The creation of a single European currency was decided with the Maastricht Treaty in 1991. In 1999 the currency was officially introduced to the financial markets as an accounting currency and in 2002 coins and banknotes went into circulation.
Scotland has the highest percentage of redheads in the world. It also is home to approximately 790 islands, just 130 of which are inhabited.
The origins of the word ‘bee’ are unusual for sure. It’s quite the language puzzle. Stretching back centuries, it was originally used to refer to a community or social gathering of people and friends in a single activity. Naturally, this eventually came to represent the little guys who all single-mindedly work together to ensure the preservation of their hives.
This British city of Birmingham is responsible for the production of 40% of all jewelry produced in the UK. This also means that it has the highest concentration of jewelry stores and businesses in Europe. Impressive!
Here’s a clue – this is a traditional Russian instrument. It was even referenced in the works of some of the most influential writers, such as Leo Tolstoy, Nikolai Gogal and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Whilst widely adopted by the Russians, historians suggest that it was originally used by the Tartar people — Balalaika
This unique language is spoken by some 18% of South Africans, or around 7.6 million people. It’s a tricky language to get one’s mouth around. Not only does the language feature clicks, but there are three different kinds of clicks depending on which areas of the mouth you use, each heavily influencing the meaning of the word — Xhosa
Mozart wrote his first opera when he was 11. Not only that, at the tender age of 6, he was hanging out with Marie Antoinette, who was two months his senior.
Air travel is the safest form of long distance transportation. The odds of dying in a plane crash are about one 11,000,000, and fatal accidents only occur once every two million flights.