Property News: Country bolthole with chic and good cheer

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reported to have signed a two-year lease on a cottage in Great Tew, a picture-perfect village on Lord and Lady Bamford’s Great Tew Estate on the Oxfordshire border with Gloucestershire.  Lady Bamford created Daylesford Organic Farm – a farmshop, restaurant, café and garden shop with a spa attached […]

Queen Elizabeth travelled to this country as a princess – yet left as a Queen

Queen Elizabeth, 92, has travelled extensively during her 66-year-reign. However, before she took the throne, she undertook a foreign tour on behalf of her father, King George VI, who was too ill to travel. Joined by her husband Prince Philip, the pair were in one particular country on 6 February in 1952 when the news […]

Measuring happiness: Is Bhutan really the world’s happiest country?

Share this article A viable philosophy or government propaganda? Bhutan is often praised for measuring its worth by citizens’ happiness alongside its economy, but can a country really calculate happiness—and if so, how? I’m meandering along the world’s friendliest road. Hand-painted boulders remind drivers to “peep peep, don’t sleep,” and, a few hundred meters later, […]

Prince Harry's surprising connection with Meghan Markle in this country

Meghan Markle, 37, and Prince Harry, 33, will undertake their first overseas tour as a married couple later this year. They will visit Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji to coincide with the Invictus Games in Sydney. The couple has travelled to many countries before they met, however, as both are keen explorers. There is […]

One of China’s richest men was arrested in the US on sexual misconduct allegations, then left the country (JD)

Lintao Zhang/Getty Liu Qiangdong, the founder and CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com was arrested in Minneapolis over the weekend. He was detained over a sexual-misconduct allegation, which his company says is unfounded. Liu has not been charged with anything, and went back to China afterward. China’s foreign ministry said it is looking into the […]

Kate Middleton headed to this country after breaking up with Prince William

Kate Middleton, 36, married Prince William, 36, in 2001, after dating for eight years. This year, they celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary along with the birth of their third child, Prince Louis. Their relationship, which began at university, wasn’t always smooth sailing after the couple briefly broke up in 2007. Kate was then spotted on […]

The Country Where Happiness and Inequality Go Hand in Hand

The 2018 World Happiness Report named Costa Rica the happiest country in Latin America — not all that surprising when Costa Rica has for years topped global happiness rankings, alongside the usual Scandinavian suspects of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. And yet. In the capital city of San José, the average gross salary is a reasonable […]

Goldman, JPMorgan object to Russian proposal to limit their ability to move money out of the country

A total of 15 foreign lenders are protesting against a new plan proposed by the Russian central bank to reduce the amount of cash they can move abroad from their units located in Russia. Russian subsidiaries of banking majors, including Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Raiffeisen, JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and HSBC Holdings, have voiced their objections to […]

The World's Friendliest Country

To all our nomads, jet-setters and quarter-life-crisis adventurers: Some countries are less hospitable to foreign tourists than others. If you’ve been bitten by the wanderlust bug, you should learn where the locals are friendliest to foreigners and which snooty citizens will give you the death stare the moment your plane kisses the runway. Willkommen and […]