środa, 30 grudnia 2015

Liechtenstein is a doubly landlocked German-speaking microstate in Central Europe. It is a constitutional monarchy with the rank of principality, headed by the Prince of Liechtenstein.

Did you know that:
1. Once a year (on Liechtenstein’s national Holiday), all the residents are invited to party in a Vaduz Castle.
2. Although German is the country’s official language, most residents speak an Alemannic dialect that’s very different from standard German and closer to Swiss Standard German.
3. In 2011, you could rent the whole country of Liechtenstein for $70,000 a night.
4. It’s the world’s leading manufacturer of false teeth.
Liechtenstein has one of the world’s lowest crime rates.


wtorek, 10 listopada 2015

Tanzania is a country in East Africa. It is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south; and the Indian Ocean to the east.

Did you know that:

1. Over 120 languages are spoken in Tanzania. Most of these are Bantu languages, a category of over 535 languages and dialects that are spoken throughout Africa.
2. Mpingo trees (a.k.a. Africa blackwood trees, commonly seen in Tanzania) are the most expensive hardwood tree in the world.
3. Tanzania shares it national anthem with South Africa and Zimbabwe. It’s titled “Mungu Ibariki Afrika” (God Bless Africa) and was composed by Enock Sontonga.
4. The world’s earliest human skull was found in the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania.
5. Tanzania is the home of the coconut crab. This crab, the largest crab in the world, can be found on Chumbe Island of Zanzibar.

Cayman Islands

niedziela, 11 października 2015

The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory in the western Caribbean Sea. The territory comprises the three islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, located south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica. The Cayman Islands are considered to be part of the geographic Western Caribbean Zone as well as the Greater Antilles.

Did you know that:
1. Residents of the Cayman Islands pay no income tax.
2. Grand Cayman visitors can choose from more than 159 dive sites.
3. Cayman Islands Law prohibits topless sunbathing.
4. There are no casinos on the Cayman Islands.
5. There is no wait for couples to get married. They can get married on the same day of arrival.
6. Grand Cayman is the 5th largest financial center in the world. It ranks after London, Tokyo, New York and Hong Kong.


czwartek, 1 października 2015

Tunisia is the northernmost country in Africa, covering 165,000 square kilometers. It is bordered by Algeria to the west, Libya to the southeast, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east. Its name is derived from its capital city, Tunis, which is located on the country's northeast coast.

Did you know that:
1. The country has only ever had two presidents.
2. This country is known for its Roman archaeological sites with Carthage being the most popular among tourists.
3. Tunis is the only Tunisian area that enjoys the benefit of a tube service, the others rely on coach, public bus and taxi services.
4. The Tunisian oasis at Kebili has been found to contain evidence of Stone Age settlements.
5. Tunisia is the smallest country in North Africa; the southern part of country comprises of Sahara Desert, while the rest of the country consists of fertile soil and 1310 km of coastline.


środa, 29 lipca 2015

Mali is a landlocked country in West Africa. Mali is the eighth largest country in Africa, with an area of just over 1,240,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi). The population of Mali is 14.5 million. Its capital is Bamako.

Did you know that:
1. Mali is the biggest country in West Africa. It is roughly twice the size of Texas, the second largest American state.
2. Mali was the cradle of the Empire of Ghana, West Africa’s very first black empire.
3. Mali is one of the poorest nations in the world. Around 70% of Mali’s population earns less than a dollar per day.
4. The bogolanfini cloth, which is made from handcrafted cloth dyed with mud, is produced only in this part of Africa.
5. Mali’s Great Mosque of Djenne is the largest mudbrick building in the world.


poniedziałek, 13 lipca 2015

Rwanda is a sovereign state in central and east Africa. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Did you know that:
1. Rwanda is also known as the Land of a Thousand Hills.
2. The main languages spoken in Rwanda are Kinyarwanda, English, Kiswahili and French.
3. Rwanda’s average life expectancy is 40 yrs.
4. Rwanda’s Parliament has more female members (56%) than any other parliament in the World.
5. Rwanda is only one of three countries in Africa where you can visit Mountain Gorillas in the Wild.
6. In Rwanda plastic bags are not allowed – you can use paper-bags, shopping bags but no plastic sacks and plastic bags.
7. In Rwanda flip-flops sandals are not allowed – they were banned in an effort to combat jiggers.


środa, 17 czerwca 2015

Nigeria is a federal constitutional republic comprising 36 states and its Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The country is located in West Africa and shares land borders with the Republic of Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean. There are over 500 ethnic groups in Nigeria of which the three largest ethnic groups are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.

Did you know that:
1. The country was named "Nigeria" after the River Niger.
2. Niger River is Africa's third largest river.
3. English is the main language of Nigeria. Apart from that, 300(!) languages are spoken in the country.
4. Apart from being a regional power, Nigeria is also listed amongst the "Next Eleven" economies.
5. Nigeria has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, with the International Monetary Fund projecting a growth of 9% in 2008 and 8.3% in 2009.
6. Archaeological evidence shows that human existence in Nigeria has a history which starts from 9000 BC. The Nok civilization (around 500 BC-200 AD) is the earliest known civilization here.
7. Portuguese were the first Europeans to reach Nigeria (1472).
8. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the eighth most populous country in the world.
9. Oil was discovered in Nigeria in 1956, at Oloibiri (Bayelsa State).


środa, 15 kwietnia 2015

Poland is a country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north.

Did you know that:
1. Polish people marry the youngest within the European Union (24 years old for women and 26.5 years old for men in average).
2. Nearly 35% of the 60 million Poles live abroad and large Polish speaking communities can be found in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, Brazil and Argentina.
3. The highest mountain in Australia was named in 1840 by Polish explorer Paul Edmund Strzelecki as Mount Kosciuszko because of the mountain's resemblance to the Kosciuszko Mound in Krakow.
4. The 1st floor is regarded as floor "0" so you press "1" when you want to go to the 2nd floor in the elevator.
5. Located in Wrocław is the oldest restaurant in Europe, "Piwnica Świdnicka", operating since 1275.
6. The biggest section of any grocery store in Poland is the candy section.
7. It boasts the most winners of the "World's Strongest Man" title.
8. All Saints' Day on 1st November is an important religious holiday where Poles visit cemeteries to honour their loved ones who have passed away.
9. In addition to birthdays, Poles celebrate their name day or "imieniny", which is the day commemorating the saint they are named after. The names associated with each day is listed in all calendars in Poland. Just like birthdays, there are parties with food, drinks and presents.