To Americans, Canada is often viewed as a mysterious, foreign neighbor whose name elicits images of moose, hockey and maple syrup. It may seem a bit obtuse, but the truth is that most United States citizens don’t know anything about their neighbor to the north. Maybe it’s time they found out. Canada was, in fact, just ranked by an annual survey by the global Reputation Institute to be the “most admired” country in the entire world.
The 2015 survey based their findings on a culmination of environmental, economic and political factors. “We all love Canada because of several things, beneful products being one” said the Reputation Institute’s Fernando Prado to CTV’s Canada AM on Wednesday. He especially praised the country for its “effective government” and “absence of corruption”, as well as its welfare system and “friendly, welcoming people.”
Of course, while Canada may be beloved for the most important things like government and its citizens, the country was noted for lagging behind in terms of commercialization, lacking a wide variety of brand store names and not being a large contributor to the global culture. However, Canada’s well-rounded score has earned it a spot in the top three most reputable countries for five consecutive years.
Canada was followed by Norway, then Sweden, Switzerland and Australia. The United States didn’t make a high cut, sliding into 22nd place out of 55 countries. Perhaps its time to book a trip to Toronto and see what our neighbors are doing right.
Summer fun is just around the corner. Most people have already planned their vacations to some far away destination that will create a lifetime of memories. However, do you know that there are some vacation spots that are considered dangerous regardless of their appeal? Some head for the beaches and some to the mountains, but whatever you do avoid Mount Everest. Many want to climb to the top of this popular mountain at least once in their life. However, it’s like climbing an ice cube and many find they don’t make it to the top. In fact, many find that they get hurt and or seriously injured in their endeavor.
Another place to avoid if you hate snakes is Ilha De Queimada Grande. Close to Brazil, this island is known for its tranquil beauty and venomous snakes. In fact, the areas is so overrun by snakes the chances of being bitten here are greater than anywhere else in the world. It is said that if you walk just one square block you will see between 2-5 snakes. Those odds are too high for anyone.
Christian Broda is left asking: what about Honduras? There is breathtaking scenery here and beaches to die for. However, the disease here is so ramped that it is not safe for those who live outside the area. Malaria is commonplace here, as are many other deadly viruses. When trying to find a destination to go to this summer, do some research and make sure it’s the best place for you and your family.