Each year, the Reputation Institute, (yes apparently there is one), releases a ranking of the most respected countries according to how they are perceived by others. The criteria is simple and straightforward: an advanced economy, environment that is appealing, and of course, effective and efficient government. Based on the abovementioned, we bring you the list of the 25 most respected countries in the world:
25. Taiwan (Score: 56.2)
While it is recognized as a nation only by 22 countries, it still is known for impressive economic and press freedom and human development.
24. Czech Republic (Score: 56.5)
This country’s economic and political systems are considered examples by other nations that are trying to shift and develop further.
23. Poland (Score: 56.8)
Poland steered Europe as the first post-communist government. In 2009, when the rest of Europe was going through financial crisis, it was only Poland that was experiencing growth.
22. United States (Score: 57)
The US is still seen as the land of numerous opportunities which lands it at number 22.
21. Thailand (Score: 57.7)
One of the few Asian countries that made it to the list, Thailand is a famous tourist destination. It scored high on the appealing environment category.
10 Hilarious Photos That Show Travel Expectations Vs. The Reality
These images will have you in stitches!
Have you ever looked twice at the food you ordered in a fast food restaurant and wondered why it wasn’t as big and appealing as the one pictured in ads and on their lighted display board-style menu? Nobody would want a sloppy-looking burger or soggy fries, right? So, of course, for marketing purposes, those foods had to be prepped and photoshopped to look delectable or mouth-watering on the menu. That's reality.
Unfortunately, travel brochures are like that sometimes. The photos of some famous landmarks had to be edited in a way that would make the site appear more inviting. Tourists may be a bit shocked, though. As soon as they arrive, they'll realize that the place isn’t exactly as picture-perfect as they have been expecting.
Well, especially when myriads of people decided to take a vacation the same time you did....
This Solar-Powered Tricycle Is All Sorts of Awesome
I totally want to have one!
You hit two birds with one stone when you ride a bike to work. Aside from helping you save on gas, you get to enjoy regular exercise for free. No wonder, more and more employees can be seen riding bikes on a daily basis. It’s really an economical and practical way to stay in shape.
These benefits, however, are not as accessible during the rainy season. No one likes to get wet, after all.
Fortunately, VeloMetro came up with a brilliant solution for that dilemma by creating Veemo, the “next wave of sustainable personal transportation”....
This Japan Hotel Is The World’s Oldest, Operating For More than 1,300 Years
There’s one particular reason why guests just love this hotel.
It was once thought that the Hoshi Ryokan, which was constructed in 718 A.D., was the oldest operational hotel in the world, until it was realized that there was a much older hotel – Nishiyama Onsen Keiunan, built in 705 A.D and located in Hayakawa village in Japan.
This year, the hotel is now 1, 311 years old. The inn has been operational ever since and only closed down during renovations. The business has been operated by all 52 generations of the descendants of Fujiwara Mahito.
On the inside, you can expect a traditional Japanese interior design, but guests can enjoy a modern type of accommodation. People from all walks of life have stayed in the hotel including samurai and politicians, and all are after one thing – the hot springs....