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Divorce Across the World – What’s it Like in These 4 Nations?

It’s fair to describe the current divorce laws in the UK as being archaic, particularly from the perspective of a progressive society. This is set to change from 2020, however, when the legislation will change to introduce “no fault” divorces that remove unnecessary conflict and antagonism between parties.

While this is great news for spouses across the length and breadth of the UK, it’s fair to say that divorce laws vary significantly across the globe.

We’ll explore this further below, by considering four countries that have very different outlooks on the notion of divorce.

1. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka currently has one of the lowest rates of divorce in the world, with an estimated 0.46 separations recorded for every 1,000 marriages. But is this indicative of a location where marital harmony reigns supreme?

The short answer is no, as this low rate of divorce is underpinned by prohibitive laws that cause huge amounts of anxiety and agony for couples who choose to go through the process.

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The issue is so bad that Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court recently called for an overhaul of the nation’s divorce laws, which are deemed to be unfit for purpose and designed purely for the purpose of perpetuating marriages and the illusion of healthy family values.

This means that couples who file for divorce are met with numerous obstacles, while the ultimate decision regarding their separation is to take out of their hands and passed directly to a judge.

2. Russia 

Conversely, Russia is a country with a high divorce rate, with the ratio of separation to new marriages fixed at 1 to 1:6 as recently as 2016.

This means that divorce has become more popular than marriage in recent times, and this is at least partially due to the presence of relatively liberal laws that apply nationwide.

Interestingly, the prominence of divorce in Russia is also attributed to the fact that citizens tend to get married much younger here, with immaturity and a lack of financial security undermining even positive love matches.

Russia is also thought to provide challenging living conditions, which compounds the issue facing young couples and intensifies the pressure facing them.

3. Cuba

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Cuba is another nation with a relatively high divorce rate, with 11.03 separations recorded for every 1,000 married people.

Now, this is arguably the result of incredibly liberal divorce laws, which enables separations to be concluded in just 20 minutes in some instances. This is an incredibly short period of time, particularly if you’ve ever got divorced. You can check out companies such as Withers for more information.

This is where the situation gets a little more complicated in Cuba, however, as here the state controls virtually all property whilst there’s a significant housing shortage nationwide.

So, even though couples can get divorced incredibly easily, they may be forced to live together as a couple long after the papers have been signed, creating the potential for huge dysfunction and potential animosity after the fact.

4. Singapore

We close with Singapore, which has seen its divorce rate decline of late even as the number of confirmed marriages has increased.

So, even as the number of civil and Muslim marriages increased by 0.9% to 28,212 in 2017, there have been fewer partnerships that have ended in divorce during the same period.

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This may have something to do with the slightly complex divorce process in Singapore, which involves two arduous steps and can be either contested or uncontested. The first stage sees the courts deal directly with the termination of the marriage, before dealing with Ancillary matters including the division of marital assets, custody of the children and any due maintenance payments from one spouse to the other.

Before this, you also need to determine whether or not you even qualify for a divorce in Singapore, and this can be challenging enough by itself.

Top 12 Technologically Advanced Countries of the World

We can thank technology for the many amazing benefits we get to experience, from everyday things like staying in touch with our loved ones to those more extraordinary achievements, like traveling to space. Seeing as how every nation is different, it’s normal to have different needs, which is why every country has used technology in its own way to improve the life of its citizens. Some were more successful than others and therefore, in no particular order, here are some of the most technologically advanced countries.

The Netherlands

Are you aware that the Dutch are credited with a lot of things we take for granted? For example, the telescope and the microscope, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, all originated in the Netherlands. They have taken their innovativeness to a whole new level with all sorts of medical and scientific instruments among other things. Moreover, the Netherlands is also considered to be the “new Silicon Valley” due to a huge number of booming tech hubs all over the country.

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Finland

While Nokia might be the first thing that comes to mind, this Scandinavian country has so much more to offer. Finland is definitely a pioneer in the field of mobile communication as well as bioscience and environmental science. One thing that makes the citizens of Finland very happy is the fact that they have one of the best healthcare systems in the world.

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Germany

Germany being on this list is no surprise. You might be aware of the fact that their research and development efforts have contributed to nanotechnology and space travel. They are leaders in the field of medicine, engineering, infrastructure and military technology. The government supports various universities and organizations which focus on preparing new generations of scientists.

Canada

Many people tend to neglect Canada’s technological advancements, but the boom this country experienced in the past decade tells us that they are a force to be reckoned with. Almost 2% of the GDP goes to research and development, which presents an amazing opportunity for growth in all fields. Vancouver has become a great city for mobile tech startups, while Ontario and Montreal are thriving when it comes to tech and R&D.

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India

India is full of skilled workers so it’s no wonder that it has become the center for all kinds of outsourcing work, from customer support to accounting. More and more companies are investing in India, including Microsoft and Apple, and this boom is expected to continue. Luckily, India is more than prepared to take on more work as its real estate sector is booming and providing more investment opportunities for all.

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Japan

It is well-known that Japan is one of the giants in the technological field. Plenty of companies that are dominant on the world stage are from Japan, such as Mitsubishi, Toyota, Nintendo, Sony and Canon. In recent years, we have also started associating Japan with bullet trains, smart toilets and robotic technology, but this Asian country is unstoppable when it comes to making our lives much easier (and more fun).

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Singapore

According to opencompanysingapore.com , Singapore has established itself as a major tech hotspot as many big companies from all over the world are opening their offices there. The IT industry is in full bloom and venture capitalists are constantly investing in new startups. Moreover, having the fastest fixed broadband speed in the world is certainly a huge plus.

South Korea

Another giant of technological advancements that comes from Asia is South Korea. This country is well-versed in all fields and has greatly contributed to making everyday activities much easier. For instance, they make everything from phones and computers through trains and planes to robots. South Korea also has incredible internet speed that is three times faster than that of the US. The biggest South Korean companies include Samsung, LG and Hyundai, which can all go toe to toe with their counterparts in the US or Europe.

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Russia

These space pioneers still have an interest in developing the best technologies for space exploration. Moreover, they are also famous for their advanced defense system with their inventive military equipment. Russia puts great emphasis on education and supports new generations as they are expected to continue the development of nuclear energy, medicine and different kinds of technology. And, of course, we cannot forget about their very talented hackers who have also appeared in the news in recent times.

The United States

Alongside Russia, the United States is also known for its space technology, which keeps improving. With companies such as SpaceX constantly developing, this field should be closely watched. Furthermore, the US is home to Silicon Valley which inspires up-and-coming software engineers to give this career a go. Many of today’s biggest tech companies started as a small startup in the Valley and plenty of new ones are launched every day. Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Google and Uber are just some of those that made it. These businesses keep reaching new heights and developing new products, whether it’s a variety of AI assistants or introducing AirPods.

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China

When you think of China, what is the first thing that comes to mind? It probably isn’t space exploration. However, China is the first country to land a probe on the dark side of the moon. They also launched the Hongyun Project, where they sent a satellite into space in order to provide stable internet access to the rural regions of the country. Furthermore, they are utilizing solar power to the fullest by building solar expressways and floating solar power plants. And we cannot forget to mention the company that creates 3D-printed buildings!

Israel

Finally, another country that is amazing at space science – Israel. In addition to that, they have also developed quite an innovative defense industry and the first drone with real-time surveillance. The agriculture industry is another thing Israel can be proud of as they have managed to maximize the crop’s growth in a naturally arid area of the world.

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Plenty of other countries are achieving outstanding results as well. For example, France is even offering incentives to people to move there and open their own tech startups. With all the recent developments, our future is looking quite interesting.

Trump-Kim Summit Happening On Sentosa Island

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Knowing what is at stake and what we could hear from both current and previous leaders of the U.S. and North Korea, it isn’t hard to understand why the summit that will be held on Singapore’s Sentosa Island is characterized as historic. While most details about June 12 meeting are not confirmed it has been reported that the two will talk in one of the hotels located on the island.

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This will be the first summit of the leaders of the two countries and Trump has said that he is satisfied with everything that happened prior to the meeting. Plans are “moving along very nicely,” POTUS stated and added “A lot of relationships being built, a lot of negotiations going on before the trip. It’s very important – it’ll be a very important couple of days.”

According to Sarah Sanders, White House press secretary, five-star Capella Hotel is the place where the summit will be held. It is interesting that both sides will be staying in different hotels. For Kim Jong-un, this will be St Regis Singapore while Mr. Trump will choose Shangri-La Hotel as a place where he already been.

While the island is plagued with dark things from its history, it has become one of the most interesting places for those that have deeper pockets. This is due to its beauty and the fact that so many luxury resorts are located on it, plus it is very close to the main island. You will find golf clubs and private marinas all over the place.

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Sentosa Cove that is located on the island is one of the most prestigious residential areas in this country, and it is normal to see multi-million dollar villas with yachts parked and ready to take its owners for a cruise. If you want to spend some time at one of the luxury resorts be prepared to pay at least $500 a night while the prices can go significantly up. For those that hoped to see some of the action and two leaders might be disappointed as there are no available rooms before June 15.

One of the main reasons for choosing Sentosa is its location and the fact that you can access it only by monorail, vehicle tunnel, cable car and a pedestrian causeway. On top of that, if Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un get tired of the talks they can always hit one of many golf courses.

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Donald Trump Set the Date For Meeting With Kim

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Finally, after weeks of speculations, we learned when the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will happen. The date and location are both set. It’s Singapore, on July 12th. The first, and historic summit between the two leaders will revolve around the subject of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

In one of his tweets, POTUS wrote: “The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!”

Donald Trump will be the first US President to ever meet with a leader of North Korea. NK is a country that was created in the summit of WWII and rose to power during the Cold War. Its work on the nuclear weapons during the last twenty years was a major threat to world security in past decades.

This summit is attracting the attention of global media as both presidents look eager to make this deal happen. But, many are still doubting Kim’s resolve to say goodbye to its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Talking about this subject David Rothkopf, a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said: “Can they get along? Yes. I think it’s highly, highly unlikely that Kim Jong Un actually gives up nuclear weapons.”

Donald Trump’s tweet finally closed a story that started on March 8th when Mr. President announced that Kim accepted his invitation to a meeting. But, POTUS also said that if North Korea declines to end its nuclear program, he will talk to China and other Asian countries and persuade them to stop economic aid to NK.

On Wednesday, Mr. President talked about the upcoming summit: “A lot of things can happen. A lot of good things can happen. A lot of bad things can happen. I believe that … both sides want to negotiate a deal.”

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In a build-up to this summit trump changed his opinion about NK leader, and started talking about him with respect. In the past, he wasn’t shy calling him names, one of them being “little Rocket Man.”

The relations between two countries have stabilized in past weeks, and Pyongyang even released three US citizens that were held there as prisoners. In addressing following this event, Trump said: “Kim was really excellent to these three incredible people. My proudest achievement … will be when we denuclearize that entire (Korean) peninsula. This is what people have been waiting for a long time. Nobody thought we could be on this track in terms of speed.”

Talking about the possibility of visiting North Korea POTUS said that “it could happen.”

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Trump Administration Prepares For Donald/Kim Meeting In Singapore

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The officials of both North Korea and the United States are working on the details of the upcoming meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. The decision where will the talks be held is entirely on the US President, and he said that the location would be known in three days.

In most recent addressing to the press at the White House, Trump denied that he would be meeting Kim at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) which was dubbed as one of the possible locations. The only one remaining that was mentioned before is Singapore, and the way things stand now, the two presidents will meet there. But, we must say, at the moment, no decision is final nor made official.

The city-state in Southeast Asia is a location preferred by US officials, as they are looking to avoid places that are too close to Pyongyang. When asked about the exact location of the meeting between the two leaders White House declined to comment. But, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders stated that the date and location are already set: “I can tell you that a date and location are set but beyond that, I don’t have any other announcements at this point. But we expect that to be announced here in the next few days.”

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North Korea Released US Prisoners

Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, was in North Korea setting up the details of Trump/Kim meeting and also to arrange the release of the US citizens held in NK. Kim Jong Un agreed to release all three men.

The upcoming meeting between Kim and Trump will be the first time in history that leaders of these countries will meet in person. And releasing the three prisoners is a sign of goodwill by NK.

As for the location, Singapore seems like an ideal choice. The country is a long-time US ally, and it has US military presence on its soil. At the same time, it is only one of the 47 world countries that have a North Korean embassy.

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Some officials on both sides preferred DMZ as the location because of its symbolism and photogenic advantages. Both of these were visible during the last week’s meet-up between the presidents of two Korea’s.

According to people from Trump administration, POTUS was delighted with ‘historic images’ that were taken during that meeting. In hours after Moon/Kim meeting, Trump talked about the possibility of seeing Kim eye-to-eye in DMZ, but the idea was scrapped.

Talking about the upcoming summit, Mr. President said: “Everything can be scuttled. A lot of good things can happen, a lot of bad things can happen. I believe that we have… both sides want to negotiate a deal. I think it’s going to be a very successful deal. Lots of things can happen. And, of course, you’ll be the first to know about it if it fails.”

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