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The Philippines

Three of the 10 largest shopping malls in the world are located in the Philippines.

The world's largest pearl was discovered by a Filipino diver in the Palawan Sea. The 75-pound pearl is valued at $100 million.

The Philippines is the largest supplier of nurses worldwide. Partially due to the limited job opportunities in the country, many citizens seek work abroad.

Due to the large volume of text messages sent throughout the country, the Philippines has earned its nickname as the "text capital of the world."

The Philippines is made up of 7,641 islands.

There are more than 200 volcanoes in the Philippines, 24 are active.

Cebu City, known as the ‘Queen City of the South’, is considered the oldest city in the country.

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Germany

Germany was the first country in the world to adopt Daylight saving time

Prison escape is not punishable by law in Germany

Fanta originated in Germany as a result of the Second World War

College education in Germany is free even for internationals

Berlin’s Zoologischer Garten is the largest zoo in the world

Germany has more cultural activities and places than any other country

Germany is one of the world’s largest car producers

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Greece

Greece is one of the sunniest countries in the world, with an average of 250 sunny days every year. That’s why packing sunscreen is a must!

The country comprises more than 2000 islands, but only 170 of them are inhabited.

Greece records more tourists during the summer than the actual population of the country - Greece having a population of about 10.7 million people.

Greek written language is the oldest language in the world still in existence, being used for over 5000 years, and having influences in many modern languages, including English.

There are more than 4000 traditional Greek dances still danced around the country.

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England

There’s an annual cheese rolling competition dating back from 1826. Every year, a round cheese is rolled down a steep hill and an eager crowd risks their limbs chasing it.

The English scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the WWW - also known as the World Wide Web.

Queen Elizabeth II is distantly related through her lineage with Vlad the Impaler.

Sticking a postage stamp upside down is considered a crime

French was the official language in England, from 1066 till 1362.

More tea is consumed in England than anywhere else in the world.

Ireland

The harp, and not the clover, is the national symbol of Ireland. Depicted on the front of Irish passports, the harp is the only musical instrument in the world as a national emblem.

The longest coastal drive route - The Wild Atlantic Way - is found in Ireland.

St. Patrick wasn’t born in Ireland. Likely born in Wales, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders at the age of 16, becoming a slave for 6 years. Later on, he would come back to England, be ordained a priest, and return to Ireland as a missionary.

The first submarine was developed in Ireland by John Philip Holland.

The writer of Dracula is from Dublin. It is thought that the Irish legend of Abhartach is what inspired Bram Stoker to write his popular fiction.

A lot of Irish names begin with ‘Mac’, meaning ‘son of’, while surnames beginning with ‘O’ translates to ‘grandson of’.

Contrary to beliefs, it wasn’t St. Patrick that got rid of all the snakes in Ireland, but the isolation from the mainland which kept snakes and other common animals away from the island. viverra maecenas accumsan lacus vel facilisis.

Turkey

Istanbul is the only city in the world set on two continents: Europe and Asia, with the river Bosphorus being the dividing line between the two geographical regions.

Coffee, cherries and tulips first originated from Turkey and spread around the world.

Turkey had two of the seven ancient wonders of the world: The Temple of Artemis and The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.

Mexico

The first printing press in North America was used in Mexico City in 1539, a lot earlier than in the United

The largest wildcat in North America, the jaguar, can be found lurking around the southern jungles of Mexico.

The World’s Smallest Volcano can be found in Mexico. Named Cuexcomate, the volcano is found outside the city of Puebla and stands at a height of only 43 feet tall.

Tomatoes, avocados, zucchinis and other beans and chillies all originate from Mexico.

The Chihuahua originated from the Mexican state of Chihuahua, being the smallest known dog breed.

The National University of Mexico is the oldest university in North America, being founded in 1551 which is 85 years before Harvard.

The largest ancient pyramid in the world is the Great Pyramid of Cholula in Mexico.

Mexico is the world’s largest beer exporter.

Japan

Though very complex, the Japanese language has no genders, as well as no singular or plural forms.

Japan is the country with the most vending machines in the world. You can find them everywhere, and they are now considered as a part of modern Japanese culture

A penis festival is celebrated in the city of Kawasaki on the first Sunday in April. Called Kanamara Matsuri, every item sold there, be it candy or decoration, comes in a phallic shape.

Slurping up noodles is considered proper etiquette. It shows the cook that you appreciate the food, and it also enhances the flavour.

Cuddle cafes are a thing in Japan. Meant to chase away the blues, you can go there and have a hug, or just be in the company of another fellow human being.

Trains are sometimes so packed at rush hour, that a specially assigned attendant needs to shove passengers inside in order to make the doors close.

In Japan, it is customary to bow instead of shaking hands. The lower the bow, the more respect you are showing for the other person.

Palestine

Palestine stones are all over the world! There are over 650 stone production sites in the West Bank. The stones cut there are exported to Israel, Jordan, Europe, and North America.

Some of the most beautiful wildflowers can be found in Palestine! Go there between April and May and experience a short, but visually intense spring season filled with irises, jonquils, wild poppies, and other mesmerising species of wild flowers.

Over 45% of land in Palestine is dedicated to olive trees! They are considered part of Palestine’s identity, being a central part of Palestinian life, culture, and tradition ever since ancient times.

The Dead Sea, which is Earth’s lowest natural point of elevation, is found in Palestine. Because of the high salt content, people who bathe in the Dead Sea can actually float on the surface of the water without making any efforts.

You can see a variety of large wild animals In Palestine, including wild boar, foxes, mountain gazelles, wolves, jackals, hyenas, leopards and the Nubian Ibex.

Palestine was prehistorically culturally linked to Europe, and archeological sites show that the inhabitants belonged to the same group as the Neanderthal inhabitants of Europe.

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