We have clients stretching all of the way from Philadelphia to Rodez to Essex. No matter where they’re based, part of our unique Dupree Process requires in depth planning and market research to become experts in each of our client’s sectors.
As an international agency, this means that our team of experts are pretty clued up on worldwide general knowledge. After all, Europe is home to many of our clients as well as some of the most-visited countries in the world, fascinating history, spectacular art and towering feats of nature.
However, here are 6 things about this vast continent that might just surprise you:
The are 51 Countries and Independent States in Europe
Fifty-one countries, principalities and independent states make up Europe, with 28 of them members of the European Union (at the moment anyway…)
Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey are referred to as transcontinental countries, partially located in both Europe and Asia.
Nearly Every City in France Has a Street Named for Victor Hugo
Arguably one of the most famous poets and writers of France, Victor Hugo, has a street named after him in nearly every city. “Les Miserables” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” are just two of his masterpieces that he penned as part of the Romantic movement and Hugo is also remembered as being a dedicated political advocate to his country. A national treasure, France have even paid tribute to him by including his face on its currency.
Sticking with the France facts, did you know that it is illegal to kiss on a train platform in France?
Don’t worry, the gendarmes probably won’t throw you away in a cell for this these days. However, the City of Love introduced this old piece of law in 1910 and it has actually never been abolished. Originally, it was meant to help keep trains on schedule and crowds of people moving, perhaps the UK transport system needs to introduce this rule…
Luxembourg Has the Highest GDP
Boasting an impressive $119,719 GDP per capita, Luxembourg is one of the richest nations in the world. Its streets are littered only with banks, financial institutions and locals, many of whom take home a hefty salary. The tiny yet wealthy country is just 998 square miles, with a population of nearly 600,000 people.
Got a new born on the way? Well, if you live in Denmark then cross Jakobp, Ashleiy, Anus, Monkey and Pluto off the list.
Denmark have a list of 7,000 approved baby names that you are free to name your new arrival. But, if you want something more unique, you will need to receive permission from the government to do so. Jakobp, Ashleiy, Anus, Monkey and Pluto are all strictly banned.
Germany’s famous Oktoberfest is actually in September
A celebration that is now observed by many countries around the world, Oktoberfest got its name when Prince Ludwig married in October 1810. He threw an allmighty party and invited all Bavarians to join in the celebration. The party became an annual event known simply as Oktoberfest.
However, October is renowned for being a bit wet and miserable and September is thought to provide warmer temperatures, better for a party atmosphere. The event was pushed back into September, ending on the first Sunday of October to keep the name in place. Septemberfest just doesn’t sound the same…
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