Country Profile: Andorra

Population Size: 77,246 Area: 468 km² (181 sq mi) Main language(s): Catalan Primary religion(s): Roman Catholic Life expectancy: 82.8 (male/female specifics hard to find) Geography: In the Pyrenees mountains: lots of valleys and peaks Current leader: Xavier Espot Zamora Bordering countries: France, Spain Stability: Strong Debt: No data

Country Profile: Algeria

Population Size: 43,053,054 Area: 2.382 million km² Main language(s): Algerian Arabic, Berber, French Primary religion(s): Sunni Islam Life expectancy: Male = 75.4, Female = 77.4 Geography: Mediterranean coastline, with a desert landscape Current leader: Abdelmadjid Tebboune Bordering countries: Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Libya, Tunisia. Across the water from Italy and Spain. Stability: Medium. Struggles withContinue reading “Country Profile: Algeria”

Argentinian Crisis – A Financial Quandary

When you think of Argentina, what do you associate it with? I always think amazing steaks! Argentinian steaks are so good, it’s unbelievable. And I would have thought that for a country that can export such a costly product, their economy would be stable. Maybe not brilliant, but okay. Turns out, I was wrong. ArgentinaContinue reading “Argentinian Crisis – A Financial Quandary”

Portugal Offers A Helping Hand

With Britain leaving the EU, British travellers to European countries will find themselves in need of medical insurance, and this will really catch a lot of people out. Before now, British tourists were covered by the European Health Insurance Card, aka EHIC. This little card is great! But unfortunately for us Brits, we’re having toContinue reading “Portugal Offers A Helping Hand”

Gold or Gaia?

Armenia isn’t known for its strong economy, or developed industry. So when the government was offered a $500 million investment by Lydian International, it was hardly a surprise that they snatched up the offer. The company had seen the potential for Armenian gold, and jumped at the chance to establish a mine in a remote,Continue reading “Gold or Gaia?”

Country Profile: Albania

Population Size: 3.2 million Area: 28,748 km sq, 11,100 miles sq Main language(s): Albanian Primary religion(s): Islam, Christianity Life expectancy: men = 74, women = 80 Geography: mountainous with a long coastline Current leader: Prime Minister Edi Rama Bordering countries: Montenegro, Serbia, Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Croatia, Italy. Stability: corrupt, but functioning. Currently a potentialContinue reading “Country Profile: Albania”

Country Profile: Afghanistan

Population: 31.6 million Area: 652,864 sq km, or 251,827 sq miles Main languages: Dari, Pashto Primary religion: Islam Life expectancy: Men = 59 years, women = 62 years Geography: Landlocked, mountainous Current leader: President Ghani (since September 2014) Bordering countries: Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and (via a very narrow corridor) Xinjiang Province, China. Stability:Continue reading “Country Profile: Afghanistan”

Japan’s Priorities

Have you noticed Japan’s key resources? Or lack, thereof. Japan is one of those unfortunate countries with high aspirations, but few resources to propel them. As a volcanic, mountainous country, Japan has little land for growing crops, and little access to essential resources. And yet, Japan is the third largest economy in the world. They’veContinue reading “Japan’s Priorities”

Will You Take The Bus?

We see it in the news all the time: climate change, global warming, protests, ice caps melting, waters rising, temperature rising, animals dying out…But how much are you willing to change to help the planet? For a lot of people, there is a very distinct limit to what they will and will not do inContinue reading “Will You Take The Bus?”

Iran’s Lost It’s Nuts…Pistachio Nuts, That Is

You would think that after decades of competition and tension between Iran and the US that an all-out military conflict is inevitable. But if I were to ask you, will the US defeat Iran with nukes or nuts, we all know what the first reaction would be. And yet, here we are. It’s 2020, andContinue reading “Iran’s Lost It’s Nuts…Pistachio Nuts, That Is”

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