Benedict Cumberbatch was one of the people associated with contemporary UK arts and culture (Photo by Sam under Creative Commons licence)

Benedict Cumberbatch was one of the people associated with contemporary UK arts and culture (Photo by Sam under Creative Commons licence)

Benedict Cumberbatch was one of the people associated with contemporary UK arts and culture (Photo by Sam under Creative Commons licence)

What makes people like a country? New research, released today, surveyed more than 1,000 18- to 34-year-olds in each of six countries: Brazil, China, Germany, India, the US and the UK. So what did people think of the UK? Anne Bostanci breaks down the results.

'The DPRK is very cautious about any imagery or any view of itself which doesn’t conform to the statist ideal'. Photo by Nick Danziger.

'The DPRK is very cautious about any imagery or any view of itself which doesn’t conform to the statist ideal'. Photo by Nick Danziger.

'The DPRK is very cautious about any imagery or any view of itself which doesn’t conform to the statist ideal'. Photo by Nick Danziger.

In August 2013, the British Council’s Visual Arts Director, Andrea Rose, along with photographer Nick Danziger and writer Rory MacLean, travelled to North Korea at the invitation of the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) authorities. They set out to provide a view of the people and the country with the aim of informing future discussion about this isolated state.

1.4-1.5 million men from India served for Britain in the war. Photo of wounded Indian soldiers in a French village courtesy of Imperial War Museum.

1.4-1.5 million men from India served for Britain in the war. Photo of wounded Indian soldiers in a French village courtesy of Imperial War Museum.

1.4-1.5 million men from India served for Britain in the war. Photo of wounded Indian soldiers in a French village courtesy of Imperial War Museum.

The First World War started 100 years ago and forever changed the world, not just Europe. The British Council's Anne Bostanci, co-author of the report Remember the World as well as the War, published today, gives us a glimpse into the war's global scale and legacy.

Photo by marcia taylor on Flickr / Creative Commons licence

Photo by marcia taylor on Flickr / Creative Commons licence

Photo by marcia taylor on Flickr / Creative Commons licence

Editing the British Council Voices blog was a joy during 2013. We asked our authors – both outside and inside the British Council – questions with the wide-eyed curiosity of children, and ended up publishing writing that made us laugh, cry and, most of all, think about education and culture in ways we hadn’t before.

Introducing students to a new language in primary school will make it easier for them to learn more languages later. Photo: Mat Wright

Introducing students to a new language in primary school will make it easier for them to learn more languages later. Photo: Mat Wright

Introducing students to a new language in primary school will make it easier for them to learn more languages later. Photo: Mat Wright

For the last day of International Education Week (18-24 November 2013), we asked Pauline Bourbigot, a former British Council French language assistant at several primary schools in Angus, Scotland, to share some tips and why she thinks language learning from an early age is so important.