Finland

Photo: Visit Finland Finland borders Sweden on the west, Russia on the east, and Norway on the north, while Estonia lies to its south across the Gulf of Finland. Google Maps goo.gl/maps/nqk5fCqqXRpe4c4q6 Celebrations Finland’s Independence Day is December 6 and celebrates Finland’s independence from Russia in 1917. Cities Helsinki, Finland Places Lapland Planeta.com Finland Links …

Maldives

Photo: Tchami The Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 1,000 kilometers from the Asian continent. Google Maps goo.gl/maps/Ejj3NNbf5LH9SSWDA Photos Planeta.com Maldives Links Islands Ocean

Germany

Photo: @marfis75, Wiesbaden Germany (Deutschland) is bordered to the north by the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea; to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic; to the south by Austria and Switzerland; and to the west by France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. Questions = Fragen What would locals like visitors to …

South Africa

Photo: Martin Heigan, Namaqualand Hello, Rainbow Nation. South Africa is bordered to the north lie Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe; to the east are Mozambique and Swaziland; while Lesotho is an independent country wholly surrounded by South African territory. Google Maps goo.gl/maps/6rZehjfxJju6X5zJ8 Annual Events September is Tourism Month in South Africa. July 18, Nelson Mandela Day …

Namibia

Photo: Martin Heigan, Fish River Canyon Namibia shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana and Zimbabwe to the east, South Africa to the south and east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Parks and protected areas attract nearly 1 million visitors annually. Google Maps goo.gl/maps/FBHvGZgnL3GMWkCR6 Namibian Heritage Week is held the third week of September every year. Namibian Heritage Week 2019 Elsewhere …

Tanzania

Photo Tanzania is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south. The country’s eastern borders lie on the Indian Ocean. Google Maps goo.gl/maps/mHbcyrs2pFHF8m917 Parks Kilimanjaro National Park Headlines https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/13/tanzanias-ghost-safari-how-western-aid-contributed-to-the-decline-of-a-wildlife-haven https://www.giz.de/en/worldwide/32087.html http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/150916-book-talk-simon-worrall-craig-packer-lions-serengeti-tanzania-trophy-hunting-africa-conservation/#.VfstnbQrPVw.twitter http://www.tourismconcern.org.uk/index.php/news/33/61/Maasai-land-conflict-in-Tanzania-sparks-online-campaign-against-Thomson-Safaris.html http://blog.voluntourism.org/?p=3205 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/06/masai-tribesman-tanzania-tourism Tourism …

Saudi Arabia

Photo: Bernard Spragg, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque Saudi Arabia is bordered by Jordan on the northwest, Iraq on the north and northeast, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates on the east, Oman on the southeast and Yemen on the south. The Persian Gulf lies to the northeast and the Red Sea to …

Russia

Photo: Alex Polezhaev, Fuel Station Russia shares borders with the following countries (from northwest to southeast): Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland (both via Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, and Mongolia. It also has maritime borders with Japan (by the Sea of Okhotsk) and the USA (by the Bering Strait). Google …

Luxembourg

Photo: Tristan Schmurr, Make it happen Spotlight on Luxembourg, a landlocked country in western Europe. It is bordered by Belgium to the west and north, Germany to the east, and France to the south. Google Maps goo.gl/maps/xMqgrKKpCSZ2i8GG6 Planeta.com Luxembourg Links Europe Europe Links

Belize

Photo: Journey Cakes The Central American country of Belize is located south of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula and is bordered by Caribbean to the east and Guatemala to the south/southwest. The population is about 300,000. Google Maps goo.gl/maps/Z94SJhWyYf6PQSz37 Questions What would locals like visitors to know about Belize? Events Chocolate Festival of Belize (2018) 10th Anniversary …