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#1 FRANCE

About France

France, in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman theater and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history.

Population

67.19 million (2018)

Official Language

French

Largest City

Paris

Recommended Places

Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Palace of Versailles, Arc de Triomphe.

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#2 USA

About Usa

The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking.

Population

327.2 million (2018)

Official Language

English, Spanish

Largest City

New York

Recommended Places to Visit

New York, Washington Dc, California, Disney World, Miami and more.

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#3 SPAIN

About Spain

Spain, a country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, includes 17 autonomous regions with diverse geography and cultures. Capital city Madrid is home to the Royal Palace and Prado museum, housing works by European masters. Segovia has a medieval castle (the Alcázar) and an intact Roman aqueduct. Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Gaudí’s whimsical modernist landmarks like the Sagrada Família church.

Population

46.53 million (2017)

Official Language

Spanish

Largest city

Madrid

Recommended Places to Visit

Madrid, Barcelona, Mallorca

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#4 CHINA

About China

China is a populous nation in East Asia whose vast landscape encompasses grassland, desert, mountains, lakes, rivers and more than 14,000km of coastline. Capital Beijing mixes modern architecture with historic sites such as the Forbidden City palace complex and Tiananmen Square. Shanghai is a skyscraper-studded global financial center. The iconic Great Wall of China runs east-west across the country’s north.

Population

1.386 billion (2017)

Official Language

Mandarin

Largest City

Shanghai

Recommended Places to Visit

Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai

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#5 ITALY

About Italy

Italy, a European country with a long Mediterranean coastline, has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David” and Brunelleschi’s Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.

Population

 60.59 million (2017)

Official Language

Italian

Largest City

Rome

Recommended Places to Visit

Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice and more.

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#6 TURKEY

About Turkey

Turkey is a nation straddling eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Cosmopolitan Istanbul, on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital.

Population

79.81 million (2017)

Official Language

Turkish

Largest City

Istanbul

Recommended Places to Visit

Istanbul, Pamukkale, Antalya, Bosporus, Göreme

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#7 UNITED KINGDOM

About United Kingdom

The United Kingdom, made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is an island nation in northwestern Europe. England – birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles – is home to the capital, London, a globally influential centre of finance and culture. England is also site of Neolithic Stonehenge, Bath’s Roman spa and centuries-old universities at Oxford and Cambridge.

Population

66.04 million (2017)

Official Language

English

Largest City

London

Recommend Places to Visit

London, Edinburgh, Bath, Glasgow

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#8 GERMANY

About Germany

Germany is a Western European country with a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and North Sea beaches. It has over 2 millennia of history. Berlin, its capital, is home to art and nightlife scenes, the Brandenburg Gate and many sites relating to WWII. Munich is known for its Oktoberfest and beer halls, including the 16th-century Hofbräuhaus. Frankfurt, with its skyscrapers, houses the European Central Bank.

Population

82.79 million (2017)

Official Language

German

Largest City

Berlin

Recommended Places to Visit

Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne

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#9 MEXICO

About Mexico

Mexico is a country between the U.S. and Central America that’s known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts and jungles. Ancient ruins such as Teotihuacán and the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá are scattered throughout the country, as are Spanish colonial-era towns. In capital Mexico City, upscale shops, renowned museums and gourmet restaurants cater to modern life.

Population

129.2 million (2017)

Official Language

Spanish

Largest City

Mexico City

Recommended Places to Visit

Cancun, Mexico City, Chichen Itza, Tulum, Playa del Carmen

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#10 THAILAND

About Thailand

Thailand is a Southeast Asian country. It’s known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canalside communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew). Nearby beach resorts include bustling Pattaya and fashionable Hua Hin.

Population

69.04 million (2017)

Official Language

Thai

Largest City

Bangkok.

Recommended Places to Visit

Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Ko Samui, Phi Phi Island

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