Around the World on Fridays (“E”)

“It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom.” Dee Hock (founder and former CEO of the Visa credit card association)

Today: Ecuador | Egypt | El Salvador | Equatorial Guinea | Eritrea | Estonia | Ethiopia

Cover Photography © Eric Lafforgue | The Festival of Mariam Dearit, Keren, Eritrea

ECUADOR

Photo © Andy Isaacson / The New York Times | Achuar boys in Ecuador

Photo © Andy Isaacson / The New York Times | Achuar boys in Ecuador

Did you know?

Ecuador ranks first as the best country to live abroad

For the second consecutive year Ecuador has been ranked first among the countries considered “the best place for foreigners to live”. InterNations surveyed 14,000 participants from 195 countries with a series of questions regarding their experience abroad. The website specializes in providing the best information to help expats feel at home, as well as to those who wish to migrate to find friends and learn more about their new surroundings. The study says that among the foreigners living outside their countries of origin, Ecuador remains a favorite country in many ways. More …

 

EGYPT

Photo © Jonas By | Male Traditional Dancer, Egypt

Photo © Jonas By | Male Traditional Dancer, Egypt

Did you know?

Equal pay for women was the norm in Ancient Egypt

While they may have been publicly and socially viewed as inferior to men, Egyptian women enjoyed a great deal of legal and financial independence. They could buy and sell property, serve on juries, make wills and even enter into legal contracts. Egyptian women did not typically work outside the home, but those who did usually received equal pay for doing the same jobs as men. Unlike the women of ancient Greece, who were effectively owned by their husbands, Egyptian women also had the right to divorce and remarry. Egyptian couples were even known to negotiate an ancient prenuptial agreement. These contracts listed all the property and wealth the woman had brought into the marriage and guaranteed that she would be compensated for it in the event of a divorce. More …

 

EL SALVADOR

Photo © Sebastiao Pereira-Nunes | San Vicente, Apastepeque Lake, El Salvador

Photo © Sebastiao Pereira-Nunes | San Vicente, Apastepeque Lake, El Salvador

Did you know?

Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors of the El Salvadoran economy

Sadly, El Salvador is Central America’s most underrated country and suffers badly from unfavorable press. While gang violence still dominates international headlines (El Salvador is doomed to have one of the highest murder rate in the world) – and keeps so many adventurous travelers at bay – the vast majority of this beautiful country remains untouched by ‘the troubles.’ Also known as the Land of Volcanoes, El Salvador has several unique National Parks and is moreover an “El Dorado” for surfers. Salvadorans, a.k.a. Guanacos, are warm, hospitable and friendly people. Most live the simple life with 19% of the population having less than 1.25 USD per day. More …

 

EQUATORIAL GUINEA

Photo © Tristan Spinski | Amancio Ammoet Motove Etingüe, a fourth year student at UNGE School of Environmental Studies in Equatorial Guinea, fishes in a stream on the beach near his hometown of Ureca on Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea.

Photo © Tristan Spinski | Amancio Ammoet Motove Etingüe, a fourth year student at UNGE School of Environmental Studies in Equatorial Guinea, fishes in a stream on the beach near his hometown of Ureca on Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea.

Did you know?

Equatorial Guinea is the only country in Africa where Spanish is an official language

Spanish is the oldest of three official languages in Equatorial Guinea, which include French and, more recently, Portuguese. Since the mid-1990s Equatorial Guinea has become one of sub-Sahara’s biggest oil producers, but a large proportion of the population still lives in poverty. Rights organizations have described the two post-independence leaders as among the worst abusers of human rights in Africa. “But mercenaries and crime writers aren’t the only ones attracted to the country’s beautiful black-and-white shores. This is the land of primates with painted faces, soft clouds of butterflies and insects so colorful they belong in the realm of fiction.” More …

 

ERITREA

Photo © marcel staron / 500px.com | Woman in Keren, Eritrea

Photo © marcel staron / 500px.com | Woman in Keren, Eritrea

Did you know?

Eritrea has NO official language

Eritrea is a multi-ethnic country, with nine recognized ethnic groups in its population of around six million. Most residents speak languages from the Afro-asiatic family, either of the Ethiopian Semitic languages or Cushitic branches. Among these communities, the Tigrinya make up about 55% of the population, with the Tigre people constituting around 30% of inhabitants. In addition, there are a number of Nilo-Saharan-speaking Nilotic ethnic minorities. The name of the country is based on the Greek name for the Red Sea – Eruthra Thalassa. “Historically intriguing, culturally compelling and scenically magical, Eritrea is one of the most secretive countries in Africa.” More …

 

ESTONIA

Photo © Sébastien Leban / Al Jazeera | Family celebration on Kihnu Island (the women’s island)

Photo © Sébastien Leban / Al Jazeera | Family celebration on Kihnu Island (the women’s island)

Did you know?

KIHNU in Estonia is the only island in the world where women have absolute power

Women power is a term often associated with strong women in the Western culture and feministic movements. But on this island lost in the Baltic Sea off Estonia’s coast, the term is also figural and metaphorical. Kihnu, a small island in the Baltic Sea, is an island where women have absolute power, as men are mostly focused on fishing and are off to the sea.

What is special about this small island is that it is operated solely by women. There are 604 people living on the island, 69 of whom are school pupils. [Figures from 2015?] The four villages of the island are Saare, Lemsi, Rootsikula and Linakula. The reason why women govern the island is simple. From ancient times, men of the island go out to the sea and stay there for months, leaving their wives and children at the island. The survival instinct has forced women to take over control of the island and govern it as best as they can.

UNESCO proclaimed Kihnu’s cultural space and traditions as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on November 7, 2003. Read more here and here

 

ETHIOPIA

Photo © Eric Lafforgue | Miss Domoget, Bodi Tribe Woman in Hana Mursi, Omo, Ethiopia

Photo © Eric Lafforgue | Miss Domoget, Bodi Tribe Woman in Hana Mursi, Omo, Ethiopia

Did you know?

Ethiopia is the country with the highest recent progress score according to Boston Consulting Group’s recently released Report on Sustainable Economic Development Progress. As has been clearly stated in the report, Ethiopia’s most impressive progress is especially associated with income and health. The health sector in Ethiopia has enjoyed tremendous improvements since the turn of the new millennium. The country achieved the Millennium Development Goal of reducing child mortality by two-thirds in 2013 – two years ahead of the deadline. The success in the health sector has also been replicated in the educational sector with the country achieving universal coverage in primary school enrolment. The infrastructural development in the country has also been immense with the people enjoying increased access to water, electricity, telecommunication and roads. 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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