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The most beautiful countries in the world ... quantified

The most beautiful countries in the world ... quantified

Old Feb 11th, 2022, 07:45 AM
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The most beautiful countries in the world ... quantified

Some UK website came up with rankings based on scores for protected areas as set apparently by the legislatures in the countries.

But beauty isnít just something you can see. The study also totted up the number of protected areas in each place. Thatís right: governmental legislation can be beautiful, too. All the countries were then ranked by working out how many beautiful things they contained per 100,000 square kilometres.

The results are somewhat predictable. With its 17,000 islands, 147 volcanoes and countless world-beating coral reefs and rainforests, Indonesia came out top. Then thereís famously picturesque New Zealand, renowned for its dramatic mountain ranges, vast glaciers and huge number of national parks. Third was Colombia, with its contrasts of Amazonian jungle, Andean mountains and Caribbean coast.

Hereís the top ten in full (alongside their Ďnatural beauty scoreí out of ten):

1. Indonesia, 7.77
2. New Zealand, 7.27
3. Colombia, 7.16
4. Tanzania, 6.98
5. Mexico, 6.96
6. Kenya, 6.7
7. India, 6.54
8. France, 6.51
9. Papua New Guinea, 6.39
10. Comoros, 6.22
https://www.timeout.com/news/reveale...untries-021022


Out of the top 5, only been to NZ and Bali.

Bali is beautiful but not the most beautiful place I've seen.

Iceland must be too small to have a lot of protected areas?

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Old Feb 11th, 2022, 08:16 AM
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Interesting list but I think their quantifiers somehow leave out some important contenders for beauty in terms of how we might experience it while visiting.

I haven't been to Colombia nor Indonesia and believe they are beautiful, but I love France and Tanzania and still they would never make my personal top 10 for most beautiful countries.
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Old Feb 11th, 2022, 08:32 AM
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How many travellers visit the entire country ?
I like Mexico City, but hardly know the rest of the country.
Another silly ranking.
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Old Feb 11th, 2022, 09:00 AM
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I think that rankings are pretty much always a method to generate buzz - spur debate and discussion. And mission accomplished!

I've only been to 2 countries on the top 10 - Indonesia and Mexico. Both are incredibly beautiful places, so no issues with them being on the list. The MOST beautiful that I've been - I don't know, but they are great. We're going to France in May, and I am sure it will also be beautiful.
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Old Feb 11th, 2022, 09:01 AM
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No Costa Rica? I'm shocked.
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Old Feb 11th, 2022, 09:47 AM
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I hate these lists, but I find them interesting in their mindless approach to ranking things.

Somebody or somebodies thought of up a list of things that could be counted, and a computer just tallied up the number (high score to smaller countries) and size of these particular sites per square kilometer. Factors in this "survey" include separate calculations for the length of coastline and the areas of coral reef. So, too bad for land-locked countries or those that aren't located in the zone where coral reefs exist (0.1% of the ocean's surface). Another was the number of glaciers, so no points for countries close to the equator. And I don't understand the importance of volcanoes in a beauty competition. Where are the points for beautiful lakes, rivers, waterfalls? Stunning coastal vistas?

Interestingly, Indonesia has the highest score overall but ranks very low in protected areas. Sweden was last in the overall score (#50), and Switzerland didn't do much better (#46) but both dwarf Indonesia in the number and size of protected areas. Canada didn't even make the list.
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Old Feb 11th, 2022, 09:58 AM
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Beauty can never be quantified, it's entirely a matter of opinion.
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I applaud countries for setting aside protected areas, so I'm glad these countries are being recognized. I haven't been to all countries (just a tiny minority of countries on Earth), but I still think the USA is the most beautiful in terms of natural wonders. Mostly because we have it *all." From incredible waterfalls, to the Rocky Mountains, to Death Valley, to temperate rain forests, to tropical rain forests, to sandy beaches, to rocky Atlantic coastline, to soaring Mt. Denali, to active volcanos, to the Grand Canyon, to Yellowstone and its geysers, to the Everglades, etc. My goal before I die is to visit every single state, because there is so much right here in my own country.
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Old Feb 11th, 2022, 10:41 AM
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I love these lists, especially if they include Las Vegas. Then you can be assured that 100 posters will write in to say how much they hate these lists.

The way these findings are calculated would work against very large countries with a bazillion miles of territory you would never want to visit. Like Canada, unless you are a black fly. And regardless of how beautiful and protected many areas are.
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Interesting List

The list is interesting. I was wondering by what measures the countries on the list were chosen. However, I found the list quite stunning.
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On behalf of black flies everywhere, I want to apologize for XC's above insensitive remark. Insects everywhere have been wrongly accused of being pestilent.
Flies are not the source of infection----man is.

I am done. The whir of wings
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Italy and UK

The most beautiful country in the world is certainly my own country, Italy!!! But I also love France and UK, cant wait to pass a few weeks there!
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Maldives and Sri Lanka should be up there too.
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I don't think too many will be going to Sri Lanka this year.

If you want an example of how badly having someone like Trump could go wrong, read up about "Gota."

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Originally Posted by hetismij2 View Post
No Costa Rica? I'm shocked.
me too ... but I think it's related to the overall size of the country in relation to the surface of the protected areas ... for example France should not be in the ranking if you only
take into consideration the land... but it also takes into consideration the maritime spaces
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