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The UN’s Annual World Happiness Report 2017 has named Norway as the world’s happiest nation. Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, with its population of just over 5 million, is one of the three Scandinavian countries in Northern Europe. Norway shares borders with Sweden, Finland, and Russia, and an extensive coastline facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea.

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Russian scientists are worried that deadly diseases Smallpox and Anthrax might be unlocked from the thawing of Arctic graves according to reports in The Sun UK. The outbreak of anthrax in the Yamal peninsula last year killed one child and more than 2,300 reindeer. Experts said that the anthrax infection is believed to have spread after thawing of reindeer graves, but now scientists warn the same process could release smallpox, a disease that has been eradicated in the world.

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More than 2,000 reindeer have died from the highly infectious disease in Russia’s Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district last year according to news reports.

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The northwesterly winds, which blow out from the cold Siberian high pressure zone, cross over the Sea of Japan. The winds pick up heat and moisture from the warm Tsushima current producing snow clouds then dumps that moisture as snow when it hits the mountains. This results in tremendous amounts of snowfall to the Sea of Japan side. It is one of the snowiest regions in the world, with snow levels measured in meters rather than centimeters or inches. Sometimes violent lightning occurs in Japan in the winter.

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The region along the western side of Honshu and Hokkaido in Japan with an incredible amount of snowfall is called “snow country”. Ranked among the world’s snowiest cities, Akita, Aomori, Sapporo and Toyama are routinely blanketed by 2-4 meters of snow in an annual whiteout that typically lasts for three months.

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In the Pacific side of Japan, Tokyo for example, winter is relatively mild. It doesn’t get much snow. However, when you cross a series of mountain ranges to the west side of Japan, it is one of the snowiest regions in the world with incredible amount of long-lasting snowfalls.

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