It seems that Europeans love animals (in particular bears), crowns, angels and castles! They are their favorites to put on their emblems – those heraldic devices taken as distinctive badges for a national, a city or a family.
This is a fascinating way to present some forgotten time of European history. This map tells us a lot on matriarchy and the power and influence it had in the past. Probably something to think about when discussing the future of Europe…
At first glance, this map looks quite exotic. It actually tells us how Europeans call the @ sign in their language and why. In Dutch, for instance, it is called apestaart, which means “monkey’s tail”.
It’s time to party! In the rush of preparations, some may face a difficult choice: which spirit to drink tonight? A Scotch Whisky? A Nordic Akavit? A Polish Vodka? An Italian Grappa? Or a Greek Ouzo?
What is the speed limit and the maximum blood alcohol limit in every single European country? This map may be quite handy on your way to summer holidays…
If you’re feeling peckish, how about some decomposed shark skin? A spot of fermented raw salmon, perhaps? Maybe with some maggot cheese to round it off. Still hungry?
You're looking for a friend called 'Pierre Martin' in France ? Hard cheese, he's going to be tough to find. Don't even try to type 'Rossi' in an Italian search engine! Meanwhile, in Germany, 'Müller' is so frequent that you may end up... in a supermarket!
If there is one characteristic all Europeans share across the continent, it is certainly their love for football! But by “football” Europeans don’t mean American football, that you actually play with a rather suspect ball, using your hands and not foot. No! European football!
We should remember the past to build a better future. All European countries brought to the big screen the stories and atrocities of the last century. But some focused on World War II, the independence wars or the rise of totalitarian regimes...
Asterix and Obelix may well have been the first Erasmus students ever! The indomitable Gauls went to several foreign countries: having adventures with delicate Brits, irascible Spaniards, joyful Belgians and the fearless Norse!