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What did the first Spanish conquerors expect to find in Argentina?
Silver. The country name is derived from the Latin argentum (silver - Ag). La Plata Basin (literally "Silver river") does not have any sources of silver, but the first Spaniards arrived to the area following rumors of the existence of silver mountains.
Which country derives its name from the word "East"?
Austria. The native name of Austria, Österreich, means 'Eastern Realm'. Austria was a prefecture of Bavaria created in 976. At the time, the Danube basin of present-day Austria was the easternmost extent of Bavaria, and in fact of all the Germans.
Apart from the United States of America, which other country in the world is officially named "United States"?
Mexico. The official name of Mexico is the United States of Mexico. Several other such countries existed in the past, including the United States of Brazil (1937-1967), United States of Colombia (1863-1886) and United States of Indonesia (1949-1950).
Which country is named "Misr" or "Masr" in its language?
Egypt. The English name Egypt is derived from the Ancient Greek Aígyptos, but it has nothing in common with the local name of the country (except maybe with the Late Egyptian name of Memphis - Hikuptah). Ancient Egyptians called their land Kemet, meaning "black soil" (as opposed to the desert). Today, Misr is the official name of Egypt, while Masr is the Egyptian-local pronunciation in the Egyptian Arabic.
What is the name of the country that is the first in the world powered entirely by solar energy?
Tokelau is an island country and dependent territory of New Zealand.Three solar power stations provide 100% of current electrical demand from photovoltaics, with battery backup. The first power station was completed in August 2012. In total, 4,032 solar panels) each, making Tokelau the first nation in the world to be 100% powered by solar power.
Which of these countries does NOT have a president?
Norway is a kingdom in Northwestern Europe. Harald V is the current king of Norway (at photo). There are presidents in other countries. The President of the Vatican City is called Giuseppe Bertello, of the Germany - Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the Turkish President is Tayyip Erdoğan.
Where does the name of Italy come from?
From the Latin vitulus. The name Italy (Italia) is an ancient name for the country and people of Southern Italy. Originally is was spelled Vitalia, probably from the same root as the Latin vitulus (a one-year-old calf), thus literally meaning 'calf-land' or "Land of Cattle. The bull was a symbol of the southern Italic tribes and was often depicted goring the Roman wolf as a defiant symbol of free Italy during the Social War.
Which country used to be called Ceylon?
Sri Lanka. Arabs referred to it as Serendib, which is the origin of the word "serendipity", from the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip, whose heroes "were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of".
Which country derives its name from the word "South"?
Australia. "Australis" means "South" in Latin. Following European discovery, names for the Australian landmass were often references to the legendary Terra Australis Incognita - an "unknown land of the South" which appeared on many maps since Roman times.