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By On January 16, 2018

Spain Is Rising in Popularity for Touristsâ€"And the US Is Falling

There are a few things Spain does better than we do: tapas, picturesque small towns, and that whole siesta thing. Now, the country is set to overtake the U.S. in yet another way: by drawing more tourists.

According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in terms of visitor numbers, Spain is "expected" to surpass the U.S. as the world's second most popular country for tourists in 2017. (The Independent reports that while the official numbers won't be released until spring 2018, Spain's second-place finish is all but guaranteed.) Despite very public incidencesâ€"a terrorist attack on Barcelona's famed Las Ramblas in August; a Catalan independence battle; protests relating to overtourismâ€"visitor numbers "soared" in 2017, according to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, and grew nearly eight percent over 2016.

Meanwhile, tour ist numbers in the U.S. declined by five percent in the first quarter and three percent in the second quarter of 2017, following Donald Trump’s inauguration. As we previously reported, the U.S. Department of Commerce released data showing that between January and March of last year, 697,791 fewer foreign travelers visited the U.S.â€"a 4.2 percent drop, or an estimated corresponding loss of $2.7 billion in tourist dollars.

Based on current projections, some 82.2 million international tourists visited Spain in 2017, compared with 72.9 million visitors to the U.S. The world's most visited tourist destination? Franceâ€"which had an estimated 88.9 million visitors in 2017â€"remains comfortably at the top of the pack.

Source: Google News Spain | Netizen 24 Spain

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By On January 16, 2018

Sweden is reissuing a Cold War pamphlet on how to cope with the outbreak of war

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January 16, 2018

Sweden first issued an advisory pamphlet on how to cope with the outbreak of war in the 1940s. The pamphlet was delivered to every Swedish household, telling them how to prepare for and act in a national crisis. Of course, in 1991 when the Cold War ended, the leaflet was discontinued.

But after 30 years where the pamphlet fell into redundancy, the Swedish government has decided to resurrect it.

Sweden is now reissuing the pamphletâ€"named O m kriget kommer (If War Comes)â€"to every household in Sweden during the country’s Emergency Preparedness Week in the end of May this year. It will be delivered to some 4.7 million Swedish households.

The government decided that there’s a growing need for people to know how “to prepare for a crisis and threat of war,” says Christina Andersson, a spokesperson for the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, the government administrative authority tasked with producing the new version of the booklet. The pamphlet doesn’t just focus on threats posed by war, but also terror attacks and natural disasters.

The updated pamphlet will offer practical advice on home preparednessâ€"how to handle basic needs such as food, water, heating, and communicationâ€"“when every day life turns up side down,” Andersson says. The pamphlet has information what to do in an air-raid shelter and what belongings Swedes should pack in case of timely departures (ID, clothing and gas masks). Citizens will also be informed on what the government’s (particularly the defense department) response to a national crisis will be, including what different high alerts mean. Finally, the pamphlet will also give advice on how to handle false information and propaganda.

Sweden reinstated the military draft last year, citing recruitment issues and Russia. The country has also moved closer to NATO in the past year (Sweden is currently not part of the alliance), partly in response to Russia building its military capabilities in the region (Russian jets have frequently infringed on Swedish airspace) and the growing fear of Russian espionage activity in the country.

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By On January 16, 2018

H&M Model And His Family Leave Their Home in Sweden for 'Security Reasons,' Mother Says

A young H&M black model and his family reportedly moved out of their home in Sweden after being involved in an advertisement that social media users have deemed racist.

Terry Mango, the mother of the child, told BBC Outside Source Tuesday they left their home “for security reasons” in Stockholm, Sweden. Last week, an advertisement of the kid model wearing a sweatshirt that read “coolest monkey in the jungle” went viral on social media, and many people accused H&M of being racist.

"I respect other people's opinion on the issue. I know racism exists, but does the shirt to me speak racism? No it doesn't," she told BBC Outside Source.

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Mango said she has been a victim of racism and understands that it is a huge problem. She also added that other black people have attacked her for not agreeing that the advertisement was offensive.
"I [am] a sell out to them, I [am] an embarrassment to the black and African-American people. I sold my son for money," she said.

On Monday, Mango and her husband, Frank Odhiambo, discussed the advertisement on ITV's show This Morning. During the program, Mango said she doesn't think the controversy is an overreaction, but said she doesn’t share the same opinion.

“To put the T-shirt and the word ‘monkey’ with racism, maybe that is not my way of looking at it. I’m just looking at Liam, a black, young boy, modeling a T-shirt that has ‘monkey’ on it. I think everyone should respect different opinions on racism,” said Mango.

Last week, Swedish clothing company issued an apology for the advertisement, but some did not accept it. On Saturday, protesters in South Africa stormed H&M stores in Johannesburg. Organized by the radical Economic Freedom F ighters' party, the protest targeted six stores in the city, pushing down mannequins and tearing down racks of clothing.

Musicians The Weeknd and G-Eazy have cut ties with the company. Last week, The Weeknd tweeted that the advertisement made him feel “shocked and embarrassed.”

Source: Google News Sweden | Netizen 24 Sweden