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What life in Canada can teach us?

Living abroad is an extremely magnificent experience. It can teach an expat a lot. Not only about a new place, new culture and its people. It gives a lot of knowledge a lot about oneself, too. In a way, it helps to increase a self-awareness, mostly because the majority of human beings have to leave their comfort zone and build everything from the beginning in a new place. In this article we will try to get to know what Canada can teach a newcomer.   Nature is important  Canada has an extremely wonderful nature. It has it all: mountains, volcanoes, prairies, oceans, rivers, lakes, Arctic tundra’s, glaciers, rain forests, deserts, islands, vineyards, valleys, ravines, cliffs, hills, pastoral land, etc. The wildlife is also extraordinary here. Well, it’s second largest country in the world, s...

Foreigners’ habits that Spaniards find weird to see in their culture

Spain is home to millions of foreigners, so a multicultural environment doesn’t surprise anyone. However, newcomers should understand that their native customs may surprise locals, since the Spanish culture is quite particular in many senses.  Here is an article about the most standard situations that provoke awkward experiences with Spanish people.   Know how to greet a Spanish person  When Spanish people meet, they greet each other with kisses on the cheek. No matter if you are foreigner and they see you for the very first time, they will give you those two kisses. So, it is better if you could control your instinct to give a handshake, anyway it will not help you to avoid the double kiss.  Know what to wear  In the south the weather is very pleasant all year round comparing it with nort...

What makes a Greek food healthy?

Greece and its culture are very rich, it doesn’t go unnoticed. The extraordinary environment, white-walled towns and a tasty food are the first associations when thinking of this magnificent land.  Even though the topic is infinite, this article is a tribute to the healthy secrets of Greek food.   The traditional Greek table demonstrates a variety of colours and flavours in a large selection of local ingredients. Not surprisingly, the Mediterranean diet is recognized as the healthiest diet around the world. Majority of health experts and even science research agrees on that.   Six healthy customs of Greek cuisine are revealed in this article. Thus, take your notebook, these universal cooking habits can be adapted to any kitchen.   1.  Olive oil Extra virgin olive oil is irreplaceable when ...

How to parent like the Japanese

Japanese children are known for their good behavior. They are often described as having a mature attitude, being calmer and obedient. This is especially so when it comes into comparison with Western kids and parenting styles. So, what does the Japanese parenting style look like? Proximal parenting style prevails in Japan There are two main parenting strategies: proximal and distal. Proximal parenting has regular and extended body contact between the mother and child. Meanwhile, distal parenting focuses on eye contact, face expressions and verbal communication, mostly common in Western countries. It’s the proximal parenting style dominates in Japan. So,  close mother-and-child contact is the norm there. Moreover, Japanese mothers prioritize their child among anything else. One survey ...

Polish your recycling habits: the non-recycled plastic penalty in France

The current project  The French government is planning to set penalties on non-recycled plastic in 2019. The country is planning to start using only recycled plastic by 2025. Thus, the penalty system is related with raising the expenses for consumer goods that come in packages which are made of non-recycled plastic.   The new regulation introduces the law system which is based on 10% lower costs for products that contain recycled plastic, opposed to products with non-recycled material which will cost 10% more. The French government is expecting that higher non-recycled plastic expenses will help eliminating the excessive packaging. The future  This change is to improve the environmental state and is one of the few that are going to be carried out in the following years. The next step conce...

Individualistic vs. Collectivistic Cultures

Cultures are dynamic manifestations of a society’s value choices. They reflect a society’s preferences and approaches to problem-solving together with its citizen’s source of inspiration and motivation. In the world of psychology, cultures are often classified into two camps. Firstly, there are those cultures that are innately collectivist. Secondly, there are those cultures that are that are inclined to be more individualist in their philosophy. The Individualist – Collectivist Divide Individualist cultures, usually represented by Western cultures such as Western Europe and the United States, stress individual fulfilment without regard for their potential impact on collective group goals. This produces a robust framework of competition within a society. Collectivist cultures, often repres...

The Danish unemployment rate is the lowest since 2009

The unemployment rate in Denmark is falling. The number of people who receive social welfare support diminished by 1,400 in June.  Statistics Officially, there are 107,300 people who aren’t working currently and who receive government support. According to the statistics department, the unemployment level is the lowest since 2009 taking into account both the percentage of people who aren’t working and the number of individuals in full-time positions. Even though there has been a steady decrease since 2009 there were some insignificant increases of unemployment in 2016 and 2017. Moreover, the number of people, who are suitable to work but aren’t employed yet, reach 152,000. Meanwhile, it was 148,000 in March last year. So, as we can see, not all numbers are looking better. The labour market...

Italian driving peculiarities

Italians are one of the best car manufacturers in the world. However, their driving skills are widely discussed. Public opinion suggests that Italians are  the worst European drivers. How so? Italians are among the top in the world for owning cars per capita, accordingly, the traffic accidents are numerous. Chaotic driving (fast line changing and braking while in the most cases disregarding the turn signals), anarchical parking, disrespectful behaviour with pedestrians, constant infringement actions against traffic rules are all very common on the roads. In Italian cities an aggressive and fast-paced driving style can be found. Meanwhile, countryside traffic is more laid back. On the other hand, it can also feel annoying when a bus, that is going in front of you, randomly stops without a t...

Warmer weather in Norway: climate change and snake bites

Unusual weather is spoiling Norwegians who are used to much lower summer temperatures. Moreover, unusually high temperatures for this northern country may become normal. Climate change Climate researchers are anxious about quite a regular occurrence of Euro  pean heatwaves this summer. A few records for hot weather have been already set. For now, 34 degrees has been recorded as a highest temperature, which is 4 degrees higher than a warmest day last year. The long-term average temperature has increased between 2-4 degrees to that of the average. However, climate researchers warn that it can become even hotter in Norway. This prediction is based on global warming and the world’s incapability to take proper actions to stop it. Additionally, other opinions believe that this drastic change wil...

Why Valencia?

If anyone ever asks you the question, “Why Valencia?” after you’ve explained you have just relocated there, the simple answer is, “Why not?” Safely tucked away out of the hurley burley between Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia is comfortable in its own skin. And what a skin that is. Valencia is an effortlessly livable city, a haven for foodies, culture-vultures and night owls. Valencia has never looked back since it courageously diverted its avowedly flood-prone river around to its outskirts and converted the now dry riverbed into an illustrious verdant park twining its way through the city. On it, Valencia unleashed innovative architectural designs such as the futuristic Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. Just as critical to Valencia’s enduring attractiveness to residents, visitors and expa...

Are the Swiss eating less chocolate?

The Swiss chocolate industry counts 190,731 tons of the treat sold at home and abroad last year. However, the domestic consumption has fallen for the  third year in a row. Meanwhile, exports have been rising since 2012. Does it mean the Swiss started eating less chocolate? 1 bar of chocolate every one and a half days Even though, Aztecs are considered as the ancestors of chocolate, in the modern world Switzerland is widely known to be a chocolate country.   It all started when Francois-Louis Cailler opened a chocolate factory in Corsier near Vevey in 1819. Additionally, the man also founded “Cailler chocolate”, the oldest local brand still in existence.  Since this sweet relationship has lasted almost 200 years, it is not surprising that the average Swiss person eats 240 bars per year. Thi...

Why do Swedes have the longest vacation time?

Vacation in Sweden is something phenomenal. Local residents have 41 paid days annually. The country takes the lead on a global scale. Nearly two months of the year in total For many employed workers around the world 41 paid vacation days may sound glorious, but it is only a humble minimum for Swedes. In fact, legally they can be out of office around 2 months of the year. It is calculated with possible absences regarding personal matters, grief leave, public holidays and even a day off when you’re moving house.   However, the country keeps breaking down the standards: after taking the first 20 holiday days, Swedes are allowed to save remaining time up to five years. In addition, employers are responsible to inform their employees about their vacation situation in order to use it before thos...