Top 7 Best Beaches in the World

Looking for a place to do your next beach vacations? Here you can find some places you can visit!

Similar to what happened to the post regarding the Top 7 Best Golf Courses in the World, there are so many information about this topic that we decided in gather all the information and made our own ranking. We believe we came out we a reliable list, but you can always check some of the sources we used.

1. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando De Noronha is one of the Unesco World Heritage Site as “the most beautiful marine park in the World”. Fernando De Noronha, is an archipelago of 21 islands and islets in the Atlantic Ocean, around 220 miles offshore from the Brazilian coast. It features some of the most magnificent beaches and the calm emerald waters are ideal for diving lovers. In fact, you can encounter some aquatic species such as dolphins, sea turtles and various types of fish. Fernando de Noronha is a thoroughly protected spot for its pristine environment which makes it a dream come true for nature enthusiasts.

2. Anse Source D’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles (tie)

This eternal paradise has been voted as the ‘best beach in the world’ by numerous travel shows around the world. It is also one of the most photographed beaches in the world thanks to its completely stunning beauty. This charming beach offers a natural wonder not often seen, so if you are looking for the ultimate beach experience, head to the Seychelles and prepare to be amazed.

2. Whitehaven, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia (tie)

There are dozens of candidates for the mantle of Australia’s best beach, but for picture-postcard, sheer drop-dead gorgeousness Whitehaven is pretty special. Imagine super-fine, white silica sand surrounded by warm, clear, azure waters sandwiched between tropical forest with various islands dotted around in the distance. Just make sure you come for longer than a day (the preferred option) as once the day cruisers have left you can walk around here or curl up under the shade of the forest and feel like you have this uninhabited piece of paradise all to yourself. It´s quite a trek getting to Whitehaven, the surf isn´t up to much and for half the year you have to wear a stinger suit to swim in the sea – but these are small prices to pay for such beauty. Sunglasses are a essential at this beach because the sand is really white.

Where to stay: The only way to stay near the beach is to camp: a permit is needed from Airlie Beach town on the mainland.

4. Boracay, Philippines (tie)

It’s no wonder why the Philippines is considered by so many one of the best places to travel to. The proof is in its picture-perfect beaches. Boracay is an island in the Philippines that located about 200 miles south of Manila and 2 kms from the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Visayas Region in Philippines. Boracay has become a favourite tourist destination because of its fine powdery white sand, clear warm water and lovely weather. Boracay is a vacationer’s haven! It’s the perfect place to forget your worries, relax and enjoy the natural, splendid scenery. In 1990, it was elected by the BMW Tropical Beach Handbook as one of the best beaches in the world and again in 1996 by the British publication TV Quick as the world’s number one tropical beach.

4. Lanikai Beach, Hawaii (tie)

Lanikai, which means “heavenly sea”, is located in the Southeast part of Hawaii. This secluded but inviting beach has a mile long stretch of soft, powdered sand and crystal clear waters. Ideal for snorkeling and kayaking fans but laid-back visitors who just want to feel the sun shine on and bathe in warm water won’t ever be disappointed. If you’re looking for a picture-perfect vacationing spot in Hawaii, don’t miss out on Lanikai

6. Maldives

The best calm beach in the world. Beautiful, quiet, modern and secluded. The very rare combination found on the beaches in the world.

7. Las Islas Cíes, Galicia, Spain

Mention Spanish beaches and most people instinctively think of the Mediterranean. Yet the wilder, stunning Atlantic coastline of Galicia, just north of Portugal, has far more dramatic praias – with far fewer people on them. One of the jewels of this coast is on Las Islas Cíes, a 40-minute boat trip from the pretty town of Baiona. Once a pirates’ haunt, Cíes is now an uninhabited and pristine national park, open to the public only in summer. Galegos come here to spend long, lazy summer days on the Praia das Rodas, a perfect crescent of soft, pale sand backed by small dunes sheltering a calm lagoon of crystal-clear sea.

Locals call this their “Caribbean beach”, and the water is turquoise enough, the sand white enough to believe the comparison … until you dip your toe in the water. Then it feels more like Skegness. You can sleep in an idyllic campsite, shaded by tall pine trees, with a view over the ocean. And, this being Spain, there’s even a proper restaurant serving great seafood.

Where to stay: Camping Islas Cíes is open Easter week and June-September.

Source: The Guardian,,,,,
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Top 7 Countries With Highest Prosperity Index in 2010

For those who follows economics and how this influence in the wellbeing of the citizens of a country, this is a pretty interesting article. The Legatum Prosperity Index is one of the world’s global assessment of wealth and wellbeing; unlike other studies that rank countries by actual levels of wealth, life satisfaction or development, the Prosperity Index produces rankings based upon the very foundations of prosperity those factors that will help drive economic growth and produce happy citizens over the long term. Based in the latest study available (for the year 2010), these are the Top 7 Countries With Highest Prosperity Index:

1. Norway


Economy: 1

Entrepreneurship & Opportunity:6

Governance: 12

Education: 4

Health: 4

Safety & Security: 2

Personal Freedom: 2

Social Capital: 1

2. Denmark


Economy: 4

Entrepreneurship & Opportunity: 1

Governance: 2

Education: 5

Health: 17

Safety & Security: 6

Personal Freedom: 6

Social Capital: 2

3. Finland


Economy: 9

Entrepreneurship & Opportunity: 4

Governance: 7

Education: 3

Health: 10

Safety & Security: 3

Personal Freedom: 12

Social Capital: 7

4. Australia


Economy: 8

Entrepreneurship & Opportunity: 13

Governance: 8

Education: 2

Health: 15

Safety & Security: 13

Personal Freedom: 4

Social Capital: 4

5. New Zealand


Economy: 17

Entrepreneurship & Opportunity: 14

Governance: 4

Education: 1

Health: 19

Safety & Security: 7

Personal Freedom: 3

Social Capital: 3

6. Sweden


Economy: 7

Entrepreneurship & Opportunity: 2

Governance: 6

Education: 10

Health: 9

Safety & Security: 8

Personal Freedom: 5

Social Capital: 11

7. Canada


Economy: 5

Entrepreneurship & Opportunity: 10

Governance: 5

Education: 12

Health: 11

Safety & Security: 16

Personal Freedom: 1

Social Capital: 8

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Top 7 Largest Countries

I’m sure for anyone who is interested in the “Top 7” list, would like to have some information about geography like which are the largest and/or the most populated countries. Taking this into consideration, starting today and from time to time we we will start publishing some post about these topics. For me, the first one will have to be the Top 7 Largest Countries in the World:

7. India

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Area (sqm): 3 287 263

% of total: 2.3%

Population: 1,195 740 000 people

Rank: 2

% of total: 17.3%

6. Australia

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Area (sqm): 7 692 024

% of total: 5.2%

Population: 22 601 000 people

Rank: 49

% of total: 0.32%

5. Brazil

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Area (sqm): 8 514 877

% of total: 5.7%

Population: 190 732 694 people

Rank: 5

% of total: 2.76%

4. China

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Area (sqm): 9 596 961

% of total: 6.4%

Population: 1,341 000 000 people

Rank: 1

% of total: 19.41%

3. United States of America

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Area (sqm): 9 629 091

% of total: 6.5%

Population: 311 047 000 people

Rank: 3

% of total: 4.5%

2. Canada

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Area (sqm): 9 984 670

% of total: 6.7%

Population: 34 397 000 people

Rank: 36

% of total: 0.5%

1. Russia

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Area (sqm): 17 098 242

% of total: 11.5%

Population: 141 914 509 people

Rank: 9

% of total: 2.05%

Source: Wikipedia,,,

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Top 7 Most Expensive Streets in the World in 2011

I just got a recommendation from a good friend to read an article in a local magazine about the most expensive streets in the world, considering this maybe a good topic for a new post on my blog. Alter I bought the magazine and check the source, it showed that the information was basically the same since 2008 (about places and prices), so taking the idea for a post on this blog, I investigated different sources to come out with a more reliable list.

After doing some research, I found a source for this information that seemed to be the most accurate. The world’s most desirable addresses have largely been sheltered from the slump in property prices felt elsewhere, according to a survey of the most expensive residential streets in the world carried out by Financial News, sister paper to the Wall Street Journal Europe.

To compile the list, researchers asked international and local property specialists to name what they considered the highest-priced streets according to the average price of residential property. A shortlist of 7 was drawn up using price in euros per square meter of property.

1. Severn Road, Hong Kong

Top price: €57 000 per m2

Price change since 2009: +9%

Expect to pay at least €55 000 per square meter for property at the summit of Victoria Peak, high above the business district of Hong Kong. The road comprises fewer than 60 properties including ‘8 Severn’.

But expect volatility. Prices have soared by as much as 60% over the last two years, after plummeting 40% at the beginning of the financial crisis.

2. Kensington Palace Gardens

Top price: €55 000 per m2

Price change since 2009: +2%

Known to locals as “Billionaire’s Row”, this private London road became the new home of Tamara Ecclestone, the daughter of F1 mogul Bernie Ecclestone, in January. Her father paid £45 million for number eight Kensington Palace Gardens, next door to his home at number six.

3. Avenue Princesse Grace

Top price: €50 000 per m2

Price change since 2009: +2%

Moving up a slot from last year, the iconic Avenue Princesse Grace in Monaco has regained some of the losses it made during the recession when lacklustre demand hit the marina-front avenue. Jean-Claude Caputo, chief executive of Riviera Estates, says: “Owners on the street tend to be so wealthy they do not need to sell.”

4. Chemin de Saint-Hospice, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (tie)

Top price: €45,000 per m2

Price change since 2009: +5%

A home in Chemin de Saint-Hospice, which snakes around the peninsula of Cap Ferrat, will set you back at least €45 000 per square meter, says Mr. Caputo. There are just 15 houses on the peninsula – one of which is owned by the Saatchi family.

4. Fifth Avenue, New York (tie)

Top price: €45 000 per m2

Price change since 2009: -4%

Down two places from the previous year, property prices on Fifth Avenue have come under pressure at the lower end, according to local agent Stribling & Associates. However, Kirk Henckels, director of private brokerage at Stribling, says: “The large trophy apartments have been going for $60 000 per square meter. It seems to no longer be “uncool” to spend money.”

6. Quai Anatole, Paris

Top price: €32 000 per m2

Price change since 2009: (New)

Situated on the left bank in the seventh district, Quai Anatole replaces Avenue Montaigne on the list, as Paris’ most exclusive road. Laurent Pepineau, director of Parisian property firm Paris Estates, says the views from apartments on Quai Anatole have pushed up values on the street: “Prices for the best apartments on this street could go up to €32 000 per square meter.”

7. Rue Bellot, Geneva

Top price: €31 000 per m2

Price change since 2009: -2%

Nestled between the Parc Bastions and the Parc de Malagnou, Rue Bellot is the most exclusive residential street in the Quartier de la Cité, on the left bank of the river Rhone. Prices on Switzerland’s most expensive street are bolstered by tight selling restrictions and demand from the super-wealthy looking to relocate to Switzerland.

Source: Wall Street Journal
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Top 7 Most Livable Cities in 2010

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Although the answer likely varies from person to person, there are several universal factors that make any spot a great place to live. To get a sense of the best places to call home, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) assembles annual rankings of 140 major cities worldwide based on which have the most ideal living conditions. The rankings are based on over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five categories: stability, health care, culture/environment, education and infrastructure. The EIU tasks analysts and in-city contributors to assess qualitative indicators, while using a relative gauge for quantitative factors. The EIU found that for most cities, livability has been unaffected by the recession, as most factors – such as infrastructure and crime levels – have not shifted.

Each city is given an overall livability rating that is weighted between 1-100, with 100 being ideal living conditions and 1 considered intolerable. Each individual category factors into the overall ranking on weighted basis.

So where are the Top 7 Most Livable Cities in the World? Continue reading to find out!

1. Vancouver, Canada

Overall Livability Rating: 98.0

Stability: 95

Health Care: 100

Education: 100

Infrastructure: 96.4

Culture & Environment: 100

The largest metropolitan area in Western Canada, Vancouver ranks third largest in the country and the city proper ranks eighth. According to the 2006 census Vancouver had a population of 578,041 and its Census Metropolitan Area exceeded 2.1 million people. Its residents are ethnically and linguistically diverse; 52% do not speak English as their first language.

Vancouver has ranked highly in worldwide “livable city” rankings for more than a decade according to business magazine assessments. It has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 1976 United Nations Conference on Human Settlements and the 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication. The 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics were held in Vancouver and nearby Whistler, a resort community 125 km (78 miles) north of the city.

2. Vienna, Austria

Overall Livability Rating: 97.9

Stability: 95

Health Care: 100

Education: 96.5

Infrastructure: 100

Culture & Environment: 100

Vienna is the capital of the Republic of Austria and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria’s primary city, with a population of about 1.7 million  (2.3 million within the metropolitan area, more than 25% of Austria’s population), and is by far the largest city in Austria, as well as its cultural, economic, and political centre. It is the 10th largest city by population in the European Union. Vienna is host to many major international organizations such as the United Nations and OPEC.

Vienna lies in the east of Austria and is close to Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2005 an Economist Intelligence Unit study of 127 world cities ranked it first equal with Vancouver for the quality of life. This assessment was mirrored by the Mercer Survey in 2009. The city of Vienna retains the top spot as the city with the world`s best quality of living.

3. Melbourne, Australia

Overall Livability Rating: 97.5

Stability: 95

Health Care: 100

Education: 100

Infrastructure: 100

Culture & Environment: 95.1

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and also the second most populous city in Australia. The Melbourne City Centre (also known as the “Central Business District” or “CBD”) is the hub of the greater geographical area (or “metropolitan area”) and the Census statistical division—of which “Melbourne” is the common name. As of late 2009, the greater geographical area had an approximate population of 4 million. A resident of Melbourne is known as a “Melburnian”.

The metropolis is located on the large natural bay known as Port Phillip, with the city centre positioned at the estuary of the Yarra River (at the northern-most point of the bay). The metropolitan area then extends south from the city centre, along the eastern and western shorelines of Port Phillip, and expands into the hinterland. The city centre is situated in the municipality known as the City of Melbourne, and the metropolitan area consists of a further 30 municipalities.

Today, it is a centre for the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, sport and tourism. It is the birthplace of cultural institutions such as Australian film (as well as the feature film),[13][14] Australian television, Australian rules football, the Australian impressionist art movement (known as the Heidelberg School) and Australian dance styles (such as New Vogue and the Melbourne Shuffle). It is also a major centre for contemporary and traditional Australian music. It is often referred to as the “cultural capital of Australia”

4. Toronto, Canada

Overall Livability Rating: 97.2

Stability: 100

Health Care: 100

Education: 100

Infrastructure: 89.3

Culture & Environment: 97.2

Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. It is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. With over 2.5 million residents, it is the fifth most populous municipality in North America. Toronto is at the heart of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and is part of a densely populated region in Southern Ontario known as the Golden Horseshoe, which is home to over 8.1 million residents—approximately 25% of Canada’s population. The census metropolitan area (CMA) had a population of 5,113,149,  and the Greater Toronto Area had a population of 5,555,912 in the 2006 Census.

As Canada’s economic capital, Toronto is considered a global city and is one of the top financial centres in the world. Toronto’s leading economic sectors include finance, business services, telecommunications, aerospace, transportation, media, arts, film, television production, publishing, software production, medical research, education, tourism and sports industries. The Toronto Stock Exchange, the world’s eighth largest in terms of market value, is headquartered in the city, along with most of Canada’s corporations.

5. Calgary, Canada

Overall Livability Rating: 96.6

Stability: 100

Health Care: 100

Education: 100

Infrastructure: 96.4

Culture & Environment: 89.1

Calgary is the largest city in the Province of Alberta, Canada. It is located in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie, approximately 80 km (50 mi) east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. The city is located in the Grassland region of Alberta.

In 2006, the City of Calgary had a population of 988,193 making it the third-largest municipality in the country and largest in Alberta. The entire metropolitan area had a 2006 population of 1,079,310, making it the fifth-largest census metropolitan area (CMA) in Canada. In 2009, Calgary’s metropolitan population was estimated at 1,230,248, making it the fourth-largest CMA in Canada.

Calgary is well-known as a destination for winter sports and ecotourism with a number of major mountain resorts near the city and metropolitan area. Economic activity in Calgary is mostly centered on the petroleum industry. Agriculture, tourism and high-tech industries also contribute to the city’s economic growth. In 1988, Calgary became the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Winter Games.

6. Helsinki, Finland

Overall Livability Rating: 96.2

Stability: 100

Health Care: 100

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 96.4

Culture & Environment: 91

Helsinki is the capital and largest city in Finland. It is in the southern part of Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, by the Baltic Sea. The population of the city of Helsinki is 584,420 (31 March 2010), making it the most populous municipality in Finland by a wide margin. Helsinki is located some 400 kilometres (250 mi) east of Stockholm, Sweden, 300 kilometres (190 mi) west of St. Petersburg, Russia and 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Tallinn, Estonia. Helsinki has close connections with these three cities.

The municipality of Helsinki forms the heart of the Helsinki metropolitan area and Greater Helsinki area. Over one million people live in the Helsinki metropolitan area, which includes the city of Helsinki and three other cities. Two of these cities, Espoo and Vantaa, immediately border Helsinki to the west and north. Kauniainen, the third city, is an enclave within the city of Espoo. The Helsinki metropolitan area is the northernmost urban area on Earth with a population of over 1 million people, and the city is the northernmost capital of an EU member state. Altogether 1.3 million people live in the Greater Helsinki area, which includes the aforementioned cities and 9 suburban satellite towns. Approximately 1 in 4 Finns live in the Greater Helsinki area.

Helsinki is Finland’s major political, educational, financial, cultural and research center. Helsinki is also an important regional city on the Baltic Sea and northern Europe. Approximately 70% of foreign companies operating in Finland have settled in the Helsinki region.

7. Sydney, Australia

Overall Livability Rating: 96.1

Stability: 90

Health Care: 100

Education: 100

Infrastructure: 100

Culture & Environment: 94.4

Sydney is the largest city in Australia and Oceania, and the state capital of New South Wales. Sydney has a metropolitan area population of approximately 4.5 million and an area of approximately 12,000 square kilometres (4,633 sq mi). Its inhabitants are called Sydneysiders, and Sydney is often called “the Harbour City”. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants to Australia.

The city is home to many prominent parks, such as Hyde Park, Royal Botanical Gardens and national parks. This is a major factor, along with Sydney Harbour, that has led to the city’s reputation as one of the most beautiful in the world.

Source: Economist Intelligence Unit,,
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Top 7 Oil Producers

Since last month we all follow what happened in Egypt, ending last week with the resignation of Hosni Mubarak as president of the Country for the last 30 years. Unfortunately, one of the first consequences of these type of acts is the rise of oil prices, in this case because Egypt is strategically located close to the top oil producing countries. This brought me an opportunity to work in a post regarding the top oil producers. After I started this investigation, the information I found was very interesting because there is a slight difference in the raking for the Largest Oil Producing Countries and the  Countries With Largest Oil Reserves,  and I also found interesting the ranking about the oil consumption, so for this post I will try to show the most accurate information I found about these rankings. Measures are made by bbl (oil barrel= 42 US gallons; 158.9873 l):

1. Russia

Production: 10 120 000 bbl/day (2010)

Oil reserves: 60 000 000 000 bbl (2010)

Ranking: 8

Reserve life (years): 17 (reserve to production ratio)

Consumption: 2 916 000 bbl/day

Ranking: 5

Population: 140 000 000

bbl/year per capita: 7.6

2. Saudi Arabia

Production: 9 764 000 bbl/day (2009)

Oil reserves: 266 800 000 000 bbl (2010)

Ranking: 1

Reserve life (years): 127.5

Consumption: 2 376 000 bbl/day

Ranking: 8

Population: 25 000 000

bbl/year per capita: 33.7

3. United States of America

Production: 9 056 000 bbl/day (2009)

Oil reserves: 21 000 000 000 bbl (2010)

Ranking: 12

Reserve life (years): 8

Consumption: 19 497 950 00 bbl/day

Ranking: 1

Population: 314 000 000

bbl/year per capita: 22.6

4. Iran

Production: 4 172 000 bbl/day (2009)

Oil reserves: 138 000 000 000 bbl (2010)

Ranking:  4

Reserve life (years): 95

Consumption: 1 741 000 bbl/day

Ranking: 13

Population: 74 000 000

bbl/year per capita: 8.6

5. China

Production: 3 991 000 bbl/day (2009)

Oil reserves: 16 000 000 000 bbl (2010)

Ranking: 13

Reserve life (years): 11

Consumption: 7 831 000 bbl/day

Ranking: 2

Population: 1 345 000 000

bbl/year per capita: 2.1

6. Canada

Production: 3 289 000 bbl/day (2009)

Oil reserves: 179 000 000 bbl (2010)

Ranking: 3

Reserve life (years): 188

Consumption: 2 261 360 000 bbl/day

Population: 33 000 000

bbl/year per capita: 24.6

7. Mexico

Production: 3 001 000 bbl/day (2009)

Oil reserves: 12 000 000 000 bbl (2010)

Ranking: 17

Reserve life (years): 9

Population: 109 000 000

bbl/year per capita: 7.1

Source: CIA, Wikipedia, Aneki
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