. There are five higher educational institutions in the country.

 

37. Education in New Caledonia is based on the French curriculum provided by French and French-trained teachers.

 

38. The national flag of New Caledonia is a rectangular panel with three stripes: blue, red, and green. The blue stripe symbolizes the sky and the ocean. Red is the blood that the patriots shed in the fight for freedom. The red color also represents collectivism. Green is the color of ancestors.

 

39. Besides the three stripes, the flag has a yellow circle with a spire inside. The ring symbolizes the sun. It became the national flag in July 2010. Before that, it was used as a regional flag, France's national flag.

 

40. The Kanaks, the indigenous people of the archipelago, have long cultivated yams, Talos (potato-like roots), bananas, and sweet potatoes. Until recently, these products were the main ones in their diet. Also, bats were used as Kanaka meat. Now, these products are leaving their table, replaced by rice (instead of yams and that), frozen foods, beef, pork, and lamb.

 

41. Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia, was built by French colonists and was practically the only major city. About 90% of the population lives in the money, which does not have indigenous roots.

 

 

42. The climate here is tropical. There are two seasons: hot and humid and dry and cool. Hot and humid last from November to March. The average temperature is kept within 27-30 degrees Celsius. And the dry and cool season lasts from June to August when the average air temperature reaches 20-23 degrees Celsius.

 

43. Here in the central mountain range, the highest peaks are Mont Panier (height 1629 meters), located in the north, and Mont Humboldt (elevation 1618 meters), located in the southeast.

 

44. Despite the compact size of the country's main island, about 3,000 different plant species grow on it.

 

45. And forests cover about 15% of all New Caledonia.

 

46. ​​Large tracts of forest have been preserved in the vicinity of Jensen. Severe rocks, framed by picturesque waterfalls, break through the green cover.

 

47. Near Yengen, there is “the most picturesque cliff in the country” - the “black rocks” Linderalik and Mount Pani. In the town itself, it is worth getting acquainted with the Goa-Ma-Bwarhat Cultural Center - a venue for folklore performances.

 

 

48. New Caledonia is a unique oasis of Pacific flora and fauna. The archipelago is surrounded by the most significant 1600 km reef barrier in Oceania, forming a relatively closed ecosystem.

 

49. For 300 million years, the islands were completely isolated from the rest of the world; this explains the vast number of endemics, especially in the plant world - about 2,500 unique plants make New Caledonia the "first botanical garden" of the entire South Pacific region.

 

50. The pride of the Caledonian flora is Amborella Trihopoda, the "mother of flowers" on our planet.

 

51. The animal world here is not very diverse. Only a few species of bats lived in New Caledonia even before the advent of Europeans, deer, and wild pigs, and there are no other mammals. Also, there are no poisonous snakes or frogs.

 

52. Several species of scorpions and centipedes can be found on the country's territory. It is also curious that many geckos live on the local islands.

 

53. And up to 100 species of birds are found here, and in New Caledonia, there are 22 species of birds that live only in this region and are not found anywhere else in the world.

 

 

54. Although New Caledonia receives a lot of money from France and tourists, the main contribution to the budget is the extraction of nickel, the rich deposits here. Nickel mining in the archipelago began in 1894.

 

55. Nickel is New Caledonia's main export commodity. According to preliminary estimates, about 25% of its world reserves are in New Caledonia.

 

56. Horse racing is popular in New Caledonia, as is women's cricket.

 

57. The visa regime here is quite strict. For example, even holders of French passports must come to terms with the fact that their stay on the island is limited.

 

 

58. Salaries here are much higher than in other Pacific countries. Prices, by the way, too.

 

59. New Caledonia is a hospitable country with gourmet food under palm trees, white sand, chic resorts, and bungalows. If there is a truly heavenly spot on Earth, it is probably located in New Caledonia. At least that's what those who have been here are saying.

 

60. magnificent beaches and snow-white yachts are swaying on the azure waves. In addition, serene calm always reigns here, not interrupted by various events that periodically shake the world political arena.

 

 

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Are you into geography? Or, Then, you probably know such states as the Seychelles and Andorra. But there are countries whose names will make you raise your eyebrows in surprise because, perhaps, you have never heard of some of them - for example, Tuvalu or Niue.


For those who are tired of Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, and Sochi (to escape from the hustle and bustle)


If you like exotic hiking, diving, and snorkeling, then the list we at Bemorepanda have prepared for travel lovers is just right for you. After all, isn't it great to change the tourist direction and get new experiences from previously unexplored places? You will want to add at least one of them to your list of future trips.


25. Tuvalu

25 exotic countries where you can go on vacation even tomorrow

Population: 11,925 people


Languages: Tuvaluan and English


Have you ever heard of the country of Tuvalu, made up of 9 small islands in the South Pacific, halfway between Australia and Hawaii? Tuvalu is one of the many places on this list that offers top-notch snorkeling and diving.


You can swim with turtles and tropical fish and explore the Funafuti Wildlife Sanctuary, an ideal spot for divers. Most Tuvaluans live in small villages of less than a thousand people. Gardening, fishing, and handmade canoes are very common in this region.


24. Bhutan

25 exotic countries where you can go on vacation even tomorrow

Population: 779,900 people


Language: Dzongkha


Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom located on the eastern tip of the Himalayas. . The Phobjik Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys.


Bhutan is also known for its vibrant and colorful festivals, especially those in Paro and Thimphu—The key to enlightening society.


23. Kiribati

25 exotic countries where you can go on vacation even tomorrow

Population: 121,388


Languages: Kiribati and English


. It is famous for snorkeling, diving, beaches, and fishing. This is a great place to view World War II relics.


22. Palau

25 exotic countries where you can go on vacation even tomorrow

Population: 18,174


Languages: English, Palau


Shipwrecks and hidden caves make Palau one of the best diving and snorkeling destinations. There are also plenty of slopes and exotic wildlife habitats that can attract hikers and explorers to this small country.


21. Saint Kitts and Nevis

25 exotic countries where you can go on vacation even tomorrow

Population: 53,546


English language


Saint Kitts and Nevis, as the name suggests, consists of two islands. It was the first country colonized by the British in 1623. They did not gain independence until 1983. Former sugar plantations have been turned into popular hotels and tourist resorts.


St. Kitts has a park fortress, Brimstone Hill, where you can sometimes see the neighboring Caribbean islands. There is also a scenic railway and an extinct mountain. And there is the volcano Liamuiga. On top of all this, St. Kitts and Nevis is a country of vervet monkeys and hiking trails that run through the rainforest.


20. Vanuatu

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Population: 314,464


Languages: French, Bislama, English


The 83 islands of Vanuatu in the South Pacific are another excellent diving destination, especially with their underwater caves and shipwrecks. One of them is the World War II warship, President Coolidge. The Vanuatu National Museum will also help you learn about the Melanesian culture.


19. Seychelles

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Population: 99,202


Languages: French, Seychelles Creole, English


Seychelles is an island nation off the coast of Africa. There are two UNESCO sites here: Aldabra and Valle de Mai. Some scholars consider the Vallee de Mai to be the ancient site of the Garden of Eden.


It is also home to the Morne Seychelles National Park and the breathtaking beaches of Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka. . Thanks to tourism and fishing, Seychelles has the highest nominal economic income in Africa.


18. Comoros

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Population: 888,456 people


Languages: Comorian, French, Arabic


Often referred to as "the fragrant islands" due to the abundance of fragrant plants, Comoros is known for its spectacular beaches against volcanic peaks. This country, full of natural beauty, is located on the east coast of Africa.


The capital language reflects 400 years of Portuguese colonization and 24 years of Indonesian occupation. The Cristo Rey de Dios statue, 27 meters high, is another iconic symbol of the country. This statue stands as if it wants to draw attention to the city's beauty, which offers a beautiful view of the surrounding bay.


16. Lesotho

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Population: 2,159,000 people


Language: Southern Sotho, English


This landlocked enclave in South Africa is home to the cultural village of Thaba Bosiu. The town is on top of a hill, and the ruins found there date back to the reign of King Moshoeshoe I in the 19th century. There is a myth among the locals that their magical powers manifest themselves at night.


15. Suriname

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Population: 591,798


Language: Dutch


We are looking for a place that combines rainforest and sandy savannah. Suriname is an excellent choice for this. The Dutch colonial architecture makes for pleasant walks around the city.


Suriname also has a wooden Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, consecrated in 1885. The Basilica of Peter and Paul is also located here. Suriname is located in the northeast of South America.


14. Brunei

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Population: 441,532


Language: Malay


Brunei is located on the island of Borneo, near Malaysia, in the South China Sea. This Islamic country has a magnificent Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah mosque with 29 domes. Brunei is known for its beaches and rainforests.


13. Andorra

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Population: 77,354


Language: Catalan


Andorra is a country of the Pyrenees, located between Spain and France. Andorra is famous for its ski resorts and duty-free shops. The capital of Andorra, La Vella, is excellent for shopping in boutiques and jewelry stores.


12. Djibouti

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Population: 1,000,000 people


Languages: French, Arabic


Have you ever wanted to swim with whale sharks? Remember to add Djibouti to your travel list if you still want to. In Djibouti, located in the Horn of Africa, Lake Assal is ten times saltier than the sea.


Also worth a visit is Abbe Lake, a plateau dotted with limestone chimneys, some of which blast steam as high as 160 feet (48.7 m). And one more thing: if you happen to be in Djibouti, remember that photographing public airports, military installations, or public buildings is prohibited by law!


11. Eswatini

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Population: 1,172,000 people


Languages: Swahili and English


Eswatini is a landlocked country in South Africa. It is one of the last absolute monarchies in the world and the last absolute monarchy in Africa.


It hosts the world-famous Mountain Bushfire Fest, which celebrates arts, music, and creativity in the economy. Eswatini also offers Big Five safaris, where you might be lucky to see lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos.


10. Solomon Islands

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Population: 703,995 people


English language


If you're interested in World War II, then one of the places you will want to take advantage of is the Solomon Islands. Has a lively market selling island goods and handicrafts.


There are 992 islands in this archipelago, including Skull Island, named after warriors who decapitate defeated enemies, and Savo Island, which has a hot spring and an active volcano. If you are into diving, you will also be able to see the coral reefs covered with shells in the waters of this island.


9. Togo

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Population: 106,759 people


Languages: Tongan and English


Most of the 170 islands of Togo are deserted. The central island of Tongatapu is a great place to enjoy the beautiful lagoons and admire the impressive limestone cliffs. Togo is also famous for its kava drinking ceremony.


Kava, made from pepper root, induces relaxation and improves well-being. Togo is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations where you can admire the beaches, coral reefs, and rainforests.


8. New Caledonia

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Population: 272,620 people


Language: French


Another excellent place for divers is New Caledonia in the South Pacific, surrounded by the great barrier reef of Grande Terre.


New Caledonia also has a 9,000-mile (14,484 km) lagoon declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The landscape is also very varied.


7. Mauritius

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Population: 1,270,000 people


English language


Mauritius is an island nation located off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean. There are many different hiking trails, waterfalls, rainforests, and corners of natural wildlife. Other attractions include a hippodrome and a botanical garden.


Another country attraction is the illusion of an underwater waterfall, which is nice to look at from above during a helicopter tour! Also, in 2017, a lost continent was discovered under this island.


6. Grenada

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Population: 113,015 people


English language


The Caribbean island of Grenada, known as the "island of spices" because of its nutmeg plantations, lies 800 miles (1,287 km) above the equator.


It is one of the smallest independent countries in the Western Hemisphere. It is known for its hiking opportunities, breathtaking waterfalls like Seven Sisters Falls, and beautiful beaches. Especially for chocolate lovers in Grenada, there are three types of cocoa beans.


5. Benin

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Population: 12,450,000 people


Language: French


On the territory of Benin, located in West Africa, is the Penjari National Park. This park is among the best places to see the West African lion.


Benin is also the birthplace of the voodoo religion. There is a royal palace museum with a throne mounted on human skulls.


If you are due to kidnappings and terrorism (Tier 3 travel), think carefully before going there.


4. Burkina Faso

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Population: 21,500,000 people


Language: French


The West African nation of Burkina Faso is known for its rich music scene and vibrant festivals, including the Waga Hip Festival, which takes place every October.


However, as warnings have been issued for violent crime and terrorist attacks, you may want to postpone your visit to Burkina Faso.


3. Niue

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Population: 1620 people


Languages: Niuean and English


The South Pacific country of Niue is one of the largest coral islands in the world. Here you can go fishing, diving, and snorkeling.


You may even be lucky to see migratory whales between July and October! Alongside this, it is worth visiting the Huwalú Forest Reserve, which passes through rock pools or "awake caves" and petrified coral forests leading to the cliffs of Togo and Waikon.


2. Sao Tome and Principe

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Population: 223,364


Language: Portuguese


Sao Tome and Principe are African islands located near the equator. This place is ideal for climbers who can quickly climb large extinct volcanoes covered with moss and home to snakes.


Although the island does not yet have a developed infrastructure, white sand beaches, and crystal clear waters make these islands attractive for tourists.


If you are into ecotourism, visit Sao Tome and Principe, with its wild forests, 700 species of plants, and waterfalls. It is also often advised to see at least one of the coffee plantations on the islands. Traveling here is safe if you have a yellow fever vaccination and follow malaria precautions.


1. Dominica

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Population: 72,172


English language


You are correct; this is not the Dominican Republic - Dominica. The official name is the Commonwealth of Dominica. The Morne Trois Pitons National Park is a volcanically heated boiling lake, and Trafalgar Falls is 65 meters high.


The mountainous country has its fair share of great beaches. The sand here is black, brown, and silver. This is a great place to get new experiences.



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Saint Vincent is a small state consisting of the island of the same name and the Grenadines - a small group of islets. The capital of Saint Vincent is Kingstown. The country is part of the Commonwealth of Nations. The island itself was discovered back in 1498 by Christopher Columbus. Catholics celebrate St. Vincent's Day, and the island received the same name on this day. There are other interesting facts about Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

 

Interesting facts about Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

 

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is considered an elite holiday area. This applies in particular to the island of Mustique. Here, members of the British royal family and other world celebrities come to rest. The island has many five-star hotels, entertainment venues, and beautiful beaches. Also, visitors have the opportunity to see many exotic animals and plants. Despite the high prices for goods and services, many tourists visit the island yearly. We have compiled a selection of the most amazing facts about St. Vincent.

 

 

1. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an independent state located in the Caribbean Sea. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are part of the Commonwealth of Nations.

 

2. The country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is located in the Windward Islands, south of Saint Lucia and north of Grenada. From the west, it is washed by the waters of the Caribbean Sea, and from the east by the Atlantic Ocean.

 

3. The territory of this state is 389.3 km², which is 183rd in the world.

 

4. Its territory includes the relatively large island of St. Vincent and 32 small islands (Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Union, and others), which are part of the Northern Grenadines group in the Lesser Antilles archipelago, as well as Tobago reefs.

 

5. The flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a tricolor of three vertical stripes of blue, yellow, and green. In the center of the yellow stripe, 1/2 the length of the flag, three diamonds (rhombuses) are depicted in green, arranged in the Latin letter V - the first letter in the name of Vincent Island.

 

6. Christopher Columbus discovered the island of St. Vincent during his third expedition to the New World on January 28, 1498, on the day of St. Vincent, from where the name of the island came from.

 

 

7. The Carib Indians lived on the islands when the Europeans appeared. For more than two centuries, the Caribs fiercely resisted European colonization. The cannons of the Spanish coastal forts were directed inland since the Caribs posed a greater danger to the colonists than external enemies.

 

8. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the territory of St. Vincent alternately came under the control of the French or the British.

 

9. In 1719, the French began to grow coffee, tobacco, indigo, and cotton there. Enslaved Africans were brought in to work on the plantations. As a result of mixed marriages of runaway and formerly enslaved people with local Indians, a layer of "dark-skinned Caribs" (Garifs) appeared. Now, most of the population is made up of blacks and mulattos.

 

10. The British first took possession of St. Vincent in 1763, and it became a British colony under the Treaty of Versailles in 1783. In 1796, the British crushed an uprising of dark-skinned Caribs and exiled more than 5,000 rebels to one of the islands off the coast of Honduras.

 

11. At the beginning of the 19th century, sugar cane plantations appeared in St. Vincent, where enslaved people worked. After the abolition of slavery in the English colonies (1834), emigrants from India and Portugal were attracted to the islands as a labor force.

 

 

12. In 1925, the first legislative council was created on the island; in 1951, universal suffrage was introduced; in 1969, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines received the status of an "associated state" with the right to full internal self-government.

 

13. And the country gained complete independence on October 27, 1979, by the constitution drawn up in September 1978 in London. In the same year, 1979, the Labor Party, which won the parliamentary elections, formed a government.

 

14. In 1984, the New Democratic Party won, and its leader, James Mitchell, became Prime Minister. This party also won in 1989, 1994, and 1998.

 

On February 15, 2001, Parliament was dissolved. A month later, early parliamentary elections were held, in which the United Labor Party (ULP) won 12 seats and the New Democratic Party 3. The government was headed and formed by the leader of the ULP, Ralph Gonsalves.

 

COUNTRY COMBAT SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

 

16. The coat of arms of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines consists of a cotton flower, an emblem, and a ribbon with the text "Peace and Justice" in Latin. The symbol is based on the colonial version used from 1907 to 1979, which depicts two women in classic Roman dress, one holding a palm branch and the other with clasped hands.

 

17. St. Vincent is a mountainous island of volcanic origin; its area is 344 km². The entire central part of the main island is covered with forest.

 

18. The islands of the Grenadines archipelago are small in size; the largest are Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mero, and Union. Many of the Grenadines are surrounded by coral reefs.

 

19. The central part of the island of St. Vincent is occupied by mountains covered with forests. The highest point is the active volcano Soufriere (1234 meters). There is a lake in its crater. Soufrière erupted in 1718, 1812, 1902, and 1979.

 

20. To the south of it is a chain of gradually lowering cones of extinct volcanoes. Streams run down to the sea on the steep western slopes of the mountains, forming picturesque waterfalls and turning into turbulent streams after tropical downpours.

 

21. The eastern slopes are gentler, longer, wider, and more abundant rivers flow down them. The island's beaches are covered with black volcanic sand; the exception is the white sandy beaches at the southern tip of the island.

 

22. The climate here is tropical, trade wind, and humid. There are often intense hurricanes. Average monthly temperatures range from +24 to +28° C. The dry season lasts from December to April. The average annual rainfall on the southeast coast is 1500 mm, and in the interior mountainous regions - 3750 mm. 70% of precipitation falls from May to November.

 

23. The mountains are covered in places with dense tropical rainforests and shrubs. The fauna is rich in birds: the endangered St. Vincent Amazon parrot, a rare subspecies of the red-throated hermit thrush, and others.

 

24. Coastal waters abound with fish, crustaceans, and mollusks. Several forest and ornithological reserves operate on the islands for nature protection.

 

CAPITAL - CITY OF KINGSTOWN

 

25. The capital of the island of St. Vincent is Kingstown, which means “city of kings.” A little more than 40 thousand inhabitants live here.

 

26. The capital city of Kingstown is the largest in the state. Kingstown is located in the harbor on the southwestern tip of St. Vincent.

 

27. Since Kingstown was under British rule for a long time, its architecture was dominated by the colonial style.

 

28. The city has several old churches: St. Mary's, St. George's, and the Kingstown Methodist Church.

 

29. Kingstown is an important financial center where tax incentives attract many banks.

 

30. Also, it is the main economic center of the state. The rich soil of the islands allows you to grow various vegetables and fruits. Arrowroot grows here, which is added to desserts, sweet potatoes, coconuts, breadfruit, and bananas, which are the country's pride. Banana varieties such as figs and bluggo are considered especially popular.

 

31. Agriculture in the country specializes in producing bananas, coconuts, and arrowroot, starchy flour from arrowroot rhizomes. Among the local population, cassava tubers are widely used, from which choki cakes are made.

 

BOTANICAL GARDEN IN KINGSTOWN

 

32. Also, there is a Botanical Garden in Kingstown, founded more than 200 years ago in 1762. Plants from all over the world are collected here. The complex is the oldest in the entire Western Hemisphere. In its exposition, there are more than 450 species of tropical plants. In addition, there is an aviary for birds, including the endangered species of parrot - the Amazon.

 

33. The official language of the state is English. But in fact, the local population speaks Creole or Vincentian.

 

34. North of Kingstown are the ruins of Fort Charlotte, which was built in 1806 to guard the city and harbor. The Museum of the History of the Black Caribs is currently located here.

 

35. Hiking enthusiasts can walk along the nature trail Bookament-Vermont-Nature-Trail, during which the opportunity to wander through the rainforest and watch the birds.

 

36. On St. Vincent, as on other islands, there are many beautiful bays and white beaches framed by palm trees. Some of the islands are privately owned.

 

37. The combination of coral reefs and clear water is ideal for spearfishing.

 

 

38. The largest seaport is located in Kingstown. Arnos Vale International Airport is located near the capital. In addition to it, there are five more airports on the islands.

 

39. Local coins have the most diverse geometric shapes. This is because most of the locals are illiterate. This currency is expected in seven countries in the region.

 

40. There are unusual laws and traditions here. For example, do not do in St. Vincent: 1. Kick the ballot boxes. Every waste bin has its sponsor who will not like this treatment. 2. Walk without an umbrella. Generally, this is not forbidden, but the weather here is unpredictable. 3. Go to street bars. These are ordinary wooden stalls where a simple TV and music play. 4. Joking about religion. Very devout people live in St. Vincent, no matter what denomination they belong to.

 

41. Tobago Reefs is one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean. They are uninhabited. Stunning corals grow here, and the variety of algae and fish is impressive. This area has been given the status of a National Park. Fishing on Tobacco is prohibited, and a severe fine is imposed for garbage thrown in the wrong place.

 

42. On the archipelago islands and beaches, they filmed Pirates of the Caribbean with Johnny Depp in the title role. The filming location has long been a center for excursions and pilgrimages. It is called Jack Sparrow Valley.

 

 

43. There is no rail connection in the country. Movement is carried out mainly by cars. The total length of roads in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is 1,000 kilometers. The hard coating has only a third of them. Tourists can rent a car. You can also use taxi services.

 

44. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are members of the UN and the Organization of American States. From 1958 to 1962, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines were part of the West Indies Federation. The country maintains economic ties with other states of the West Indies, being a member of the Caribbean Community and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.

 

45. Oldheg Turtle Sanctuary is located on the island of Bequia. The staff of the reserve is working on the conservation of one of the rare species of turtles. Since many newborns die immediately after birth, the reserve workers, together with volunteers, collect newborn turtles and place them in a special nursery. There, young turtles learn to survive in nature on their own. Only after the young turtles can get food and take care of their safety are they released into the ocean.

 

46. ​​On the west coast of the island of St. Vincent, there are beautiful Balein waterfalls.

 

47. A particular type of acacia grows on the islands. Its pods are large, and the seeds begin to make sounds when dried. As a result, a fascinating musical instrument called “shak-shak” is obtained from huge pods.

 

 

48. The locals here live modestly, as in other developing countries. The lack of a medical and educational system and high unemployment led to the mass migration of residents to other countries.

 

49. Approximately 20% of residents experience difficulties in finding employment. It also has a meager birth rate. On average, one woman gives birth to no more than two children.

 

50. The country has banned the export of things of cultural value without accompanying documents. This also applies to corals and products from them.

 

51. Given the growing popularity of the resorts of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the demand for the purchase of real estate on the islands is also growing.

 

52. However, potential buyers are faced with several protective measures introduced by the state due to the small size of the territory. So, to purchase real estate, foreign citizens are first required to obtain a special permit and pay some fees.

 

53. The most popular real estate types are villas on the coast. The cost of such villas starts from $ 200,000. Apartments are less popular, but there is also a demand for them. Most of the apartments are rented out.

 

 

54. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is the perfect place for a beach holiday. All the islands have white sand beaches, and in the east of St. Vincent, you can see black sand beaches.

 

55. Although people go to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for a beach holiday, you should remember the rules of conduct in public places. Outside the hotel, a bathing suit is considered unacceptable here. Moreover, you are unlikely to be allowed into a good restaurant in this form.

 

56. The islands of St. Vincent and nearby Kanukan and Bequia are where the best beaches, restaurants, and cafes are concentrated. St. Vincent is more crowded, and there is more entertainment, while on other islands, it is the other way around: there are many secluded bays and trails for hiking.

 

57. The country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is focused on elite tourism. The government is considered a fashionable resort. It has a well-developed infrastructure, beautiful nature, and excellent ecology. Tourists also have the opportunity to see many exotic animals and plants.

 

58. There are many five-star resort hotels in the country. Most of them are on the coast and have their beach and developed infrastructure.

 

59. Holidays in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are considered elite. Mustique Island is a holiday destination for celebrities. Such famous people as Bill Gates, the English royal family members, and Mick Jagger spent time here. The resort area organized here is superbly equipped. Horse riding and golf courses, magnificent beaches, exotic animals, and citrus orchards - all this is on the island. The prices are appropriate.

 

 

60. Despite the high prices for goods and services, many tourists visit the island yearly.

 

61. The monetary unit of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is the East Caribbean dollar. It is in circulation in 6 countries that are members of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.

 

62. St. Vincent and Grenadine's cuisine is based on seafood. The main recipe of many menus here is grilled fish. Shellfish, shrimp, and lobsters are used in cooking, and three to three fish, are a local delicacy. It is prepared in various ways but always with curry and spices.

 

63. In addition to seafood, fruits and vegetables are used in local cuisine: sweet potatoes, arrowroot, bananas, coconuts, and breadfruit.

 

64. Of the drinks, tea, coffee, cocoa, and various juices are common. The islands produce rum, the basis of most cocktails, and brew beer.

 

65. Elite tourism brings the bulk of the income to the local budget. Also, St. Vincent is one of the most popular offshore zones.

 

 

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