Fantastic beaches, fascinating landscapes and exciting cities – Italy is one of the greatest travel destinations in the world and I am always delighted with its versatility. Therefore I would like to introduce you to another facet of the country
A fact so charming, that it must always be mentioned: The island of Sint Maarten-Saint Martin is the smallest landmass in the world divided by two different nations. Only 87 square kilometers and controlled by France and the Netherlands (where
Join a tour of the history and nature to two of perhaps the Middle East’s perhaps most interesting and tourist-friendly countries – Israel and Jordan. You get the opportunity to easily and comfortably experience the countries’ main sights such as
Corsica is also called Ile de Beauté, the island of beauty. A name that sums up what makes this Mediterranean island so attractive for visitors. The island owes its incomparable charm above all to its magnificent landscape and natural backdrop.
The port city on the southwest coast of Africa is one of the most popular travel destinations worldwide. Cape Town itself offers its visitors many exciting sights, but the surrounding area is always worth a visit. Miles of sandy beaches
The Portuguese coastal city of Porto charms the traveler with its stunning river views, atmospheric old town and delicious food. Porto’s tourist assets include the historic center, rich cultural heritage and the city’s title wine. The beautiful red-brick-roofed houses of Porto
FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT IN CHIANG MAI You can stay in Chiang Mai even in a yoga retreat. Via Bangkok to northern Thailand Finnish travel agencies sell some travel packages to Chiang Mai. However, this is not a typical package
Most of us have to think about how much gratuity should be given in any situation while traveling – or is it given at all? When is it important to give a tip? Where & when is gratuity given? In
Democracy and rights In democracy surveys, Venezuela is among “rogue states” – the country is ranked among the most authoritarian and non-free states in the world. Democratic freedoms and rights have been eroded for 20 years, but the race has
Democracy and rights Abbreviated as URU by Abbreviationfinder, Uruguay is one of Latin America’s most democratic countries. The political institutions are stable and the civil rights are well respected. Uruguay, like Costa Rica, is sometimes called “Latin America’s Switzerland”, with
Democracy and rights In essence, the United States is a stable democratic rule of law with regular elections and strong protection of press and freedom of expression. However, confidence in the democratic institutions has eroded in recent years. For several
Democracy and rights Abbreviated as SUR by Abbreviationfinder, Suriname is an electoral democracy, however, characterized by corruption and a weak rule of law. The president himself has been convicted of murder in a trial that went on for over a
Democracy and rights Abbreviated as PER by Abbreviationfinder, Peru has mainly functioning institutions and in the 2000s the change of power took place in orderly form. However, the deep-rooted corruption is a social problem. Several scandals in recent times have
Democracy and rights Despite a modern and democratic constitution, Paraguay has not succeeded in freeing itself from the dictatorship of many decades. Both politics and the judiciary are characterized by deep corruption. Progress has been made since the return to
Democracy and rights Abbreviated as PAN by Abbreviationfinder, Panama is a functioning democracy where fair elections are regularly held and power shifts between different parties. Freedom of speech and association is generally respected even though the media is somewhat circumscribed.
Democracy and rights The rule of law has been gradually eroded in Nicaragua, which today is one of the least democratic countries in Latin America. Power has gradually been concentrated on the president, who has increasingly restricted the scope for
Democracy and rights Abbreviated as ZK by Abbreviationfinder, New Zealand, together with the Nordic countries, tend to be at the forefront of global evaluations of democracy and respect for human rights. The media and courts have an independent position and
Democracy and rights Abbreviated as MEX by Abbreviationfinder, Mexico is a representative democracy where power has since 2000 shifted between different parties. But the rule of law has major flaws. Both political and civil rights are limited due to corruption,
Democracy and rights Government power regularly shifts through elections in Jamaica, which is a relatively stable democracy. In terms of freedom of the press, Jamaica is ranked alongside countries in Western Europe and the highest of all countries in the
Democracy and rights The democratic institutions are weak in Honduras characterized by corruption and violence. Freedom of the press and freedom of expression is circumvented and the country has become one of the most dangerous in the world for both
Democracy and rights Weak institutions, instability and poverty contribute to democratic shortcomings in Haiti. Both politics and the judiciary are permeated by corruption, where low wages and lack of resources are contributing factors. However, in the area of freedom of
Democracy and rights Abbreviated as GUY by Abbreviationfinder, Guyana is a democracy where fair elections are regularly held and results are respected. Violence and discrimination against indigenous peoples are problems. Freedom of the press and opinion is guaranteed in the
Democracy and rights Democracy is still fragile in Guatemala, almost a quarter of a century after the civil war. Elections are conducted in relatively orderly conditions, but corruption, violence and organized crime are widespread problems that permeate both politics and
Democracy and rights The military coup in 2006 put democratic principles and the right to human rights out of play. Political interference in legal processes occurred, as did restrictions in association law and freedom of expression. Since a new constitution
Democracy and rights Abbreviated as SLV by Abbreviationfinder, El Salvador has a democratic governance in which elections are conducted under predominantly free and fair conditions. Freedom of speech is guaranteed in the Constitution and there are independent media that relate
Democracy and rights Abbreviated as ECU by Abbreviationfinder, Ecuador is one of the countries in South America where democracy is considered to suffer the greatest shortcomings, but the situation has improved in recent times. Some restrictions on press freedom and
Democracy and rights Abbreviated as DOM by Abbreviationfinder, the Dominican Republic is a democracy where regular elections are held. However, the institutions are weak and the corruption stubbornly bites itself. The situation is difficult for tens of thousands of Haitian
Democracy and rights 2016 December Gloomy economic report December 28 President Castro states that the country’s GDP shrank in 2016. This is the first time that Cuba has experienced negative growth since the severe economic crisis in the early 1990s.
Democracy and rights Abbreviated as CRI by Abbreviationfinder, Costa Rica is usually called Latin America’s oldest democracy, with two short exceptions it has stood since 1889. The country is characterized by stable institutions and deeply rooted freedoms and rights. In
Democracy and rights Abbreviated as COL by Abbreviationfinder, Colombia has sometimes emerged as a democratic example in the Latin America of the generals. Power has generally shifted through elections and not coups and the constitution guarantees fundamental freedoms and rights.