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:
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.
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.
These are the countries where the restaurants are still open and you can live your old life during the coronavirus lockdown
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.
10 countries with the worst drivers in the world
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
25 exotic countries where you can go on vacation even tomorrow
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.
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.
Population: 779,900 people
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.
Languages: Kiribati and English
. It is famous for snorkeling, diving, beaches, and fishing. This is a great place to view World War II relics.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Population: 703,995 people
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.
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
Population: 272,620 people
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.
Population: 1,270,000 people
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.
Population: 113,015 people
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.
Population: 12,450,000 people
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
Population: 21,500,000 people
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.
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
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.
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.
20 features of life in different countries that surprise visitors and for the local norm
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Free public transport throughout the country: buses, trains, trams. — Bipi7
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
You first drink alcohol when you are about 14 years old (the editors of 1GAI.ru 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