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Stockholm Syndrome got it's name from a incident in Sweden, where 4 employees were held hostage in a vault during a robbery, and a a seemingly incongruous bond developed between captive and captor.

Finland, Estonia, and Hungary's language are all Uralic based, not Germanic, which is why Finnish sounds alien compared to other Nordic languages.

The first color T.V. was invented in Mexico. Other notable stuff hailing from Mexico include popcorn, tequila, chocolate, and chewing gum.

In WW1, Malta was named the "Nurse of the Mediterranean", since they cared for many wounded British soldiers. The entire country also received the George Cross, after WW2; which seen on their flag.

Finland used to have a sauna competition which was later cancelled after a Russian man unfortunately died.

Surprisingly Sealand has its own national athletes but none of them has ever set foot on Sealand. These athletes take part in sports such as mini-golf, football, athletics and more.

It will take 20,000 Years before Chernobyl's Radiation clears up.

IKEA is an acronym. IK stands for Ingvar Kamprad (the founder), E stands for Elmtaryd (the farm he grew up in), and A for Agunnaryd (his home village).

The only human penis in the Icelandic penis museum belonged to a 96 year old man who donated it to the museum. He is of course deceased now.

San Marino is the only country with more cars than people.

Apart from the occasional sea-snake, New Zealand has 0 snake species.

The communist Romanian flag at one point, was used as a symbol of protest when the communist emblem was cut out, leaving the Romanian flag with a hole in the middle.



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