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We are “equipped around the world”.
Willkommen in Deutschland.
The country of poets, philosophers and brewers. Did you know that Cologne cathedral is its most popular tourist attraction? And that the largest stadium is the “Signal Iduna Park” in Dortmund? Our headquarters are in Minden.
Bienvenue en France
The land of love, romance, the Provence and its scents, the Blue Coast, French films, great writers and philosophers. The French are proud of their country and its cultural diversity. However, our famous “laissez-faire” attitude stops at the doors to our railway stations. Amorous couples are forced to observe the ban on kissing. Well, that’s what the law has said since 1910 – and fortunately nobody is ever punished for kissing any more. So plenty of “Bisous pour vous”!
Welkom in Nederland.
The Netherlands is indeed a low country. A quarter of it is below sea level. Schiphol airport is 4.5 metres below sea level, for example. And did you know that tulips don’t actually come from Holland? Although we are the largest producer of tulips in the world, tulips originally came from Turkey. The word “tulip” is derived from the Persian word “dulband”, meaning turban.
Welcome to Great Britain.
Yes, it’s true: We are proud of His Majesty the King. It’s a major faux pas to stick a stamp bearing the face of a member of the royal family on an envelope the wrong way round. And we have place names that invariably make you happy, everybody smiles when they hear Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. This is the longest official place name in Europe and, unsurprisingly, the most famous village in Wales.
Servus in Österreich.
Did you know that a whole 60% of the country is made up of mountains? We are home to a considerable share of the Eastern Alps – the Tyrolean Central Alps, Upper and Lower Tauern, Northern and Southern Limestone Alps and Vienna Woods – and are therefore referred to as the “Alpine Republic”.
Välkommen till sverige
An essentially conservative country, it is nonetheless a leader in social welfare, prison reform, and equal opportunity for women. Despite trouble maintaining its once-bustling economy, Sweden has long enjoyed some of the highest wages and the best standard of living in Europe.
Grüezi in der Schweiz.
The Swiss Confederation, as our country is officially known, is renowned for its chocolate, cheese and “Chrüterchraft” bonbons. We speak German, French and Italian; our “Schwitzerdütsch”, the local German language variant, is also well-known and much-loved.
Vítejte v České republice.
Pilsner Urquell – “Plzenský Prazdroj” from Pilsen, Budweiser – “Budvar” from the town of Budweis, “Staropramen” from Prague and “Starobrno” from Brno. Our beers are not just famous all over the world, they are among the world’s very best beers. If you can master the language, then order a “Jedno pivo prosím”! That was simple. However, Czech can be a real tongue-twister… Try saying the following sentence: “Tri sta tricet tri stríbrných stríkacek stríkalo pres tri sta tricet tri stríbrných strech” – 333 silver water jets splash over 333 silver roofs.
Witamy w Polsce.
Did you know that the only country that has more lakes is Finland? We are one of the countries with the largest number of lakes in the world. The biggest lakes with surface areas of more than 100 km² are Sniardwy and Mamry in Masuria, and Jezioro Lebsko and Jezioro Drawsko in Pomerania. Oh yes, and traditionally, the bagel does not come from the USA but from Krakow; “Beygls” were already famous here as early as the 17th century.
Vítame Vás na Slovensku.
What is the name of the Slovakian capital? A good question – for a long time we didn’t know ourselves. Bratislava! However, it was also known as Braslavespurch, Brezalauspurc and, during the rule of Matthias Corvinus, Istropolis. In Hungarian, it is known as Pozsony, in Latin it is Posonium and it is referred to as Pressburg in German. And not to forget all the others: Brezesburg, Preslawaspurch, Brezizbuch and Bresbuch, Prešporok, Prešporek and Prešpurk, Wilsonovo and Blava!
Lepo pozdravljeni v Sloveniji.
Slovenia is so small that you can easily drive through it even when the fuel warning light is on. However, don’t let its size deceive you. We are the only country in Europe to have the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst united in one place. One in 50 of every known land animal species and plant in the world can be found here. In addition, there are 3 regional parks, 52 nature reserves, 44 protected nature parks, 1217 natural monuments, 26 Natura 2000 bird reserves and 260 Natura 2000-FFH areas. We might be small, but there is plenty to find here!
Benvenuto in Italia.
The only language spoken in Italy is Italian? Not even close. In addition to the official language, there are also the local official languages German, French, Ladin, Rhaeto-Romanic and Slovenian. A few speak Albanian, Catalan, Greek, Croatian, French Provençal, Friulian, Occitan and Sardinian. A truly colourful mixture of languages. However, the Babylonian mixture of languages doesn’t result in chaos. Italians don’t need language for chaos, just think about our road traffic!
Bienvenido a España.
Let’s not mention sun, sand and the seaside. Enough people do that already. Instead, lets talk about Europe’s only “language isolate”, which can be found in Spain. Basque is the 4th official language of Spain. However, to this day no sufficient evidence has been found to prove a relationship between it and any other known language or language group. Future generations of linguists will be delighted by this.
Bem-vindo a Portugal.
What do the westernmost European country and the Middle East have in common? They have historical links. Take a look at Lisbon and the south of our country and the many place names that still bear the traces of the 500-year rule by the Moors, such as “Algueirão”, a north-eastern suburb of Lisbon. Even the word “Algarve” is derived from the Arabian “Al-Gahrb” and means “the West”. The old name, “Algarbia”, was still used for a long time.