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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Samoa Exports


According to MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity (atlas.media.mit.edu), the following items are major exports of SAMOA: beer, cassava, coconut oil, coconuts, copra, fruit juice, furniture, handicrafts, insulated wire, low-voltage protection equipment, precious metal scraps, refined petroleum, scrap iron, seafood (especially fish fillets and non-fillet frozen fish), tree nuts, and tropical fruit. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports (February 2017 statistics) include Australia (top importer), American Samoa, New Zealand, the United States, Fiji, Malaysia, Colombia, Afghanistan, Japan, China, the United Arab Emirates, and the Bahamas.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Happy Friday the 13th


May the luck be with you on this superstitiously unlucky day!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Places to Visit in Monaco


Famous for its Monaco Grand Prix race, casinos, beaches, idyllic harbors, and opulence, the Principality of MONACO offers plenty of reasons to convince visitors to stay for days and weeks on end. For travelers wanting to visit a large portion of a country's territory, Monaco offers a chance to do that! In fact, Monaco is the world's second-smallest country (after Vatican City) — covering only a 2 km² and 0.77 mi² area. Since Monaco practically has something for everyone — and there are too many attractions and tourist spots to list here — the list below is sort of an itinerary for newcomers to Monaco. An interactive Google Map below shows you the geographic location of each site.

GeoFact of the Day logo and bullet point Auditorium Rainier III — more information from GeoFact of the Day (↗)

GeoFact of the Day logo and bullet point Espace Fontvieille Chapiteau (a circus arena)

GeoFact of the Day logo and bullet point Exotic Garden

GeoFact of the Day logo and bullet point Louis II Football Stadium

GeoFact of the Day logo and bullet point Monte Carlo Casino

GeoFact of the Day logo and bullet point Monte Carlo Harbor

GeoFact of the Day logo and bullet point Museums: Monaco Top Cars Collection, Naval Museum, New National Museum, Oceanographic Museum, Museum of Old Monaco, Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology, Museum of Stamps and Coins

GeoFact of the Day logo and bullet point Palace Square (Place du Palais)

GeoFact of the Day logo and bullet point Prince's Palace

GeoFact of the Day logo and bullet point Princess Antoinette Park

GeoFact of the Day logo and bullet point Princess Grace Botanical Garden



Lesotho's Independence Day


Lesotho's Independence Day banner; the Kingdom of Lesotho annually celebrates Independence Day on October 4th.

October 4th, 1966 was a monumental date for southern Africa's Basutoland, which achieved independence from the United Kingdom and became the Kingdom of LESOTHO. Fast forward to 2017, in which the economic and health outcomes of citizens are steadily improving. The political situation could definitely use some stability, but I have faith that the nation's democracy can shine once the political dramas and incidents desist and wind down. Treatment for AIDS/HIV is improving, life expectancies are rising, more and more youth are enrolled in school ... there is a lot to be optimistic about in Lesotho. Happy Independence Day to the Basotho people!

For everyone in the world, I hope you are having — or had, depending on what is the current day where you live — a happy Cinnamon Roll Day and happy Taco Day!

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Exports


According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org) and MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity (atlas.media.mit.edu), the following items are major exports of SAINT VINCENT and the GRENADINES: aluminum structures, animal food, arrowroot flour and starch, bananas, beer, boats, cassava, cement, clothing, coconuts, furniture, packaged food, petroleum gas, prefabricated buildings, rice, rolled iron, seafood, spark-ignition engines, spices, sweet potatoes, taro vegetables, tennis rackets, vehicle parts, and wheat flour. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports (February 2017 statistics) include the United States (top importer), Chile, Barbados, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Belize, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Jamaica, France, Canada, Angola, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Montserrat, and Suriname.

Rounded flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Saint Lucia Exports


According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org) and MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity (atlas.media.mit.edu), the following items are major exports of SAINT LUCIA: artwork, avocados, bananas, beverages (e.g. beer, flavored water, and hard liquor), broadcasting accessories, cardboard boxes, cassava, citrus fruit, clothing, cocoa, coconuts, coconut oil, electronics, gravel and stones, mangoes, paint, paper containers, pumice, refined petroleum, sauce, seasonings, and telephones. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports (February 2017 statistics) include the United States (top importer), Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, Guyana, the Maldives, Barbados, Dominica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Guatemala, France, India, Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Belgium, Grenada, China, the United Arab Emirates, and Belize.

Rounded flag of Saint Lucia

Saint Kitts and Nevis Exports


According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org) and MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity (atlas.media.mit.edu), the following items are major exports of SAINT KITTS and NEVIS: bananas, beverages (e.g. beer, flavored water, hard liquor, and wine), broadcasting equipment, cinnamon, clothing, copra, cotton, electrical motor parts, electrical resistors, electronics, footwear, machinery, measuring instruments, packaged food, rice, seafood, ships, sugarcane, tea, tobacco, and tropical fruit. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports (February 2017 statistics) include the United States (top importer), Czech Republic, Antigua and Barbuda, the Netherlands, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Slovakia, Grenada, Sint Maarten, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Anguilla, Montserrat, Germany, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Angola, Barbados, CuraƧao, and Panama.

Rounded flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis

Monday, October 2, 2017

Rwanda Exports


According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org), the following items are major exports of RWANDA: animal hides, bananas, beans, beverages, bran, cassiterite (tin ore), clothing and textiles, coffee, coffee, construction materials, footwear, furniture, gemstones, gold, mattresses, niobium, potatoes, pyrethrum (insecticide made from chrysanthemums), rice, salt, scrap iron, sorghum, tantalum, tea, vanadium, wolframite (tungsten ore), and zirconium. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports (February 2017 statistics) include the Democratic Republic of the Congo (top importer), Kenya, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Burundi, Singapore, the United States, Uganda, Malaysia, Sweden, Tanzania, Ethiopia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Hong Kong, Finland, Malawi, Austria, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

Rounded flag of Rwanda

Russia Exports


According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org) and other sources, the following items are major exports of RUSSIA: aluminum, ammunition and military equipment, baked goods, barley, chemicals, chocolate, coal briquettes, coal tar oil, copper wire, corn (maize), diamonds, dried legumes, electric components, electronics, equipment and machinery (communications, construction, transportation, etc.), flour, frozen fruit and nuts, gold, handicrafts, hard liquor, iron ore, linseed (flaxseed), malt grain, manufactured goods, meat, medical and scientific instruments, natural gas, nickel, oil seeds, packaged food, petroleum and petroleum products, platinum, processed cereal, rare earth elements, refined copper, rice, seafood, semi-finished iron, ships, silver, soybeans and soybean meal, sugar beets, sunflower seeds, tea, textiles, tobacco, tractors, wheat, and wood and wood products. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports (February 2017 statistics) include the Netherlands (top importer), China, Germany, Italy, Belarus, Turkey, the United States, South Korea, Poland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Finland, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Belgium, France, India, Lithuania, Greece, and Algeria.

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Romania Exports


According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org), the following items are major exports of ROMANIA: automobiles, barley, chemicals, clothing and textiles, construction materials, corn (maize), eggs, electronics, equipment and machinery, footwear, grapes, iron ore, metal alloys, metal products, natural gas, packaged food, petroleum, petroleum (small amounts), potatoes, salt, sugar beets, sunflower seeds, and wheat. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports (February 2017 statistics) include Germany (top importer), Italy, France, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Turkey, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, the Netherlands, Austria, Russia, Slovakia, Belgium, the United States, Greece, Moldova, China, and Serbia.

Rounded flag of Romania

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Random Countries of the Month: October


GeoFact of the Day's Random Countries of the Month in October are CHAD, MEXICO, and SAINT VINCENT and the GRENADINES. Access the Chad blog post (↗), Mexico blog post (↗), and St. Vincent and the Grenadines blog post (↗) for some facts about each one-of-a-kind country. Clicking these hyperlinks bring up the posts in new tabs or windows.

Want your country (or another one) to be featured in a future Random Countries of the Month post? Let me know with a comment!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Qatar Exports


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According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org) and other sources, the following items are major exports of QATAR: aluminemonee, ammonia, bottled water, cement, chemicals (alcohol, alkylbenzenes, alkylnaphthalenes, ammonia, ether, etc.), coal tar oil, crude petroleum, ether, fertilizer, hydrogen, hydrogenated hydrocarbons, ice cream and other dairy products, iron ore, iron products, legume flour, mineral ash residue, natural gas, packaged cereal, petroleum jelly and other products, plastic, plastic products, rice, scrap copper, seafood, ships, steel, sugar, sulfur, tea, tropical fruit, and wheat flour. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports (February 2017 statistics) include Japan (top importer), South Korea, India, China, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand, France, Egypt, Italy, Spain, the United States, Indonesia, Poland, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Turkey, Kuwait, Brazil, Malaysia, and South Africa.

Rounded flag of Qatar

Portugal Exports


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According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org), the following items are major exports of PORTUGAL: animal hides, ceramics, chemicals, clay, clothing and textiles, copper, corks and wood, dairy products, equipment and machinery, footwear, gold, grain, grapes, gypsum, iron ore, leather, machinery, marble, meat, olives, packaged food, paper, petrola products, plastic, potatoes, rubber, salt, seafood, ships, silver, tin, tomatoes, tools, tungsten, uranium, vehicle parts, wine, wood pulp, and zinc. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports (February 2017 statistics) include Spain (top importer), France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands, Italy, Angola, Belgium, China, Morocco, Brazil, Poland, Switzerland, Romania, Sweden, Denmark, Tunisia, Turkey, and Mexico.

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Poland Exports


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According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org) and other sources, the following items are major exports of POLAND: apples and pears, automobiles, baked goods, beverages, chemicals, chocolate, coal, coffee, combustion engines, computers, copper, dairy products, electric heaters, electric transformers, equipment and machinery, frozen fruit and nuts, furniture, gas turbines, insulated wire, iron, livestock, manufactured goods, meat, medical supplies, metal alloys, natural gas, orthopedic devices, packaged food, pharmaceuticals, plastic products, potatoes, rubber tires, safety glass, salt, ships, silver, sulfur, tea, telephones, transportation equipment, vehicle parts, video displays, wheat, and wood carpentry. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports (February 2017 statistics) include Germany (top importer), the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Russia, Hungry, the United States, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Romania, Turkey, Lithuania, and Norway.

Rounded flag of Poland

Philippines Exports


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According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org), the following items are major exports of the PHILIPPINES: cassava, chemicals, clothing and textiles, cobalt, coconuts and coconut oil, copper and copper products, corn (maize), eggs, electronics, footwear, gold, meat, packaged food, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, rice, salt, seafood, semiconductors, silver, sugarcane, transportation equipment, tropical fruit (bananas, mangoes, pineapples, etc.), and wood. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports (February 2017 statistics) include Japan (top importer), the United Provinces, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Germany, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Malaysia, France, Vietnam, Mexico, Indonesia, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Switzerland.

Rounded flag of the Philippines

Peru Exports


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According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org), the following items are major exports of PERU: apples, asparagus, bananas and plantains, barley, beans, beverages, chemicals, clothing and textiles, coal, cocoa, coffee, copper, corn (maize), fabricated metal products, furniture, glass, gold, grapes, guavas, iron ore, lemons, machinery, mangoes, medicinal plants, metal alloys, molybdenum, natural gas, oranges, palm oil, pears, petroleum, phosphates, pineapples, potash, potatoes, rice, rubber, seafood, silver, sugar, tin, tomatoes, wheat, and zinc. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports (February 2017 statistics) include China (top importer), the United States, South Korea, Swisszerland, Spain, Canada, Brazil, Japan, India, Colombia, Ecuador, the Netherlands, Panama, Bolivia, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Taiwan.

Rounded flag of Peru

Paraguay Exports


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According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org), the following items are major exports of PARAGUAY: animal feed, beverages, cassava, cement, corn (maize), cotton, edible oil, electricity to neighborrring countries, iron ore, leather, limestone, manganese, meat, oilseeds, rice, soybeans, starches, steel, sugar, textiles, tobacco, wheat, and wood. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports (February 2017 statistics) include Brazil (top importer), Argentina, Chile, Russia, Uruguay, Italy, India, Israel, Poland, the United States, Japan, Bolivia, Peru, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Morocco, Ecuador, Germany, and Belgium.

Rounded flag of Paraguay

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