On March 27th the Dutch celebrate, the King’s birthday, as their national day. It is not unusual that a nation celebrates the birthday of their crowned head – but to make it their national day; that is seldom! Well, if you dig...

Normally St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated big; not only in Ireland. Also, in the States, where a large part of the population has Irish roots (33 million; about 10% of the total population). This year most celebrations have for good reasons...

Bulgaria is located in the South Eastern corner of Europe; and like all countries in that region, which we have celebrated in the last weeks, Bulgaria was occupied by the Ottoman Empire. In 1396 Bulgaria was occupied by Ottoman forces; the...

On March, 1th Bosnia celebrates its National Day. On February 29th,1992 a large majority of the voters in Bosnia and Herzegovina voted to leave Yugoslavia. Bosnia Bosnia, located in the Balkans, has 3.5 million inhabitants. The country has three ethnic groups; Bosnians...

On February 24th Estonia celebrates its National Day.    Estonia  Estonia is the most Eastern one of the three Baltic States. About 1.3 million inhabitants.  Estonia is technology-wise very advanced. Skype was invented here (2003 a start up in Estonia) – Transferwise is also from Estonia, the public administration is...

Lithuania celebrates three national days. February 16th is probably the most important one.  Congratulation to a small and smart country.    A bit of History – and National Days  All three Baltic States have one border to the Baltic Sea; and one, the Southern / South Eastern to...

On February 15th and 16th Serbia celebrates its Sovereignty Day.  Tourism in Serbia  The number of foreign visitors has grown by close to 80% from 2014 to 2019. In 2019 1.9 million foreign visitors came; 4 million overnight stays were sold to foreign visitors – up 10% from 2018.  Most...

Of all national celebration days, the Japanese dates back the longest – if the measure is the day it is “in Memorium” of.  I have read that only 1/3 of the Japanese know why February 11th is a national Celebration Day – great to have a day off;...