The capital of Liberia is Monrovia and the country’s population is about 4.503 million (2013). Liberia is a multilingual country, though English is the official language. Liberian Kreyol is also a well-known spoken language. The main religion is Christianity, with a smaller Islamic population. Its top exports are passenger and cargo ships, iron ore, rubber, Read More

Ivory Coast

The Côte d’Ivoire, or the Ivory Coast. About 22.7 million people live here (2015) and the capital is Yamoussoukro. The Côte d’Ivoire is a religiously secular country, with roughly equal split between Islamic and Christian followers. The official language is French. Its top exports are cocoa beans, refined petroleum, cocoa paste, coconuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, Read More


The capital of Mali is Bamako. There are approximately 17,467,108 people living here. The official language of Mali is French, with Bambara also spoken by a large percentage of the population as well. The majority of Malians practice Islam. The time zone is 4 hours ahead of EST. Major exports of Mali include cotton, gold, Read More


In Nigeria, About 182.2 million people live here (2015) and the capital is Abuja. The official language in Nigeria is English and the country is split between two religions, with a mostly Muslim population living in the north and a mostly Christian population living in the south. The top exports are crude petroleum, petroleum gas, Read More

Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde is also known as Cape Verde. It’s located on a volcanic archipelago off of the coast of Africa in the northwest. About 520,502 thousand people live here (2015) and the capital is Praia. The official language is Portuguese and the main religion is Roman Catholicism, which most of the population follows. The top Read More

Burkina Faso

The capital of Burkina Faso is Ouagadougou. About 18.11 million people live here (2015) and the official language is French. Burkina Faso is religiously diverse and exercises freedom of religion; that being said, Islam is the most popular religion followed by Roman Catholicism. The top exports are gold, raw cotton, oily seeds, brazil nuts, coconuts, Read More


The capital of Benin is Porto Novo. There are approximately 10,741,458 people living here. The official language of Benin is French, but Fon and Yoruba are widely spoken in the South and other languages such as Bariba and Fulfulde are widely spoken in the North. Beninese practice both Islam and Roman Catholicism. The time zone Read More

East Timor

You just couldn’t make up this country’s past: colonized by the Portuguese, declared their independence in 1975, and then 9 days later the Indonesians invade East Timor. For the next 25 years they rebelled against the Indonesian occupation, which took the lives of over 200k people. When the Timorese declared their independence in 1999, the Read More

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago is a country mostly with plains, some hills, and low mountains. The capital of Trinidad and Tobago is Port of Spain. There are approximately 1.2 people living here. The official language of Trinidad and Tobago is English, with Caribbean Hindustani and French also spoken by a majority of the population. The majority Read More


Notes about Azerbaijan: Center of trade route; Caspian sea; temperate climate An absolute gem in Central Asia and a tourist’s dream Sleek city streets of shopping, world class hotels – I chose to stay right next to Old City in traditional hotel called the Sultan Inn   Azerbaijan is a tourist’s paradise and this is Read More

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