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CultureGrams — New Kids Country: American Samoa

The CultureGrams editors are excited to announce a new Kids edition country report!

Flag of American Samoa, via CultureGrams

The new American Samoa report includes detailed information on the history, culture, language, food, and daily life of this country.

Here are some interesting Did You Knows about American Samoa:

  • American Samoa is home to only three kinds of native land mammals, all of which are bats.
  • American Samoa is the southernmost territory of the United States.
  • American Samoa uses the U.S. Postal Service for mail delivery and is small enough to have just one zip code.
  • One of the traditional symbols of American Samoa is the fue (coconut fiber fly whisk) crossed with a to’oto’o (staff). The fue stands for wisdom, while the to’oto’o represents authority.

Read about life as a kid in American Samoa, traditional foods, and the role religion plays in American Samoan culture, all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Marshall Islands

The CultureGrams editors are excited to announce a new Kids edition country report!

Flag of the Marshall Islands via CultureGrams

The new Marshall Islands report includes detailed information on the history, culture, language, food, and daily life of this country.

Here are some interesting Did You Knows about the Marshall Islands:

  • The average elevation of each island is just 7 feet (2 meters) above sea level.
  • Marshallese society is traditionally matrilineal (based on the mother’s family line), and land is passed down from one generation to the next through the mother’s line.
  • Elugelab is an extinct island that was used as a hydrogen bomb test site by the United States military and was blown up in 1954. The blast left behind a crater more than a mile wide and 165 feet (50 meters) deep.
  • Similar to the Hawaiian word aloha, the Marshallese word yokwe means “hello,” “good-bye,” and “love.”

Read about the the Marshallese culture of sharing and caring for one another, life as a kid, and favorite sports, all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: U.S. Virgin Islands

The CultureGrams editors are excited to announce a new Kids edition country report!

Flag of the U.S. Virgin Islands via CultureGrams

The new U.S. Virgin Islands report includes detailed information on the history, culture, language, food, and daily life of this country.

Here are some interesting Did You Knows about the U.S. Virgin Islands:

  • The U.S. Virgin Islands is the only location in the United States where people drive on the left side of the road.
  • There is an underwater national park in Trunk Bay, off the coast of Saint John. It is one of the best places to snorkel in the Caribbean and is marked by underwater signs.
  • Famous impressionist painter Camille Pissarro was born in Saint Thomas.
  • The islands of Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas each have a nickname. They are known as Twin City (Saint Croix), Love City (Saint John), and Rock City (Saint Thomas).

Read about the Carnival celebration, life as a kid, and traditional foods, all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: New Caledonia

The CultureGrams editors are excited to announce a new Kids edition country report!

Flag of New Caledonia via CultureGrams

The new New Caledonia report includes detailed information on the history, culture, language, food, and daily life of this country.

Here are some interesting Did You Knows about New Caledonia:

  • British Captain James Cook named New Caledonia after the Latin name for Scotland.
  • New Caledonia has a quarter of the world’s nickel, which is used in cell phones, kitchen tools, medical equipment, and buildings.
  • For 40 years, the capital city of Nouméa was a penal colony (place to exile prisoners). It also served as a U.S. military headquarters in the South Pacific during World War II.
  • New Caledonia is home to the largest species of tree fern in the world. They are so large they look like palm trees.

Read about the native Kanak people, traditional foods, and games and sports, all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: French Polynesia

The CultureGrams editors are excited to announce a new Kids edition country report!

Flag of French Polynesia

Flag of French Polynesia

The new French Polynesia report includes detailed information on the history, culture, language, food, and daily life of this country.

Here are some interesting Did You Knows about French Polynesia:

  • The English word tattoo comes from the Tahitian word tatau. Tattoos are considered signs of beauty in Polynesian culture.
  • Many Tahitians have a box outside their homes (similar to a mailbox) for daily bread delivery.
  • Va’a is a traditional sport in which people race pirogues (canoes) between islands.
  • French Polynesia is an overseas country of France, meaning it is self-governing but remains under greater French rule.

Find out about popular the traditional Heiva Festival, read about common French Polynesian foods, and discover what life is like as a kid, all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Faroe Islands

The CultureGrams editors are excited to announce a new Kids edition country report!

Faroe Islands Kids Edition Report

Faroe Islands Kids Edition Report

The new Faroe Islands report includes detailed information on the history, culture, language, food, and daily life of this country.

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about the Faroe Islands:

  • There are around 10 times as many puffins as there are people in the Faroe Islands.
  • There are only three traffic lights in the Faroe Islands.
  • Many Faroese homes have traditional grass rooftops, which are safer than bricks in a storm.
  • None of the trees in the Faroe Islands are native to the islands. They have all been imported (brought from other countries) from Alaska and Tierra del Fuego.

Find out about the tradtional Faroese food skerpikjøt, read about the favorite holiday Shrove Monday, and discover what life is like as a kid, all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Maldives

The CultureGrams editors are excited to announce a new Kids edition country report!

Maldives Kids Edition Report

Maldives Kids Edition Report

The new Maldives report includes detailed information on the history, culture, language, food, and daily life of this country.

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about Maldives:

  • Maldives is the lowest and flattest country in the world, with an average elevation of just 4.9 feet (1.5 meters) above sea level.
  • Cowry shells were used as a form of money in Maldives during medieval times. Today, they are often pictured on Maldivian coins.
  • Some of the islands in Maldives are so small they actually disappear and reappear with the ocean tides.
  • Many Maldivians believe in the supernatural, including dhevi, or spirits who live in the sea, sky, trees, and rain. Some dhevi are good, but most are bad.

Find out about favorite Maldivian short eats (snacks), read about the religious festivals the Eids, and discover what life is like as a kid, all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Micronesia

The CultureGrams editors are excited to announce a new Kids edition country report!

Micronesia Kids Edition Report

Micronesia Kids Edition Report

The new Micronesia report includes detailed information on the history, culture, language, food, and daily life of this country.

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about Micronesia:

  • Micronesia is made up of 607 islands. Its name comes from the Greek words for “tiny islands.”
  • Micronesia is located on the southern edge of the typhoon (tropical cyclone) belt—an area that experiences many typhoons each year, particularly from June to December.
  • Micronesians can live in the United States without a visa (document allowing a person to enter and stay in a country) because of a special treaty between the two countries’ governments.
  • Zorries (rubber or plastic flip-flops) are common footwear on all the islands.

Find out about a typical school day in Micronesia, read about feasts and funeral traditions, and discover what life is like as a kid, all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Lesotho

The CultureGrams editors are excited to announce a new Kids edition country report!

Lesotho Kids Edition Report

Lesotho Kids Edition Report

The new Lesotho report includes detailed information on the history, culture, language, food, and daily life of this country.

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about Lesotho:

  • Lesotho is a landlocked enclave (territory completely surrounded by another country) within South Africa.
  • Known as the Kingdom in the Sky, Lesotho is the only independent country in the world located entirely above 3,300 feet (1,000 m) in elevation. Lesotho also has the highest lowest point in the world, at 4,600 feet (1,400 m).
  • Water and diamonds are the nation’s two most important natural resources.
  • Thaba Bosiu (Night Mountain) is the most famous historical landmark in Lesotho. King Moshoeshoe I built his mountain fortress on this plateau (high, flat area) to fight off different groups trying to take over the land in the 1800s.

Find out about the unusual lives of Basotho balisana (herd boys), read about a typical school day in Lesotho, and discover common meals, such as papa and samp, all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Swaziland

The CultureGrams editors are excited to announce a new Kids edition country report!

Swaziland Kids Edition Report

Swaziland Kids Edition Report

The new Swaziland report includes detailed information on the history, culture, language, food, and daily life of this country.

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about Swaziland:

  • Swaziland is the smallest country in Africa and is almost completely surrounded by South Africa.
  • Swaziland is one of the last remaining absolute monarchies (government in which the king or queen has total power) in the world.
  • Swazi grooms often pay a lobola (bride-price) to their bride’s family when they marry. Traditionally, it was a certain number of cattle. But today, it is often money or other goods.
  • More than a third of the population is under the age of 15. The average age is 21, and the average life expectancy is 49.

Find out about the unique Reed Dance, read about the Incwala ceremony, and discover what life as a kid is like in Swaziland all in this colorful new report.