Interesting and amazing facts about different countries of the world.
The most interesting and amazing facts about different countries of the world.
By the way, did you know that slavery was abolished in Mississippi only in 2013? In Ireland, it is almost impossible to divorce, and Switzerland is the last European country to give women the right to vote.
Greenland has the highest suicide rate
Greenland is the largest island in the world, part of Denmark. In 2010, 62 suicides were registered here, with the island’s population of only 60,000. This is ten times more than on the mainland of Denmark and the highest in the world. Statistics show that these numbers have not changed for many years. And the majority of suicides are committed by young people. The main reasons pushing them to the extreme act are, most often, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and sexual aggression.
In Switzerland, until recently, did not allow equality between men and women
It would seem that Switzerland is one of the most democratic countries, but women were given the right to vote here only in 1971. In 1981, they adopted an article of the constitution guaranteeing the equal rights of men and women. And just recently, in 2013, women were allowed to leave their surname upon marriage. And talk about it went the last 20 years.
Mississippi abolished slavery in 2013
The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery, the US Congress adopted in 1865. Then it was required that it was ratified by three quarters of the states. 27 of the 36 states voted in favor, and the rest accepted the amendment later. These were mostly southern states. In Mississippi, it was ratified only in 1995, but even then it did not finish the job. It was necessary to send a copy of the supporting document to the Federal Register. The defect was discovered only in 2013.
Japan is a champion in the production of porn
Country of the rising sun in terms of production of porn has overtaken even the United States, where "strawberry" films are shot in large quantities. The first hot films began to be made here in the sixties. According to the Weekly Post, 150,000 women work in the Japanese porn industry.That is, every two hundredth Japanese woman aged 19 to 55 years at least once, but starred in porn. By the way, only 70 men serve all these women in the cinema. This is a shame for the Japanese.
India has criminalized homosexuality
In 1960, a law was passed, according to which, for a same-sex relationship, up to ten years in prison was laid. As the country stands on the path to democratic values, in 2009 the parliament repealed this law as violating human rights. Naturally, the spiritual leaders of India did not like this decision, and they challenged it in court. The court sided with the conservatives and returned everything as it was. True, this law is practically not applied. Threaten, but no more. By the way in India there is a special caste of hijr, which includes homosexuals and transgender people. According to various estimates, it includes from fifty thousand to five million people.
The United States - the record for the number of prisoners
According to the non-governmental research company Pew Center, every 100th citizen of the United States is in prison. Total for 2008 in the United States was 2.3 million prisoners. According to this indicator, the country ranks first in the world. Analysts believe that the cause is not only a high level of crime, but also the severity of legislation. Gleb Zheglov would be glad for the Americans.For comparison, in Russia with a population of 145 million, about 890 thousand are sitting behind bars, and in one and a half billion China - one and a half million.
In the US, the shortest maternity leave
A working woman, on maternity leave, receives only 12 weeks of guaranteed maternity leave, which is paid only in some states or at the discretion of the employer. After a three-month period, the employer may give the place to another employee. Women are forced to take a planned vacation, combine it with the prescribed three months, or use sick leave if they have accumulated in order to at least extend the period of care for the newborn. Child support is also not allowed.
It is very difficult to get a divorce in Ireland
Until 1996, in Ireland in general it was impossible to divorce. There was no such service. In the nineties, they held a referendum and amended the Constitution. But now it is very difficult to get a divorce. The court divorces the Irish who have fallen in love with each other only if they prove that four years out of five have lived separately. And it is not always easy. If they lived in the same house, then it is necessary to confirm that they conducted separate farming.That is, if someone says that they had dinner at the same table, the judge may not give a divorce.
Until recently, gender reassignment in Sweden required mandatory sterilization.
The rule of mandatory physical or chemical sterilization was in force in Sweden from 1972 to 2013. Perhaps this is how the Swedish authorities tried to avoid the transfer of bad heredity. In 2013, this rule was revised when one citizen, after changing sex, abandoned the sterilization procedure and applied to the Swedish Department of Health. By the way, registration of same-sex marriages is now allowed in Sweden.
In the UK, an ambiguous approach to political refugees
England is famous for the willingness to accept people who are subjected to political persecution in their homeland. But in their selectivity, the British authorities, at times, make strange decisions. For example, having promised a shelter for all persecuted gays and lesbians, they refused to Nigerian, who is waiting for a prison at home for sexual orientation. Their decision did not change even after they had produced a videotape as proof. At the same time, they gave refuge to a Libyan alcoholic who committed 78 crimes.He sued the British government and proved that the deportation would violate his rights, since he committed most of the crimes while intoxicated, and cheap and low-quality alcohol in Libya. So he is not guilty. Also noteworthy is the story of the Jordanian terrorist Abu Qatada, who was detained for 12 years in a British prison and was not extradited because he could be in danger of torture at home. As a result, Katad was expelled, but the whole story cost the royal treasury more than 1.7 million pounds.