Families Around the World – Feb 21, 2011


In this series we look at some of the more interesting family stories from around the world over the past 7 days.

Included in this week’s list are stories from Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Panama and Mauritius



We kick this week’s edition of Families Around the World off with our favorite day in Canada – Family Day! This is the day when (most of) Canada celebrates the importance of families and family life. Here! Here!


Here’s a great story from Germany about the Turkish-German Şamdereli sisters who are doing their bit to help improve cross-border relations between Turkey and Germany. Their movie, which received widespread attention at the recent Berlin Film Festival, looks at the often sensitive relationship between peoples of the two countries by using humor as a tool of change.


For all those Indonesian lovers out there, the Ancol Dreamland park has just opened its Pier of Heart, a special location for lovers to signal their love by attaching padlocks with their names on it then throwing away the keys. This tradition is practiced all over the world but this pier means that the 230 Million people of Indonesia will no longer have to travel abroad to have the pleasure of participation.


Speaking about lovers, here’s a nice video news piece about Richard and Ruth McLaughlin who celebrated 62 years of marriage last week, in Panama City.


Finally, there’s great news for the people of Mauritius as more and more Indian Private Universities are set up on the Island to help with the country’s goal of becoming a “Knowledge Hub” of the region. The ultimate aim? To have one graduate in every Mauritian family by 2020.

That’s it for this week’s Families Around the World.

If you have any amazing family stories you think our blog readers would like to hear about, feel free to put some info and a link in the comments to this post and we’ll see if we can add it to next week’s edition of FAW.

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