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Portugal is the Most Welcoming Country in the World

For the first time ever, Portugal claims the top position as the world’s most welcoming country for expats. According to InterNations, almost every expat living there (94%) says they are happy with the attitude of locals towards foreign residents. Indeed, this general satisfaction is far above average across all top-10 destinations. Most Welcoming Country in…
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International Mother Language Day – February 21st

Announced by UNESCO in 1999, International Mother Language Day (IMLD) celebrates cultural diversity and honors the students that were brutally killed by police in 1952, when demonstrating for the recognition of Bengali as one of the two national languages of East Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh). It’s hard to imagine the challenges faced by students who have been…
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The origin of the word “Winter”

Winter solstice is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight during the whole year. This year, in the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs today, on December 21st. But why is winter called winter? It was the Proto-Germanic wentruz, with the exact same meaning, that gave rise to the Old English “winter”. This, in turn, probably derives from the Proto-Indo-European…
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