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Building a Republic

Isolated and battered by storms and earthquakes, the relatively new nation of Vanuatu struggles at times to survive. Marco Magrini marvels at how a land of diversity overcomes immense hardship

Austria by rail

If you want to see the ‘high hills’ or ‘lonely goatherds’ of Austria, Hazel Southam discovers there’s no better way than taking the train
Hazel Southam investigates how a 17th century practical joke in Austria, led to a 19th century water sustainability project that’s still going strong today
French food is formally recognised by UNESCO as World Intangible Heritage. However, the southern region of Provence is using gastronomy to bolster its own identity

Out of Africa

Archaeological finds shed new light on how societies dealt with climate change

The Welsh Gauchos

There’s a little bit of Wales alive and well in the valleys of Argentina
A two-year global tour sees Shakespeare’s Globe theatre attempting to put on performances of Hamlet in every country on the planet. Geographical caught up with the players in Laos
Recent discoveries suggest Iceland’s first settlers were not, in fact, Viking-age Scandinavians. Celtic Scottish and Irish explorers look likely to have arrived first

The forgotten war

As WWI commemorations take place, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya remember the East Africa campaign

Rights of passage

A landmark ruling finally gives hope to indigenous peoples around the world fighting to reclaim their homelands
Finland is one of the OECD’s most rural countries, but the rural population is ageing fast and one-by-one the country’s villages are shrinking away

High on a hill

Switzerland’s youth have the second- highest cannabis consumption in the world, according to UNICEF
Now that the final report has been announced, Geographical looks at the key debates around the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Canada and how important it has been to indigenous cultural resurgence
Although California gets all the current headlines, there are numerous significant drought events occurring elsewhere in the world. Geographical explores why you are not hearing about them
Australia’s inclusion in the Eurovision song contest may be an extreme geographic anomaly, but it’s another example of Europe’s continuing expansion
‘Eternal flames’ from ancient times should interest modern geologists

Report from Dark Mountain

The Dark Mountain project aims to change how people think about the environment. Completely...

Stone cold in Sitka

A devastating landslide near the city of Sitka in Alaska last September has unearthed evidence of early human occupation in the region – a prehistoric hammer or ‘handmaul’

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