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30+ Interesting Facts About Algeria

With an area of 2,381,741 square km, Algeria is the largest country in Africa and the 10 th largest in the world. Algeria is also the 9 th most populous country in Africa, having a population of around 42 million. St. Augustine of Hippo played the most significant role in bringing the dominant position of Christianity  to the Roman Empire. He is also known as the  father of orthodox theology . The birthplace of this philosopher and theologian was Algeria. Algeria has the highest number of immigrants in France . 16% of the total immigrants in France are of   Algerian descent. Prominent Algerians in France are Zinedine Zidane (footballer), Rachid Arhab (journalist), and Azouz Begag (writer). ( Source ) Algeria was conquered by the  Umayyad caliphate in the 8 th Century. It started the Islamization of the area, which became a Muslim-majority in the 10 th Century. Algeria remained part of various local dynasties after the fall of the Umayyad Caliphate. Algeria became part of the 

20+ Interesting Facts About Austria

Austria is a landlocked country in Central Europe. Austria is located within the Alps and is highly mountainous . Only around 1/3 rd of the area is below 500 m (1,640 ft). The Austrian capital Vienna was declared the  most livable city  in the world in 2018 and 2019. Vienna achieved this position by scoring 99.1 points out of a total of 100. ( Source ) Austria is the world’s first country to  publish postcards . The postcard was introduced initially in 1870. A 19 th  Century Austrian monk, Gregor Mendel, performed several experiments in his monastery garden between 1856 and 1863. His research includes crossing pea  plants  of various colors, seed shapes, pod shapes, etc. These experiments and their results were first presented in 1865 and resulted in the advancement of modern genetics. It is the reason that this Austrian monk is known as the  father of modern genetics . Austria is one of the few German-speaking countries in Europe. German is the national and official language of A

20+ Interesting Facts About Alpacas

Alpacas are closely related to other South American camelid animals. These include llamas, vicuna (a wild form of alpaca), and guanaco (a wild cousin of the llama). Alpacas are native to Peru . They are also present at high altitudes in other South American countries:  Ecuador , Bolivia , and Chile. Alpacas have been exported to different parts of the world thanks to their numerous benefits. Today, they are present in all continents except Antarctica . As compared to 30 teeth of female alpacas, male alpacas have 32 teeth. These two extra razor-sharp teeth are known as  fighting teeth,  used during a fight. Male alpacas and llamas can sometimes become aggressive towards their masters. It is due to a syndrome (ABS or Aberrant Behavior Syndrome ) that usually develops in bottle-fed male alpacas that lose the company of their mothers in childhood. Alpacas are helpful in therapy for the  treatment of trauma  and mental health issues. This treatment is effective for people of all ages

25+ Interesting Facts About Armenia

Armenia is a landlocked country in Western Asia. It is located at the border of Eastern Europe and Western Asia and is sometimes considered a Eurasian country . More Armenians  live abroad  than in Armenia. Compared to 3 million Armenians in Armenia, more than 6 million Armenians have settled in other parts of the world. ( Source ) Armenia is one of the oldest wine-producing countries in the world. The  oldest winery  has been discovered in a cave in Armenia, which is 6,100 years old. ( Source ) The longest non-stop double-track cable car is located in Armenia. Its length is 5,752 m (18,871 ft). ( Source ) Levon Aronian is a world-renowned Armenian chess player. He was ranked the  4 th  best chess player in history with a rating of 2830. Chess has been a compulsory subject in Armenian schools since 2011. There are mandatory chess lessons for children between ages 6 and 8. ( Source ) Armenia is known as the first Christian country . It adopted Christianity as its state religion in 3

10 Interesting Facts About the Gambia

The Gambia is a small country in western Africa,  surrounded by Senegal from three sides. The Atlantic Ocean is present on its western side. It is the  smallest country  in mainland  Africa . Its area is 10,689 km 2 . Around  95% population  of the Gambia are Muslims. Most of these are adherents of Sunni  Islam  who follow the Maliki school of jurisprudence. Islamic Online University  is a private distance education university with around 480,000 students from across the globe. The headquarters of this university is in the Gambia. The name of this African country is due to its relation with the Gambia River. This river passes almost through the center of the country.  Gambia river passes through the center of the Gambia The roots of Gambia as an independent country were sown during Portuguese control of this area in the 15 th  Century. The Gambia River was a vital route of the  slave trade,  and the area around this river was named “A Gambia”. Later, the British Empire capture

25+ Interesting Facts About Djibouti

Djibouti is a small country in the area known as the  Horn of Africa . Djibouti is the 8 th smallest country in Africa and the 3 rd smallest country in mainland Africa after Gambia and Lesotho. Djibouti has one of the highest unemployment rates  in the world. Around 40% of people in Djibouti are unemployed. ( Source ) It is located at a strategic location at the border of the Red Sea. The Gulf of Aden is at its east. Due to this strategic location, Djibouti hosts military bases for several countries. Countries that use Djibouti for their bases include the  USA , France, China, Japan, and Italy . Camp Lemonnier is the only permanent U.S. military base in Africa.  China and Japan have their only overseas military bases in Djibouti. These military bases provide economic benefits to Djibouti. The lease payments from these bases make up around 5% of the GDP of Djibouti. Lake Assal in Djibouti is the lowest point in Africa. It is located at 153 m (502 ft) below sea level. It