Cover Photography © Eric Lafforgue | Libya

Around the World on Fridays (“L”)

“We are, at almost every point of our day, immersed in cultural diversity: faces, clothes, smells, attitudes, values, traditions, behaviors, beliefs, rituals.” Randa Abdel-Fattah

Today: Laos | Latvia | Lebanon | Lesotho | Liberia | Libya | Liechtenstein | Lithuania | Luxembourg

Cover Photography © Eric Lafforgue | Libya

 

LAOS

Photo © Eric Lafforgue | Laos

Photo © Eric Lafforgue | Laos

Did you know?

Sadly, Laos has been the most bombed country on Earth. The U.S. dropped more than 2 million tons of bombs on Laos from 1964 to 1973 during the Vietnam War. This is equal to a planeload every 8 minutes for 9 years.

 

LATVIA

Photo © www.nordicbalticchoir.lv

Photo © www.nordicbalticchoir.lv

Did you know?

Latvia holds one of the largest song and dance festivals in the world. The Latvian Song and Dance Festival brings together 40.000 performers and has been declared by UNESCO a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The All-Latvian Song and Dance Festival has been held since 1873, usually every five years. The 26th Festival will take place in 2018, additionally marking the 100th anniversary of the Latvian state.

 

LEBANON

Photo © Charbel Fersan | Byblos

Photo © Charbel Fersan | Byblos

Did you know?

Lebanon’s city of Byblos is considered to be the oldest living city in the world. Byblos has been continuously inhabited since 5000 BC and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

LESOTHO

Photo © thetravellingchilli.com | Basotho, the blanket people of Lesotho

Photo © thetravellingchilli.com | Basotho, the blanket people of Lesotho

Did you know?

Lesotho is an amazing country for a variety of reasons and one of these reasons is their amazingly beautiful blankets. Not many countries can say that their traditional dress is a blanket. The Basotho blanket is a very common sight in Lesotho, often with colorful patterns. The blanket is not only used to protect the Basotho against the cold, but is also worn as a status symbol and cultural identification. Almost entirely made of wool, they protect very well against the harsh cold winter. Another typical feature is the woolen balaclava (which only leaves their eyes free) and the gumboots. (thetravellingchilli.com)

 

LIBERIA

Photo © EPA / Ahmed Jallanzo | When Liberia was declared free of Ebola in May 2015, people celebrated in the streets

Photo © EPA / Ahmed Jallanzo | When Liberia was declared free of Ebola in May 2015, people celebrated in the streets

Did you know?

Liberia was first declared free of Ebola transmission in May 2015. The World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed the news early 2016, a milestone that signaled an end to an epidemic in West Africa that has killed more than 11,300 people.

 

LIBYA

Photo © Eric Lafforgue | Libya

Photo © Eric Lafforgue | Libya

Did you know?

Young people are Libya’s future. More than five years after Gaddafi, Libya is torn by civil war and battles with Isis. The number of young people in Libya is very high: more than 50% of the population is under 30. Libya’s youth deserves a better future, but they need the tools through which to channel their drive and ways to mobilize their voice. Watch BBC’s Documentary: Young Clever & Libyan

 

LIECHTENSTEIN

Photo © Lonely Planet | Vaduz, capital of Liechtenstein

Photo © Lonely Planet | Vaduz, capital of Liechtenstein

Did you know?

With one business for every nine citizens, Liechtenstein probably has the highest proportion of companies per capita of any country in the world. The Principality of Liechtenstein has no coastline, no airport and no harbor. Industry and manufacturing generate 40% of the country’s gross value added. Liechtenstein is a large producer of ceramics and is the largest producer of false teeth in the world.

 

LITHUANIA

Photo © Getty | Midsummer celebrations in Kernave, Lithuania

Photo © Getty | Midsummer celebrations in Kernave, Lithuania

Did you know?

Lithuania has its own aroma. The “Scent of Lithuania” (Lietuvos Kvapas) is a combination of bergamot, wild flowers, ginger, raspberry, red berries, grapefruit, lily of the valley, lilac, rose, amber, tree moss, cedar, sandalwood, patchouli, musk, and smoked wood. When creating the Scent of Lithuania, the Lithuanian perfumer’s goal was not only to impersonate the fragrances of the country, but also to tell a story about its cities and villages, its nature, ancient traditions and cultural heritage, the character and the achievements of its people: everything what Lithuanians are justly proud of and respected for.

 

LUXEMBOURG

Photo © EPA / Julien Warnand | A view of a Schengen sign in the village of Schengen, Luxembourg. The town symbolizes the free movement of people and goods in 25 European countries under the Schengen Agreement signed in 1985 and 1990.

Photo © EPA / Julien Warnand | A view of a Schengen sign in the village of Schengen, Luxembourg. The town symbolizes the free movement of people and goods in 25 European countries under the Schengen Agreement signed in 1985 and 1990.

Did you know?

Luxembourg is the second richest country in the world (ranked by its GDP per capita based on population size). The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is consistently ranked among the world’s top-three nations in both wealth and safety.

 

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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