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Know the World: Saudi Arabia

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On September 23, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia celebrated their National Day.  Buildings, roads, and cars are decorated with Saudi flags, there are traditional festivals, folklore dances, songs, and friends and family come together to mark the occasion.

Saudi National Day commemorates the establishment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by King Abdulaziz.  The visionary King had fought tirelessly to unify the country after decades of upheaval and uncertainty from warring tribes and competing interests.  King Abdulaziz, head of the Al-Saud family, was finally able to unite the country under the name Saudi Arabia on 23rd September 1930 and since then the day has been a major celebration every year.

Let us dive deeper to know about this culturally rich country

Top 10 Interesting facts on Saudi Arabia

  • Mecca and Medina are two of the holiest cities of Islam. Non-Muslims are not allowed to step foot on these holy grounds
Mecca

Arabic is the official language in the religion of Islam

  • Too Much For Michael Phelps
Why is there a lot of oil in the Middle East? Causes and Origin
Source: https://www.thirdcoastautos.com/blog/why-is-there-a-lot-of-oil-in-the-middle-east/

Saudi’s oil reserves are envied the world over and their Ghawar oil field is the largest in the world. It has enough oil to fill 4,770,897 Olympic swimming pools.  We’re pretty sure even Michael Phelps couldn’t swim that many!

  •  It is strictly forbidden to carry and drink alcoholic beverages in Saudi Arabia
  • In Saudi Arabia, a liter of potable water is more expensive than a liter of oil
  • Youth Will Rise
The Status of Children in Islam (Part 1 / 2)

The population of Saudi Arabia is overwhelmingly young.  Only 5% of the population is over 60 compared to 47% that is under 24.  With such a contrast to more aging populations (like Japan), this bodes well for the modernization of such an important country.

  • Until 2006, taking pictures of government buildings, palaces and airports were also forbidden. Until today, you can still get in trouble with the civilians – and even with some of the policemen who are unaware of the law revision – if you go around shooting pictures in plain sight
  • Sex segregation is commonplace in Saudi Arabia. Single women – whether local or foreign – are never allowed to be accompanied by a male stranger
  • In 2012, Saudi Arabia banned smoking in government offices and most public places, which includes a ban on shishas (water pipes) and prohibits the selling of tobacco to minors. Saudi statistics state that the country is the world’s fourth-largest importer of tobacco, and Saudis spend about US$8 million a day on cigarettes
  • Nikah
Nikah Nama: The most important contract goes unnoticed! Why? | by Sab's  Lounge | Medium
Source: https://medium.com/@sabamehfooz1993/nikah-nama-the-most-important-contract-goes-unnoticed-why-beb32d13c7d8

In Saudi Arabia, wedding ceremonies are held separately for men and women. However, at some point during the wedding ceremony, or after its conclusion, the bride and groom do actually get together

  • According to Forbes magazine, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is the 8th most powerful person in the world and the world’s most powerful Muslim

Let us know in your comments below, what did you think of these amazing facts.

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Know the World: USA

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From little-known trivia about presidents to amazing facts about the land we walk on, these 10 facts about America will blow you away. USA is the biggest country covering the continent of North America followed by Canada.

  • New York was once New Amsterdam

Before New York was, well, New York – it was called New Amsterdam as a settlement by the Dutch that chose to settle in Manhattan. The Name, New York was to pay tribute to Duke of York who helped in capturing it.

  • United States does not have any Official Language
  • Russia sold Alaska to the United States for 2 cents per acre

Back in the earlier parts of the 19th Century, Alaska wasn’t part of the USA. In fact, it was a part of Russia. It wasn’t until it was sold off to the Americans that it became a US territory. It wasn’t until almost a hundred years later, in 1959 that Alaska actually became a state. The state now has numerous national parks and even the tallest mountain in the USA, called Denali.

  • If you have a $10 bill and no debt, you are wealthier than 15% of all American citizens
  • Kansas produces enough wheat in 1 year to feed everyone in the world for two weeks
  • The Golden Gate Bridge never stops getting a makeover

Interesting facts about San Fransisco. Did you know that the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the west coast’s most iconic man-made landmarks that’s forever been made over? It’s one amazing place to see, especially from the Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point.

Due to its sheer size, the bridge actually never stops getting painted and is always getting itself a little makeover for us all to enjoy.

  • There are around 5,000 commercial airplanes flying over the United States at any given time
  • They call it Lake Superior for a reason
Great Lakes - Lake Superior | Michigan
Source: https://www.michigan.org/great-lakes/lake-superior

Everyone knows Lake Superior is big (they don’t call it one of the Great Lakes for nothing, after all) but few people know exactly how large it really is. Not only is Lake Superior the largest freshwater lake in the world, but it holds three quadrillion gallons of water. That’s enough liquid to completely cover both North and South America under a foot of water. It’s no wonder Lake Superior has been the site of so many shipwrecks.

  • Americans prize their pigskin so much that college football coaches are the highest-paid public employees in more than half of all 50 states

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Know the World: Norway

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Stunning fjords. Snow-dusted mountains. Dancing Northern Lights. Heart-shaped waffles slathered in fresh berry jam. Beds that feel like clouds. And a never-ending supply of heated bathroom floors.

These are just a few things that I personally love about Norway; things that will likely keep me coming back for years to come.

But other than just being a gorgeous slice of Scandinavian paradise, Norway is also a pretty interesting country!

Top 10 Interesting facts on Norway

  • The world’s longest road tunnel is in Norway
Inside the Lærdal tunnel in Norway: The world's longest underground road tunnel
Inside the Lærdal tunnel. Photo by Svein-Magne Tunli (CC 3.0)

At an astonishing 15 miles (24.5 km) long, the Lærdal Tunnel is the world’s longest. Costing 1 billion Norwegian kroner to build (that’s about USD $110 million).

Its design is admired all around the world, as it incorporates features to help manage the mental strain on drivers. Every 6km there is a cave to separate sections of road. The lighting varies throughout the tunnel and caves to break routine and provide a varied view.

  • Norway introduced Salmon Sushi to Japan in the 80s.
  • The King’s Penguin

There’s a king penguin, named Nils Olav residing in Edinburgh’s Zoo who was presented the title  Brigadier Sir Nils Olav of the Norwegian King’s Guard by the king of Norway.

  • The King rode the Bus
Interesting-Facts-About-Norway

During the oil crisis in 1973, Norway’s King Olav had no problem taking public transport to a ski resort on the car-free weekend and even paid for a ticket. Back then car-free weekends were introduced by the Norwegian government in an effort to make people save gas.

  • Norway is one of the safest, most peaceful, and richest countries in the world. It also ranks first on the list of the World Happiness Report.
  • Nearly 70% of Norway is uninhabited
  • Do not mess around with Driving

In Norway, you can get a harsher penalty for speeding than, for getting caught with drugs. Norway is probably the only European country where you can go to jail for speeding. 150km/h on a motor road can land you in jail for 18 days.

  • You can’t Die Here!
Interesting-Facts-About-Norway

It is forbidden to die in the small town of Longyearbyen. The town hasn’t buried any dead people for 80 years, because bodies can’t decompose in the permafrost. Terminally ill people are flown out of the town to die elsewhere.

  • The Famous Voss Water
Interesting-Facts-About-Norway

Famous Voss bottled water comes from the municipal water supply in Iveland, Norway.

  • Every Norwegian who owns a TV set has to pay a TV license fee of 2680,56 kr ($318) each year

Let us know about your adventures, your Travel Stories! Don’t let this Quarantine pull you down from Travelling and Knowing more about other countries.

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Know the World: Russia

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We’ve highlighted some of the most surprising facts about Russia. Think you know everything there is to know about Russia? You might want to think again. Let’s take a dive inside one of the world’s most mysterious nations.

Top 10 Interesting Facts on Russia

  • The Deepest Lake in Russia
Siberia's Lake Baikal Is the World's Oldest and Weirdest | HowStuffWorks
Source: https://adventure.howstuffworks.com/lake-baikal.htm

Lake Baikal is often considered the “Galapagos of Russia.”

The Baikal is the deepest lake in Russia, it is a large world reservoir for freshwater.

Peschanaya Bay on Lake Baikal is completely frozen over during the winter. The frozen bubbles beneath the ice are from hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the lake sending heated water to the surface

  • The Ural mountains are among the oldest mountains on Earth and are generally not very high, more often looking like large hills, though there are some taller ones, too.
  • The Finest Caviar in the World
How a Russian power plant almost wiped out the world's finest caviar fish |  The Independent

Russian caviar, along with Iranian caviar, is considered to be the finest caviar available in the world.

  • Every day over 9 million passengers rides the Metro, Moscow’s vast underground subway system. In a single day, an average of 9915 trains operates between 5 am—1 am. Moscow metro is the fastest means of transport, trains are scheduled for every 90 seconds in a rush-hour
  • The intelligence level of Russian people is considered up to 99%. There are more than 600 universities in the country
  • Kremlin of Moscow is the world  biggest medieval fortress built in XIV-XV centuries
Moscow River and Kremlin
Source: https://www.tripsavvy.com/moscow-kremlin-photo-gallery-and-information-1502272
  • In January16, 1820, Russian expedition led by Thaddeus Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev discovered Antarctica
  • January 31, 1990!
Russia welcomed its first McDonald's 30 years ago - The Washington Post
Source: Washington Post

There are many important dates in Russia’s history – none more important that January 31, 1990. A date that will live in infamy in the hearts and minds of Russians everywhere. It marked the day that a Russian citizen could order their very first McDonald’s burger on their soil.

  • Bear Addictions

Russia is known for the number of bears that live across the nation. However, did you know that some of them are battling their own demons? That’s right: the bears at Kronotsky Nature Reserve in South Kamchatka are busy battling addictions.

Weirdly, a lot of the bears in the area are addicted to kerosene and gas barrels that are used for jet fuel. No one knows how this crisis started, but many have witnessed them hunt down planes in the area to get a taste of that sweet, sweet gas.

  • Ushanka (Ear-flaps hat) is a traditional Russian winter hat with ear flaps that can be tied up at the chin to protect the ears from cold

We have traveled all around the world, We visited beautiful Canada, to the Tech Giant of Japan, the delicious land of Belgium or The land of the Effiel Tower of France.

Its best before planning your trip to Russia, you learn you Russian, this will make your trip more memorable.

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Know the World: Germany

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Hallo Leute (That is Hello you guys!)

We at All You Can Books are starting our own Travel series. With the Virus lurking around us, it is unsafe and has kept us housebound. Hey, but that should not stop us from Learning and Knowing more about the other parts of the world.

This week we are going to learn some interesting facts about a country which is Europe’s Economic Powerhouse.

Welcome to Germany!!!

TOP 10 Interesting Facts about Germany!

  • Prison Escape is not against the Law in Germany
    German Law states that it’s human nature to want to be free, so prisoners have the right to escape jail
Hundreds of Brazilian Prisoners Escape After Prison Riot Over ...
  • It’s Illegal to Run out of Fuel on the Autobahn (Highway)
    Poor Planners can be fined and have their License suspended for up to Six months.
How Far Can You Drive Your Mazda Vehicle with the Low Fuel Warning ...
  • Over 800 Million Currywursts are eaten in Germany each year.
    This widely popular sausage with spicy ketchup combo even has its own museum in Berlin!
German Sausage With Curry Ketchup (Currywurst) Recipe
  • Frühschoppen
    Bavarian’s have a Tradition called Frühschoppen that means having a glass of beer before noon. They claim it aids digestion and boosts the metabolism.
    Beer is officially considered a food in Bavaria . Germany constitutes of more than 1,500 different beers.
Pro & Kontra: Frühschoppen - Kolumne: Pro & Kontra - derStandard ...
  • Chinese Checkers
    Despite it’s name, the game Chinese Checkers was invented in Germany in 1892.
Chinese Checkers | Retroland
  • Berlin – The Capital City
    Berlin is 9 times bigger than Paris and has more bridges than Venice, Berlin Central Station is the largest Train Station in Europe.
Berlin Central Station | visitBerlin.de
Berlin Central Station
  • The Chancellor
    The Chancellor’s office in Berlin is known locally as as the “washing machine”. Chancellor Angela Merkel has a Barbie doll made after her.
Angela Merkel: appelez-la Barbie Chancelière! - Gala
  • Oktoberfest – The love for Beer
    The biggest Beer Festival in the world is of course the Oktoberfest in Munich, Bavaria, where the size of the beer glass is not 500ml but a whole liter!
    After the Irish, the Germans are those consume the most beer, making Germany the second largest consumer of Beer.To get ONE beer in Germany, you show your thumb. To show your first finger and your thumb means that you want 2 beers (i’d say a pretty effective way)
Oktoberfest Is Canceled For The First Time Since WWII - Simplemost
  • Football (Soccer for the North Americans)
    There are more Football fan clubs in Germany than anywhere else in the world.
    The Germany national football team has won four FIFA World Cups (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014), being the joint second most successful nation in the tournament only surpassed by Brazil.
How German soccer is navigating the tricky questions facing sports ...

It is so interesting as well as easy to understand a culture when you understand the language. All You Can Books provides a range of languages to learn, in an extremely easy way.

We will meet Next Week to in search of a new country and to learn new Facts.

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