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Capture the North – Exploring Northern Norway

 

From the small lonely islands of Lofoten to the dancing northern lights in Senja, David Jervidal travelled with his father, Tommy Jervidal, for 10 days in the northern part of Norway – to capture some of it’s untamed wilderness.

Best Countries for Quality of Life

Through all phases of life, Canada and Scandinavian countries treat their citizens well, according to US News.

  1. Canada
  2. Sweden
  3. Denmark
  4. Norway
  5. Switzerland
  6. Finland
  7. Australia
  8. Netherlands
  9. New Zealand
  10. Germany
  11. Belgium
  12. United Kingdom
  13. Japan
  14. Luxemburg
  15. Ireland
  16. France
  17. USA
  18. Singapore
  19. Portugal
  20. China
  21. Spain
  22. Italy
  23. South Korea
  24. Poland
  25. Czech Republic

More info at US News

Reference: Living 2.0

Most Expensive Countries To Live In 2019

According to CEOWORLD Magazine:

1.๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland
2.๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland
3.๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway
4.๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ Bahamas
5.๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ Luxembourg
6.๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan
7.๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark
8.๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong
9.๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea
10.๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland
11.๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France
12.๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands
13.๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel
14.๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium
15.๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland

More interesting world ranking stats here.

42 Landlocked Countries

Landlocked countries shown in Green. Double landlocked are shown in Purple

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Canada and Scandinavian countries top the 2019 Quality of Life Rankings

The BAV Group, a unit of communications company VMLY&R, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, surveyed 20,300 citizens from 36 countries in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa were asked to score 80 countriesย on 75 different attributes.

The attributes were grouped under different categories: adventure, citizenship, cultural influence, entrepreneurship, heritage, movers, open for business, power and quality of life.

The Quality of Life ranking is based on an equally weighted average of scores from nine attributes: affordable, a good job market, economically stable, family friendly, income equality, politically stable, safe, well-developed public education system and well-developed public health system.

2019 Quality of Life Rankings

  1. Canada (no change from 2018)
  2. Sweden (#3 in 2018)
  3. Denmark (#2 in 2018)
  4. Norway (no change from 2018)
  5. Switzerland (#6 in 2018)
  6. Finland (#7 in 2018)
  7. Australia (#5 in 2018)
  8. Netherlands (no change from 2018)
  9. New Zealand (no change in 2018)
  10. Germany (no change in 2018)

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The Worlds Most Powerful Passports, as of January 2019

  1. Japan (190 countries can be visited without a visa)
  2. Singapore, South Korea (189)
  3. Germany, France (188)
  4. Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sweden (187)
  5. Luxembourg, Spain (186)
  6. Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, U.K., U.S. (185)
  7. Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland (184)
  8. Czech Republic (183)
  9. Malta (182)
  10. Australia, Iceland, New Zealand (181)

London-based consulting firm Henley & Partners, using data from the International Air Transport Association, compiles thisย index of passports that allow visa-free travel.

In the past, this was an annual list, released every January. The list is now being updated every few months.

Since January 2018, Germany has been knocked out of top spot, while both the U,K. and U.S. passports have dropped one place in the rankings.

More at Lonely Planet,ย Traveller, ย CNN

Canadians can stay in the Schengen Area beyond the 90-day limit

Did you know that under certain conditions Canadians and nationals from other countries can stay in Denmark and other Nordic countries beyond the 90-day Schengen Area limit?

More info added to the resources section.

Life along Norway’s Route E69

E69 is the worldโ€™s northernmost highway and one of Norwayโ€™s marvels of engineering.

From the BBC:

Running 129km north from Olderfjord to Nordkapp on a finger of land at the top of Arctic Norway, the E69 is the worldโ€™s most northerly highway, a marvel of engineering along the coast of Western Europeโ€™s northernmost peninsula. First proposed as early as 1908 by Landslaget for Reiselivet i Norge (the countryโ€™s fledgling national tourist association), yet only completed in 1999, the road is a brilliant contradiction, connecting a handful of remote and fragile fishing communities that have long proven they are capable of living without the outside world. For many, wooden boats continue to satisfy their needs.

To drive the road today is to glimpse Norwayโ€™s wilderness at its rawest. Obsidian-black bluffs rise up over narrow sea inlets; mountains lurch into the windshield before giving way to vast plateaus pockmarked by dwarf birch; and violent storms frequently roll in from the intimidating Barents Sea. Come winter, the last stretch to Nordkapp and the abrupt cliffs of Knivskjellodden, Europeโ€™s fabled northernmost point, becomes nearly impassable, only open for convoy driving. Without the highway, itโ€™s easy for a first-time visitor to think that the villages along the route would be on the verge of disappearing.

The creation of the E69 came about in the 1930s to counter a downturn in the fishing industry, which brooded on the horizon after Nordkapp fishermen lost control of exclusive concession rights. New sources of income for the fishermen had to be found and a mass meeting was held in 1934 in Honningsvรฅg, Nordkappโ€™s most populous village, with harbour bosses demanding the municipal council prioritise a national highway to solve the problem.

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A dream running trip in Norway

Katie Adams, Emelie Forsberg, and Ida Nilsson on a dream running trip in Norway.

China will be the worldโ€™s top tourist destination by 2030

Chinese authorities have recognized that tourism is a key pillar of their economy, and they continue to invest heavily to improve infrastructure and standards, in addition to opening up the country with increasingly tourism-friendly policies and initiatives.

At the World Travel Market in London, Euromonitor Internationalโ€™s Head of Travel Caroline Bremner said: โ€œDestinations like China are poised for a successful performance in inbound tourism, with China set to overtake France as the leading destination worldwide by 2030.โ€

The report estimates there will be 127 million arrivals in China each year by the end of the next decade, compared to 126 million in France and 116 million in the US.

And as household incomes and standards of living continue to rise, more Chinese are predicted to be travelling overseas in the coming decade than any other nationality.

Read more at World Economic Forum

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