Category Archives: Europe

Global Glance: Lichtenstein

  Capital Vaduz Size/Population 61 sq. mi./36,281 (2011) Land Mountains (completely within the Alps), completely land-locked Politics Unitary parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy Economy Business, finance, and tourism Currency Swiss franc Language German Religion 78% Roman Catholic, 8% Protestant Ethnic … Continue reading

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Global Glance: Kosovo

  Capital Pristina Size/Population 4,212 sq. mi./1,733,872 (2011) Land Mountains, plateaus, lakes, forests Currency Euro, Serbian dinar Languages 88–92% Albanian, 5–7% Serbian Religion 90% Muslim, some Christian (Catholic, Serbian Orthodox, and evangelical Protestant Ethnic Groups 88–92% Albanian, 4–8% Serbs Interesting … Continue reading

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Highlights of Hungary from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

This year’s country for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival was Hungary. The focus was on eight regions of the country and folk art and traditions from these regions. Some of the highlights include wood working; textiles, including flower embroidery from Kalocsa, … Continue reading

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Vilnius

This southern-most Baltic capital of Lithuania with charming cobblestone streets, numerous churches and cathedrals, and impressive Baroque architecture is also a city with some unique elements. First, there’s the Frank Zappa Memorial (although there’s no connection between him and the … Continue reading

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Kaunas

Kaunas is Lithuania’s second largest city located in the south central part of the country. It has the typical Old Town, churches, museums, and art galleries of other Baltic cities, and some additional unique museums–the Medicine and Pharmaceutical History Museum, … Continue reading

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Riga

Known as the “Paris of the North”, Latvia’s capital is perhaps best known for its Art Nouveau architecture, but it also has a large, charming Old Town area with cobblestone streets and squares hosting merchant shops and restaurants/beer gardens; several … Continue reading

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Tartu

Tartu, in the south of the country, is a Estonia’s second-largest city. Twenty percent of the residents are students, and consequently the city is filled with eclectic museums, restaurants, and statues of social significance. Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jard7jgit18vyte/mv6kejBKvs

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Tallinn

Tallinn is the capital of Estonia situated in the north of the country on the Baltic Sea. Its charming, medieval Old Town has a magical feel–especially at Christmastime, when merchants have set up stalls selling mulled wine, traditional food, and … Continue reading

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Global Glance: Andorra

  Capital Andorra la Vella Size/Population 181 sq. miles/85,082 (2011) Land Mountains (Pyrenees) Politics Unitary parliamentary democracy and constitutional diarchy Economy Tourism Currency Euro Languages Catalan (plus Spanish, Portuguese, and French) Religion Roman Catholicism Ethnic Groups Europeans—mostly Andorrans, Spanish, and … Continue reading

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The Azores

The Azores, a group of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic, are an autonomous region of Portugal about 950 miles west of its coastline. The islands are divided into three groups: The Western group: Corvo and Flores; the Eastern group: … Continue reading

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