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MasterShake’s World: Andorra

Posted: October 23, 2010 by MasterShake in Life, MasterShake's World

Andorra

Official name: Principality of Andorra
GDP: $4.22 billion
Population: 84,082
Capital: Andorra la Vella
Official language: Catalan (Type of Spanish)
Area: 467.63 km^2
Currency: Euro (EUR)

Andorra is a prosperous country mainly because of its tourism industry, which services an estimated 10.2 million visitors annually and also because of its status as a tax haven. It is not a member of the European Union, but the euro is the de facto currency. The people of Andorra have the 2nd highest human life expectancy in the world — 82 years at birth. Andorra’s exports include electricity, tobacco products and furniture but again, tourism is the fuel of the economy. Andorra gained its independence from the medieval French in 1278.

Andorran Flag:

Blue and red honors France and red and yellow for Spain and the symbol is the Andorran coat of arms.

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MasterShake’s World: Algeria

Posted: October 21, 2010 by MasterShake in Life, MasterShake's World

Algeria

Official name: People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
GDP: $240.809 billion
Population: 34,895,000
Capital: Algiers
Official language: Arabic, French (de facto)
Area: 2,381,741 km^2
Currency: Algerian dinar (DZD)

Algeria began in 1014 with the establishment of the Hammadid dynasty, it was ruled under the Ottomans in 1516 and ruled by the French 1830. Algeria finally gained its independence in 1962. The fossil fuels energy sector is the backbone of Algeria’s economy, accounting for roughly 60% of budget revenues, 30% of GDP, and over 95% of export earnings. Algeria has 160 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves, making it the 8th largest in the world in this regard.

Algerian Flag:

The white color represents peace; the green, the beauty of nature; the red, the blood of those killed fighting for independence in the Algerian War (1954 to 1962) and the star and crescent represent Islam.

MasterShake’s World: Albania

Posted: October 21, 2010 by MasterShake in Life, MasterShake's World

Albania

Official name: Republic of Albania
GDP: $22.839 billion
Population: 3,195,000
Capital: Tirana
Official language: Albanian
Area: 111.1 km^2
Currency: Lek (ALL)

The area now know as Albania was created in 1190, reformed in 1444 and finally achieved independence in 1912 after the Ottoman Empire was defeated in the First Balkan War. Albania was also a communist state as an ally of the Soviet Union, this ended in 1960 when de-Stalinization came into effect. Albania has many resources including petroleum, natural gas, coal, bauxite and copper. It’s main exports are wheat, maize, potatoes, vegetables, fruits, sugar beets, grapes; meat and dairy products, agriculture has a big influence on the Albanian economy. In 2009, along side Croatia, Albania joined NATO.

Albanian Flag:

The meaning of the Albanian flag:

The eagle is taken from an Albanian folk tale. The eagle faithfully watches over and guides the king or the “son of the eagle” while the red represents hardiness, bravery, strength and valour

MasterShake’s World: Afghanistan

Posted: October 20, 2010 by MasterShake in Life, MasterShake's World

My newest outing will be to write about every single country in the world, either daily or bi-daily. I will be writing little facts about them and a bit of history, also I will be doing this “list” if you will, alphabetically, which means we have to start with “A” and Afghanistan.

Afghanistan
Official name: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
GDP: $26.976 billion
Population: 28,395,716
Capital: Kabul
Official language: Pashto and Dari (Persian)
Area: 647,500 km^2
Currency: Afghani (AFN)

The modern state of Afghanistan was set up 1747 and gained its independence from British rule in 1919 after the First World War. It was created to make a buffer zone between Russia and British Colonies in India and China as the British Empire was always weary of Russian designs on the world. Its has many resources such as gold, copper, zinc and much more. Its exports include Opium, fruits and nuts, handwoven carpets, wool, cotton and gemstones. Recently Afghanistan has subjected floods and earthquakes and is currently a conflict zone, although in terms of history this is not new.

Afghanistan’s Flag:

The meaning of Afghanistan flag:

Black: Darkness of the past history of Afghanistan
Red: Blood shed and war in the history of Afghanistan
Green: Hope, Prosperity, and a Bright future
The Symbol: A legend dating back to the times of Sassanid Empire in 224 A.D.