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This is another one of those threads where you give us a bit of interesting information about yourself - but in this case it is your country and it requires a bit of research, and also improves everyone's geography of your area. Don't know if this should be in the general discussions forum instead, but I wanted quite an intelligent conversation going on .
Here is an example from me:
Square Miles: 244,820
Currency: Pounds Sterling
Major Religion(s): Christianity (71.6% of people in the UK claim to be Christian)
Highest Mountain: Ben Nevis (1344m in Scotland)
Population Density per Square Mile: 383 (England); 142 (Wales); 125 (Ireland); 65 (Scotland)
Climate: Temperate, more than 1/2 of days are overcast (that's why we always grumble about 'Typical English Weather')
National Dish/Common Foods: No national dish but meals consist mainly of beef, lamb, pork, chicken, fish, potatoes and vegetables.
National Dress/Common Clothes: None for England (though I'm beginning to think that Jeans are becoming a nation dress - I detest them myself). Casual clothes and very smart ones when appropriate.
I don't know actually how true some of these facts are, they're from here and there, so if some of you there think that something else is the case, then feel free to comment.
Really I have done the UK instead of England, but since I have many origins from Scotland and Wales I'd prefer to do that instead .
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Country: South Africa
Square Miles: 470,979 Square Miles ( 25 largest)
Population: 47,4 million.
Capital: Pretoria (administrative) Cape Town (legislative) Bloemfontein (judiciary)
Currency: Rand ( bout 1 Rand to 12 Pounds about)
Here i go.......
Major Religion(s):Christian,Hindu,Islam are the main ones with lots of Native and others put in it.
Highest Mountain: Drakensberg Range ( 3000 M ^)
Population Density per Square Mile:39
Climate:Climatic conditions generally range from Mediterranean in the southwestern corner of the country to temperate in the interior plateau, and subtropical in the northeast. A small area in the northwest has a desert climate. Most of the country has warm, sunny days and cool nights. Rainfall generally occurs during summer (November through March), although in the southwest, around Cape Town, rainfall occurs in winter (from June through August). Temperatures are influenced by variations in elevation, terrain, and ocean currents more than latitude.
Temperature and rainfall patterns vary in response to the movement of a high pressure belt that circles the globe between 25Âº and 30Âº south latitude during the winter and low-pressure systems that occur during summer. There is very little difference in average temperatures from south to north, however, in part because the inland plateau rises slightly in the northeast. For example, the average annual temperature in Cape Town is 17ÂºC, and in Pretoria, 17.5ÂºC, although these cities are separated by almost ten degrees of latitude. Maximum temperatures often exceed 32ÂºC in the summer, and reach 38ÂºC in some areas of the far north. The country's highest recorded temperatures, close to 48ÂºC, have occurred in both the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga.
Frost occurs in high altitudes during the winter months. The coldest temperatures have been recorded about 250 kilometers northeast of Cape Town, where the average annual minimum temperature is -6.1Âº C. Record snowfalls (almost fifty centimeters) occurred in July 1994 in mountainous areas bordering Lesotho.
Climatic conditions vary noticeably between east and west, largely in response to the warm Agulhas ocean current, which sweeps southward along the Indian Ocean coastline in the east for several months of the year, and the cold Benguela current, which sweeps northward along the Atlantic Ocean coastline in the west. Air temperatures in Durban, on the Indian Ocean, average nearly 6Âº C warmer than temperatures at the same latitude on the Atlantic Ocean coast. The effects of these two currents can be seen even at the narrow peninsula of the Cape of Good Hope, where water temperatures average 4Âº C higher on the east side than on the west.
Rainfall varies considerably from west to east. In the northwest, annual rainfall often remains below 200 millimeters. Much of the eastern Highveld, in contrast, receives 500 millimeters to 900 millimeters of rainfall per year; occasionally, rainfall there exceeds 2,000 millimeters. A large area of the center of the country receives about 400 millimeters of rain, on average, and there are wide variations closer to the coast. The 400-millimeter "rainfall line" has been significant because land east of the rainfall line is generally suitable for growing crops, and land west of the rainfall line, only for livestock grazing or crop cultivation on irrigated land.
National Dish/Common Foods: No national dish, but lots of variety for instance braai,samoosa,boboquati and stews , poqui for example. All of this from the slaves and immagrants.
National Dress/Common Clothes: Lots of traditional african dress,aswell as western influences
and typical "gangsta look" no emos though!
Well another cool thing about SA is the variety of people you get almost every kind of person here! The only Ethnic group missing seems to be Latino's Oh and we have Coloured people, a SA group from earlier in the Slave Trade (mischeavous Owners mixing with slaves).
Country: Scotland (meh, we're near enough another country from the UK anyways.)
Population: about 5 million (quite funny how few people there are in scotland compared to even london- 11 million)
Currency: Pounds Sterling
Languages: English, scots, gaelic
Major Religion: Christianity
Highest Mountain: Ben Nevis
Climate: lets put it this way... we have two seasons, winter and june/july
National Dish/Common Foods: national dish? haggis, common food? fish and chips. national drink? whiskey and irn-bru
National Dress/Common Clothes: kilts obviously. and welly boots for national dress
facts: small country which has probebly influenced the world most in terms of inventions.
We annexed england a while back and formed GB in alot of ways.
for a country with a population les than half of london we tend to have ALOT of say in how GB is run and we are currently running for independance (turns out annexing england was a mistake and we want to let them be independant from us again )
scotland is taking over alot of the stuff, the big fight scene in starwars the phantom menace for example was done by 2 scots and an irishman.
one of the biggest banks in the world is the royal bank of scotland (yay!).
i could give a whole load more facts but ill be here for a while.
Last edited by Arklite; October 20th, 2006 at 23:08.
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Country: Denmark (Danmark)
Square Miles: 16,639
Capital: Copenhagen (KÃ¸benhavn)
Currency: Danish Krone
Major Religion(s): Protestant Christianity (traditionally Asetro - Nordic mythology - which is still practiced by some)
Highest Mountain: Mountains?
Population Density per Square Mile: 326
Climate: Temperate and dry. Very cold in winter.
Government: Consitutional Monarchy
Info: The Kingdom of Denmark is the smallest and southernmost of the Nordic countries. Located north of Germany (its only land neighbour), southwest of Sweden, and south of Norway, it is in Scandinavia in northern Europe, but not on the Scandinavian Peninsula.
Denmark borders the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, and consists of a peninsula named Jutland (Jylland) attached to Northern Germany, the islands of Funen (Fyn), Zealand (SjÃ¦lland), Bornholm (Bornholm) and many smaller islands, often referred to as the Danish Archipelago.
Denmark is a constitutional monarchy, in fact the oldest monarchy in the world, and is part of the European Union. Greenland and the Faroe Islands are crown territories of Denmark, each with political home rule. Denmark is one of the elected members of the UN Security Council and is a leader in the "Scandinavian Model" of public services.
- Denmark is the oldest kingdom in the world. The present monarch Queen Margrethe II can trace her bloodline back almost 1200 years to Gorm the Old.
- In the beginning of the 12th Century the Danish King Knud (Canute) ruled Denmark, England, Iceland, Norway, certain areas in Northern France and Northern Germany.
-The Danish flag 'Dannebrog' is the oldest in the world, introduced as the symbol of Denmark in 1219. Suposedly, it fell from the skies during a fierce battle and inspired the Danes to victory.
-William the Conqueror was descended from Denmark. His grandfather was a Viking from Faxe in southern Zealand named Rollo. In fact, the Normans themselves were descendants of Jutlandic Vikings. Normans = Men from the North.
Famous Danes thoughout history (off the top of my head):
-Hans Christian Andersen
-Lars Ulrich :shifty:
Famous Danish Companies (again off the top of my head):
Hey, weâ€™ve got mountains! What about â€™Himmelbjergetâ€™ (in Danish: â€˜Sky Mountainâ€™.) Itâ€™s like 147 meters tall! See for yourself:Originally Posted by BobaHat
Also, donâ€™t forget that Denmark was once described in the magazine National Geographic as â€˜the Worldâ€™s Most Nearly Perfect Nationâ€™ â€“ except in winter.
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Hehe okay I forgot about Himmelbjerget, but that's probably because I ran out of oxygen when I was half way up last time I climbed it. :shifty:
Actually, Ejer BavnehÃ¸j is taller than Himmelbjerget. A staggering 176m!
I live in a country ...
* that spends more on defense -- $348.5 billion in 2002 -- than the next 12 countries combined.
* that, with 6 percent of the world's population and 6 percent of its land mass, generates a third of the gross domestic product (GDP), attracts a third of the foreign direct investment and spends more on research and development than the next seven countries combined.
* whose researchers won or shared the Nobel Prize in medicine in 17 of the past 20 years and took home at least a share of the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 18 of the past 20 years.
* that has more churches, synagogues, temples and mosques per capita than any other country on earth; about one house of religion for every 865 persons.
* ranked 22nd among the world's developed nations in 2003 in foreign aid on a per-capita basis, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, offering one-sixth the amount of aid per citizen offered by Norway.
* where the average household contributes seven times as much to charity as its German counterpart, and whose citizens are six times more likely than Germans to do volunteer work.
* that has 62 of the most 100 valuable brands, according to Interbrand, a consulting group that annually evaluates products.
* that is the world's leading exporter and importer, whose companies spend more money establishing and expanding overseas operations than those of any other nation.
* that is the world's leading debtor nation.
* whose head of state fell off a Segway, choked on a pretzel, and can't pronounce the word "nuclear".
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Isn't the UK national dish Chicken Tikka Masala?
Or is that just an urban legend?
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