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Italy – Tourist’s Delight

Italy - Tourist’s Delight

Italy – Tourist’s Delight


Italy shares borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia. Its area is 301,230 square kilometers. The official name is Italian Republic.
Nearly all the people in Italy are ethnic Italians. Almost everyone speaks Italian. Most Italians are Roman Catholics. Italy has a rich history and many interesting places to visit.
Rome is the capital of the country and one of the world’s oldest cities. People call Rome the Eternal City. Ancient Rome was surrounded by the Aurelian Wall, which was built about AD 270. Much of the wall still survives.
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Armenia – ancient Christian country

Armenia - ancient Christian country

Armenia – ancient Christian country


The Republic of Armenia is one of the world’s oldest centers of civilization. Armenia is located in western Asia, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. It is bordered by Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, and Turkey. Armenia is a mountainous country. Mount Aragats (4,090 meters) is the highest peak. The country’s area is 29,800 square kilometers.
“Armenians call their country Ayastan—land of the Armenians. There is another name: Karastan—land of rock. More than 20 mountain ranges, with 900 peaks, cross this land. Roughly two-thirds of present-day Armenia is occupied by mountains, solid rock. And the remaining soil in the course of centuries has been trampled into rock by the hooves of conquerors’ horses.” So writes Gevorg Emin, a contemporary Armenian poet.
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Lithuania – Baltic state

Lithuania – Baltic state

Lithuania – Baltic state


Lithuania is situated on the eastern Baltic coast. It borders Latvia, the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation, Poland and Belarus. Its official name is Republic of Lithuania and its area is 65,200 square kilometers. Lithuania is administratively divided into forty-four regions and eleven municipalities.
Vilnius is the capital of the country.
The landscape varies between lowland plains and hilly uplands.
Lithuania has historically been the least developed of the Baltic republics, with a smaller industrial base and greater dependence on agriculture. Sugar beet, cereals, potatoes and vegetables are the main crops.
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Bulgaria – interesting country

Bulgaria – interesting country

Bulgaria – interesting country


The Republic of Bulgaria lies on the Balkan Peninsula in the southeastern corner of Europe. Its area is 110,910 square kilometers. Bulgaria shares borders with Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, and Turkey. Bulgaria is divided into twenty-eight provinces. It has picturesque mountains, wooded hills, sheltered valleys, grain-producing plains, and a seacoast along the Black Sea.
Bulgaria was part of an ancient region known as Thrace. In the 5th and 6th centuries Slavs invaded. The Bulgars defeated the Slavs and gave their name to the country. The Turks controlled Bulgaria for almost 500 years. In 1878, with Russian help, Bulgaria gained partial independence and in 1908 the country became fully independent.
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Africa – Land of Splendor

Africa - Land of Splendor

Africa – Land of Splendor

Africa is famous for its beautiful landscapes, amazing animal life, and diverse human culture. It is the second largest continent on Earth, after Asia. More than 50 countries make up the continent and more than one eighth of the world’s population lives there. It is the oldest continent.
The Sahara, the world’s largest desert, lies in the north of the continent and covers almost all of northern Africa. The Kalahari and the Namib, two other major deserts, are in southwestern Africa.
The African continent has two major rivers, the Nile and the Congo. The Nile is the longest river in the world. Lake Victoria, at the southern end of the Nile, is Africa’s largest lake. The length of the Victoria Falls is more than a kilometer, and the height is more than 100 meters. Its noise extends 40 kilometers around.
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Poland – Country in the Heart of Europe

Poland - Country in the Heart of Europe

Poland – Country in the Heart of Europe

The Republic of Poland is a country in eastern Europe. Its area is 312,685 square kilometers. It borders Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, and Russia. The Baltic Sea lies to the north.
Most of Poland’s people are Poles. They speak Polish. Small numbers of Ukrainians, Germans, and Belarusians also live in the country. The main religion is Roman Catholicism.
Warsaw is the capital and it is also the largest city. Other important cities include Lodz, Gdansk, and Krakow.
The written history of Poland begins in the AD 900s. The Piast dynasty ruled Poland until the 1300s. In 1386 Poland’s Queen Jadwiga married Wladyslaw II Jagiello, the grand duke of Lithuania. So, the two countries were united.
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Tanzania – Land of Natural Wonders

Tanzania - Land of Natural Wonders

Tanzania – Land of Natural Wonders


Tanzania shares borders with Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique. Its area is 945,087 square kilometers. The official name is the United Republic of Tanzania.
Tanzania is known for its stunning natural features. It has the tallest African peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the world’s largest volcano crater, Ngorongoro Crater. Along Tanzania’s borders are three large lakes: Lake Nyasa, Lake Tanganyika, and Lake Victoria. Lake Victoria is the world’s second largest freshwater lake, after Lake Superior in North America.
There are several national parks to protect the country’s animals. The Serengeti National Park is the most famous. The name Serengeti comes from a Masai word that means “endless plains”.
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