Posted on the 27th April 2017 in Country Reports
Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this year and the entire nation is gearing up for a party. Lonely Planet has declared Canada as the number one destination in the world for 2017 and it is little wonder why. With 18 UNESCO world heritage sites, Canada is quite simply, breathtaking. From the Rocky Mountains in BC to the freshwater fjords in Newfoundland, the second largest country in the world is 9.984 million square kilometers of Instagram posts.Continue reading
Posted on the 23rd March 2017 in Country Reports
The UAE is the second largest economy in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia and had a GDP of $570 billion in 2014. The UAE’s Free Trade Zones offer 100% foreign ownership and zero taxes and are highly attractive to foreign investors and international businesses, while its economic and political stability and modern infrastructure attracts both low and high skilled workers.Continue reading
Posted on the 10th March 2017 in Country Reports
5,000 years of continuous civilization gives a country certain bragging rights. Ancient Chinese inventions, philosophies and discoveries have shaped the world as we know it: the abacus, the compass, gun powder, silk, paper, porcelain, alcohol, paper money, Confucius… the influence of Chinese culture on modern society is incalculable.Continue reading
Posted on the 23rd February 2017 in Country Reports
From the frenetic pace and bright lights of Shinjuku in downtown Tokyo, to the serene, contemplative nature of one of its many Zen gardens, Japan is a study in contrasts. It’s a country that has over 1500 earthquakes a year, yet built the world’s tallest broadcasting tower and quake-proofed it using a design inspired by a 1400 year-old pagoda. It’s a country that can set off an international gaming craze where people of all ages race through cities and countrysides looking for creatures based on Japanese mythology. In Japan, ancient traditions and modern technology can blend as harmoniously as matcha and water in a tea ceremony.Continue reading
Posted on the 21st February 2017 in Country Reports
Dating from the Holy Roman Empire in the year 962, few countries have a history as complex - or conflicted - as Germany. Determined to overcome the legacy of WWII and drop the shackles of its past, Germany shifted its famous efficiency into overdrive and emerged from the rubble of the Berlin wall to become an economic powerhouse and a guiding force for political security in Europe. With its rescue of Greece from financial crisis and its commitment to replacing nuclear and fossil fuels with clean energy, to its large-scale acceptance of refugees fleeing war-torn Syria, Germany’s new legacy as a global leader proves the old German adage: “to change and to improve are two different things.”Continue reading
Posted on the 10th January 2017 by Emily Keates in Country Reports
Since the official unification of Italy in 1861, the country has experienced a tumultuous period that saw a mass exodus of her people and the disastrous consequences of two World Wars. Yet over the past 60 years the country has reclaimed its status as a major social and cultural player in world affairs.Continue reading
Posted on the 3rd January 2017 by Emily Keates in Country Reports
In ancient times France was part of the Celtic territory of Gaul, becoming an independent country in the 9th Century. Since the 1600s, the country has played a major role in European and world events.Continue reading
Posted on the 6th November 2016 by Emily Keates in Country Reports
Covered by glaciers during the Ice Age, Switzerland was colonised relatively recently compared to its neighbours. The first group to identifiably inhabit what is now Switzerland being the Celts in around 100 BC. Since then, until its independence in 1815, it has been fought over by the Romans, ‘Barbarians’ and French.Continue reading
Posted on the 3rd November 2016 by Emily Keates in Country Reports
From the all-conquering Vikings, to becoming one of the most democratic and liberal countries in the world, the history of Sweden is long and varied. In more recent history Sweden has developed into a strong, advanced country in both economy and civil liberties - ranking exceptionally for metrics of national performance. For example, Sweden has the lowest income inequality in the world as well as the smallest gender employment-rate gap, with only 4% more men in employment than women.
Sweden joined the European Union on 1 January 1995 however has never joined the Euro currency, which it voted against in a referendum in 2003.Continue reading
Posted on the 26th October 2016 by Emily Keates in Country Reports
Up until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989, Romania spent more than 40 years behind the closed doors of the “Iron Curtain”. However since then it has thrived. With a large natural resource base and the Black Sea in the east driving a lot of tourism to the country, Romania has grown rapidly in the last few decades.
Following the Cold war, Romania’s ties with Western Europe have significantly strengthened, joining NATO in 2004 and subsequently the EU in 2007.Continue reading
Posted on the 22nd October 2016 by Emily Keates in Country Reports
Following the end of World War II, Hungary became a satellite state if the Soviet Union under communist rule. During this period there were a number of nationwide revolts and revolutiins against the soviet controlled government, but it wasn’t until 1989 with the collapse of communism across Eastern Europe that Soviet troops started to leave Hungary. The last troops left the country in the summer of 1991.
In the wake of the departure of Soviet troops and the collapse of the USSR, Hungary developed close political and economic ties with Western Europe, joining NATO in 1999 and then EU in 2004.Continue reading
Posted on the 4th November 2014 by James Teale in Country Reports
The Republic of South Africa, also known as the “rainbow nation”, is a country with deep historical roots with the establishment of the country’s earliest settlers including the San and the Khioikoi people over several thousand years ago.Continue reading
Posted on the 15th July 2014 in Country Reports
Spain – the Euro
Back in 1492 the modern united state of Spain was created, ending nearly 800 years of Muslim rule in the south. Spain is now composed of 17 autonomous communities and 2 autonomous cities with varying degrees of autonomy thanks to its constitution. It now has a population of approximately 47 million.
Spain signed up to the Euro in 1999 and in 2002 the Peseta was replaced by the Euro as the only currency of Spain.Continue reading
Posted on the 6th June 2014 by Rosemary Fallows in Country Reports, News
We’ve decided to put together a series of country reports which will feed into our risk analysis. This is a bit more in depth than deciding where to go on holiday! We will take a look at each country’s political situation, the type of businesses run there and the risk of corruption, amongst other things.Continue reading
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