Infinite is our planet, and infinite the amount of information we can find about the countries of the world. Today we are going to focus on seven of the European countries that concentrate millions of tourist visits during the year.
We are going to know some demographic data, and also gastronomic curiosities or peculiarities of the society of these countries or their own customs. Because all the data, however banal they may seem, help to understand a destination especially if we are preparing a trip to discover it for the first time. Before Knowing about major European countries visit http://www.nationalpedia.com/category/interesting-facts/ to know about other countries.
- 97% of Belgian homes are subscribed to some cable channel: the highest rate in the world
- Oil painting is an invention of the Belgian brothers Van Eyck
- In Belgium we find more than 800 varieties of beer
- There is a chocolate shop for every 5,500 inhabitants (it has 11 million inhabitants, it takes out the account)
- It has the highest world rate of women in government.
- It has the longest network of marked trails in the world
- In the village of Dadice, the first sugar cubes in history were made, in 1841
- It has the highest hospital bed rate per inhabitant in the European Union (for a population of 10 and a half million inhabitants)
- When ordering in a restaurant, first the dishes are ordered and finally the drink
- The Czechs take on average more than 160 liters of beer per year
- There is a street called “Victor Hugo” in all the cities and towns of France
- The French eat about 500 million snails per year
- The French law is very detailed: it is expressly forbidden to name any animal (especially pigs) “Napoléon”.
- The Kilometer Zero of the French roads is in front of the door of the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris: a bronze star embedded in the pavement
- French was the official language of England since the victory of the Normans at the Battle of Hastings (1066) until the late fourteenth century. Today 85% of English words come from French.
- Despite being called Oktoberfest, the beer festival takes place in September
- It is estimated that in Germany there are 20 million gnomes … decorative, in gardens across the country
- They have a kind of friendly hug (but without overdoing it): the “koala hug” , without squeezing too much and leaving some air between the arms and back
- The Pfand is the system of recycling of containers (bottle or cans). If you buy a drink, they charge you between 8 and 25 cents for the container, which you recover when you return it in the store
- They produce more than 300 varieties of bread
- The highest “mountain” in the Netherlands is near Maastricht: 323 meters high
- Schiphol Airport is almost 5 meters below sea level.
- There are still more than 1,000 windmills. Some can be visited as a museum in places like Zaanse Schans or Kinderdijk. How do the Dutch mills work?
- There are 29,000 kilometers of bikeways
- In Amsterdam we can see 22 paintings by Rembrandt and 206 works by Van Gogh
- Here is the most extensive plain in Europe: Hortobágy National Park : 800 square kilometers
- We found more than 1,500 spas and 450 public hot spring baths
- It is one of the oldest countries in Europe: it was founded in the year 896
- It has the largest stalactite cave in the world: Baradla Cave in the Aggtelek National Park : 26 kilometers long
- Other many curiosities that we have already told you
- The oldest olive tree in the world (known) lives in Umbria and has more than 1,700 years of life
- The vast majority of single adults still live with their parents
- The language spoken in contemporary Italy is modern Florentine, which is a dialect of Tuscan, which in turn comes from Latin
- There are about 15,000 Catalan-speakers on the island of Sardinia, the result of a migration from Barcelona
- 23% of its surface (300,000 square kilometers, approx.) Are forests