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Guess Who
09-12-2017, 10:14 PM
Pretty cool stuff

The world's least stressful cities

1. Stuttgart, Germany
2. Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
3. Hanover, Germany
4. Bern, Switzerland
5. Munich, Germany
6. Bordeaux, France
7. Edinburgh, UK
8. Sydney, Australia
9. (tie) Graz, Austria and Hamburg, Germany

The world's most stressful cities

1. Baghdad, Iraq
2. Kabul, Afghanistan
3. Lagos, Nigeria
4. Dakar, Senegal
5. Cairo, Egypt
6. Tehran, Iran
7. Dhaka, Bangladesh
8. Karachi, Pakistan
9. New Delhi, India
10. Manila, Philippines

complete article (http://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/least-stressful-cities-2017/index.html)

Guess Who
09-12-2017, 10:22 PM
World's Happiest Countries

Here are the happiest countries in the world and some of what makes them unique.


In Sweden, the coffee break is sacred. Swedes carve out time each day to slow down and enjoy fika, a short beverage break that can be done solo or with company.


From the packed shores of Bondi Beach to the quiet hideaways along the Great Ocean Road, Australia has a whopping 10,685 beaches.


No part of this island nation is more than 79 miles (128km) from the sea. New Zealand is also home to unique penguin species, including the yellow-eyed penguin, the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin, and the little blue penguin—the world's smallest.


Canada’s forest cover represents 30 percent of the world’s boreal forest and 10 percent of the world’s overall forest cover. Unsurprisingly, Canada's air quality is among the best in the world.


Amsterdam actually has 1281 bridges, three times as many as Venice.


Finns take their soak time so seriously, there are an estimated two million saunas in the country with a population of 5.3 million.


According to the International Cocoa Organization, the Swiss eat an estimated 25 pounds (11 kg) of chocolate a year.


This country is known as "The Land of Fire and Ice" because of the glaciers and volcanoes that make up the landscape. Iceland's Vatnajökull—Europe’s largest glacier—is a piece of ice the size of Puerto Rico.


The city of Copenhagen was built for bicyclists. A third of Copenhageners commute to work daily on 217 miles (350 km) of paths and lanes that stretch across the city.


Norway is a premiere destination to view the dancing lights of the aurora borealis. In ancient times, people believed the glowing lights were sent from the gods.
complete article (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/top-10/2017-worlds-happiest-countries/)

Guess Who
09-12-2017, 10:28 PM
World's Unhappiest Countries

10. Madagascar

This island nation off Africa's southeast coast has experienced several violent coups and political instability, according to its profile on the BBC.

The report suggests that residents have little freedom to make choices.

9. Tanzania

Many Tanzanians live below the poverty line, according to the BBC. World Bank figures show that the country has a GDP of $2,538 (£1,762).

8. Liberia

Liberia's economy is one of the weakest in the report with a GDP of $841 (£548), according to the World Bank.

While much of the country's population is unemployed and illiterate, the BBC reports that thousands of Liberians were killed by Ebola between 2013 and 2016.

7. Guinea

Guineans are among the poorest people in West Africa, while the country's economy has also suffered from the volume of refugees that have come from neighbouring countries Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the BBC.

6. Rwanda

Rwanda's 100-day genocide of 1994, in which thousands of people were killed and many left without homes, still bears on the country today.

5. Benin

Benin produces the largest amount of cotton in Africa, according to the BBC, but that hasn't helped its economy. Data from the World Bank shows that the country's GBP is $2,030 (£1,409).

Residents' life expectancy is also low; men are expected to live until the age of 57, and women until the age of 60, according to figures from the World Health Organization.

4. Afghanistan

War in Afghanistan has obliterated much of the country's infrastructure and displaced many of its citizens. Afghan respondents also reported low levels of social support from others.

3. Togo

Togo has a weak economy and is dependent on foreign aid, according to the BBC. The West African nation is known for crime relating to the poached ivory trade.

Residents of Togo interviewed for the survey reported meagre levels of freedom to make choices.

2. Syria

Syria's ongoing civil war has killed over 250,000 of its residents, according to the BBC, while millions of refugees have fled the country to escape the conflict. 72% of Syrians don't have access to clean drinking water, while 2 million children are out of education, according to a United Nations press statement issued in December.

Syrian respondents reported a tiny amount of freedom to make choices.

1. Burundi

People in Burundi, the unhappiest nation in the world, have extremely little freedom to make their own choices. The country's economy is also incredibly poor, with a GDP of $770 (£535).

Residents don't live long, either. According to life expectancy data from the World Health Organization, men live for an average of 54 years, while women live for 58 years.

complete article (http://www.businessinsider.com/the-unhappiest-countries-in-the-world-2016-3/#19-ivory-coast-1)

surprised Iraq did not make the top 19 on the list

Guess Who
09-12-2017, 11:29 PM
World's Healthiest Countries

By Health Fitness Revolution - May 31, 201725
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“The wealth and prosperity of a nation is dependent on the health and physicality of it’s people.” Samir Becic

We first researched all the available data on all the countries and narrowed it down to the top 50,25 and the final 10. We used a combination of internet, library, industry literature, and Samir Becic’s knowledge of over 25 years in athletics coupled with his experience as 4 times Number 1 Fitness Trainer in the World.

No. 10 France

Life Expectancy: 81.56 (2013 EST.)

Why it’s Healthy: France’s diet has long been tauted as a model for health. Although it is indulgent, the French are notorious for small portions and well-balanced meals. In addition, they drink a moderate amount of red wine, which is heart healthy. Like other countries in Europe, the French walk a lot, so as a whole, they lead less sedentary lives.

No. 9 Italy

Life Expectancy: 81.95 (2013 EST.)

Why it’s Healthy: Italian eat a Mediterranean diet that is rich in Olive Oil (Omega 3s) and fish. The Italians are active like most European countries and also drink moderate amounts of red wine, which research has shown is good for the heart (one glass a day).

No. 8 Australia

Life Expectancy: 81.98 (2013 EST.)

Why it’s Healthy: Because Australia is in the middle of the ocean, importing foods can get expensive. This is why Australians use a lot of natural foods found within their country. In addition, Australians put a lot of emphasis on sports as part of their culture. Most Australians surf, swim, play rugby, hike, or bike.

No.7 Switzerland

Life Expectancy: 82.28 (2013 EST.)

Why it’s Healthy: The Swiss are in such great shape because they climb mountains just to get in their front door! Not only do they enjoy winter sports in the winter, but the mountains serve equally as a playground for the Swiss in the summer, for hiking and mountaineering. Unlike American ski areas that turn into ghost towns when the spring snow retreats, the Swiss take full advantage of their mountains every month of the year.

No.6 Andorra

Life Expectancy: 82.58 (2013 EST.)

Why it’s Healthy: Nestled in the mountain in between France and Spain, Andorra has the best of both countries, from the mediterranean diet, to the physical activities associated with being the mountains- skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.

No.5 Greece

Life Expectancy: 82.98 (2013 EST.)

Why it’s Healthy: The Greek live on a balanced Mediterranean diet of olive oil and fish. In addition, they are active on the water and on the varied terrain of the country. Remember that the Olympics started in Greece, so being active is part of their ancient culture.

Toledo, Spain
Life Expectancy: 83.12 (2013 EST.)

Why it’s Healthy: The Spanish food stable is small portions of a varieties of foods called Tapas- which means that portion control is a way of life. In addition to this, they partake in a daily ritual of “siesta”, a two hour nap mid-day which not only lowers stress levels but also ensure that they are getting enough rest.

No. 3 Singapore

Life Expectancy: 84.07 (2013 EST.)

Why it’s Healthy: Singapore has a fine system of keeping the environment healthy and clean. By imposting rules and regulations, the hygiene of Singaporeans is the best in the world. Secondly, most Singaporeans know that good health means wealth. They comply to rules, keep the place as clean as possible. The government is known to promoting clean and healthy environment by education, volunteering, and rules.

No.2 Japan

Life Expectancy: 84.19 (2013 EST.)

Why it’s Healthy: Put simply, the Japanese eat very well- they eat fish versus red meat, eat less dairy, butter, and milk, eat seaweed that is high in iodine, drink a lot of green tea, eat plenty of vegetables, and consume small portions.

No. 1 Monaco

Life Expectancy: 89.63 (2013 EST.)

Why it’s Healthy: Because most of the population of Monaco is very wealthy, they typically have their own chef to plan healthy meals for them. On top of this, because most are retired they have reduced levels of stress. We know that anxiety is a cause of hypertension and contributes to all sorts of disease, from gastritis of the stomach due to too much acid production and to cardio-vascular disease from the hypertension.

complete article (http://www.healthfitnessrevolution.com/10-healthiest-countries-in-the-world/)