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Portugal

Portugal, a country with a rich history of seafaring and discovery, looks out from the Iberian Peninsula onto the Atlantic Ocean. Portugal's history has had a lasting impact on the culture of the country.



Government

ð Portugal is a Presidential Republic


ð Leader-Aníbal Cavaco Silva (President)


ð Limited


ð European Union member- Yes


Historical Event

ð In 1908, the king and crown prince were assassinated, and in 1910, after an uprising by military officers, Portugal was declared a republic.


Population

10.8 Million

Agriculture

The main crops grown in Portugal are wheat, barley, corn, rice, potatoes, grapes (for wine), olives and tomatoes.

Money

ð Euro



ð Exchange rate to US dollars: 1 Euro equals 1.36 US Dollar



Famous Brands

ð Inapa (Forest Products&Paper), TABAQUEIRA (tobacco), and Delta Cafés (Beverages)


Language and Religion

ð Portuguese


ð Catholic


Foods

Music / Literature

Fado, the Portuguese music genre which is seen as representing the national soul, celebrated by singers such as Amália, Carlos do Carmo, Ana Moura or Mariza. Fernando Pessoa Regarded as one of the greatest poets of the 20th Century.

José Saramago won the Nobel prize in literature in 1998 securing his place as one of the best writers in the world. His books often offer sharp criticisms on society and religion His writing style includes an original form of punctuation, in a prose that emphasizes morality, almost seeming like someone is constantly speaking to the reader.

Fado-The Soul of Portugal

Germany

Germany is more than one could have ever imagined. The country has something for everyone.Germany lies to the north of the North Sea, Denmark and the Baltic sea, to the east of Poland and the Czech republic, to the south by Austria and Switzerland and to the west of France, Belgium and Netherlands. Germany comprises of 16 states and covers an area of 357,050 square kilometers. Berlin, the largest city is the capital of Germany. Berlin is the political and cultural hub of Germany; it is also a perfect mirror to the vast history of this country.

Government


ð The Government Type: Federal Republic


ð Leader and Title: Joachim Gauck, President

ð Is a member of the European Union

Population&Agriculture

ð Population is 81,305,856


ð % arable land: 33.25%


ð Agriculture: milk, pork, beef, poultry, cereals, potatoes, wheat, barley, cabbages, and sugar beets.


Money

ð Currency: euro


ð Exchange rate to US dollars: 1.36


Famous brands

ð Volkswagen, BMW, and Mercedes.

Language&Religion

ð German


ð Christianity


Food

Music&Literature

ð Germany’s reputation as an important musical nation is still based on names like Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Handel and Richard Strauss.


Beethoven, Symphony 5

Sweden

The Kingdom of Sweden is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. By the 16th century Sweden had evolved into a strongly centralized nation, with Stockholm as its capital. During the 17th century the country was one of the great powers in Europe.
Since 1812 Sweden's borders have been unchanged and Sweden has not participated in any war in almost two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both World Wars.
Despite its small population and large area, Sweden is a technologically advanced country with good infrastructure, including an efficient transportation and communications system.

Government

ð The Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy



ð Leader: King Carl Xvi Gustaf


ð Is a member of the European Union



Population&Agriculture

ð Population is 9.6 million

ð Agriculture: barley, wheat, sugar beets; meat, milk


Money

ð Currency: kronor



ð Exchange rate to US dollars: 0.15 US dollar



Famous brands

Skype, Spotify, and Skittles

Language&Religion

ð Language: Swedish (official), small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities

ð Religion: Lutheran 87%, other (Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist, Muslim, Jewish, or Buddhist) 13%


Food

Music&Literature

ð ­Musicians: Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, Authors: Stieg Larsson.



Avicii - Silhouettes