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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.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Burkina Faso

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

Burkina Faso Kids Edition Report

Burkina Faso Kids Edition Report

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

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about Burkina Faso:

  • Burkina Faso is Africa’s largest producer of cotton.
  • The white stallion is the national animal of Burkina Faso. Two white stallions are pictured on the nation’s coat of arms, and the national soccer team is called the Stallions.
  • Burkina means “honor” in the native Mooré language, and Faso means “fatherland” in the native Dioula language.
  • On average, women in Burkina Faso each have six children over the course of their lifetimes.

Find out about the unique Dodo Carnival, read about life as a kid in Burkina Faso, and discover many different traditional Burkinabè foods all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: The Gambia

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

The Gambia Kids Edition Report

The Gambia Kids Edition Report

The new The Gambia 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 Gambia:

  • The Gambia is the smallest country in mainland Africa.
  • The Gambia has an unusual voting system in which people drop a marble marked with their chosen candidate’s name and picture into a steel drum.
  • Peanuts are the main crop grown in The Gambia.
  • Many birdwatchers travel to The Gambia to see the nation’s more than 560 different species of birds, including herons, pelicans, cormorants, and storks.

Find out about the unusual baobab tree, read about the mysterious Senegambian Stone Circles, and discover traditional Gambian taboos (social customs forbidding certain things) all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Trinidad and Tobago

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

Trinidad and Tobago Kids Edition Report

Trinidad and Tobago Kids Edition Report

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

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about Trinidad and Tobago:

  • Trinidad was named by Christopher Columbus on 31 July 1498 as part of his third voyage to the New World.
  • The Trinidad moruga scorpion pepper is one of the hottest peppers in the world.
  • The famous limbo dance originally came from Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Trinidadian bacteriologist (person that studies bacteria) Joseph Lennox Pawan was the first person to show that rabies could be spread by vampire bats to other animals and humans. This discovery led to the development of a vaccine for the virus.

Find out about how popular cricket is in Trinidad and Tobago, read about favorite dishes like callaloo and doubles, and discover the nation’s national instrument—the steelpan drum—all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Malta

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

Malta Kids Edition Detail Map

Malta Kids Edition Detail Map

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

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about Malta:

  • The prehistoric megalithic (made from large stones) temples of Malta are older than the pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China, and England’s Stonehenge.
  • King George VI awarded Malta the George Cross for the Maltese people’s bravery in World War II. The celebrated award is usually given in honor of heroic acts in times of extreme danger. In Malta’s case, it was awarded to the entire country rather than one person, so it is part of the national flag.
  • Maltese tradition says that Calypso Cave on the island of Gozo is the cave that Homer wrote about in The Odyssey.
  • Malta is one of the smallest countries in the world and the smallest country in the European Union.

Find out about traditional Maltese proverbs (wise sayings), read about the Great Siege fought between the Knights of Saint John and the Turks, and discover the Maltese folk music called Ghana all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Dominica

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

Kids Dominica Detail Map

Dominica Kids Edition Detail Map

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

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about Dominica:

  • The country’s name comes from Christopher Columbus, who named Dominica after the Latin word for Sunday (the day when Columbus first saw the island). The native Kalinago originally named the land Wai’tukubuli, which means “tall is her body.”
  • Dominica is home to a lake that appears to be boiling because is sits on a volcanic vent that heats up the water and releases volcanic gases. The lake is the second-largest hot spring in the world.
  • The national dish is mountain chicken, or frog legs from the crapaud frog.
  • Even though Dominica is a small island, its rain forests have more than 350 rivers.

Find out about Carnival in Dominica, discover Christmas traditions, and read about typical meals and snacks all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Antigua and Barbuda

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

Antigua and Barbuda Kids Edition Report

Antigua and Barbuda Kids Edition Report

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

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about Antigua and Barbuda:

  • Antigua has 365 beaches—one for every day of the year!
  • The national flower is the Agave karatto flower, which only blooms every 10 to 20 years. Its local nickname is the “dagger log” or “century plant.”
  • When the English ruled Antigua, the island’s forts and harbors were so strong that no foreign country ever conquered the island.
  • Traditionally, anyone whose parents or grandparents are Barbudan can claim any spot of land on the island for themselves by building a fence around the area they want.

Find out about the popular holiday Carnival, discover how to make a common dish called pepper pot, and read about life as a kid in Antigua and Barbuda all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Sierra Leone

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

Sierra Leone Kids Edition Report

Sierra Leone Kids Edition Report

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

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about Sierra Leone:

  • Portuguese sailors named the area Serra Lyoa (“Lion Mountains”) after the roar of the waves crashing into the steep mountains.
  • Sierra Leone is one of the top diamond-mining nations in the world. The country is famous for its “blood diamonds” that were mined and sold illegally to pay for weapons during the civil war.
  • Some areas of the countryside have “bush schools,” where children learn local traditions and skills that are considered important by the village elders.
  • One of the most common cultural traditions in Sierra Leone is its secret societies.

Find out about the many ethnic groups in Sierra Leone, discover what life is like as a kid, and read about the nation’s civil war all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Cyprus

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

Cyprus-Screenshot

Cyprus Kids Edition Report

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

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about Cyprus:

  • Legend says that Aphrodite—the Greek goddess of love and beauty—was born in and rose from sea foam at the rock formation known as Petra tou Romiou (Rock of the Greek), located in Pafos. Waves breaking over the rocks make pillars of foam that islanders say look like Aphrodite.
  • The traditional Cyprus dessert wine Commandaria dates back thousands of years and is one of the oldest wines still in production.
  • Cyprus and Greece share the same national anthem—”Hymn to Freedom.”
  • Cyprus is a divided country. A United Nations buffer zone (called the Green Line) separates the Turkish-controlled north from the Greek Cypriot–controlled south and passes through the capital city of Nicosia.

Find out about the traditional halloumi cheese and other Cypriot foods, discover wildlife in Cyprus, and read about how to say “hello” in Greek all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Kosovo

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

Kosovo Kids Edition Report

Kosovo Kids Edition Report

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

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about Kosovo:

  • Kosovo declared independence from Serbia on 17 February 2008, making it one of the newest countries of the 21st century.
  • Cheese byrek is the national food of Kosovo. It is a baked pastry made of thin layers of dough filled with salty cheese, meat, potatoes, and other vegetables.
  • Kosovo’s national anthem has no lyrics. The government decided not to include any lyrics so as not to offend any of its ethnic minorities.
  • The name Kosovo means “field of blackbirds” in Serbian.

Find out about the traditional cuisine, discover what weddings are like in Kosovo, and read about New Year’s Eve celebrations all in this colorful new report.