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    Hi everybody!
    I'm interested in symbols of different countries and territories, especially in Europe. I mean those what is this territory famous for and what popular objects are on it. Thank you for answers!
    P.S. If your materials are from russian book they can be typed in russian.


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    I think there are four or five approaches to this interesting query that will produce the data you want:

    1. You could google for it.
    2. You could get a friend to google for it.
    3. You could hope that someone who has googled it accidentally leaves their notes on the bus, and you discover them.
    4. You could hope that someone on the forum will google for them on your behalf.

    Do you see a pattern emerging in the possibilities? :wink:

    To get you started you could try the Wikipedia site on National Symbols:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_symbol

    It provides a list of things that can act as symbols: flags, national anthems, coat of arms, flowers, animals, food or drink, the Head of State, the nation's founder, music, song, dance. The list is long.

    Just as a random test I googled for Hungary "national symbol" music
    From the results to this I read:
    an interesting article on the part of Romani music in Hungarian nationalism;
    followed by an article on the National Symbols of Hungary. These are The Hungarian Coat of Arms, The Hungarian Flag, The Hungarian Crown,
    The Hungarian National Athem, The Summons. [The latter is a poem set to music, which functions much as a second national anthem.]

    That all took a lot less time to find than this took to type. Let us know how you get on.

    By the way, welcome to the forum. Hope you enjoy your time spent here.


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    Thank you Ophiolite for repling but as english is not my native language I can't clearly say in English what I'm am searching for. Saying symbols I mean their apperiance in the world and the spheres the are famous for. :? Bayern is a worldknown beer country.
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    Ah I see, you mean symbol in a Human Geographical way

    I think the Netherlands is wellknown for it's cheese, even to the extent that it's population is sometimes called 'cheeseheads'. Some geographical names within the country are also strongly associated with cheese, like Gouda and Edam (these are Dutch cities, but most foreigners will only recognise their names as kinds of cheese).
    Apart from that the Dutch people are often called 'cloggies', after 'clog' ('klomp' in Dutch) a traditional footwear in the Netherlands.

    In a more abstract way water and the colour orange are strongly associated with the Netherlands (both by foreigners and by Dutchmen themselves), and a certain landscape element ('polder' in Dutch, a piece of grasland which has to be drained to prevent excessive ground water levels, this is very common in much of the country).

    I hope this is what you meant with symbol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pendragon
    Ah I see, you mean symbol in a Human Geographical way

    I think the Netherlands is wellknown for it's cheese, even to the extent that it's population is sometimes called 'cheeseheads'. Some geographical names within the country are also strongly associated with cheese, like Gouda and Edam (these are Dutch cities, but most foreigners will only recognise their names as kinds of cheese).
    Apart from that the Dutch people are often called 'cloggies', after 'clog' ('klomp' in Dutch) a traditional footwear in the Netherlands.

    In a more abstract way water and the colour orange are strongly associated with the Netherlands (both by foreigners and by Dutchmen themselves), and a certain landscape element ('polder' in Dutch, a piece of grasland which has to be drained to prevent excessive ground water levels, this is very common in much of the country).

    I hope this is what you meant with symbol
    Yes!
    You are right, I mean constantly this and I hope you information will help me!
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    ok

    From your first post I assume you are from Russia, is that correct? If yes, what do you consider the symbols of Russia? My associations are bears, vodka and heavy machines.

    And something that interests me, it seems that nearly every country has a national animal (often the lion) and a national colour. Maybe these are the symbols people can most easily identify with.
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    Russians are good fighters too. I mean martial arts and stuff.
    Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead... only realize the truth. There is no spoon. Then you'll see that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself. -Spoon Boy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pendragon
    Ah I see, you mean symbol in a Human Geographical way

    I think the Netherlands is wellknown for it's cheese, even to the extent that it's population is sometimes called 'cheeseheads'. Some geographical names within the country are also strongly associated with cheese, like Gouda and Edam (these are Dutch cities, but most foreigners will only recognise their names as kinds of cheese).
    Apart from that the Dutch people are often called 'cloggies', after 'clog' ('klomp' in Dutch) a traditional footwear in the Netherlands.

    In a more abstract way water and the colour orange are strongly associated with the Netherlands (both by foreigners and by Dutchmen themselves), and a certain landscape element ('polder' in Dutch, a piece of grasland which has to be drained to prevent excessive ground water levels, this is very common in much of the country).

    I hope this is what you meant with symbol
    No offense, but when I listen "Holland" I see myself between pretty chicks and smoking Marihuana

    Ahhhh yes... and wooden shoes.

    I've never been in Holland by the way. I might be wrong. :wink:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuete
    No offense, but when I listen "Holland" I see myself between pretty chicks and smoking Marihuana

    Ahhhh yes... and wooden shoes.

    I've never been in Holland by the way. I might be wrong. :wink:
    Haha yea you're quite close, although the chicks are not that special. ok they look nice, but they're a bit overrated :P

    Guatemala, let's see.. Jungle, Aztek monuments, banana's? (I'm not sure about the last one). Does your country have a national animal or colour?
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    Guatemala? Pretty close... Except for the Aztecs (this were from Mexico), instead we have Mayan pyramids (not the same).

    Jungle, rain forest... yeah, lots of that.

    Bananas? Yep.. we have some bananas, that's why we used to be known as a "Banana Republic" by americans. Personally I find it a bit offensive to be considered just a hughe banana field... anyway, that's the way americans are

    Our national animal it's a very rare bird, found only in our rain forest: The Quetzal.

    Oh!! and I forgot something about Holland: Your soccer team, personally I'm a big fan.
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    Hi again!
    You are quite right saying I'm from Russia, but the truth is that I'm from Belarus which is rather close to Russia. You can see that my english is not very well so I couldn't exactly say in my first post what I'm interested in.
    Thank you for answering as it is very important for me to prepare for the geografical olimpics in our town. By the way I also can help you with some geo information :wink:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuete
    Oh!! and I forgot something about Holland: Your soccer team, personally I'm a big fan.
    Hey cool! :-D It's a pity we didnt get past Portugal this year, but I hope we gave a nice show this worldcup

    Quote Originally Posted by ChatskiJ
    Hi again!
    You are quite right saying I'm from Russia, but the truth is that I'm from Belarus which is rather close to Russia. You can see that my english is not very well so I couldn't exactly say in my first post what I'm interested in.
    Thank you for answering as it is very important for me to prepare for the geografical olimpics in our town. By the way I also can help you with some geo information :wink:
    Great, I'm very interested in your country :wink: I'm a human geography student and I'm very interested in eastern Europe and the former Soviet-Union. I'll soon open some threads on the subject.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChatskiJ
    Hi again!
    You are quite right saying I'm from Russia, but the truth is that I'm from Belarus which is rather close to Russia. You can see that my english is not very well so I couldn't exactly say in my first post what I'm interested in.
    Thank you for answering as it is very important for me to prepare for the geografical olimpics in our town. By the way I also can help you with some geo information :wink:

    If I can help you with anything else - specially Latin America - , I'll be glad to.
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