How the world lives, works and plays.
Call this number and a Swede will answer, any Swede
Nearly 160,000 people have called the number to be connected with a random Swede. Why?
You can live on this picturesque farm by the sea for $1.50 a year
One caveat: Must love sheep.
Why Mexico City's bad air can't be ignored — or easily fixed
The Mexican capital worked hard to shed its image as one of the world's most polluted cities. Are those efforts now backsliding?
Russia is literally giving away land for free
President Vladimir Putin signed a law this month granting 2.5 acres of land in its Far East territory to any Russian who wants it. What's the catch?
Four Cuban Americans are spending their own money to send others to Cuba
The Miami-area professionals modeled their program after Birthright Israel, which offers free trips for young Jews to learn about Israeli culture and connect with other Jews.
What life looks like in Canada's 'Tehranto,' where 100,000 Iranians live
In 2009, photographer Javad Parsa was forced to leave his native Iran. Now he documents the lives of Iranians living in Canada.
In one of the deadliest countries in the world, there's one business thriving — the coffin industry
As El Salvador faces a record wave of murders, the coffin-making business in the little town of Jucuapa is booming.
Novelist Ayelet Waldman is sending writers to the West Bank to document the occupation
Israeli-born writer Ayelet Waldman tried to put Israel out of her mind for 20 years. Now she and her husband are bringing writers to the region to write about what they see.
Employers in the UK are offering paid 'paw-ternity' leave for new pet owners
Some companies in the UK are trying out the idea of giving their employees paid time off when they adopt a new pet.
33 rescued lions flown from Peru to S. Africa
More than 30 lions rescued from abuse in Peruvian and Colombian circuses were flown Friday to South Africa, in what campaigners called the largest-ever airlift of big cats.
Grownups in Thailand are 'adopting' life-like baby dolls and taking them everywhere
It's become popular in Thailand lately for adults, mostly women, to collect life-like dolls that they treat like their own children.
Here's what Nepal's 2015 quake zone looks like today
Photographer Sonia Narang visited people who lost their homes, livelihoods or access to basic needs in the disaster.
A feisty 12-year-old shows us what life in Nepal is like after the earthquake
This 12-year-old lost her home in Nepal's 2015 earthquake but she has managed to stay in school. Now she just needs the other kids to stop taunting her for being homeless.
I went to North Korea to run the Pyongyang Marathon. Here's what it was like
Rule No. 1: Finish in four hours or be shut out of the stadium.
Don't let Antarctica's size fool you. It's melting faster than ever.
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is the size of Europe and a mile thick. And it's melting faster than we thought, with big effects on the level of the world's seas.
Why a Holocaust survivor's violin has taken on a life of its own
When Joseph Feingold traded a carton of cigarettes for a violin at a flea market in Germany after World War II, he couldn't have imagined what the instrument would become.
The Boston Marathon tradition of Ethiopian excellence keeps these teens running
“I want to see Ethiopians win, but I also want to see a good race from everyone," says Esu Alemseged.
Tired of watching the grass grow? Norwegians watch the tide change
US-NORWAY-SLOWTV:Tired of watching the grass grow? Norwegians watch the tide change
Inside Rio's high school 'Occupy' movement
Struggling Rio de Janeiro state had to lay off security guards, making it easier for these high-schoolers to take over and demand a better education system.
A 1915 novel is now the blueprint for a real-life feminist utopia
Charlotte Perkins Gilman published her novella "Herland" 100 years ago. Now a group of pioneers want to make her feminist commune fantasy a reality.
Europe's 'nanny states' make it harder to vape and drink
The Nanny State Index reveals some countries come down extra hard on humanity's favorite vices.
Muslims have been migrating to the US for centuries
You might say Muslims are more American than apple pie.
Muslim students at a Swiss school don't have to shake hands with female teachers
Students argued that Islam does not permit physical contact with a person of the opposite sex, with the exception of certain immediate family members.
Parenting is hardest in the richest countries
The 2016 World Happiness Report looks at the connection between parenting and happiness around the globe.
Why a 6,000 percent price hike on gas won't matter for Venezuelans
The increase sounds mind-boggling, but in practice it may make little or no difference.
Somalis #TweetLiidoPictures to show beauty after beach attack
Al Shabaab militants attacked a popular beachfront restaurant in Mogadishu. But Somalis aren't backing down.
5 countries spew more plastic into the oceans than the rest of the world together
And they're all in Asia.
Two killed in shooting on Tel Aviv thoroughfare, motive unclear
Police said a manhunt was under way in Tel Aviv, Israel's commercial capital.
Brussels has canceled New Year's Eve
The rest of the world is just putting it under really tight security.
It's getting harder for refugee families to reunite in Europe
Still, family reunification remains one of the few legal means by which they can apply for asylum.
Russia is 'warming 2.5 times quicker' than the rest of the world
The climate change alarms are ringing. Russia is heating up more than twice as fast on average than the rest of the world, the environment ministry said Friday.