The World Is Our Oyster

Tell us about your town, your region, your country. What are the places worth visiting, what is happening during the year : festivals, concerts, plays, sporting events. Try to convince people to come to your country.

Module 6:Country Information Reports

Dear participants,

It's research time

What about finding valuable information about our countries? Below you can see 4 Country Fact tables to be completed. Your task: Work on your partners' country tables. Find the missing information and complete the coloured titles assigned for you. So, the French students will complete the red titles,the German students, the green ones, the Greek students , the blue ones and the Polish students the purple ones. It is highly advisable to complete all missing information in printed sheets in class and then pupil administrators transfer the coloured parts assigned for each country.                                                        

  

                         France                   

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Flag and what it symbolises: The French flag is known as the French Tricolour. Blue is identified with Saint Martin,red with Saint Denis and white is described as the "ancient french colour" by Lafayette.The three  colours occasionally represent the three elements of the revolutionary motto: liberte,egalite,fraternite.

 

Population: 66.5 million
Capital: Paris
Official language: French
Currency: Euro, formerly the French Franc
Climate: Humid-temperate climate in the north ( cold summers, quite warm winters). Dry summers, mild and rainy winters in the south
Time zone: CET (UTC+1)
Anthem: La Marseillaise was a revolutionary song, an anthem to freedom, a patriotic call to mobilize all the citizens to fight against tyranny and foreign invasion. The song was written in 1792 by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in Strasbourg after the declaration of war by France against Austria, and was originally titled "Chant de guerre pour l'Armée du Rhin" ("War Song for the Rhine Army"). In 1795 it became the republic's national anthem.
Type of Government: Semi-Presidential Republic
Bordering countries: Spain,Italy,Switzerland,Germany,Belgium,Luxemburg
Major cities: Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Strasbourg
Landmarks(tourist attractions): Eiffel Tower, Palace of Versailles, St Tropez, Gorge du Verdon, Palais des Papes in Avignon, Carcassone, Pont du Gard, Luvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Lascaux caves, Provence, Riviera
Religion: Catholicism is the primary religion but there are also Protestants,other Christians,Muslims.A large percentage of French people are atheists.
Time zone: CET (UTC+1)
Products: Wine (mostly in Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Loire Valley)​, Perfume and Skincare Products (L’Oreal), Cars (Peugeot, Citroen and Renault), Cheeses (Brie, Camembert, Roquefort), Wheat (northern France), Dairy products, pork, poultry, apples (western France), Beef (central France)
Outstanding personalities: Christian Dior (fashion designer),Jean-Paul Gaultier (fashion designer), Brigitte Bardot (actress), Alain Delon (actor/businessman),Camille Claudel (sculptor),Charles Baudelaire (poet),Charles de Gaulle (politician), Edith Piaf (singer),Eugene Delacroix (painter), Coco Chanel (fashion designer), Victor Hugo (author), Claude Monet (impressionist artist), Marcel Proust (author), Simon de Beauvoir (writer), Zinedine Zidane (footballer)
Leisure time activities: On the one hand the French are very active and do really all kinds of sports depending on the region, i.e. aerial sports like paragliding and hang-gliding, beach and nautical sports like surfing, diving, boating etc., cycling and hiking, athletics and ball games like soccer, and also mountaineering, canyoning as well as all winter sports. On the other hand they are top of the list of OECD - countries in time spent on eating, sleeping and shopping.The most visible freetime activity is pétanque,
National Holidays: Public Holidays: 1 Januar - New Year’s Day ‘Jour de l’an’,1 May - Labour Day ‘Fête du premier mai’, 8 May - WWII Victory Day ‘Fête de la Victorie 1945’; ‘Fête du huitième mai’, 14 July - Bastille Day ‘Fête nationale’, 11 November - Armistice Day ‘Jour d’armistice’; Religious Holidays (Moveable-2016): 25 March - Good Friday (only in Alsace and Lorraine), 27 March - Easter ‘Pâques’, 28 March - Easter Monday, 5 May - Ascension ‘l’Ascension’, 15 May - Pentecost ‘la Pentecôste’, 16 May - White Monday ‘Lundi de Penetecôte’; Normal religious holidays: 15 August - Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary ‘Assomption’, 1 November - All Saints Day ‘La Toussaint’, 11 November - Armistice Day ‘Jour d’armistice’, 25 December - Christmas Day ‘Noël’, 26 December - 2nd Day of Christmas (only in Alsace and Lorraine)

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Greece

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Flag and what it symbolises:

The white cross in the top left of the flag symbolises the orthodox church. The nine blue and white stripes could be the number of syllable of the greek sentence “Freedom or Death”. They could be the number of letter in “freedom”, or the nine Muses, goddesses of art and civilization. The white colour is for the clouds and the blue for the sea.

Population: 10775557
Capital: Athens
Official language: The greek language is the official language spoken in Greece, there are also foreign languages spoken in Greece like English, French and German.
Currency: Euro
Climate: generally mild, Mediterranean climate, humid winters, hot and dry summers
Time zone: In winter UTC +2 and in summer UTC +3
Anthem: Imnos is tin Eleftherian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxoggY8x4BI
Type of Government: Parliamentary republic, President Karolos PAPOULIAS, Prime Minister Alexis TSIPRAS
Bordering countries: There areTurkey, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania.
Major cities: Athens,Thessaloniki, Patras, Heraklion, Larisa 
Landmarks (tourist attractions): Parthenon/Acropolis in Athens, Acropolis Museum, Akrotiri, Delos, Delphi, Epidaurus, Knossos/Crete, Meteora Monasteries, Mistras, Mount Athos, Mount Olympus, Mycenae, Nafplio, Olympia, Rhodes, Samaria Gorge, Santorini, Temple of Hephaestos
Religion: Orthodox church for 98% of the population.
Time zone: Winter UTC +2, Summer UTC +3
Products: machinery, transport equipment, fuels, chemicals, corn, barley, sugar beets, olives, tomatoes, wine, tobacco, potatoes; beef, dairy products
Outstanding personalities: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Basketball player), Sakis Rouvas (pop singer), Alexis Tsipras (world leader), Eleni Menegaki (TV show host), Yannis Philippakis (Rock singer), Georgia Salpa (Model), Antonis Samaras (Politician), Georgios Samaras (Soccer Player), Irene Papas (Movie Actress), Vicky Leandros (Pop singer), Vassilis Spanoulis (Basketball player), Vasilis Karras (Folk Singer).
Leisure time activities: growing grapevine, olives; spending time in caffee; going to the theater and concerts; taking part in folk dance; watching 'karagiozi'
National Holidays:

6th January - Epiphany; Shrove Monday, 25th March - Independence Day; Good Friday, Easter Monday, 1st May - Labour Day; Pentecost Monday,15th August - Assumption of the Holy Virgin; 28th October - Ochi Day; 25th December Christmas; 26th December .

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                    Poland                

 

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Flag and what it symbolises:

The flag of Poland consists of two horizontal halves - the top half is white and the bottom half is red.The colours of the Polish flag are based on the colours of the national coat of arms which is a white eagle on a red shield and dates back to 13th century. The red symbolizes the blood shed in the country's fight for independence and the white symbolizes peace.

Population: 38,005,614 inhabitants
Capital: Warsaw
Official language: Polish
Currency: Zloty
Climate: Oceanic in the north and west, Continental towards the south- east
Time zone: CET (UTC+1)

Anthem: "Poland is Not Yet Lost"

  Poland has not yet perished ,                                                                                                                                                     As long as we live.                                                                                                                                                                 What abroad has taken us by force ,                                                                                                                                        We will resume by the sword.                                                                                                                                            Chorus:Walking, walking, Dabrowski                                                                                                                                       Italian land to Poland                                                                                                                                                                  Under your leadership                                                                                                                                                                We will unite with the nation.                                                                                                                                                   We will cross the Vistula and Warta                                                                                                                                           We will be Polish                                                                                                                                                                   Bonaparte gave us the example                                                                                                                                                 How we must defeat .                                                                                                                                                 (Chorus)As Czarniecki to Poznań                                                                                                                                                 After the Swedish invasion ,                                                                                                                                                       To save the country                                                                                                                                                                     Returned by the sea.                                                                                                                                                  (Chorus)And already the father said to his Basia                                                                                                                      In tears :"Look ! It seems Ours                                                                                                                                                  Beat the drum. "(Chorus)

Type of Government: Parliamentary republic. Prime minister and President.
Bordering countries:

Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany

Major cities: Warsaw, Poznan, Krakow
Landmarks (tourist attractions): Krakow, Bieszczady Mountains,Czestochowa, Masurian Lakes,Oswiecim (Auschwitz),Tatra Mountains,Warsaw (Palace of Culture,Chopin Museum,Jewish ghetto..), Slowinski National Park.
Religion: Roman Catholic
Time zone: UTC+1

Products:

Agricultural products : apples,dairy,pork,poultry,wheat,vegetables. Industrial products: electronic equipment, household appliances, cosmetics, vehicles, furniture, pumps, engines,plastics.

Outstanding personalities: Nicolaus Copernicus (scientist), Frederic Chopin ( composer), Madame Curie (scientist), Pope Jean Paul II, Lech Walesa (politician)
Leisure time activities: You can visit The Palace of Culture and Sciences, the International Museum of Warsaw, the Bothanical Garden ant the beautiful churches.
National Holidays: May 1:Labour Day, May 3:Constitution Day, November 11:National Independence Day

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              Germany              

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Flag and what it symbolises:

The three colours black, red and gold have been used since the beginning of the 19th century for the German republican and democratic movements. The monarchy and the Nazis used different colours. The flag was first introduced as national flag for the whole of Germany during the Weimar Republic 1918-1933.

Population: 81.459.000
Capital: Berlin
Official language: German
Currency: Euro
Climate:temperate and marine
Time zone: CET (UTC +1)

Anthem: 'Deutschlandlied ' (=Song of Germany). It has been the national anthem of Germany since1922. The music was written by J.Haydn in 1797 and August H.H.Von Fallersleben wrote the lyrics. Since the World War 2 only the third  stanza has been used:
                      Unity and justice and freedom
                             For the German fatherland!
                             Let us all strive for this purpose
                             Brotherly with heart and hand
                             Unity and justice and freedom
                             Bloom in the glow of this happiness
                              Bloom,German fatherland.

Type of Government: Federal parliamentary republic
Bordering countries: Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luksemburg, Belgium, Netherlands
Major cities: Berlin,Hamburg,Munich,Cologne,Frankfurt,Stuttgart,Dusseldorf,Bremen,Nuremberg,Dresden
Landmarks (tourist attractions): Köln Cathedral, Reichstag building, Hofbräuhaus, Europa-park, VW Autostadt, Nürburgring, Berlin Wall
Religion: Evangelicalism , Lutheranism, Catholicism, Islam
Time zone: CET (UTC+1)
Products: Sugar beet, potatoes, wheat, barley, rye, rape, cabbage, fruit, vegetables, wine, fishing, automotive, forestry
Outstanding personalities: Johan Gutenberg (inventor), Albrecht Dürer (artist), Jan Sebastian Bach (composer), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (poet), Ludwig van Beethoven (composer and pianist), Felix Mendelssohn (composer)
Leisure time activities: German people enjoy 'having a lie-in',watching TV,listening to the radio or surfing the net. Walking,jogging,skating,cycling and taking part in athletic activities are popular as regards outdoor activities. Germans also enjoy unusual sports such as bungee jumping, deep sea fishing and boxing. They also love travelling,spending family time on amusement parks,aquariums,attending musical events and joining civic clubs such as local soccer,bowling,golf and so on.
Christmas holiday : 23rd December to  January 10th ; From March 25th to April 3rd ; From May 15th to 29th ; From July 28th to 10th September ; From November 1st to 4th

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Author: EVANGELIA ANAGNOSTAKI
Last editor: EVANGELIA ANAGNOSTAKI