How not to go broke on customs duties?
Bringing a mountain of purchases from foreign trips, in addition to impressions, is a long-standing domestic tradition. In recent years, abroad often buy fashionable equipment: iPhones, tablets, advanced cameras, etc.These…

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Why is Latin America called Latin?
Latin America is an unofficial collective name for many American countries and territories where the official languages are romance languages derived from Latin, the language of the ancient Romans: Spanish,…

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What country invented the mirror?
The world's oldest mirror was found during excavations on the territory of modern Iraq, it is about 10,000 years old. Mirrors in ancient times were made of polished bronze. Metals…

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Egypt

Why was Egypt called Egypt?

Immediately it should be clarified-Egypt is a country in North Africa called only by foreigners, the Egyptians themselves and residents of other Arab countries call it Misr, officially-Jumhuriyat Misr al-Arabiya (Arab Republic of Egypt).

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Which country does Greenland belong to?
Greenland is the largest island on the planet, located in the North Atlantic ocean, just 740 kilometers from the North pole. The huge (2.2 million square km) area of the…

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Why is the Netherlands called Holland?
Indeed, the Netherlands is often referred to as "Holland", which is officially incorrect. South Holland and North Holland are only two of the 12 provinces of the Netherlands. Historically, these…

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Which country does Greenland belong to?
Greenland is the largest island on the planet, located in the North Atlantic ocean, just 740 kilometers from the North pole. The huge (2.2 million square km) area of the…

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What is the difference between the Arctic and the Antarctic?
First, the similarity. The Arctic and Antarctic are regions of the Earth located around the North and South poles, respectively. The similarity in the names is explained by the fact…

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