Top tags for today
Search results for "#countries"

Information on countries with high nuclear potential is based on data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and Business Insider. The nine countries that officially have weapons of mass destruction form the so-called "Nuclear Club".

The United States was the first nation to develop a nuclear bomb. The number of nuclear warheads owned by the United States increased considerably during the Cold War with the Soviet Union. At the same time, however, the Soviet Union was growing its nuclear arsenal. Russia now has 6,850 more nuclear weapons than any other country in the world.


Here are top 9 countries with nuclear arsenal in 2022:


United States


Number of nuclear warheads: 6800


First test: 1945


Use in combat: 1945 (Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan)


Last test: 1992


The country with the strongest army in the world is also the first power to trigger a nuclear explosion and the first to use nuclear weapons in a fighting situation.


Since then, the United States has produced 66.5 thousand atomic weapons units with over 100 different modifications.

Thus, the main range of American nuclear weapons consists of ballistic missiles on submarines. However, the United States and Russia have refused to participate in negotiations on the complete surrender of nuclear weapons, which began in the spring of 2017.


At the same time, the American military doctrine states that America has enough weapons to guarantee both its own security and the security of its allies. In addition, the United States has promised not to attack non-nuclear states if they abide by the terms of the "Non-Proliferation Treaty".




Number of nuclear warheads: 7000


First test: 1949


Last test: 1990


Russia is the world's No. 1 nuclear power in 2022. Some of the weapons were inherited by Russia after the end of the USSR. Existing nuclear warheads were removed from the military bases of the former Soviet republics. According to the Russian military, they can decide whether to use nuclear weapons in response to similar actions. Or in the case of the attack with ordinary weapons, as a result of which the very existence of Russia will be threatened.


On Sunday, President Vladimir Putin ordered the "maximum alert" of Russia's nuclear deterrent forces, which has the largest nuclear arsenal in the world.


In December 2021, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that modern weapons and equipment now make up 89.1% of Russia's nuclear arsenal.




Number of nuclear warheads: 300


First test: 1960


Last test: 1995


To date, France has conducted more than 200 nuclear weapons tests, starting with an explosion in the then French colony of Algeria and ending with two atolls in French Polynesia. At the same time, France has repeatedly refused to participate in other countries' nuclear peace initiatives. It did not join the moratorium on nuclear testing in the late 1950s, did not sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Military Nuclear Tests in the 1960s, and did not join the "Non-Proliferation Treaty" until the early 1990s.




Number of nuclear warheads: 270


First test: 1964


Last test: 1996


China is the only country that has decided not to drop nuclear bombs or threaten to launch non-nuclear states. And in early 2011, China announced that it would keep its weapons to a minimum. However, since then, China's defense engineers have invented four new types of ballistic missiles that are capable of carrying nuclear warheads. So the question of the exact quantitative expression of this "minimum level" remains open.




Number of nuclear warheads: 215


First test: 1952


Last test: 1991


The United Kingdom is the only country that has not performed tests on its territory. The British preferred to do all the nuclear explosions in Australia and the Pacific Ocean, but in 1991 it was decided to stop them. But in 2015, David Cameron sparked, acknowledging that England was ready to drop a few bombs if needed. But about whom exactly he did not say.




Number of nuclear warheads: 130-140


First test: 1998


Last test: 1998


After the 1974 explosion in India, it was only a matter of time before Islamabad developed its own weapons. The Pakistani prime minister then said: "If India creates its own nuclear weapons, we will make it our own, even if we have to eat grass."


Following India's 1998 test, Pakistan promptly carried out its own detonation, detonating several nuclear bombs at the Chagai test site.




Number of nuclear warheads: 120-130


First test: 1974


Last test: 1998


India did not officially recognize itself as a nuclear power until the end of the last century. However, after the detonation of three nuclear devices in May 1998, two days later, India announced that it was giving up testing.




Number of nuclear warheads: 80


First test: 1979


Last test: 1979


Israel has never stated that it has nuclear weapons, but has not claimed otherwise. In fact, Israel has refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. At the same time, Israel is vigilantly monitoring the peaceful and not-so-peaceful atom of its neighbors and, if necessary, does not hesitate to bomb nuclear power plants in other countries - as was the case with Iraq in 1981.


According to rumors, Israel has had every chance of creating a nuclear bomb since 1979, when a suspicious light resembling a nuclear explosion was recorded in the South Atlantic. It is assumed that either Israel or South Africa or both states together are responsible for this test.


North Korea


Number of nuclear warheads: 10-60


First test: 2006


Last test: 2018


North Korea is also on the list of countries with nuclear weapons in 2022. Atomic activity in North Korea began in the middle of the last century, when Kim Il Sung, frightened by US plans to bomb Pyongyang, sought help from the USSR and China. The development of nuclear weapons began in the 1970s, froze as the political situation improved in the 1990s, and naturally continued to worsen. Already since 2004 the "great prosperous state" has been nuclear.


Tension also creates the fact that the exact number of North Korean nuclear warheads is not yet known. According to some data, the number of nuclear bombs would exceed 20, according to others, reaching 60 units.




It is now known which countries have nuclear weapons. Iran is not among them, but it has not reduced its work on the nuclear program, and there are rumors that it has its own nuclear weapons.


On the other hand, the Iranian authorities claim that they can build it for themselves, but for ideological reasons it is limited to the peaceful use of uranium. Iran's use of the atom is currently under IAEA control as a result of the 2015 agreement, but the status quo may soon change. As of January 6, 2020, Iran has dropped the latest restrictions on the nuclear deal to create nuclear weapons for a possible strike on the United States.


2022 statement preventing the use of countries' nuclear arsenal


On January 3, 2022, the leaders of Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States issued a joint statement on preventing the use of nuclear weapons in war. "We declare that there can be no winners in a nuclear war and that it must never be triggered. Since the use of nuclear weapons would have far-reaching consequences, we also state that nuclear weapons - as long as they continue to exist - would "We believe that the continued proliferation of these weapons should be prevented," according to a statement posted on the Kremlin's website.




Copy link

There are currently over 6 billion people living on lockdown, over 71,950 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, 33,633 confirmed deaths and out those infected, around 5% or 26,737 are either in serious or critical condition.


While those numbers are already a serious wakeup for local governments, some countries are saying there is no need to panic.


Take Belarus as an example. The president, Alexander Lukashenko refuses to cancel anything and says vodka and saunas will cure any COVID-19 symptoms. Very few measures have been enforced to curb coronavirus in Belarus and instead, people are being urged to drink vodka and go to saunas. On top of that, all the sporting events are taking place as usual and this picture tells everything about the mood on the ground.



The football organizers have said they do not intend to postpone any matches or to cancel the season. President Alexander Lukashenko took part in an ice hockey match last week - declaring that sport "is the best anti-virus remedy".


Another country, Sweden, is the only EU country that has not yet introduced strict quarantine measures. Although the Prime Minister of the Scandinavian kingdom, Stephen Leuven, urged citizen to mentally prepare for an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19, the Swedish authorities are in no hurry to limit public life.


According to Spiegel Online, the cafes and restaurants of Stockholm are packed to capacity - perhaps now visitors have been obliged to sit at their tables and not crowd around the bar. More recently, mass gatherings of people within 500 people were allowed in the country, which many theaters and concert halls used to sell tickets for 499 spectators.



The chief epidemiologist in Sweden, Anders Tegnell, who heads the public health agency, responsible for these decisions, continues to insist that "the population should be ill with the virus." At the same time, his British and Dutch colleagues still refused this approach. According to Johns Hopkins University, already 3069 patients with coronavirus have been identified in Sweden, 105 patients have died. Now, 500 intensive care beds have been deployed throughout the country, although experts admit that this is at least three times less than might be needed in a critical situation.


Another country, Brazil, called the pandemic a momentary, minor problem and saying strong measures to contain it are unnecessary. The Brazilian Presidentm Jair Bolsonaro told reporters that he feels Brazilians’ natural immunity will protect the nation.


“The Brazilian needs to be studied. He doesn’t catch anything. You see a guy jumping into sewage, diving in, right? Nothing happens to him. I think a lot of people were already infected in Brazil, weeks or months ago, and they already have the antibodies that help it not proliferate,” Bolsonaro said. “I’m hopeful that’s really a reality.”


The number of COVID-19 cases approach 4,000, deaths top 100. And while he believe that  the virus will be vanquished by a cocktail of drugs and Brazil’s tropical climate, analysts say a more calculated political gamble may underlie his increasingly defiant position.


In Singapore, tourism receipts rose to S$27.1 billion (US$19 billion) in 2019 based on preliminary estimates, from S$26.9 billion the year before. Even though tourist arriving in Singapore must be placed in quarantine for 14 days, all the restaurants, pubs, gym, hotel are open. Singapore, as with many other countries that did not took a more drastic approach during the epidemic and people are now living their daily life as other countries once did.



No one knows which approach will work better, as we haven’t seen anything like this before so only time will tell. Bemorepanda has published a research by the Imperial College London (UK) with three different scenarios of the coronavirus epidemic here

Copy link

Traffic in a foreign country can make any driver feel dizzy. Especially if your country has left-hand traffic and you arrived in Japan or England, where there is right-hand traffic. This will baffle any driver. Also, for example, non-Europeans can be uncomfortable in the narrow streets of old Europe, with endless one-way or roundabout streets and strange intersections.

In which countries are drivers more likely to violate traffic rules?

For Europeans, for example, in America, it may seem difficult in large cities to have numerous highways with the intersection of other extensive significant routes with a vast number of lanes, as well as with multiple adjoining streets. Indeed, from such a variety of roads, any traveler can feel dizzy.

10 countries with the worst drivers in the world

If you come to another country, there will be more dangers on the road than in your state. For example, in many countries, pedestrians have a lot of privileges, and therefore, all cars must pass them. In many countries, you must yield to a pedestrian even if there are no proper signs or zebra markings on the road. In some cities worldwide, livestock can enter the road anytime, which you must also let pass, even if there is no sign.

So if you are going on a world tour by car, be extremely careful. In the host country, despite the general rules of the road in the world, there may be some differences in the interpretation of traffic rules.

10 countries with the worst drivers in the world

Also, note that only some country's authorities pay special attention to road signs. For example, in Lebanon, road signs are not very noticeable on the road, as both the style and design are more like informational messages. As a result, a non-local driver can easily miss them.

Also, be careful at roundabouts where the right of way may vary from country to country. In one country, a rule may obligate drivers approaching a roundabout to give way to those moving in a circle. In other countries, this rule may be reversed.

When planning your vacation abroad, where you will travel by car, you should know the countries where you must be extremely careful on the roads.

 10 countries with the worst drivers in the world

The World Health Organization (WHO) collects statistics on all things concerning the welfare of nations, including maintaining global statistics on accidents and deaths on the roads, for each country, in the end, which calculates the number of people killed in traffic accidents per 100,000 population yearly. For example, in recent years in the UK, an average of 4 people die per 100,000 people per year. In the US, the rate is higher at 11 per 100,000.

But there are countries where this coefficient is enormous. Here are the TOP 10 countries with the most dangerous and worst drivers; they often do not comply with traffic rules and cause frequent severe accidents. Do not be afraid; Russia is not in it, even though our accident rate remains very high by world standards. According to the WHO, 18.9 people per 100,000 people die yearly in Russia. This is comparable to China, Tajikistan, and Armenia.

10) Chad (Africa): 29.7

10 countries with the worst drivers in the world

Chad is a relatively small African country with just over 11,000,000 people. This country's population speaks French, Arabic, and many other languages. Also, here lives the most significant number of people with different religions. That is why, especially on the road. The road network of the African country is small. Chad has 40,000 km of roads, a little by world standards.

But despite this, Chad has the highest death rate on the roads. Most likely, because of this, a little more than 50 percent of people under 14 in this country. One-fifth of the population is people aged 24 to 54 years. Such statistics indicate that people in this country do not live in old age. And road accidents are a common cause of death. This is an impoverished country that leaves much to be desired. Including the quality is expensive in the country is disgusting, and virtually no one is engaged in traffic control.

9) Oman: 30.4

10 countries with the worst drivers in the world

This coastal country on the Arabian Sea lies directly below Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. A sultan rules the land. The size of the country is slightly smaller than the area of Moscow, the Moscow region, and the Tver region. In the north of the country is a mountainous area, and closer to the south is a desert area.

Most of the roads are unpaved. The high number of severe crashes may be due to sand and dust storms. Or because the country has a disproportionately high ratio of men to women in all age groups.

Almost 43% of the population is between 25 and 54. The ratio of men to women is 1.4. As a result, for some reason, Oman has a vast death rate on the country's roads.

Maybe because the female gender does not meet on the road, and the male population is aggressive towards each other?

8) Guinea-Bissau: 31.2

10 countries with the worst drivers in the world

This country borders Senegal and Guinea. This West African country is located in the west of the Atlantic Ocean. The population of Guinea-Bissau is 1,700,000 people. But, despite the small population of the African state, this country has a high road accident rate.

The usual picture on the road - a showdown of angry drivers yelling at each other in Portuguese. Aggressive driving without rules is not uncommon here. 1% of the population is European. Ninety-nine percent of the population is African. Seven percent of the population is aged 55 or over.

On the roads, most drivers are young.

After all, according to world statistics, young people are more likely to get into road accidents. Especially when you consider in Gwenei-Bissau, 19 percent of the population are men and women who are only 19 years old.

7) Iraq: 31.5

10 countries with the worst drivers in the world

Like many other countries on our list, Iraq has a small population of people over 55 - just 6.4 percent. Of course, it has yet to be officially proven that the country's younger population contributes to many accidents. But in all countries, there is a clear connection between the age demographics of the population and road accidents. The correlation is visible to the naked eye.

The fewer older people in a country, the higher the number of people killed in traffic accidents per 100,000 population.

In Iraq, this ratio is 31.5 people per 100 thousand people. For example, in Canada, this ratio is only four people per 100 thousand people. In Canada, one-third of the population is people over the age of 55 years.

Jamaica has 11 fatalities per 100,000 population. This country also has a high percentage of older people (15 percent over 55). This does not directly prove anything, but in any case, it is clear that the younger the state's population, the more accidents occur on the road.

. There is a theory that young people tend to be more impulsive and reckless, which is the main recipe for aggressive or inattentive driving that leads to accidents.

6) Nigeria: 33.7

10 countries with the worst drivers in the world

It is the most populous African country in the world. There are 250 nationalities in Nigeria. 6.1 percent of the population is over the age of 55. Nigeria has a small elderly population because the average life expectancy in this state is 52 years. The average national age of the country's entire population is 18.2 years.

There is serious accident rates e on the country roads and a high death rate from AIDS. Especially in infancy, which is also associated with AIDS. In addition, people often die from violent acts due to poor medical care for the population. As a result,y.

But Nigerian roads are only one place for people to be careful. It is also dangerous off the coast, where sea pirates are active.

5) Iran: 34.1

10 countries with the worst drivers in the world

Iran has geographical similarities with neighboring Iraq. In Iran, the average age of the population is 28 years. Only 10 percent of people in the country are over 55. By the way, this shows that the correlation between age and deaths due to road traffic accidents is not the only factor in the high accident rate in the country due to the young population.

However, Iran ranks 5th in the world regarding the number of deaths in road accidents. But experts need to name the exact reason why. It cannot be unequivocally said that this is due to the culture of the population, their education, or poor traffic regulation. Most likely, there is more than one reason.

4) Venezuela: 37.2

10 countries with the worst drivers in the world

The reason for the high death rate on the roads of Venezuela is most likely the country's old fleet. The fact is that in warm and mild climates, cars tend to have a longer service life. This can be seen even in our country. For example, everyone knows that vehicles in the South of Russia may not be damaged by body corrosion for many decades, while, as in Moscow, many cars completely rot in 10-15 years. In the warm climate of Venezuela, many old cars have been preserved, the safety of many of which leaves much to be desired.

But old cars need new parts not available for purchase in this country. As a result, the population is forced to restore old, damaged car parts. As a result, technical malfunction of vehicles becomes a frequent cause of accidents. As a result, Venezuela is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. But the point here is not only the high road accident rate but also the high crime rate in the country. So Venezuela is the riskiest place on earth to travel.

3) Thailand: 38.1

10 countries with the worst drivers in the world

This country is known for its tropical climate and several mountainous areas with wildlife. , with many deaths.

A typical example was the truck and school bus accident in 2014. Fifteen people died, and 30 were injured in the accident. The cause of the accident was an old bus whose brakes failed. And such old vehicles in the country all the time. In addition, the country's road safety standards are low. Also, people in Thailand need to follow traffic rules better.

2) Dominican Republic: 41.7

10 countries with the worst drivers in the world

According to statistics for the Dominican Republic, the road rules in this country are also practically not observed by anyone. Red traffic light for the population of the Dominican Republic is almost nonexistent. Also, drivers in this country need to follow the row and order of priority transport.

So when you turn somewhere, be prepared to be cut off from another lane halfway through, or they will overtake you in the oncoming lane at the turn. It is associated with a side impact. The reason is that no one observes traffic rules at intersections. That is why this country ranks second in the world regarding the number of deaths on the roads.

1) Niue: 68.3

10 countries with the worst drivers in the world

This island nation is located in the South Pacific Ocean, 2400 km from New Zealand. Niue lies within the triangle the Cook Islands, Tonga, and Samoa formed.

The population of Niue is only 1200 people. With such a population, the Polynesian country cannot afford to lose people in traffic accidents. Moreover, there is a negative population growth in this Christian nation. For example, from 2010 to 2014, the country's population decreased by 200 people. The leading cause of the accident with severe consequences. And this considers that this small country has only 64 kilometers of roads along the coastline.

But this was enough for the population to miss 200 people in 4 years. Surprisingly, in addition to a small number of roads, there is virtually no transport in the country, which, all the more, consists of a few old buses, motorcycles, and bicycles. As a result, this country ranks first in the world regarding the number of deaths in the state's entire population. The population may have something to think about. After all, it won't be long before the country dies in an accident.


Copy link

Everything in the world is relative, including the behavior of large masses of people and even nations.

We learned some features of life in different countries

Here, explain why in one town on the night of May 1 people draw a long line from one house to another? Or how can you sit in restaurants for hours without even ordering food, just chatting with friends? This is practiced in Brazil. Yes, in fact, we have accumulated more questions ... we invite you to look at 20 examples of the features of life in different countries.

It all started with a Reddit thread by a user named SackOfPotatoSacks, who posted a message on the platform asking everyone to share something that is considered routine where they live, but is likely to be perceived as something crazy in other places.

So, examples of the features of life in different countries that surprise visitors, which is the norm for locals.

1. Canada

20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm

My city is EXTREMELY bilingual, everyone speaks English and French. You will often hear people speaking both languages in conversation, sometimes in the same sentence. In stores, most of the time people greet you in both languages and you respond in one of them, which tells them which language you prefer to speak. They say: "Good afternoon, hello!" And you say "Bonjour" in response if you want to continue in French, or "Hi" if you prefer to speak in English. It's kind of crazy.

I am from Montreal, Canada. — R-E-D-D-l-T

2. Ireland

20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm

I live in Dublin and when we tell people in America that we put chips in sandwiches, they laugh at us. Just try it mate. This is very good! — anon

3. Austria

20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm

In Austria during Christmas/Saint Nicholas Day we have events called "Krampusläufe" where people, mostly young (already drunk) men, dress up as demonic devil-like creatures called Krampus in fur suits, put on creepy masks and cowbells, and a lot of shows start in the streets, with a sea of fire, smoke, etc., while "Rammstein" plays in the background behind.

And they also like to whip people with cow tails... And hell, we enjoy the show, drinking hot toddy, and we even take our kids with us. - confusions0up

4. Germany

20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm

Free Sundays (Germany).

Everything, literally everything, is closed on Sundays, which is amazing, because everyone (except the most important workers, such as doctors, firefighters and police) will have a completely free day, which is great! — Rapperdonut

5. Australia

20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm

In Australian rural towns, we all had our back doors unlocked, and friends were allowed to go through the back door and make themselves a cup of tea/coffee while they waited for you to return, whatever you were doing at that moment. — Captain_Coco_Koala

6. Germany

20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm

In Eifel, Germany, on the night of May 1, people draw a long line from one house to another. It means that someone in these houses is having an affair. Every year a number of relationships fall apart because of this tradition... I love it. — definetly_not_a_duck

7. Norway

20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm

Norwegian graduates attend the traditional Ruess festival, where they wear colored overalls, rent buses or vans, and party for 17 days in a row. The party starts on April 20th and ends on May 17th, Norway's Constitution Day." — reddit

8. Australia

20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm

We experience 4 seasons day after day. The jacket is put on, the jacket is taken off, it is sunny, but it is raining, frost and wind, then again the heat ... I like to wear shorts and a down jacket combined with all extremes. Tasmania. — orceingiemsa

9. South Africa

20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm

I live near a nature reserve in South Africa. It's not that surprising to hear baboons in your backyard or spot a rhinoceros 10 meters from the fence.

One day a whole flock of baboons ran across our roof. The roof is only covered with corrugated iron, we were scared to death. — Designer_Towel

10. USA

20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm

Alligators. Just... everywhere. I live in the swampy area of Florida, and it's not uncommon to find alligators in small ponds, ditches, around pools, or just lounging in a parking lot. I have, in fact, tripped over alligators more times than I care to admit to myself. Luckily, they are quite big nerds and won't bother you unless you pester them or go near their nest. The police are even trained to deal with phony alligator calls. — SugoiBakaMatt

11. USA

20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm

I live in New Jersey and it's illegal to fill your car with gas/fuel yourself. All petrol stations are fully serviced by law. I believe that Oregon is the only state in the US that has this law. — joey_r00

12. Norway

20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm

It is normal in Norway to release two million sheep (read: ***two*** ***million*** ***sheep***) into the *wild*, with little to no care, where, by some estimates, *100 000* sheep die from injury, disease, or predators, and fe

It is normal in Norway to release two million sheep (read: ***two*** ***million*** ***sheep***) into the *wild*, with little to no care, where, by some estimates, *100 000* sheep die from injury, disease, or predators, and the farmers cry and complain about it all, and then repeat the same process again the next year and do so every subsequent year.

Is there some idiotic, stupid sheep breeding practice in Norway? Yes, yes, we follow it! — Katherine9009

13. Canada

20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm

Where I lived in Manitoba, Canada, no one had fences, mainly because when dividing the property, the city planners left the space that belonged to the city to everyone, it was just a strip of forest and the so-called Canadian shield. So almost no one put up fences because it cut off their view and access to what was basically a super cool network of nature trails all over the city. Everyone knew that once you touched the cut grass, it belongs to someone. We kids almost never walked on roads or sidewalks, we always walked on trails (although we cycled on roads, there were too many rocks on the trails for a normal kid's bike).

Of course, living in the forest had some unintended consequences. We often had bears, so I remember when I was under five, I was taught what to do if I saw a bear. And in two different years we had a mountain lion, which was much worse. The city hired someone to trap and relocate these animals, but it always took time. I remember watching the bear lie under the apple tree in our front yard and eat all the wind-blown apples for ages. — JoanOfArctic

14. Finland

20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm

Going to college, meeting your class the first week, then an introductory sauna the following week, boys and girls, all drunk and naked. Finland :3 — tasankovasara

15. Ireland

20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm

Children aged 12-14 drive tractors on the roads of rural Ireland. The legal minimum age is 16, but most farmers don't care.

EDIT: I didn't realize it was a rural thing. However, this shocks the city dwellers. — computerfan0

16. Australia

20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm

Driving 3 hours at 100 km/h and still in the middle of nowhere (Australia). In some parts of Europe, you would have crossed 3 borders in that time. — ihavefourgirlfriends

17. Wales

20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm

Moving through the mountains, they shout "mint sauce" * at the window to the sheep ...

(And fellow Welsh... Don't lie... you know you did it). — vad2004

*mint sauce served with roast lamb

18. Luxembourg

20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm

Free public transport throughout the country: buses, trains, trams. — Bipi7

19. Netherlands

20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm

The birthday party looks like this:

your living room is transformed, and a large circle of chairs with a coffee table appears in the center.

If it's an afternoon party, guests will come from 14:00 to 17:00 or from 18:00 to 21:00, but not both! There is 1 time slot for friends and 1 for family.

As a guest, you come, congratulate the birthday man, present your gift. Then you introduce yourself to the group if you are not already familiar with them. Then you walk around in a circle, shake everyone's hands and ALSO wish them happy birthday to so-and-so.

After passing through the circle, you sit on your empty chair, and now this is your place for the rest of the party.

After everyone has arrived, the birthday boy will bring you a piece of cake and a drink (usually coffee or tea). Everyone eats their own cake and talks to the person sitting next to them.

After everyone is done, they will give you a tour of the house and you will be pointed out all the new things. Now is your moment to ask some questions like "Oh, was it expensive?" and also compliment the host on how great it is.

After the tour, there will be another portion of food and drinks, snacks will be laid out on the coffee table, but you should not eat much. This is the only food that will be brought and everyone should share it.

After the guests have been there for about 3 hours, they begin to disperse. Everyone knows they have to leave but you have to act like you really want to stay longer but you just can't because the dog needs to go for a walk or something, come up with any excuse that sounds plausible.

Then repeat the cycle again in the evening with another group. On the weekend after that, invite your close friends and have a real party. — briefnuts

20. Germany

20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm

You first drink alcohol when you are about 14 years old (the editors of condemn this!). In Germany it is legal to buy beer and wine at the age of 16. Therefore, most parents do not see the problem when the first experience with alcohol occurs several years earlier. It's really hard to find a teenager here who has never tasted alcohol before. — myrjxm

Copy link

New Year's Eve holds the record for most seniority. The Babylonians were celebrating the New Year 6,000 years ago, in the first nine months after the solstice. The festival lasted 11 days, with various activities taking place every day. Then people, as now, set goals for the new year, reports Agerpres.



A common custom among the Babylonians was the return of borrowed agricultural equipment. On this occasion, the king went through a ritual of repentance and was stripped of power to spend three days in isolation and in prayer. When he returned to the world, restoration ceremonies were organized to provide him with the support of nature.


In Ireland, single girls believe that the night between the years is an opportunity to find their true love. They place the mistletoe under the pillow dreaming of the magical moment when they will meet their chosen one. The mistletoe also drives away evil spirits. In terms of politics, it is believed in Ireland that the night wind between the years can predict the future of the country. If it blows from the west, it will bring prosperity, if it blows from the east, the British will dominate politics.


Polka dot clothes and round dishes seem to be the choice of Filipinos for the balance of the years. They believe that they will prosper because round points invoke coins. Also, throwing coins at midnight means plenty of revenue growth.


In Ecuador, midnight crow scarecrows are made. Each family has its own scarecrow filled with newspapers and pieces of wood, which it burns in front of the house. Tradition says that this destroys all the evil accumulated in the past 12 months, paving the way for happiness. In this country there is also the superstition that the yellow lingerie worn on New Year's Eve brings optimism next year.


The Chileans, more precisely the inhabitants of the city of Talca, celebrate their New Year with their dead relatives. The gates of the cemetery open at 11 o'clock at night, and the locals are greeted by muted classical music and dim lights, turning the cemetery into a festive place.


Better known is the American habit of sharing a passionate kiss with a loved one at midnight, which is believed to erase unpleasant memories of the past, paving the way for a future full of love.


Brazilians welcome the new year with very colorful underwear. They usually wear cheerful shades of red and yellow in hopes of attracting luck and a possible partner. Wishes for wealth and love are expressed through lingerie. Outdoor fires are lit on Paulista Boulevard at midnight. In such a celebration, fireworks are the harbingers of the new year.


In many parts of Europe, the tradition has been that the first person to enter one's house after midnight should bring a gift, a coin for prosperity, a loaf of bread for abundance, salt for flavor, or strength for good will. It is preferred that this "first footer" be a man with dark hair.


The island of Madeira in Portugal holds the record for the most glorious New Year's party. In 2007, 8,000 fireworks were launched per minute until a total of 600,000 was reached. Tourists from all over the world gather to watch the dizzying show. Here it is customary to eat 12 figs on New Year's Eve, which symbolizes 12 wishes for the coming year.


The tradition of prom in the Habsburg era has been preserved at the Austrian Imperial Salon. At midnight the "Blue Danube" resounds, and Strauss's "Bat" is always staged. The participants in the ceremony have pork on the table, a sign of luck. And the tables are decorated with chocolate piglets. The children pour molten lead into a tub, and a clairvoyant reads the shapes of the lead. If the metal forms a sphere, it means that the New Year brings luck and prosperity, if it takes the form of an anchor, it means that people will need help to overcome difficulties.


In China, the New Year is celebrated on the second new month of the solstice. Firecrackers and firecrackers are said to drive away evil spirits. Fabulous dragons and lions dance in the streets. People dress in red, the brightest of colors, and children receive red envelopes with money. Tangerines are also offered for luck, but only in even numbers. Another New Year's tradition is for people to come out and shout their wishes for the coming year. At the same time, he has to throw food as high as possible.


In Greece, a special bread called "Vasilopita" is served on New Year's Eve. A penny is hidden inside it when it is put in the oven. The bread is cut exactly at midnight and whoever receives the piece with the prize will be lucky next year. Here, the New Year's Day is dedicated to Saint Basil, famous for his kindness. Children leave their shoes by the fireplace on New Year's Eve to receive gifts from the good saint.


France celebrates the holiday called "Le Réveillon" with luxury food, champagne and gifts.


In Turkey, gifts are exchanged during a celebration of traditional Turkish food.


In Spain there is a tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight on New Year's Eve. Each represents a month of the following year. Depending on how sweet it is, so will the month: better or harder. For brides, New Year's Eve is an opportunity to slip their wedding ring into the champagne glass and collide.


In Venezuela, those looking for a soulmate wear red underwear.


The most popular New Year's Eve drink is champagne. Everywhere in Europe and America it is accompanied by toast. In Russia, a drink of vodka, lemon juice and tap water is called "dirty water" and is drunk to stop bad luck. The Russians usually open the doors and windows for the new year to enter the house.

It is customary for people to kiss under the mistletoe at midnight on New Year's Eve. It can be considered a romantic gesture, but it is also a greeting for the New Year among people wishing them a happy new year, health and luck.


In Scotland, the New Year is called "Hogmanay", and in some villages rolls of tar are lit, which are then left to roll on the streets. Thus, the old year is burned and the new one is allowed to come. The Scots believe that the first person to enter the house on New Year's Eve will bring either luck or bad luck. The new year will be lucky if this person is a brunette man who brings a gift. "Auld Lang Syne", one of the most popular New Year's songs among English speakers, also appeared in Scotland. The song was first published by the poet Robert Burns in 1796 in the Scots Musical Museum.


In Liege, Belgium, on January 1, it is customary to eat choucroute (a kind of sauerkraut with sausages) as a family, with a coin under the plate, in your hand or in your pocket, to have money all year round.


In Naples, Italy, the New Year is celebrated with a special custom, which consists of throwing old objects, symbols of the past year, out the window. Thus, furniture, dishes, clothes, etc. they end up on the street, to the chagrin of the garbage collectors, who have to cross at night to clean up. On New Year's Eve, called "Capodanno", Italians usually put special dishes on the table, which are said to bring wealth and abundance.


In the Netherlands, the Oudejaarsdag or "last year's day" (December 31) is celebrated with many fireworks, which start at dawn and last until late at night. In fact, this is the only day that fireworks are allowed, they are on sale only three days before the New Year



In Hebrew, the New Year means "Rosh Hashanah." It is a sacred time when people think about what they have done wrong in the past and promise to be better in the future. Special ceremonies take place in the synagogues, where the shofar is played, a special instrument. The children receive new clothes, and the meal must include fruits and flour products, to remind them of the harvest time.


In India, the New Year is celebrated differently depending on the region. In West Bengal, people are adorned with flowers, which they color in red, pink, purple or white. Women wear yellow clothes, the color of spring. In southern India, mothers put food, flowers and gifts in a special box for children. On New Year's Eve, children should keep their eyes closed until they are led by hand to the gift box. In Central India, orange flags adorn all buildings on New Year's Day.


In Vietnam, the New Year is called "Tet Nguyen Dan" or simply "Tet". The Vietnamese believe that a god lives in every house, and on New Year's Day he goes to heaven. There, he says how good or bad each family member was last year. The god travels on the back of a carp, which is why Vietnamese people usually buy a live carp on New Year's Eve, which they let go of.


In Japan, people spend a whole week preparing for the coming of the new year. The house must be thoroughly cleaned to prevent the appearance of any evil spirits. All debts must be paid and, above all, all disputes resolved and mistakes forgiven.

For the Japanese, the New Year, called "Oshogatsu", is one of the most important holidays and a symbol of renewal. "Forget-me-not parties" or "Bonenkai" are organized, in which people leave behind the problems and worries of the year that are about to end and prepare for a new beginning. Misunderstandings and animosities are forgotten. On December 31st, at midnight, families go to the nearest temple to share sake (traditional drink, no.) And to witness the 108 gong blows announcing the passage of the new year (this figure represents the number of sins accumulated in -a soul throughout the year, and the gong blows symbolize the banishment of sins one by one and the purification of souls). On January 1, children receive otoshidamas - small gifts with money inside. On New Year's Day, dreams and wishes are written on a piece of paper.


Unmarried women in Belarus are waiting for New Year's Eve to find out if they will get married. They hold a few grains of corn in their hand, with which they lure a rooster. According to tradition, the girl whose rooster crouches will get married next year.


In the US, the New Year is expected on the streets of cities, as in Canada. Everyone celebrates the start of the New Year at traditional parties, sometimes at masquerade balls when everyone comes in a themed costume and with masks (according to tradition, guests have to take off their masks at midnight). Also at midnight, the bells and sirens sound, the sky is flooded with fireworks and everyone shouts in a "Happy New Year!" In New York, a 100-year-old tradition has been to throw a ball into Times Square. This is also the case in Hong Kong, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, San Antonio and Sacramento, California. In other areas, various things are thrown to mark the New Year: in Easton (Maryland) - a crab, in Atlanta (Georgia) - a peach, in New Orleans - a pot.


Copy link
You have reposted this topic!
You have canceled this repost!