Around the World on Fridays (“C”)

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” Maya Angelou

Today: Cabo Verde | Cambodia | Cameroon | Canada | Central African Republic | Chad | Chile | China | Colombia | Comoros | Congo-Brazzaville: Republic of the Congo | Congo-Kinshasa: Democratic Republic of the Congo | Costa Rica | Cote d’Ivoire | Croatia | Cuba | Cyprus | Czech Republic

Cover Photography © Yann Arthus-Bertrand | Cotton Balls in Thonakaha, Korhogo region, Côte D’Ivoire

CABO VERDE

RIBIERA BARCA, CAP-VERDE-MARCH, 2014- Sand looting going on. (Picture by Veronique de Viguerie/Reportage by Getty Images).

RIBIERA BARCA, CAP-VERDE-MARCH, 2014- Sand looting going on. (Picture by Veronique de Viguerie/Reportage by Getty Images).

Did you know?

Disappearing Sands

In the Santiago island of Cap Verde, survival is a daily task for the population. There aren’t many incomes in this little piece of land. […] Women often have 10 or 13 kids to care for and most of the time with different fathers. These women have to work to feed their children and sometimes grandchildren. Because of the demographic boom, construction works are going on everywhere. Sand is needed. Women have started selling their beach sand to building companies. Taking a lot of risks, they go deep into the sea facing up big waves. A bucket filled with heavy wet sand, on the top of their head, they have to walk under-water back to the beach. Sand is the second most used resource on earth, after water and it’s disappearing. So now it’s protected. So these women have to steal the sand they are selling. They are facing the possibility of being severely punished and arrested if caught by the police. They have no mercy for sand thieves who are destroying the only island income: tourism. More …

 

CAMBODIA

Cambodia © Eric Lafforgue

Cambodia © Eric Lafforgue

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90% of Cambodians are Khmer ethnics

and the majority of Cambodians follow Theravada Buddhism (95% of the population). Originating in India, the religion teaches that life and death in this world are intertwined through the concept of reincarnation.  Every person lives a life as a worldly being and depending on their behavior (the law of karma) will come back in their next life as a higher or lower being. Principles of Theravada Buddhism: Have the right thoughts. Have the right goals. Speak the right words. Perform the right deeds. Earn a living in the right way. Make the right effort. Be intellectually alert. Meditate. More …

 

CAMEROON

Sawa People in Douala | Photo © Steven Le Vourc'h

Sawa People in Douala | Photo © Steven Le Vourc’h

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“Little Africa”

Cameroon is often called “Little Africa” because it contains the diversity of all of Africa within its borders. It’s got varied terrain — volcanoes, beaches, savannahs, rainforests and rocky mountain ranges — as well as diversity of culture — Christians, Muslims, pygmies, ancient chiefdoms and modern cities sharing its 475k square kilometers. And this hasn’t even touched the vast array of animal and bird life: 409 species of mammals, 165 species of birds, and over 8,200 species of plants. Any way you look at it, it’s unique and unmissable — in fact, it’s said that if you haven’t been to Cameroon, you haven’t been to Africa. More …

 

CANADA

Canadian Flag Mosaic © Tim van Horn

Canadian Flag Mosaic © Tim van Horn

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Canada ranks first in the world for personal freedom and social tolerance

according to The Legatum Prosperity Index (2015). Canada also ranks second in the world in terms of Education (Top Most Educated Countries in the World) and it is also the third most popular international MBA study destination. More …

 

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

A refugee mum finds joy with her little one while doing laundry and bathing her baby in the Oubangui river. Home isn't far away, these refugees fled the Central African Republic, which you can see on the other bank of the river. | Photo © Sebastian Rich / UNHCR

A refugee mum finds joy with her little one while doing laundry and bathing her baby in the Oubangui river. Home isn’t far away, these refugees fled the Central African Republic, which you can see on the other bank of the river. | Photo © Sebastian Rich / UNHCR

Did you know?

Violence is still a part of daily life in the CAR

An estimated one million people have been displaced by the ongoing violence.

 

CHAD

Family Meal | The Story of Achta: A Strong Woman Fighting To Keep Her Family Healthy | Photo © World Food Programme / Chris Terry, supported by the EU

Family Meal | The Story of Achta: A Strong Woman Fighting To Keep Her Family Healthy | Photo © World Food Programme / Chris Terry, supported by the EU

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Chad is sponsoring a French football team

The FC Metz shirt now bears the slogan, ‘Tchad: Oasis du Sahel’ (Chad: Oasis of the Sahel). Chad Republic, a landlocked Central African territory, is one of the poorest nations in the world. The heavily oil-dependent economy is struggling from the collapse in global oil prices and it ranks 183rd out of 189 countries in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index. It is also battling regional insecurity caused by Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram. So why has this struggling African nation decided to sponsor a French football team? Chadian minister of sports, Betel Miarom, says he hopes the deal will help change the negative perception surrounding Chad. More …

 

CHILE

Mapuche indigenous woman | Photo © Martin Bernetti

Mapuche indigenous woman | Photo © Martin Bernetti

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Chile is one of the best countries in the world to do business

According to Forbes magazine, Chile is ranked 30 in the worldwide “Best Countries for Business” ranking, and first among Latin American countries. Marked by its high foreign trade level and good reputation in terms of its strong financial institutions and policies, Chile took 1st place in the 2015 Latin America ranking of the best countries for doing business.

 

CHINA

Photo © Eric Lafforgue

Photo © Eric Lafforgue

Did you know?

1 in 5 people in the world are Chinese

China Population (Live) – here

 

COLOMBIA

Cartagena | Photo © Cristina Candel

Cartagena | Photo © Cristina Candel

Did you know?

Colombia is one of seven countries that the United Nations has identified as major future food exporters. Just about any crop, from broccoli to mangoes, is grown somewhere in Colombia. Colombia is also the second biggest exporter of cut flowers in the world. More …

 

COMOROS

Comorian woman using "bwe la mssitzanou," a stone ground sandal wood powder, as a facial cosmetic. | Photo © Jerome Hamlin / dinofish.com

Comorian woman using “bwe la mssitzanou,” a stone ground sandal wood powder, as a facial cosmetic. | Photo © Jerome Hamlin / dinofish.com

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The Comoros is the world’s leading producer of essence of ylang-ylang, used in manufacturing perfume. It also is the world’s second-largest producer of vanilla. Sometimes referred to as the Perfume Isles, these volcanic islands offer a broad array of flowering plants that play a vital role in their economy.

 

REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (CONGO – BRAZZAVILLE)

Dandy Movement in Brazzaville | Photo © RT

Dandy Movement in Brazzaville | Photo © RT

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Dandy Movement in Brazzaville

The Sapeurs, as these men call themselves, don’t wear fakes (“Because if you put on a fake thing, everybody will know”) and “must own different outfits,” so it’s not only one piece of land that has been sacrificed to style and affectation in the streets of Brazzaville, which is the center of the “La Sape” movement. More …

 

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (CONGO – KINSHASA)

Virunga National Park | Photo © Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images

Virunga National Park | Photo © Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images

Did you know?

Park Ranger Jules Kombi Kambale was killed in the line of duty during an attack on September 1, 2016 … Please visit The Official Site of Virunga National Park here

Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is Africa’s oldest national park. It is also Africa’s most dangerous. 140 rangers have been killed in the line of duty over the last 20 years. Armed poachers and roving militias – who have been warring in the park since the ’90s – outnumber park rangers ten to one. More …

 

COSTA RICA

Dance in Costa Rica | Photo © Steve Juvertson, Flickr

Dance in Costa Rica | Photo © Steve Juvertson, Flickr

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Costa Rica ranks number one in the Happy Planet Index

With pura vida as their philosophy, it comes as no surprise that Costa Ricans are considered to be some of the happiest people on Earth. The Happy Planet Index uses three criteria—life expectancy, experienced well-being, and Ecological Footprint—to determine the overall happiness levels of 151 countries across the globe. With a score of 64.0, Costa Rica tops this list. (The United States, for comparison, has an HPI of 37.3.) More …

 

COTE D’IVOIRE

Cocoa farm in Cote D'Ivoire | Photo © Benjamin Lowy

Cocoa farm in Cote D’Ivoire | Photo © Benjamin Lowy

Did you know?

Côte D’Ivoire is the world’s leading producer of cocoa beans

The Ivory Coast supplies more than 30 percent of the world’s total cocoa, leading the rest of the world by over half a million metric tons.  Recently, serious concerns have been raised about cocoa production here. Child laborers, some of whom are subjected to 100-hour-long workweeks and physical abuse, have been discovered on many of the farms responsible for the nation’s gargantuan output. In addition to the harsh working conditions, child laborers on the Ivory Coast often do not receive any education whatsoever.

 

CROATIA

Modern Croatian Military still honor the cravat | Photo Source: buffalojackson.com

Modern Croatian Military still honor the cravat | Photo Source: buffalojackson.com

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The Necktie comes from Croatia

The modern necktie spread by Europe traces back to the time of the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648) when Croatian mercenaries from the Croatian Military Frontier in French service, wearing their traditional small, knotted neckerchiefs, aroused the interest of the Parisians. Due to the slight difference between the Croatian word for Croats, Hrvati, and the French word, Croates, the garment gained the name “cravat” (“cravate” in French). The boy-king Louis XIV began wearing a lace cravat about 1646, when he was seven, and set the fashion for French nobility. This new article of clothing started a fashion craze in Europe; both men and women wore pieces of fabric around their necks. From its introduction by the French king, men wore lace cravats, or jabots, that took a large amount of time and effort to arrange. These cravats were often tied in place by cravat strings, arranged neatly and tied in a bow (Wikipedia).

 

CUBA

Our Way to Cuba | Photo © Gina Buliga

Our Way to Cuba | Photo © Gina Buliga

Did you know?

Cuba leads the world in the doctor to patient ratio

There are so many doctors in Cuba, that doctors are often sent abroad to countries with a great need of medical professionals. Comparative figures (2015) indicate 170 patients per doctor in Cuba compared to e.g. 550 patients / doctor in Romania. See more figures here.

 

CYPRUS

Halloumi in Cyprus | Photo © Anastasia

Halloumi in Cyprus | Photo © Anastasia

Did you know?

Cyprus’s cheese is unique

Halloumi from Cyprus is recognized as the true version of the cheese (semi-hard, unripen brined cheese made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk, and sometimes also cow’s milk; It has a high melting point and so can easily be fried or grilled). Many Cypriots make it at home.

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

The peak of the dance spring in the Czech Republic is the annual showcase Czech Dance Platform | Photo © Vojtech Brtnicky

The peak of the dance spring in the Czech Republic is the annual showcase Czech Dance Platform | Photo © Vojtech Brtnicky

Did you know?

The country’s Expat Community is huge

There are around half a million foreigners living in the Czech Republic, and the country has myriad clubs and support groups for non-Czechs. The expat community is huge and you’ll find yourself with friends from all over the world and something to do every weekend. Choose from photographic and artistic exhibitions, theatre and music performances, festivals, museums, fantastic restaurants, clubs, pubs and sporting activities such as cycling, trekking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking and much more.

 

Around the World on Fridays: A visual experience of people portraits and a curiosity glimpse into alphabetically selected countries for each post & regular updates in “A Country a Day” (*) on Madalina Dobraca People & Culture Boutique. For the love of humans everywhere!

(*) “A Country a Day” is a mini-project I started on the 4th of June 2016, aiming to alphabetically cover each country of the world through a daily photo-pictorial illustrating the unique and diverse personalities of the featured countries. Enjoy the variety and beauty of people and cultures every day!

 

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