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    Suceava County

    Suceava County

    • Country: Romania
    Suceava (Romanian pronunciation: [suˈt͡ʃe̯ava]) is a county (judeţ) of Romania, in the historical region of Moldavia (mostly in southern Bukovina) and few villages in Transylvania, with the capital city at Suceava. In 2011, Suceava County had a population of 614,451, with a population density of 71.84/km2. This county has a total area of 8,553 square kilometres (3,302 sq mi). The western side of the county consists of mountains from the Eastern Carpathians group: the Rodna Mountains, the Rarău Mountains, the Giumalău Mountains and the three "Obcine" with lower heights. The county's elevation decreases toward the east, with the lowest height in the Siret River valley. The rivers crossing the county are the Siret River with its tributaries: the Moldova River, the Suceava River and the Bistriţa River. The predominant industries in the county are: The main tourist attractions in the county are: Suceava County has 5 municipalities, 11 towns and 98 communes During June 2010, Gheorghe Flutur, the president of Suceava County (Suceava judet), told the Mediafax news agency that his region was one of the worst hit in the country. In the morning of June 29th, relief work was coordinated to
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    Kostroma Oblast

    Kostroma Oblast

    • Country: Russia
    Kostroma Oblast (Russian: Костромска́я о́бласть, Kostromskaya oblast) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast). Its administrative center is the city of Kostroma. Population: 667,562 (2010 Census). Major historic towns include Kostroma, Sharya, Nerekhta, Galich, Soligalich, and Makaryev. Textile industries have been developed there since the early 18th century. The oblast was detached from Yaroslavl Oblast in 1944. The Governor of the oblast was Viktor Shershunov from 1997 until his death in a car crash on September 20, 2007. From 2007 the Governor was Igor Slyunyayev. As of 2012, Sergey Sitnikov is the Governor. From c. 300 CE the whole current area of Kostroma with exception the area east of River Unzha was part of historical Finno-Ugric peoples' lands, like the Merya people and their loose tribal confederation. There were at least 109 Merya settlements located in the area of which the most important below mentioned trading centers and important hill fortresses were later recorded by the Russians as the Russians founded towns in the late 9th to 12th centuries. The oblast was formed on August 13, 1944. Kostroma Oblast borders Vologda Oblast (N), Kirov Oblast (E), Nizhny Novgorod
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    6 votes
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    Province of Rome

    Province of Rome

    • Country: Italy
    The Province of Rome (Italian: Provincia di Roma), is a province in the Lazio region of Italy. The province can be viewed as the extended metropolitan area of the city of Rome, although in its more peripheral portions, especially to the north, it comprises towns surrounded by rural landscape. The Province of Rome covers almost one-third of the territory of Lazio. It occupies the flat area of the Roman and the Tiber Valley to the mountains and dell'Aniene Lucretili Sabini and, in addition to the mountainous regions of the Tolfa and Monti Sabatini to the north-west, the area of the mountains Tiburtini Prenestini Simbruini and east, the area of the Colli Albani and the northern foothills of the mountains, and high Lepine Sacco valley to the south-east. The western boundary of the province is represented by the Tyrrhenian Sea on which spread to about 130 km from the coast near Rome from Civitavecchia to Torre Astura. In the territory there are several lakes, almost all of volcanic origin, which are concentrated in the north-west of the mountains and Sabatini in the south-east of the Colli Albani. The main comuni by population are: The Province of Rome is governed by Rome's Provincial
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    Has District

    Has District

    • Country: Albania
    The District of Has (Albanian: Rrethi i Hasit) is one of the thirty-six districts of Albania and one of the smallest. It has a population of 17,419 (2010 estimate), and an area of 393 km (152 sq mi). It is in the north-east of the country, part of Kukës County, and its capital and only municipality is Krumë. The district consists of the following communes: Has District, besides the town of Krumë, comprises a number of villages which are well known for their help in 1999 in the Kosovo War against the Serbian Army, for the unprecedented hospitality given to the thousands of refugees from Kosovo (there were about 78,000 refugees staying in the homes of Has inhabitants, or more than threefold the population of the Has District at that time). Hasi is located in the border of Albania and Kosovo. The ethnographic region of Has is much wider than the District of Has, because about half of this region is located in the territory of Kosovo, from the Albania-Kosovo border to the gates of the cities of Prizren and Đakovica.Hasi was the trade center of north Albania. Sadly, year-by-year the population of Has has been falling dramatically. European studies show that the decline in the Has
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    6 votes
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    Slovenska Bistrica

    Slovenska Bistrica

    • Country: Slovenia
    Slovenska Bistrica is a town south of Maribor in eastern Slovenia. It is centre of the Municipality of Slovenska Bistrica, one of the largest municipalities in Slovenia. Traditionally the area was part of the Lower Styria region. The town is included in the Drava statistical region. The town was established in the 13th century on the trade road between Maribor and Celje. It was granted market rights in 1313. It was originally called just Bistrica. The present name of Slovenska Bistrica (German: Windisch-Feistritz) first appears in records dating from 1565. Before 1918, the town had a German-speaking majority (in the last Austrian census of 1910, 57.7% of the inhabitants declared German as their language of daily communication), while the surroundings were almost exclusively Slovene-speaking. The town now has over 6,500 inhabitants and increasing. Many locals commute to Maribor for work, less than an hour's drive away. The town offers several interesting sights, including Bistrica Castle, churches, a Roman road, Ančnik fort (an Ancient Roman fort), and more. It is also a good starting point for people wishing to hike on Mount Boč, a nearby mountain peak and park. The parish church
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    4 votes
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    Province of Matera

    Province of Matera

    • Country: Italy
    The Province of Matera (Italian: Provincia di Matera) is a province in the Basilicata region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Matera. It has an area of 3,447 km², and a total population of 203,627 (2012). There are 31 comunes (Italian: comuni) in the province (see Comunes of the Province of Matera). The main comunes by population are:
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    7 votes
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    Haryana

    Haryana

    • Country: India
    Haryana /ˌhɑriˈɑːnə/ is a state in India. Constituted in 1966, it is one of two newly created states carved out of the greater Punjab province as a means of creating a stronger national identity. It has been a part of the Kuru region in North India. The name Haryana is found mentioned in the 12th century AD by the apabhramsha writer Vibudh Shridhar (VS 1189-1230). It is bordered by Punjab and Himachal Pradesh to the north, and by Rajasthan to the west and south. The river Yamuna defines its eastern border with Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Haryana also surrounds Delhi on three sides, forming the northern, western and southern borders of Delhi. Consequently, a large area of Haryana is included in the National Capital Region. The capital of the state is Chandigarh which is administered as a union territory and is also the capital of Punjab.. Sites in Haryana were part of the Indus Valley and Vedic Civilizations. Several decisive battles were fought in the area, which shaped much of the history of India. These include the epic battle of Mahabharata at Kurukshetra mentioned in the Hindu mythology (including the recital of the Bhagavad Gita by Krishna), and the three battles of
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    6 votes
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    Arcadia

    Arcadia

    • Country: Greece
    Arcadia (Greek: Αρκαδία - Arkadía) is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the administrative region of Peloponnese. It is situated in the central and eastern part of the Peloponnese peninsula. It takes its name from the mythological character Arcas. In Greek mythology, it was the home of the god Pan. In European Renaissance arts, Arcadia was celebrated as an unspoiled, harmonious wilderness. Arcadia has its present-day capital at Tripoli. It covers about 18% of the Peloponnese peninsula, making it the largest regional unit on the peninsula. Arcadia has a ski resort on Mount Mainalo, located about 20 km NW of Tripoli. Other mountains of Arcadia are the Parnon in the southeast and the Lykaion in the west. The climate consists of hot summers and mild winters in the eastern part, the southern part, the low lying areas and the central area at altitudes lower than 1,000 m. The area primarily receives rain during fall and winter months in the rest of Arcadia. Winter snow occurs commonly in the mountainous areas for much of the west and the northern part, the Taygetus area, the Mainalon. After the collapse of the Roman power in the west, Arcadia became part of the
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    5 votes
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    Schleswig-Holstein

    Schleswig-Holstein

    • Country: Germany
    Schleswig-Holstein (pronounced [ˈʃleːsvɪç ˈhɔlʃtaɪ̯n] ( listen)) is the northernmost of the sixteen states of Germany, comprising most of the historical duchy of Holstein and the southern part of the former Duchy of Schleswig. Its capital city is Kiel; other notable cities are Lübeck, Flensburg and Neumünster. The former English name was Sleswick-Holsatia, the Danish name is Slesvig-Holsten, the Low German name is Sleswig-Holsteen, and the North Frisian name is Slaswik-Holstiinj. Historically, the name can also refer to a larger region, containing both present-day Schleswig-Holstein and the former South Jutland County (Northern Schleswig) in Denmark. The term "Holstein" derives from Old Saxon, Holseta Land, meaning "the land of those who dwell in the wood" (Holz and Holt mean wood in modern Standardised German and in literary English respectively). Originally, it referred to the central of the three Saxon tribes north of the Elbe river, Tedmarsgoi, Holcetae, and Sturmarii. The area of the Holcetae was between the Stör river and Hamburg, and after Christianization their main church was in Schenefeld. Saxon Holstein became a part of the Holy Roman Empire after Charlemagne's Saxon
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    5 votes
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    Lofa County

    Lofa County

    • Country: Liberia
    Lofa is a county in the northernmost portion of the West African nation of Liberia. One of 15 counties that comprise the first-level of administrative division in the nation, it has six districts. Voinjama serves as the capital with the area of the county measuring 9,982 square kilometres (3,854 sq mi). As of the 2008 Census, it had a population of 270,114, making it the fourth most populous county in Liberia. Lofa's County Superintendent is Galakpai Kortimai. The county is bordered by Bong County to the south and Gbarpolu County to the west. The northwestern parts of Lofa border the nation of Sierra Leone and the northeastern parts border Guinea. Mount Wuteve, the highest mountain in Liberia, lies in the north-central part of the county. As of the 1984 Census, the county had a population of 199,242. Many people left the area as refugees in 1999 and the early 2000s as it became a main focus of fighting during the Liberian civil war. The Red Cross said that in January 2004 many people had begun to return from refugee camps in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone. At that time the county's population was estimated to be 34,310. The largest city and county capital is Voinjama with a
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    6 votes
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    Metropolitan Borough of Bolton

    Metropolitan Borough of Bolton

    • Country: United Kingdom
    The Metropolitan Borough of Bolton is a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester, England. It is named after its largest settlement, Bolton, but covers a far larger area which includes Blackrod, Farnworth, Horwich, Kearsley and Westhoughton, and a suburban and rural element from the West Pennine Moors. The borough has a population of 276,800, and is administered from Bolton Town Hall. The boundaries the Bolton metropolitan district were set as part of the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972, and cover an amalgamation of eight former local government districts; seven Urban Districts from the administrative county of Lancashire, and the County Borough of Bolton. The metropolitan districts of Bury, Salford and Wigan lie to the east, south and west respectively; and the non-metropolitan districts of Blackburn with Darwen and Chorley in Lancashire lie to the north and north-west. The Arms of Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council are a pun on the word Bolton, as they depict an arrow (a "bolt") passing through a crown (a "tun"). The metropolitan borough was formed on 1 April 1974, by the merger of the County Borough of Bolton and the following districts from the administrative
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    5 votes
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    Reading

    Reading

    • Country: United Kingdom
    Reading (/ˈrɛdɪŋ/ RED-ing) is a large town and unitary authority area in the county of Berkshire, England. It is located in the Thames Valley at the confluence of the River Thames and River Kennet, and on both the Great Western Main Line railway and the M4 motorway. Reading is located 36 miles (58 km) east from Swindon, 24 miles (39 km) south from Oxford, 36 miles (58 km) west of central London, and 14 miles (23 km) north from Basingstoke. The Borough of Reading has a population of 145,700 (2008 estimate) and the town formed the largest part of the Reading/Wokingham Urban Area which had a population of 369,804 (2001 census). The town is currently represented in the UK parliament by two members, and has been continuously represented there since 1295. For ceremonial purposes the town is in the county of Berkshire and has served as its county town since 1867, previously sharing this status with Abingdon. The first evidence for Reading as a settlement dates from the 8th century. Reading was an important centre in the medieval period, as the site of Reading Abbey, a monastery with strong royal connections. The town was seriously impacted by the Civil War, with a major siege and loss of
    8.75
    4 votes
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    Novo Mesto

    Novo Mesto

    • Country: Slovenia
    Novo Mesto ( pronunciation (help·info)) (Slovene: Novo mesto, German: Neustadtl) is the city on a bend of the Krka River in the City Municipality of Novo Mesto in southeastern Slovenia, close to the border with Croatia. The town is traditionally considered the economic and cultural centre of the historic Lower Carniola region. Novo Mesto (literally "New Town") has been settled since pre-history. The city is one of the most important archeological sites of the Hallstatt culture (Early Iron Age) and has been nicknamed the "City of Situlas" after numerous situlas found in the area. Graben Castle down the Krka River, ancestral seat of the noble House of Graben von Stein, was first mentioned in a 1170 deed. The town itself was founded by the Habsburg archduke Rudolf IV of Austria on 7 April 1365 as Rudolfswerth (Slovene: Rudolfovo). The Austrian Habsburgs received the Carniolan March from the hands of Emperor Louis IV in 1335 and in 1364 Rudolf "the Founder" proclaimed himself a Duke of Carniola. Following World War I and the dissolution of Austria-Hungary, the city passed to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and was officially renamed Novo mesto although it had been informally known as such
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    6 votes
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    Sancti Spíritus Province

    Sancti Spíritus Province

    • Country: Cuba
    Sancti Spíritus is one of the provinces of Cuba. Its capital is the identically named Sancti Spíritus. Another major city is Trinidad. The southern coast of the province is flat, but the western portion of Sancti Spíritus province is mountainous. The southeast has numerous mangroves and swamps. The northern coast contains significant wetlands and protected areas such as the Bay of Buena Vista and the Caguanes National Park. The largest man made reservoir in Cuba, the Embalse Zaza, is in Sancti Spíritus province. During the 17th century, both Dutch and British pirates attempted to take control of what is today Sancti Spíritus province, but with little success, as the Spanish garrison held them off. From 1660 to 1680, Trinidad was plagued by pirates from Jamaica and Tortuga, and on two occasions, pirates razed the city. The provinces of Cienfuegos, Sancti Spíritus, and Villa Clara were once all part of the now defunct province of Las Villas. Tourism is a big earner for the province, with most of the tourism centred around the old city of Trinidad, a World Heritage listed city which has dozens of colonial buildings (and almost no 20th century architecture) dating back to the Spanish
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    5 votes
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    Sughd

    Sughd

    • Country: Tajikistan
    Sughd Province (Tajik: Суғд; Persian: ولایت سغد‎) is one of the four administrative divisions and one of the three provinces (Tajik: вилоятҳо, viloyatho) that make up Tajikistan. Centered in the historical Sogdiana, it is located in the northwest of the country, with an area of some 25,400 square kilometers and a population of 2,132,100 (2008 est.), up from 1,870,000 according to the 2000 census and 1,558,000 in 1989. It was founded in 1924 as part of Uzbek SSR and was become part of Tajik SSR in 1929 after efforts of Shirinsho Shotemur. The province shares a border with the Jizakh, Namagan, Samarkand and Fergana provinces of Uzbekistan, and the Osh and Batken provinces of Kyrgyzstan. The Syr Darya river flows through it. Soghd is separated from the rest of Tajikistan by the Zarafshan Range (passes may be closed in winter). The southern part of the province is the east-west valley of the upper Zarafshan River. North, over the Turkestan Range, is the Ferghana Valley. The province has 30% of Tajikistan's population and one-third of its arable land. It produces two thirds of the country's GDP. It was known as Leninabad until 1991, then Leninobod until 2000, then Sogd until 2004. The
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    5 votes
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    Black River

    Black River

    • Country: Mauritius
    Rivière Noire is a district of Mauritius on the western side of the island. Its name Rivière Noire mean Black River in French. This region receives less rainfall than the others. The district has an area of 259 km and the population estimate was at 76,627 as at 31st December 2010. It is the third largest District of Mauritius in area, but the smallest in terms of population. The district is mostly rural, it also include the western part of the town of Port Louis (Ward 1) and western part of Quatre Bornes (Ward 3). Famous areas include Tamarin Falls and the Chamarel coloured earth. The name Black River derives from the fact that it is the driest district of the island. Flic en Flac is one of the most beautiful and longest beach on the island. The Pamplemousses District include different regions; however, some regions are further divided into different suburbs.
    8.50
    4 votes
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    Rajshahi District

    Rajshahi District

    • Country: Bangladesh
    Rajshahi District (Bengali: রাজশাহী জেলা) is a district in north-western Bangladesh. It is a part of the Rajshahi Division. The metropolitan city of Rajshahi is in Rajshahi District. Rajshahi district is bounded by Naogaon District to the north, Natore District to the east, and Chapai Nababganj District and the river Padma to the south. There are ten rivers in this district, totaling 146 km in length. the main river is Padma River (Ganges). Some others are Mahananda, Baral and Barnai river. Administrator of Zila Porishod: Mahbub Jamal Bhulu Deputy Commissioner (DC): Md. Abdul Hannan Sub-district or upazillas of Rajshahi Rajshai district has well organized internal communication as well as connection to other parts of the country. There are 96 metalled roads with a total length of about 1270 km, 108 semi-metalled roads of about 546 km length, and six railways of about 63 km total length. Rajshahi has been regarded as the bread-basket of Bangladesh. Recent agricultural modernizations with the much-lauded Barendra project has increased crop-diversification, allowed farmers to access better analysis of their farmland's chemical composition, and generally allowed farmers to grow as
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    4 votes
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    Rogaška Slatina

    Rogaška Slatina

    • Country: Slovenia
    Rogaška Slatina (German: Rohitsch-Sauerbrunn) is a town in eastern Slovenia. It is the largest settlement and the centre of the Municipality of Rogaška Slatina. It is known for its curative mineral water, spa, and crystal glass. Rogaška Slatina is a synonym for health-resort tourism in Slovenia. For centuries the curative mineral water rich in magnesium (branded as Donat Mg), the picturesque countryside, and other local attractions have attracted visitors to the area. Roman inscriptions referring to the spa waters have been found. The parish church in the town is dedicated to the Holy Cross and belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Celje. It was built between 1864 and 1866 in a Neo-Romanesque style.
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    4 votes
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    Selenge Province

    Selenge Province

    • Country: Mongolia
    Selenge (Mongolian: Сэлэнгэ) is one of the 21 aimags (provinces) of Mongolia, located in the north of the country. The name is derived from the Selenge river. The capital is Sükhbaatar. - The aimag capital
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    5 votes
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    Coquimbo Region

    Coquimbo Region

    • Country: Chile
    The IV Coquimbo Region (Spanish: IV Región de Coquimbo) is one of Chile's 15 first order administrative divisions. It is some 400 km north of the capital, Santiago. The capital and largest city is La Serena, other important cities include the seaport Coquimbo and the agricultural centre. Ovalle. The Coquimbo Region forms the narrowest part, or 'waist' of Chile, and is hence one of the country's more mountainous regions, as the Andes range runs closer to the sea than elsewhere. The region has notable marine species as well as taxa that are associated with the mountainous regions. With respect to marine organisms, the upwelling areas encourage bioproductivity off of this Pacific Coast area of Chile. In the southern mountainous areas of the Coquimbo Region, the rare and endangered Chilean Wine Palm is found, whose habitat is threatened by human overpopulation in the region and associated deforestation for residential expansion and agriculture. The Elqui Valley is home to a number of astronomical observatories, owing to the region's clear skies. It is also home to a 600-meter-long dam, the Puclaro, which confines the Elqui River and produces a reservoir of some seven km in
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    4 votes
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    South Hamgyong

    South Hamgyong

    • Country: North Korea
    South Hamgyong Province (Hamkyeongnamto) is a province of North Korea. The province was formed in 1896 from the southern half of the former Hamgyŏng Province, remained a province of Korea until 1945, then became a province of North Korea. Its capital is Hamhung. The province is bordered by Ryanggang to the north, North Hamgyong to the northeast, Kangwon to the south, and South Pyongan to the west. On the east of the province is the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea). South Hamgyong is also home to Yodok prison camp. South Hamgyong is divided into 3 cities ("si"), 2 districts (1 "gu" and 1 "chigu"), and 15 counties ("gun"). These are further divided into villages (ri and dong, with dong also denoting neighborhoods in cities), with each county additionally having one town (up) which acts as its administrative center. These are detailed on each county’s individual page. Some cities are also divided into wards known as "guyok", which are administered just below the city level and also listed on the individual page.
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    4 votes
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    Baku

    Baku

    • Country: Azerbaijan
    Baku (Azerbaijani: Bakı, IPA: [bɑˈcɯ]) is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian Sea and of the Caucasus region. It is located on the southern shore of the Absheron Peninsula, which projects into the Caspian Sea. The city consists of two principal parts: the downtown and the old Inner City (21.5 ha). Baku's urban population at the beginning of 2009 was estimated at just over two million people. Officially, about 25 percent of all inhabitants of the country live in the metropolitan city area of Baku. Baku is divided into eleven administrative districts (raions) and 48 townships. Among these are the townships on islands in the Baku Bay and the town of Oil Rocks built on stilts in the Caspian Sea, 60 km (37 mi) away from Baku. The Inner City of Baku along with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. According to the Lonely Planet's ranking, Baku is also among the world's top ten destinations for urban nightlife. The city is the scientific, cultural and industrial center of Azerbaijan. Many sizeable Azerbaijani institutions have their headquarters there, including SOCAR, one of the
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    3 votes
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    Wakayama Prefecture

    Wakayama Prefecture

    • Country: Japan
    Wakayama Prefecture (和歌山県, Wakayama-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located on the Kii Peninsula in the Kansai region on Honshū island. The capital is the city of Wakayama. Present-day Wakayama is mostly the western part of the province of Kii. On July 17 to 18, a torrential heavy rain occurred, followed by collapse of levees, river flooding and landslides in a wide area. Many bridges and houses were destroyed. According to an officialy confirmed Japanese Government report, 1,015 people died, with 5,709 injured and 7,115 houses lost. Nine cities are located in Wakayama Prefecture: These are the towns and villages in each district: Wakayama supplies most of Japan with its high production of mikans (Mandarin Oranges) in October of every year. Mount Kōya (高野山, Kōya-san) in the Ito District is the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism. It is home to one of the first Japanese style Buddhist temples in Japan and remains a site of pilgrimage and an increasingly popular tourist destination as people flock to see its ancient temples set amidst the towering cedar trees at the top of the mountain. The Sacred sites and pilgrimage routes in the Kii Mountain Range extend for miles
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    3 votes
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    Bobonaro

    Bobonaro

    • Country: Timor-Leste
    Bobonaro is a city and subdistrict in Bobonaro District, East Timor. District capital is Maliana. The city has 6,110 inhabitants, the subdistrict 22,756.
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    4 votes
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    Gash-Barka

    Gash-Barka

    • Country: Eritrea
    Gash-Barka (Tigrinya: ጋሽ-ባርካ) is one of the six regions of Eritrea. It is situated in the south-west of the country, bordering the Anseba region to the north, and the Maekel (Central) and Debub (Southern) regions to the east; the county of Sudan lies to the west and Ethiopia to the south. The capital of Gash-barka is Barentu. Other towns include Agordat (the former capital), Molki, Sebderat and Teseney. With an area of 37,000 square kilometers and a population of 567,000, the Gash Barka region makes up roughly one-third of Eritrea. Many call this region the "breadbasket" as the region is rich in agriculture. As of 2005, many believe there are over 3.5 million livestock in this region, and many camels. The region is also rich in marble, and other important minerals, including gold. In Augaro, there are some old mineshafts and machinery from the days when the Italians mined gold here. Most of the people in the area tend to be healthy and well-fed, a rarity in this area of Africa. The region also includes the following districts: Within the entire country there existed extensive forestation as recently as 1900 AD; however, there is less than one percent forested area present in the
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    4 votes
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    Province of Gorizia

    Province of Gorizia

    • Country: Italy
    The Province of Gorizia (Italian: Provincia di Gorizia, Slovene: Goriška pokrajina) is a province in the autonomous Friuli–Venezia Giulia region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Gorizia. It belonged to the Province of Udine between 1924 and 1927 and the communes of Sonzia, Plezzo, Bergogna, Caporetto, Tolmino, Circhina, Santa Lucia d'Isonzo, Gracova Serravalle, Canale d'Isonzo, Cal di Canale, Idria, Montenero d'Idria, Castel Dobra, Salona d'Isonzo, Gargaro, Chiapovano, Aidussina, Santa Croce di Aidùssina, Cernizza Goriziana, Tarnova della Selva, Sambasso, Merna, Ranziano, Montespino, Opacchiasella, Temenizza, Rifembergo, Comeno, San Daniele del Carso, Zolla, Vipacco, San Martino di Quisca and San Vito di Vipacco; and the eastern part of Gorizia, were part of this province between 1918 and 1924, and from 1927 to 1947. These communes are now part of Slovenia. It has an area of 466 km², and a total population of 142,035 (2012). It has a coastal length of 47.6 km. There are 25 communes in the province (). Around 11% of the population of the province is of ethnically Slovene. Italian legislation ensures the protection of the Slovene linguistic minority in 9 of the 25 municipalities
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    4 votes
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    Al Marj

    Al Marj

    • Country: Libya
    Marj (Arabic: المرج‎ Al Marǧ, English: The Meadows) is an administrative division (shabiyah or district) of northeastern Libya, lying on the Mediterranean Sea coast. Its administrative seat is the city of Marj, which was formerly known as Barca. Marj is situated on the Cyrenaica Plateau at the western edge of the Jebel Akhdar. In the 2007 administrative reorganization part of the territory formerly in Al Hizam al Akhdar District was transferred to Al Marj. In the north, Marj has a shoreline on the Mediterranean Sea. On land, it borders the following districts:
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    Diekirch

    Diekirch

    • Country: Luxembourg
    The District of Diekirch is one of three districts of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It contains 5 cantons divided into 43 communes: It borders Belgian's Walloon Region by the latter's provinces of Luxembourg in the west and Liège in the north, the districts of Luxembourg in the south and Grevenmacher in the south-east, and the German Land of Rhineland-Palatinate in the east. It has a per capita income of $49,000.
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    Sălaj County

    Sălaj County

    • Country: Romania
    Sălaj (Romanian pronunciation: [səˈlaʒ]) is a county (județ) of Romania, in the historical regions of Crișana and Transylvania, with the capital city at Zalău. In Hungarian, it is known as Szilágy megye, in Slovak as Salašská župa, and in German as Kreis Zillenmarkt. Sălaj County or the Land of Silvania (silva, -ae means "forest") has a predominantly hilly relief - the Someș Plateau and the piedmont hills of Silvania - as well as mountainous hills - the northern ramifications of Apuseni Mountains (Meseș and Plopiș Mountains). The district stretches over 3,864 km², more than half of them have an agricultural destination (tillable land, meadows, hay-fields, vineyards and orchards). The rest of the surface is covered with forests and other wood vegetation, rivers, ponds etc. The hydrographic network is represented by rivers - Someș, Crasna, Almaș, Agrij, Barcău - and by small natural and artificial lakes. The geographical location of Sălaj County confers on the area a moderate continental climate, with average annual temperatures of 8-9°C and annual rainfalls of 600-800 mm. Different types of soil contain many natural resources such as charcoal, lignite, limestone, quartz sands,
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    Badajoz

    Badajoz

    • Country: Spain
    The province of Badajoz (pronounced: [baðaˈxoθ]) is a province of western Spain located in the autonomous community of Extremadura. It was formed in 1833. It is bordered by the provinces of Cáceres, Toledo, Ciudad Real, Córdoba, Seville, and Huelva, and by Portugal. With its area of 21,766 m², it is the largest province in Spain. The other province of Extremadura, Cáceres, is the second largest. As of 2010, the province has a population of 692,137. Its capital is the city of Badajoz. See also List of municipalities in Badajoz. Although in many districts there are low ranges of hills, the surface is more often a desolate and monotonous plain, flat or slightly undulating. Its one large river is the Guadiana, which traverses the north of the province from east to west, fed by many tributaries; but it is only at certain seasons that the river-beds fill with any considerable volume of water, and the Guadiana may frequently be forded without difficulty. The climate is continental with great extremes of heat in summer and of cold in winter, when fierce north and north-west winds blow across the plains. After Badajoz, the capital, the principal towns are Almendralejo, Azuaga, Don Benito,
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    County Clare

    County Clare

    • Country: Ireland
    County Clare (Irish: Contae an Chláir) is a county in Ireland. It is located in the Mid-West Region and is also part of the province of Munster. Clare County Council is the local authority for the county. The population of the county is 117,196 according to the 2011 census. Clare is north-west of the River Shannon covering a total area of 3,400 square kilometres (1,300 sq mi). Clare is the 7th largest of Ireland’s 32 traditional counties in area and the 19th largest in terms of population. Clare's nickname is the Banner County. Bodies of water define much of the physical boundaries of Clare. To the southeast is the River Shannon, Ireland's longest river, and to the south is the Shannon Estuary. The border to the northeast is defined by Lough Derg which is the third largest lake on Ireland. To the west is the Atlantic Ocean, and to the north is Galway Bay. County Clare contains The Burren, a unique karst region, which contains rare flowers and fauna. At the western edge of The Burren, facing the Atlantic Ocean, are the Cliffs of Moher. The highest point in County Clare is Moylussa, 532m, in the Slieve Bernagh range in the east of the county. The following islands lie off the coast
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    Cesar Department

    Cesar Department

    • Country: Colombia
    Cesar Department (Spanish: Departamento del Cesar) or simply Cesar is a department of Colombia located in the north of the country in the Caribbean region, bordering to the north with the Department of La Guajira, to the west with the Department of Magdalena and Department of Bolivar, to the south with Department of Santander, to the west with the Department of North Santander, and to the east with the country of Venezuela (Zulia State). The department capital city is Valledupar. The region was first inhabited by indigenous peoples known as Euparíes in the Valley of Upar and Guatapuríes in the Valley of the Cesar river, among these were the Orejones pertaining to the Tupe, Acanayutos pertaining to the Motilones and Alcoholados pertaining to the Chimilas. The first European to explore the area was Spanish Captain Pedro de Vadillo, but German Ambrosio Alfínger savagely conquered the region in 1532. In 1550 the village of Valle de Upar was founded by Hernando de Santana and Juan de Castellanos. In 1813, María de la Concepción Loperena proclaimed the independence in Valledupar and donated 300 horses to Simon Bolivar. In 1829 Valledupar became a cantón of the province of Santa Marta. By
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    Manabí Province

    Manabí Province

    • Country: Ecuador
    Manabí is a province in Ecuador. Its capital is Portoviejo. The province is named after the Manabí people. Manabí's economy is based heavily on natural resources such as cacao, bananas, cotton, etc. Its industrial sector is based on Tuna canning, tobacco, and alcoholic beverage production. Local productions include crafting of montecristi hats, and furniture. The province is divided into 22 cantons. The following table lists each with its population as of the 2001 census, its area in square kilometres (km²), and the name of the canton seat or capital. http://www.salango.com.ec/en/salango_community-pueblo-manta.php ManabiVende - Negocios de Manabí en Internet http://www.salango.com.ec/en/salango_community-pueblo-manta.php
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    Serres Prefecture

    Serres Prefecture

    • Country: Greece
    Serres (Greek: Περιφερειακή ενότητα Σερρών) is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the Region of Central Macedonia. Its capital is the town of Serres. The total population reaches just over 200,000. The mountains are Orvelos to the north, Menoikio to the east, Pangaio to the southeast, Kerdylio to the southwest, Vertiskos to the west, parts of Krousi to the west and portions of the Kerkini lies to the northwest. The regional unit borders on Thessaloniki to the southwest, Kilkis to the west, the Republic of Macedonia with the district of Strumica to the northwest, the Blagoevgrad Province of Bulgaria to the north, Drama to the northeast and Kavala to the east. The Strymonian Gulf lies to the south along with the Strymonas delta. Lake Kerkini was a lake located in the southern portion which is now drained. 41% of the regional unit are arable and most of the lands are near the Strymonas river which flows from Bulgaria and empties into the Strymonian Gulf. Another river is the Angitis in the eastern part of the regional unit, with the ravine and caves near Alistrati. The regional unit has many archaeological and historical features including Serres, Amphipolis, several
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    Binh Dinh Province

    Binh Dinh Province

    • Country: Vietnam
    Bình Định ( listen) is a province of Vietnam. It is located in Vietnam's South Central Coast region. Binh Dinh is divided into one city (Qui Nhơn) and 10 districts: Binh Dinh was probably one of the places where the Cham first arrived in what is now Vietnam. Its favourable geography led to the rise of the Cham Port of Thi Nai where Quy Nhon is now located. The city-state of Vijaya was located around this port and the main city, which was further inland. Its centre was in the southern lowland of Binh Dinh. However, its architecture implies that it did not become important until the eleventh or twelfth century. Vijaya’s architecture also distinguishes it from other Champa centers, since it used a combination of stone and brick elements, while most other Cham structures only used bricks. This suggests some influence from Cambodian Angkor. It also points to the relative abundance of labour in Vijaya compared to other Champa centers of powers, because processing stones for construction was more labour-intensive than the production of bricks. Vijaya was involved various wars with neighbouring countries. Major wars were fought with Angkor (now Cambodia) in the 12th and 13th centuries.
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    Västmanland County

    Västmanland County

    • Country: Sweden
    Västmanland County (Västmanlands län) is a county or län in central Sweden. It borders to the counties of Södermanland, Örebro, Gävleborg, Dalarna and Uppsala. The county also has a stretch of shoreline towards Mälaren (Sweden's third largest lake). For History, Geography and Culture see: Västmanland (Westmannia) The main aim of the County Administrative Board is to fulfil the goals set in national politics by the Parliament and the Government, to coordinate the interests of the county, to promote the development of the county, to establish regional goals and safeguard the due process of law in the handling of each case. The County Administrative Board is a Government Agency headed by a Governor. See List of Västmanland Governors. The County Council of Västmanland or Landstinget Västmanland. Lake at the lower right is Mälaren; at the lower left is Hjälmaren. The County of Västmanland inherited its coat of arms from the province of Västmanland. When it is shown with a royal crown it represents the County Administrative Board.
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    Haute-Marne

    Haute-Marne

    • Country: France
    Haute-Marne (French pronunciation: [ot.maʁn]) is a department in the northeast of France named after the Marne River. Haute-Marne is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from parts of the former provinces of Champagne, Burgundy, Lorraine and Franche-Comté In March 1814 the departmental prefecture, Chaumont, was the unwitting witness to the end of the First Empire. On 1 March, Prussia, Russia, the United Kingdom and Austria signed an accord forbidding any individual peace deal with Napoleon I, and to fight until his final defeat. During World War II, Haute-Marne was partitioned under German occupation. The canal which runs from the Marne to the Saône served as a border, dividing the department into east and west. The east was a "reserved zone", intended for the creation of a new German (Ripuarian) state, whereas to the west would be the traditional "occupied zone". Haute-Marne was finally liberated by the Allies, in the form of the division of General Leclerc, between August and September 1944. Haute-Marne is part of the region of Champagne-Ardenne and is surrounded by the departments of Meuse, Vosges, Haute-Saône,
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    Tatarstan

    Tatarstan

    • Country: Russia
    The Republic of Tatarstan (Russian: Респу́блика Татарста́н, tr. Respublika Tatarstan; IPA: [rʲɪsˈpublʲɪkə tətɐrˈstan]; Tatar Cyrillic: Татарстан Республикасы, Latin: Tatarstan Respublikası) is a federal subject of Russia (a republic) located in the Volga Federal District. Its capital is the city of Kazan, which is one of Russia's larger and more prosperous cities. The republic borders with Kirov, Ulyanovsk, Samara, and Orenburg Oblasts, and with the Mari El, Udmurt, and Chuvash Republics, as well as with the Republic of Bashkortostan. The unofficial Tatarstan motto is: Bez Buldırabız! (We can!). Population: 3,786,488 (2010 Census). The state has strong ties with its neighbor Bashkortostan. “Tatarstan” derives from the name of the ethnic group—the Tatars—and the Persian suffix -stan (an ending common to many Eurasian countries). Another version of the Russian name is “Тата́рия” (Tatariya), which was official along with “Tatar ASSR” during the Soviet rule. The republic is located in the center of the East European Plain, approximately 800 kilometers (500 mi) east of Moscow. It lies between the Volga River and the Kama River (a tributary of the Volga), and extends east to the Ural
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    Lendava

    Lendava

    • Country: Slovenia
    Lendava (formerly Dolnja Lendava; Hungarian: Lendva, formerly Alsólendva; German: Lindau, formerly Unter-Limbach, Prekmurje dialect Dolenja Lendava) is a town and a municipality in Slovenia in the region of Prekmurje. The name of the settlement was changed from Dolnja Lendava to Lendava in 1955. It is close to the border crossing with Hungary at Dolga Vas-Rédics, and Hungarian is one of the official languages of the municipality, along with Slovene. Lendava was a district (Hungarian: járás) of Zala in the Kingdom of Hungary until 1918. It was part of Hungary again from 1941 to 1945. The town is the centre of the Hungarian minority in Slovenia. It is also known for the monumental theater and Hungarian Community Centre designed by the architect Imre Makovecz. It has a football team, NK Nafta Lendava, which plays in the Slovenian PrvaLiga. The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria and belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Murska Sobota. There is also an Lutheran church in the town. It was built in 1931. Lendava Castle is a castle on a hill above the town centre and contains a museum and a gallery. The population by native language according
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    Ceadîr-Lunga

    Ceadîr-Lunga

    • Country: Moldova
    Ceadîr-Lunga (Romanian pronunciation: [t͡ʃe̯aˈdɨr ˈluŋɡa], also spelled Ceadâr-Lunga; Gagauz: Çadır-Lunga) is a city in Gagauzia, Moldova. The city's population is 19,401, of which 14,294 Gagauzians, 1,552 Russians, 1,510 Bulgarians, 734 Moldovans, 951 Ukrainians, 166 Gypsies, 8 Poles, 7 Jews, and 179 other/undeclared. It is twinned with Serpukhov, Russia.
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    Côtes-d'Armor

    Côtes-d'Armor

    • Country: France
    Côtes-d'Armor (French pronunciation: [kot.daʁ.mɔʁ]; Breton: Aodoù-an-Arvor) is a department in the north of Brittany, in northwestern France. Côtes-du-Nord was one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790. It was created from part of the former province of Brittany. Its name was changed in 1990 to Côtes-d'Armor (ar mor meaning the sea in Breton). The name also has a historical connotation recalling the Roman province of Armorica. The present department corresponds to most of historical Trégor, part of Cornouaille, and most of Saint-Brieuc. Côtes-d'Armor is part of the current administrative region of Brittany and is surrounded by the departments of Finistère, Morbihan, and Ille-et-Vilaine, with the English Channel to the north. The inhabitants of the department are called Costarmoricains. The Côtes-d'Armor has usually been a left-wing holdout in a historically strongly clerical and right-wing Brittany, due to the department's more anti-clerical nature, especially in the inland area around Guingamp, a former Communist stronghold. The President of the General Council is Claudy Lebreton of the Socialist Party. The western part of the
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    Falkirk

    Falkirk

    • Country: United Kingdom
    Falkirk (pronounced/ˈfɔːlkʌrk/; Scottish Gaelic:  An Eaglais Bhreac (help·info)) is a town in the Central Lowlands of Scotland. It lies in the Forth Valley, almost midway between the two most populous cities of Scotland; 23.3 miles (37.5 km) north-west of Edinburgh and 20.5 miles (33.0 km) north-east of Glasgow. Falkirk had a resident population of 32,422 at the 2001 census. The population of the town had risen to 34,570 according to a 2008 estimate, making it the 20th most populous settlement in Scotland. Falkirk is the main town and administrative centre of the Falkirk council area, which has an overall population of 145,191 and inholds the nearby towns of Grangemouth, Bo'ness, Denny, Larbert and Stenhousemuir. The town lies at the junction of the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal, a location which proved key to the growth of Falkirk as a centre of heavy industry during the Industrial Revolution. In the 18th and 19th centuries Falkirk was at the centre of the iron and steel industry, underpinned by the Carron Company in the nearby village of Carron. The company was responsible for making Carronades for the Royal Navy and also later many UK pillar boxes. In the last 50
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    Roi Et Province

    Roi Et Province

    • Country: Thailand
    Roi Et (Thai: ร้อยเอ็ด) is one of the provinces (changwat) of Thailand, located in the North-East of Thailand. Neighboring Provinces are (from north clockwise) Kalasin, Mukdahan, Yasothon, Sisaket, Surin and Maha Sarakham. The name Roi Et translates to 101, which refers to the original 11 satellite cities around the main city as well as the 11 city gates. To express the importance of the city the number was exaggerated. Most part of the province is covered by plains about 130–160 meters above sea level, drained by the Chi River. In the north of the province are the hills of the Phu Phan mountain range, with the Yang River as the major river. In the south is the Mun River, which also forms the boundary to the province of Surin. At the mouth of the Chi River, where it enters the Mun River, a big flooded basin provides a good rice farming area. The area was already settled during the times of the Khmer empire, as several ruins show. However, the main history of the province began when Lao people from Champasak settled near Suwannaphum during the Ayutthaya Kingdom. In the late 18th century, King Taksin moved the city to its present site, then called Saket Nakhon. The provincial seal
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    Vaslui County

    Vaslui County

    • Country: Romania
    Vaslui (Romanian pronunciation: [vasˈluj]) is a county (judeţ) of Romania, in the historical region Moldavia, with the seat at Vaslui. In 2011, it had a population of 375,148 and the population density was 70.54/km². This county has an area of 5,318 km². The county lies on a plane, being bounded by the Prut River on the east and crossed in its centre by Bârlad River, a tributary of Siret River. Vaslui County was heavily industrialised during the communist period and had large industrial complexes that went bankrupt during the 1990s. Today, the county's industry is mainly agricultural one, with other industries concentrated in the main urban areas. County's main industries: The main tourist destinations are the cities of Vaslui, Bârlad and Huşi. The Vaslui County Council, the county councils of the Moldovan Leova and Hînceşti districts, and the European Union (through the Phare program), have set up a program which seeks to promote tourism in these regions. The main tourist attractions of the Vaslui-Hînceşti-Leova touristic program are, among others, the medieval and early modern churches and monasteries, the Manuc Bei Hunting Palace and the Manuc - Mirzaian Manor Palace (similar to
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    Beni Department

    Beni Department

    • Country: Bolivia
    Beni, sometimes El Beni, is a northeastern department of Bolivia, in the lowlands region of the country. It is the second largest department in the country (after Santa Cruz), covering 213,564 square kilometers (82,458 sq mi), and it was created by supreme decree on November 18, 1842 during the administration of General José Ballivián. Its capital is Trinidad. With a population of 420,000 (2006 census), Beni is the second most sparsely populated of the nine departments of Bolivia, after Pando. Although Beni is rich in natural resources, the poverty level of its inhabitants is high, mainly as a result of the absence of adequate roads linking the department to the rest of country. The main economic activities are agriculture, timber and cattle. In addition, an underground economy linked to illegal narcotics activities flourished in the area during the last decades of the 20th century, with many cocaine laboratories hiding behind the façade of remote cattle ranches. The Beni region features many large mounds connected by earthen causeways which were built by ancient inhabitants. The first European settlers were Spanish Jesuits sent to convert the native inhabitants, chiefly in the
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    Bovec

    Bovec

    • Country: Slovenia
    Bovec (Italian: Plezzo, German: Flitsch) is a town in the Littoral region in northwestern Slovenia. It is the central settlement of the Municipality of Bovec. It has been traditionally part of the historic Goriška region, but nowadays only a minority of locals share this identity, preferring to identify with the wider region of the Slovenian Littoral. Bovec is located in northwestern Slovenia, close to border with Italy, 136 kilometres (85 mi) from the capital Ljubljana, at an elevation of 434 m (1,424 ft). The settlement lies in the Bovec Basin of the Soča (Isonzo) Valley, below the eastern slopes of Mount Kanin in the Julian Alps. The northern parts of the municipality up the Trenta Valley to the peaks of Mts. Mangart, Jalovec and Triglav is located within Triglav National Park, but not Bovec itself. Two of the most important mountain passes in the Julian Alps are located in the Municipality of Bovec: the Predil Pass on the border between Slovenia and Italy in the northwest, and the Vršič Pass in the northeast, which connects the Soča Valley to Kranjska Gora in the neighbouring Slovenian region of Upper Carniola. In the southwest the Učja (Uccea) Pass connects Bovec with the
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    Cuenca

    Cuenca

    • Country: Spain
    Cuenca is a province of central Spain, in the eastern part of the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha. Located in a natural setting of beauty, the Old Town of Cuenca occupies a superb site between two river gorges. Famous are its 15th Century "hanging houses" (casas colgadas), that appear suspended over the cliffs edge. One of these houses the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art, the museum being one of the finest of its kind. The city centre, remarkably beautiful, is presided over by a magnificent Gothic cathedral. To the east of Cuenca is the Serranía de Cuenca massif with scenic valleys, gorges, and waterfalls. Here are an interesting group of rock formations known as 'The Enchanted City' (Ciudad Encantada) The province is bordered by the provinces of Valencia (including its exclave Rincón de Ademuz), Albacete, Ciudad Real, Toledo, Madrid, Guadalajara, and Teruel. The northeastern side of the province is in the mountainous Sistema Ibérico area. 211,375 people (2007) live in the province. Its capital is Cuenca, where nearly a quarter of the population live, some 52,980 people. There are 238 municipalities in Cuenca. Other populous towns and municipalities include Tarancón, San
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    Cumbria

    Cumbria

    • Country: United Kingdom
    Cumbria ( /ˈkʌmbriə/, locally [ˈkʊmbɾiə]) is a non-metropolitan county in North West England. The county and Cumbria County Council, its local authority, came into existence in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972. Cumbria's largest settlement and county town is Carlisle and the only other major urban area is Barrow-in-Furness on the south-western tip of the county which has a population just slightly smaller than Carlisle. The county of Cumbria consists of six districts, and in 2008 had a population of just under half a million. Cumbria is one of the most sparsely populated counties in the United Kingdom, with 73.4 people per km (190/sq mi). In comparison, the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness, in the south, has a population density over twelve times this at 921/km (2,385.3/sq mi). Cumbria, the third largest ceremonial county in England by area, is bounded to the north by the Scottish council areas of Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders, to the west by the Irish Sea, to the south by Lancashire, to the southeast by North Yorkshire, and to the east by County Durham and Northumberland. Cumbria is predominantly rural and contains the Lake District and Lake
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    Province of Rovigo

    Province of Rovigo

    • Country: Italy
    The Province of Rovigo (Provincia di Rovigo) is a province in the Veneto region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Rovigo. It borders on the north with the provinces of Verona, Padua and Venice, on the south with the province of Ferrara, on the west with the province of Mantua, and on the east with the Adriatic Sea. The province of Rovigo corresponds with or is full included into contemporary Polesine. It has an area of 1,789 km² and a total population of 244,625 inhabitants (2005). It is a plain whose elevation is from -2 m to 15 m. The northern border is set on the Adige river from Badia Polesine to the sea, except for the territory of Cavarzere (in the province of Venice); the southern border is set on the Po river from Melara to the sea. The province includes the whole delta of the Po and the border is set on the Po di Goro channel of the delta. The rivers Po and Adige have had a stable course only in recent times. The land is of relatively recent formation, created by drifts taken by the rivers, and subsidence occurs due to natural consolidation as well as to human activities such as drainage, groundwater extraction and methane extraction. The Canal Bianco is the only other
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    Tarapacá Region

    Tarapacá Region

    • Country: Chile
    The I Tarapacá Region (Spanish: I Región de Tarapacá) is one of Chile's 15 first order administrative divisions. It borders the Chilean Arica and Parinacota Region to the north, Bolivia's Oruro Department on the east, the Antofagasta Region on the south and the Pacific Ocean on the west. The port city of Iquique (2002 pop. 216,419) is the region's capital. Much of the region was once a Peruvian province, which was annexed by Chile under the 1883 Treaty of Ancón at the close of the War of the Pacific. The region was important economically as a site of intense saltpeper mining, before synthetic nitrate manufacturing became possible. A number of abandoned mining towns can still be found in the region. The present day Tarapacá Region was created in 2007 by subdividing the former Tarapacá Region under Law 20.175, which was signed by President Michelle Bachelet in Arica. The government of the region resides in the intendant, who is assigned by the president. Each of the region's two provinces are further subdivided into communes. A desert climate dominates the region. Near the coast, cloudiness can limit the temperature swing throughout the day, but in other drier areas, temperatures can
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    Az Zawiyah

    Az Zawiyah

    • Country: Libya
    Zawiya /zɑːˈwiːə/ (Arabic: الزاوية‎, transliteration: Az Zāwiyaẗ), (variants: Arabic: الزاوية الغربية‎ Az Zawiyah Al Gharbiyah, Ḩārat az Zāwiyah, Al Ḩārah, El-Hára and Haraf Az Zāwīyah), is a city in northwestern Libya, situated on the Libyan coastline of the Mediterranean Sea about 45 km (28 mi) west of Tripoli, in the historic region of Tripolitania. Zawiya is the capital of the Zawiya District. In the Libyan censuses of 1973 and 1984, the city counted about 91,603 inhabitants; it was then – and possibly continues to be today – the fifth city-largest city in Libya by population (after Tripoli, Benghazi, Misrata and Bayda). In 2011, Zawiya was estimated to have a population of about 200,000 people, most of whom were concentrated in the city. Zawiya has a university named the Al Zawiya University, founded in 1988. There is also an oil field near the city and Zawiya has one of the two most important oil refineries in Libya. Zawiya was the site of some of the fiercest fighting in the Libyan civil war, as it controls the vital route between the national capital Tripoli and the Tunisian border. During the Libyan civil war, severe fighting between the Libyan opposition and the
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    Drôme

    Drôme

    • Country: France
    Drôme (French pronunciation: [dʁom]; Droma in Occitan, Drôma in Arpitan), a Department in southeastern France, takes its name from the Drôme River. St Vallier in Drôme, was the birthplace of one of France's most famous courtesans, the noble-born Diane de Poitiers (1499-1566), long-term mistress of King Henri II (1547-1559). The French National Constituent Assembly set up Drôme as one of the original 83 departments of France on March 4, 1790, during the French Revolution. The territory formed part of the former French province of Dauphiné. Drôme lies within the region of Rhône-Alpes and is surrounded by the departments of Ardèche, Isère, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Vaucluse. The boundaries of the department have changed several times with the incorporation of the Comtat Venaissin in 1792 and the creation of the department of Vaucluse in 1793. Drôme surrounds an enclave of the department of Vaucluse, the Canton of Valréas (Enclave des Papes). The President of the General Council is Didier Guillaume of the Socialist Party. The inhabitants of the department are called Drômois. (1999 figures) Sport activities in Drôme include skiing, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing in
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    Flintshire

    Flintshire

    • Country: United Kingdom
    Flintshire (Welsh: Sir y Fflint) is a county in north-east Wales. It borders Denbighshire, Wrexham and the English county of Cheshire. It is named after the historic county of Flintshire, which had notably different borders. The county is governed by Flintshire County Council. The current administrative area of Flintshire (a unitary authority) came into existence in 1996, when the former administrative county of Clwyd was split into three smaller areas. The principal area was formed by the merger of the Alyn and Deeside and Delyn districts. In terms of pre-1974 divisions, the area comprises The district of Rhuddlan, which was also formed entirely from the administrative county of Flintshire was included in the new Denbighshire instead. Other parts of the pre-1974 administrative Flintshire to be excluded from the principal area are the Maelor Rural District and the parish of Marford and Hoseley, which became part of the Wrexham Maelor district in 1974 and are now part of Wrexham County Borough. Flintshire borders Wrexham, Denbighshire, and the English counties of Merseyside (across the River Dee) and Cheshire. Parts of Flintshire have major manufacturing industries. Amongst these
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    Gagauzia

    Gagauzia

    • Country: Moldova
    Gagauzia (Gagauz: Gagauziya or Gagauz Yeri; Romanian: Găgăuzia; Russian: Гагаузия, Gagauziya), formally known as the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia (Gagauz Yeri) (Gagauz: Avtonom Territorial Bölümlüü Gagauz Yeri, Romanian: Unitatea Teritorială Autonomă Găgăuzia, Russian: Автономное территориальное образование Гагаузия / Avtonomnoe territorial'noe obrazovanie Gagauziya), is an autonomous region of Moldova. Its name comes from the word, "Gagauz", which in turn most likely comes from the name, Gok-oguz, which refers to descendants of the Turkic Oghuz tribes. According to some theories the Gagauz people descend from the Seljuq Turks that settled in Dobruja, or from Pechenegs, Uz (Oghuz) and Cuman (Kipchak) people that followed the Anatolian Seljuq Sultan Izzeddin Keykavus II (1236–1276). More specifically, one clan of Oghuz Turks migrated to the Balkans during the inter-tribal conflicts with other Turks. This Oghuz Turk clan converted from Islam to Orthodox Christianity after settling in the Eastern Balkans (in Bulgaria) and were called Gagauz Turks. A large group of the Gagauz later left Bulgaria and settled in southern Bessarabia, along with a group of ethnic
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    Guernsey

    Guernsey

    Guernsey ( /ˈɡɜrnzi/ GURN-zee), officially the Bailiwick of Guernsey (French: Bailliage de Guernesey, IPA: [bajaʒ də ɡɛʁnəzɛ]), is a British Crown dependency in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy. The Bailiwick of Guernsey embraces not only all 10 parishes on the Island of Guernsey, but also the islands of Herm, Jethou, and Lihou. Furthermore, the Bailiwick includes Alderney and Sark, each of which has its own parliament. Although its defence is the responsibility of the United Kingdom, and despite common belief, the Bailiwick of Guernsey is not part of the UK - and while Guernsey lies within the Common Travel Area, it is not part of the European Union. The Bailiwick of Guernsey is included (along with the Bailiwick of Jersey) in the geographical (but not political) grouping known as the Channel Islands. The name of Guernsey, as well as that of neighbouring Jersey, is of Old Norse origin. The second element of Guernsey (-ey) is the Old Norse for "island". Guern similar to Spanish "Cuerno", French "Coi(r)n", Dutch "Hoorn", Frisian "Hoarn", Swedish "Hörn", Swiss "Gorn" means "Corner". - Corner Island. Rising sea levels after the last ice age transformed Guernsey from being
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    Ribnica na Pohorju

    Ribnica na Pohorju

    • Country: Slovenia
    Ribnica na Pohorju is a settlement and a municipality in northern Slovenia. It lies in the Pohorje Hills to the west of Maribor. The area was part of the traditional region of Lower Styria. It is now included in the Carinthia statistical region. The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew and belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Maribor. It was first mentioned in written documents dating to 1356. The current building dates to around 1740. A second church near the settlement's main cemetery is dedicated to Saint Leonard and dates to the 15th century with 18th-century additions.
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    Yogyakarta

    Yogyakarta

    • Country: Indonesia
    The Special Region of Yogyakarta (/ˌjɒɡjəˈkɑrtə/ or /ˌjoʊɡjəˈkɑrtə/; Indonesian: Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, or DIY), on the island of Java is the smallest province of Indonesia (excluding the capital Jakarta). Yogyakarta is the only province in Indonesia that is still governed by a pre-colonial monarchy, the Sultan of Yogyakarta, who serves as the hereditary governor of the province. The city of Yogyakarta is the capital of the province. In Javanese it is pronounced [joɡjaˈkartɔ], and named after the city of Ayodhya in Javanese-Hindu mythology. According to Canggal inscription dated 732, the area traditionally called as "Mataram" and become the capital of Medang Kingdom, identified as Mdang i Bhumi Mataram established by King Sanjaya. Mataram become the center of a refined and sophisticated Javanese Hindu-Buddhist culture, for about three centuries its heartland in Kewu Plain (southern slope of Mount Merapi) around Prambanan witnessed the construction of numerous candi including Borobudur and Prambanan. Around the year 929, the centre of the kingdom was shifted to East Java by Mpu Sindok, who established the Isyana Dynasty. The exact cause of the move is still uncertain; however,
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    Odessa Oblast

    Odessa Oblast

    • Country: Ukraine
    Odesa Oblast, also written as Odessa Oblast (Ukrainian: Одеська область, translit. Odes’ka oblast’; also referred to as Odeshchyna—Ukrainian: Одещина), (Greek: Οδησσός) is the southernmost and largest oblast (province) of south-western Ukraine. The administrative center of the oblast is the city of Odessa. The evidence of the earliest inhabitants in this area comes from the settlements and burial grounds of the Neolithic Gumelniţa, Cucuteni-Trypillian and Usatovo cultures, as well as tumuli and hoards of the Bronze Age Proto-Indo-Europeans. In the 1st millennium B.C. the Milesian Greeks built colonies along the North Black Sea Coast, including the towns of Olbia, Tyras, Niconium, Panticapaeum, and Chersonesus. The Greeks left behind painted vessels, ceramics, sculptures, inscriptions, arts and crafts that indicate the prosperity of their ancient civilisation. The culture of Scythian tribes inhabiting the Black Sea littoral steppes is represented by finds from settlements and burial grounds. There are weapon items, bronze cauldrons, other utensils, adornments. By the beginning of the 1st millennium A.D. the Sarmatians displaced the Scythians. In the 3rd–4th centuries A.D. the tribal
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    Khojavend

    Khojavend

    • Country: Azerbaijan
    Khojavend (Azerbaijani: Xocavənd) is a rayon of Azerbaijan. It has been controlled by the breakway Nagorno-Karabakh Republic since the Nagorno-Karabakh War, with its northeast half as part of Martuni Province and the rest as part of Hadrut Province.
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    Phuket Province

    Phuket Province

    • Country: Thailand
    Phuket (Thai: ภูเก็ต, pronounced [pʰūː.kèt]), formerly known as Thalang (Tha-Laang) and, in Western sources, Junk Ceylon (a corruption of the Malay Tanjung Salang, i.e. "Cape Salang"), is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighbouring provinces are (from north clockwise) Phang Nga and Krabi, but as Phuket is an island it has no land boundaries. Phuket, which is approximately the size of Singapore, is Thailand’s largest island. The island is connected to mainland Thailand by two bridges. It is situated off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoys a rich and colorful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign ship logs of Portuguese, French, Dutch and English traders. The region now derives much of its income from tourism. The name Phuket (of which the ph sound is an aspirated p) is apparently derived from the word bukit (Jawi: بوكيت) in Malay which means "hill", as this is what the island appears like from a distance. The region was formerly referred to as "Thalang," derived from the old Malay "Telong" (Jawi:
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    Pyrénées-Atlantiques

    Pyrénées-Atlantiques

    • Country: France
    Pyrénées-Atlantiques (French pronunciation: [pi.ʁe.ne.at.lɑ̃.tik]; Gascon: Pirenèus-Atlantics; Basque: Pirinio-Atlantiarrak or Pirinio-Atlantikoak) is a department in the southwest of France which takes its name from the Pyrenees mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Basses-Pyrénées is one of the original 83 departments of France created during the French Revolution, on March 4, 1790. It was created from parts of the former provinces of Guyenne, Béarn, and Gascony and included the three traditional provinces of the northern Basque Country: Labourd, Soule, and Basse-Navarre. It also included two tiny exclaves of Bigorre which were located within Béarn. The previous history of the region, under the Ancien Régime, can be found at those individual articles. On October 10, 1969, Basses-Pyrénées was renamed Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Pyrénées-Atlantiques is part of the Aquitaine region of Southwest France. It is bordered by the Landes, Hautes-Pyrénées, Gers departments and the Bay of Biscay. Principal settlements include Pau, Oloron-Sainte-Marie, Orthez, Biarritz, Bayonne, Anglet, Urrugne, Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Hendaye. Lac Gentau is located here. Pyrénées-Atlantiques, a border province, has
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    Córdoba Department

    Córdoba Department

    • Country: Colombia
    Córdoba is a Department of the Republic of Colombia located to the north of this country in the Colombian Caribbean Region. Córdoba faces to the north with the Caribbean sea, to the northeast with the Sucre Department, east with the Bolívar Department and south with the Antioquia Department. Its capital is the city of Montería. Cordoba is considered a conflict zone due to the high amount of paramilitaries and drug traffickers active in the region. As of 2011 a number of armed neo-paramilitary groups control large parts of Cordoba, among them Aguilas Negras, Los Urabeños and Los Rastrojos. Paramilitary drug gangs are thought to be responsible for over 500 murders in Cordoba in 2010, effectively making this region one of the most violent in Colombia. The victims of violence are often those who fight to reclaim land that has been stolen by the paramilitaries. according to reports many victims are often of afro-Colombian or idengenous descent. Although the paramilitaries retain a firm hold over large land estates, often in agreement with corrupt local government officials, the guerrilla movements FARC and ELN also have a presence here. The largest concentration of FARC guerillas are
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    Debrecen

    Debrecen

    • Country: Hungary
    Debrecen (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈdɛbrɛtsɛn] ( listen), known by alternative names), is the second largest city in Hungary after Budapest. Debrecen is the regional centre of the Northern Great Plain region and the seat of Hajdú-Bihar county. The city was first mentioned by the name "Debrezun" in 1235. Theories say the name is of Cuman origin. In other languages the name of the city is the following : German Debrezin, Serbian Debr(e)cin Slovak Debrecín, Romanian Debreţin. Debrecen, typical of Central Europe, has a climate on the boundaries of oceanic (Köppen Cfb) and humid continental (Dfb). Debrecen is located on the Great Hungarian Plain, 220 km (137 mi) east of Budapest. Situated nearby is the Hortobágy, a national park within Hungary . The city used to be somewhat isolated from Budapest, Hungary's main transport hub. However, the completion of the motorway M35 means Budapest can now be reached in under two hours. Debrecen Airport (the second largest in Hungary) has recently undergone modernisation in order to be able to handle more international flights, although almost all flights to and from Hungary still use Budapest's Ferihegy Airport. There's some cities that you can
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    Hautes-Pyrénées

    Hautes-Pyrénées

    • Country: France
    Hautes-Pyrénées (French pronunciation: [ot pi.ʁe.ne]) (Gascon: Nauts Pirenèus / Hauts Pirenèus) is a department in southwestern France. It is part of the Midi-Pyrénées region. Historically the area broadly covered by the département was known as Bigorre, a territory at times independent but later part of Gascony province. Large parts of the area were held by the English after the Treaty of Brétigny, 1360. In the 16th century, it was part of the Huguenot domain of the monarchs of Navarre, brought to France by Henri IV. For its early history, see Bigorre and Gascony. The département of Hautes-Pyrénées was created at the time of the French Revolution, on 4 March 1790, through the influence of Tarbes politician Bertrand Barère, a member of the Convention. Hautes-Pyrénées consists of several distinct geographical areas. The southern portion, along the border with Spain, consists of mountains such as the Vignemale, the Pic du Midi de Bigorre, and the Neouvielle and Arbizon ranges. A second area consists of low-altitude rolling hills. The Northern part of the département consists of largely flat agricultural land. Hautes-Pyrénées has two small territorial exclaves -a remnant from the
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    Pichincha

    Pichincha

    • Country: Ecuador
    Pichincha is a province of Ecuador located in the northern sierra region; its capital and largest city is Quito. It is bordered by Imbabura & Esmeraldas to the north, Cotopaxi & Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas to the south, Napo & Sucumbíos to the east, and Esmeraldas & Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas to the west. Prior to 2008, the canton Santo Domingo de los Colorados was part of the Pichincha Province. It has since become its own province, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas. The province is divided into eight cantons.
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    Province of Enna

    Province of Enna

    • Country: Italy
    Enna (Italian: Provincia di Enna; Sicilian: Pruvincia di Enna) is a province in the autonomous island region of Sicily in Italy. Its capital is the city of Enna. It has an area of 2,562 km², and a total population of 177,200 (2001). There are 20 comunes (Italian: comuni) in the province, see Comunes of the Province of Enna. At June 30, 2005, the main comunes by population are: The President of the Province is Cataldo Salerno. The province of Enna has lots of interesting sites, places and events for the national and international tourism: In Enna, for Good Friday, there is a procession, and on July 2 is held the Enna's Our Lady feast; Piazza Armerina, on 11, 12 and August 13, is seat of the Palio dei Normanni, an ancient and traditional feast whose protagonists are the horses.
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    Samut Songkhram Province

    Samut Songkhram Province

    • Country: Thailand
    Samut Songkhram (Thai: สมุทรสงคราม (Pronunciation)) is one of the central provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from the south clockwise) Phetchaburi, Ratchaburi and Samut Sakhon. Local people call Samut Songkhram Mae Klong. The province is the smallest of all Thai provinces areawise. Chang and Eng Bunker, the famous Siamese twins were born here. The word Samut originates from the Sanskrit word Smudra meaning ocean, and the word Songkhram from Sanskrit Sangrama meaning war. Hence the name of the province literally means War Ocean. Samut Songkhram is located at the mouth of the Mae Klong river to the Gulf of Thailand. With several canals (khlong) the water of the river is spread through the province for irrigation. At the coast are many lakes for producing sea salt. The sandbar Don Hoi Lot at the mouth of the river is famous for its endemic shell population of Solen regularis. In the Ayutthaya period the area of Samut Songkhram was known as Suan Nok (Thai สวนนอก, Outer garden) and was administrated by Ratchaburi. During the reign of King Taksin it was made a province. It was the birthplace of Queen Amarindra of King Rama I, who also initiated the name Suan
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    Akwa Ibom

    Akwa Ibom

    • Country: Nigeria
    Akwa Ibom is a state in Nigeria named after the Qua Iboe river. It is located in the coastal South-Southern part of the country, lying between latitudes 4°321 and 5°331 North, and longitudes 7°251 and 8°251 East. The State is bordered on the east by Cross River State, on the west by Rivers State and Abia State, and on the South by the Atlantic Ocean and the southern-most tip of Cross River State. Akwa Ibom is one of Nigeria’s 36 states with a population of over 5 million people and more than 10 million people in diaspora. It was created in 1987 from the former Cross River State and is currently the highest oil and gas producing state in the country. The state’s capital is Uyo with over 500,000 inhabitants . Akwa Ibom has an airport (Akwa Ibom International Airport) and two major sea ports on the Atlantic Ocean with a proposed construction of a world class seaport Ibaka Seaport at Oron. Along with English, the main spoken languages are Ibibio, Annang, Eket, and Oron languages. Uyo is the capital city of Akwa Ibom State. Eket, Ikot Ekpene, Oron, Abak, Ikot Abasi, and Etinan are a few of many prominent cities. Akwa Ibom is divided into 31 Local Government Areas: The people of Akwa
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    Ben Tre Province

    Ben Tre Province

    • Country: Vietnam
    Bến Tre ( listen) is a province of Vietnam. It is one of the country's southern provinces, being situated in the delta of the Mekong River. Politically, Bến Tre Province is divided into eight districts: The provincial capital, also known as Bến Tre, is a separate municipality. The districts in turn are divided into communes. Geographically, Bến Tre is wedged between the two main branches of the Tiền Giang River, which is itself one of the two main branches of the Mekong. The province's northern boundary is formed by the Tiền Giang's main course, while the province's southern boundary is formed by the Tiền Giang's largest branch (which breaks away from the Tiền Giang just upriver from Bến Tre province). Between the Tiền Giang and its main branch are two smaller branches, passing through the middle of Bến Tre. The entire province is criss-crossed with a network of smaller rivers and canals. The extensive irrigation that this provides makes Bến Tre a major producer of rice, but also means that the area is prone to flooding. The Climate Change Research Institute at Cần Thơ University, in studying the possible consequences of climate change, has predicted that 51% of Bến Tre province
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    Indre-et-Loire

    Indre-et-Loire

    • Country: France
    Indre-et-Loire (French pronunciation: [ɛ̃dʁ‿e lwaʁ]) is a department in west-central France named after the Indre and the Loire rivers. Indre-et-Loire is one of the original 83 départements created during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790. It was created from the former province of Touraine. Tours, the departmental prefecture, was a center of learning in the early Middle Ages. After the creation of the department it remained politically conservative, as Honoré de Balzac recorded in several of his novels. Conservative Tours refused to welcome the railways which instead were obliged to route their lines by way of Saint-Pierre-des-Corps on the city's eastern edge. The moderate temper of the department's politics remained apparent after the trauma of 1870: sentiment remained pro-royalist during the early years of the Third Republic. For most of the nineteenth century Indre-et-Loire was a rural department, but pockets of heavy-duty industrialisation began to appear towards century's end, accompanied by left-wing politics. 1920 saw the birth of the French Communist Party at the Congress of Tours. By 1920 Saint-Pierre-des-Corps had become a major railway junction and a centre of
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    Prague

    Prague

    • Country: Czech Republic
    Prague ( /ˈprɑːɡ/; Czech: Praha pronounced [ˈpraɦa] ( listen)) is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is the fourteenth-largest city in the European Union. It is also the historical capital of Bohemia proper. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava river, the city is home to about 1.3 million people, while its larger urban zone is estimated to have a population of nearly 2 million. The city has a temperate oceanic climate, with warm summers and chilly winters. Prague has been a political, cultural, and economic centre of central Europe with waxing and waning fortunes during its 1,100-year existence. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic and Renaissance eras, Prague was not only the capital of the Czech state, but also the seat of two Holy Roman Emperors and thus then also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire and after World War I became the capital of Czechoslovakia. The city played major roles in the Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years' War, and in 20th-century history, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era. Prague is home
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    Ajdovščina

    Ajdovščina

    • Country: Slovenia
    Ajdovščina (Italian: Aidussina, German: Haidenschaft) is a small town with a population of 7,000, located in the Vipava Valley (Vipavska dolina), Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Ajdovščina. The first mentions of Ajdovščina go as far as 2000 BC, but the town became better known around 200 BC as Mansio Fluvio Frigido, a small post in use by the Roman empire later in AD 200, when it was also known as Castra or Castrum ad Fluvio Frigido, the remains of which are still visible. Ajdovščina and its surroundings were an important commercial and strategic point because some major battles took place in the Vipava Valley, such as the Battle of the Frigidus in AD 394. A local legend mentions that Theodosius I used the strong northern bora wind that is common in Ajdovščina and the Vipava Valley to his favor and disabled the enemy archers and pilum units with the help of the wind. The Hubelj River is the dividing line between the two largest parts of Ajdovščina, locally known as Šturje and Ajdovščina. During the pre-World War I years the river was also the border between the Slovene regions of Gorizia and Carniola. The parish church in Ajdovščina is dedicated to John the Baptist
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    Asturias

    Asturias

    • Country: Spain
    Asturias (English /əˈstʊriəs/, /əˈstjʊəriəs/, /ɑːˈstʊərjəs/), officially the Principality of Asturias (Spanish: Principado de Asturias [pɾinθiˈpaðo ðe asˈtuɾjas]; Asturian: Principáu d'Asturies [pɾinθiˈpaw ðasˈtuɾjes]), is an autonomous community of Spain. It is coextensive with the province of Asturias, and contains nearly all of the territory that was part of the Kingdom of Asturias in the Middle Ages. The autonomous community of Asturias is bordered by Cantabria to the east, by Castile and León to the south, by Galicia to the west, and by the Bay of Biscay to the north. The most important cities are the communal capital, Oviedo (Uviéu), the seaport and largest city Gijón (Xixón), and the industrial town of Avilés. Other popular municipalities include Cangas de Onís (Cangues d'Onís), Cangas del Narcea, Gozón, Grado (Grau or Grao), Langreo (Llangréu), Laviana (Llaviana), Lena (Ḷḷena), Llanes, Mieres, Siero, Valdés, Vegadeo (A Veiga) and Villaviciosa (see also List of municipalities and comarcas in Asturias). Asturias has been inhabited, first by Homo erectus, then by Neanderthals and finally by modern humans, since the Lower Paleolithic era, and during the Upper Paleolithic was
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    Mexico State

    Mexico State

    • Country: Mexico
    State of Mexico (Spanish: Estado de México, pronounced: [esˈtaðo ðe ˈmexiko] ( listen)), officially Free and Sovereign State of Mexico (Spanish: Estado Libre y Soberano de México), is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, comprise the 32 Federal Entities of the United Mexican States. It is the most populous, as well as the densest in population. It is divided into 125 municipalities and its capital city is Toluca de Lerdo. The State of Mexico is often abbreviated to "Edomex" from Estado de México in Spanish. It is located in South-Central Mexico. It is bordered by the states of Querétaro and Hidalgo to the north, Morelos and Guerrero to the south, Michoacán to the west, Tlaxcala and Puebla to the east and surrounds the Federal District. The state’s origins are in the territory of the Aztec Empire, which remained a political division of New Spain during the colonial period. After Independence, Mexico City was chosen as the capital of the new nation, its territory was separated out the state. Years later, parts of the state were broken off to form the states of Hidalgo, Guerrero and Morelos. These territorial separations have left the state with the size and shape it
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    Nagykanizsa

    Nagykanizsa

    Nagykanizsa (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈnɒɟkɒniʒɒ]; Croatian: Kan(j)iža, Velika Kan(j)iža; German: Großkirchen, Groß-Kanizsa, Slovene: Velika Kaniža , Turkish: Kanije) is a medium-sized city in Zala County in southwestern Hungary. It is also known in Hungarian as Kanizsa. It lies not far from Lake Balaton at the meeting point of five routes. For centuries the town has been a connecting link. Goods from Slovenia were transported to Graz via Nagykanizsa, and the town played an important role in the trade from the Adriatic Sea to the Alpine region, Vienna, and Budapest. The city's oldest Roman era ruins were uncovered in the 1960s. Later, during the Middle Ages, it became one of the most important strongholds of the Hungarian Kingdom. The fortress had a significant role in the southern shield line of Hungary, keeping the whole of Western Europe safe from the attacks of the Ottoman Empire. Instead of conquerors, today Nagykanizsa attracts thousands of dental tourists as the modern age's invaders. The name Kanizsa is of Slavic origin (Knysa), and means "belonging to a prince". It refers to the fact that the region was the property of an aristocrat. The name Kanizsa was first mentioned
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    Nova Gorica

    Nova Gorica

    • Country: Slovenia
    Nova Gorica (pronounced [ˈnɔʋa ɡɔˈɾitsa]; population: 13,852 (town); 21,082 (incl. suburbs); 31,000 (municipality)) is a town and a municipality in western Slovenia, on the border with Italy. Nova Gorica is a new town, built after 1948 when the Paris Peace Treaty established a new border between Yugoslavia and Italy, leaving nearby Gorizia outside the borders of Yugoslavia, thus cutting off the Soča Valley, Vipava Valley, and the northwestern Karst Plateau from their traditional regional centre. Nova Gorica is the principal urban centre of the traditional region of Goriška in the Slovenian Littoral. Since May 2011, Nova Gorica has been joined together with Gorizia and Šempeter-Vrtojba in a common trans-border metropolitan zone, administered by a joint administration board. The name Nova Gorica can be interpreted as New Gorizia. However, the origin of the name Gorizia/Gorica is Slavic. The common local term for the town is Gorica (i.e., 'Gorizia'), while they refer to the neighboring Italian town as Stara Gorica (meaning Old Gorizia). This use is also reflected in Slovenian license plates (GO for Gorica), the name of the local association football club ND Gorica, and the local
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    Dolj County

    Dolj County

    • Country: Romania
    Dolj (Romanian pronunciation: [dolʒ]; originally meant Dol(no)-Jiu, "lower Jiu", toward Gorj (upper Jiu)) is a county (judeţ) of Romania, in Oltenia, with the capital city at Craiova (population: 314,437). In 2011, it had a population of 618,335 and a population density of 83.4 /km (216 /sq mi). This county has a total area of 7,414 km (2,863 sq mi). The entire area is a plain with the Danube on the south forming a wide valley crossed by the Jiu River in the middle. Other small rivers flow through the county, each one forming a small valley. There are some lakes across the county and many ponds and channels in the Danube valley. 6% of the county's area is a desert. Agriculture is the county's main industry. The county has a land that is ideal for growing cereals, vegetables and wines. Other industries are mainly located in the city of Craiova, the largest city in southwestern Romania. The county's main industries: There are two small ports on the shore of the Danube river – Bechet and Calafat. Major tourist attractions: Dolj County 3 municipalities, 4 towns and 104 communes
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    East Renfrewshire

    East Renfrewshire

    • Country: United Kingdom
    East Renfrewshire (Scots: Aest Renfrewshire, Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù an Ear) is one of 32 council areas of Scotland. Until 1975 it formed part of the county of Renfrewshire for local government purposes along with the modern council areas of Renfrewshire and Inverclyde. Although no longer a local authority area, Renfrewshire still remains the registration county and lieutenancy area of East Renfrewshire. The East Renfrewshire local authority was formed in 1996, as a successor to the Eastwood district, along with Barrhead, which came from Renfrew district. It borders onto North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and the City of Glasgow. The leader of East Renfrewshire Council is Cllr Jim Fletcher (Labour - Giffnock & Thornliebank) and the Civic Leader is Provost Alex Mackie (Liberal Democrat - Giffnock & Thornliebank). A 2001 survey showed that about half of Scotland's Jewish population lives in East Renfrewshire. The following six persons have been appointed as Honorary Freeman of East Renfrewshire under section 206 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 for being persons of distinction or persons who have rendered eminent service to the
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    Ivančna Gorica

    Ivančna Gorica

    • Country: Slovenia
    Ivančna Gorica is a settlement and a municipality in central Slovenia. It is part of the traditional region of Lower Carniola and is now included in the Central Slovenian statistical region. The name Ivančna Gorica literally means 'Ivanko's hill', which is the name of a local hill. While the settlement was still a hamlet, it was known as Pod Ivančno gorico (literally, 'below Ivanko's hill'). Like similar names (e.g., Ivanjkovci, Spodnji Ivanjci, etc.), it is derived from the hypocorism *Ivanko, based on the personal name Ivan 'John'. Ivančna Gorica did not exist as a settlement until 1945, before which it was a hamlet of Stična and Mleščevo. After the Second World War, the spruce forest on Ivanko's Hill (Slovene: Ivančna gorica) was cleared and houses were built. The number of houses in the settlement grew rapidly during the 1960s. The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to Saint Joseph and belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ljubljana. A wayside shrine in the centre of the settlement known as the Abbot's shrine (Slovene: Opatovo znamenje) appears on the coat of arms of the municipality. It was a Roman milestone that was recarved in 1583 on the orders of
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    Kyrenia District

    Kyrenia District

    • Country: Cyprus
    Kyrenia District is one of the six districts of Cyprus. Its main town is Kyrenia (Greek: Κερύνεια, Turkish: Girne). It is the smallest of Cyprus' districts, and is the only one fully controlled by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, recognised only by Turkey. A district administration in "exile" exists on the Republic of Cyprus controlled part of the island, near Ledra Palace, while the TRNC district has a kaymakam, which is Savaş Orakçıoğlu at the moment.
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    Long An Province

    Long An Province

    • Country: Vietnam
    Long An ( listen) is a province in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam. The province comprises one town (Tân An, the provincial capital) and 13 districts: Being a low-lying coastal region, Long An is particularly susceptible to floods resulting from rises in sea level due to climate change. The Climate Change Research Institute at Can Tho University, in studying the possible consequences of climate change, has predicted that 49% of Long An province is expected to be flooded if sea levels rise by 1 meter.
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    Nagano Prefecture

    Nagano Prefecture

    • Country: Japan
    Nagano Prefecture (長野県, Nagano-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Nagano. Nagano was formerly known as the province of Shinano. This province was divided among many local daimyo during the Sengoku period. Nagano was host to the 1998 Winter Olympics, which gained the prefecture international recognition and a Shinkansen line to Tokyo. Nagano is an inland prefecture and it borders more prefectures than any other in Japan. Nagano contains the point furthest from the sea in the whole of Japan - this point lies within the city of Saku. The province's mountains have made it relatively isolated, and many visitors come to Nagano for its mountain resorts and hot springs. Nine of the twelve highest mountains in Japan can be found in Nagano and one of its lakes, Lake Kizaki, is a beach resort popular for its water attractions and games. As of 1 April 2012, 21% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Chichibu Tama Kai, Chūbu-Sangaku, Jōshin'etsu Kōgen, and Minami Alps National Parks; Myōgi-Arafune-Saku Kōgen, Tenryū-Okumikawa, and Yatsugatake-Chūshin Kōgen Quasi-National
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    Zagorje ob Savi

    Zagorje ob Savi

    • Country: Slovenia
    Zagorje ob Savi is a town and a municipality in central Slovenia. It is located in the valley of Medija Creek, a minor left-bank tributary of the Sava River, 52 km (32 mi) east of Ljubljana 36 km (22 mi) southwest of Celje, and 6 km (4 mi) west of Trbovlje. Traditionally the area was part of the Upper Carniola region. The entire municipality is now included in the Central Sava statistical region. The town is home to about 7,000 people and the population of the municipality is about 17,000. Archaeological evidence shows that the area was already settled in the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age. Zagorje was first mentioned as Sagor in written records of the Patriarchate of Aquileia dating to 1296. In written form it later also appears as Zaegor, Sager, Seger, and Cagoer. In 1755 deposits of coal were discovered in the area and the town's economic development began. Coal mining was one of the area's main activities until 1995, when the last mines were closed. In 2010, Zagorje ob Savi was heavily affected by floods. The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul and belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ljubljana. It is a Neo-Romanesque church built in
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    Piran

    Piran

    • Country: Slovenia
    Piran (Italian: Pirano) is a town in the Municipality of Piran in southwestern Slovenia on the Gulf of Piran on the Adriatic Sea. It is one of the three major towns of Slovenian Istria. The town resembles a large open-air museum, with medieval architecture and a rich cultural heritage. Narrow streets and compact houses give the town its special charm. Piran is the administrative centre of the local area and one of Slovenia's major tourist attractions. In the pre-Roman era, the hills in the Piran area were inhabited by Illyrian Histri tribes who were farmers, hunters and fishermen. They were also pirates who disrupted Roman trade in the north Adriatic Sea. The Piran peninsula was incorporated into the Roman Empire in 178 and 177 BC and settled in the following years with rural homes (villae rusticae). The decline of the Empire, from the 5th century AD onwards, and incursions by the Avars and Slavs at the end of the 6th century, prompted the Roman population to withdraw into easily defensible locations such as islands or peninsulas. This started local urbanisation and by the 7th century, under Byzantine rule, Piran had become heavily fortified. Despite the defences, the Franks
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    Rhodope Prefecture

    Rhodope Prefecture

    • Country: Greece
    Rhodope (Greek: Ροδόπη, Rodópi, [roˈðopi]) is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of East Macedonia and Thrace. Its name is derived from the Rhodope Mountains, which cover the northern part of its territory. Together with the regional units Evros and Xanthi, it forms the geographical region of Western Thrace. The capital of the prefecture is the city of Komotini. The second largest town is Sapes. Most of the Muslims of Thrace, the only officially recognized minority in Greece, are settled in this area, where they form around half of the population. Rhodope borders on the regional unit Xanthi to the west and Evros to the east, and on Bulgaria's Kardzhali Province to the north. The Aegean Sea lies to the south. The eastern Rhodope Mountains cover the northern part of the regional unit. Apart from the mountainous areas, the territory consists mainly of farmland, forests and grasslands. The southern and the central part have a mainly Mediterranean climate, and the northern part a mainly continental climate with cold winters. The regional unit Rhodope is subdivided into 4 municipalities. These are (number as in the map in the infobox): Rhodope was established
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    Astana

    Astana

    • Country: Kazakhstan
    Astana (Russian/Kazakh: Астана, formerly known as Akmola (Kazakh: Ақмола / Aqmola, until 1998), Целиноград / Tselinograd until 1992) and Akmolinsk (Russian: Акмолинск, until 1961), has been the capital of Kazakhstan since 1997, and is the country's second largest city (after Almaty, the former capital) with an officially estimated population of 708,794 as of 1 August 2010. It is located in the north-central portion of Kazakhstan, within Akmola Province, though administrated separately from the province as a federal city area. The current mayor of Astana is Imangali Tasmagambetov. He was appointed on 4 April 2008. The word Astana in Kazakh literally means Capital but the word itself originates from Persian Astane (Persian: آستانه‎ means "sublime threshold," "royal porte" implying a royal capital city or a holy shrine town, (from the Persian verb Istadan (آستان) 'to stand' (in respect)), and literally means "threshold" (royal or sacred, where people stand in respect or awe), implying where the court is seated (the capital city) or the body of a sacred person is interred (a shrine town). The city of Turkestan in Kazakhstan that hosts the body of the saint Ahmad Yasavi is also called
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    Comilla District

    Comilla District

    • Country: Bangladesh
    Comilla District is a district of Bangladesh located about 100 kilometers south east of Dhaka. Established as a district of Bengal by the British in 1790, it included the Sub-divisions of Brahmanbaria and Chandpur which eventually became separate districts in 1984. Comilla is bordered by Brahmanbaria and Narayanganj districts to the north, Noakhali and Feni districts to the south, Tripura of India to the east, and Munshiganj and Chandpur districts to the west. Comilla has a total area of 3085.17 square kilometers. It is bounded by Burchiganj and Tripura on the north, Laksham and Chauddagram on the south, and Barura on the west. Major rivers passing through Comilla include Gumti and Little Feni. The headquarters of Comilla are located in the city of Comilla which has a total area of 11.47 square kilometers. It consists of 18 mouzas and 3 wards. Comilla thana was officially converted into an upazilla in 1983 which contains one municipality 18 wards, 19 union parishads, 452 mouzas and 458 villages. Administrator of Zila Porishod: M Omar Faruque Deputy Commissioner (DC): Md. Rezaul Ahsan Comilla district consists of the following Upazilas: Mainly based on agriculture, the economy of
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    Lugo

    Lugo

    • Country: Spain
    Lugo is a province of northwestern Spain, in the northeastern part of the autonomous community of Galicia. It is bordered by the provinces of Ourense, Pontevedra, and A Coruña, the principality of Asturias, the State of León, and in the north by the Cantabrian Sea (Bay of Biscay). The population is 356,595 (2006), of whom a quarter live in the capital Lugo. The capital city was an ancient Celtic settlement named in honour of the god Lugh (see Lyon), later Latinised as Lucus Augusti, and which became one of the three main important Galician-Roman centres alongside Braccara Augusta and Asturica Augusta (modern Braga and Astorga respectively). The province has 67 municipalities. The vast majority of people have a common language which is Galician. Some people, especially the older generation, are monolingual and only speak Galician. There are only a few people bilingual in Galician and Castilian of the little over 10,000 inhabitants. Even in the capital, the vitality of the Galician language in conversation is very strong. They speak several variants of Galician in the province of Lugo. They have the characteristics of being the closest to León isoglosses and therefore also the
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    Muş Province

    Muş Province

    • Country: Turkey
    Muş Province (Turkish: Muş ili) is a province in eastern Turkey. It is 8,196 km² in area, and has a population of 406,886 (2010 est). The population was 453,654 in 2000. The provincial capital is the city of Muş (Armenian: Մուշ, Kurdish: Mûs). Another town in Muş province, Malazgirt (Manzikert), is famous for the Battle of Manzikert of 1071. Muş province is divided into 6 districts (capital district in bold): Among the historical sites of the Mush province are two of the holiest Armenian sites:
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    Šentjur pri Celju

    Šentjur pri Celju

    • Country: Slovenia
    Šentjur a town and a municipality in eastern Slovenia. With an area of 223 km it is one of the larger municipalities in Slovenia. The town lies on the river Voglajna to the east of Celje. The area was part of the traditional region of Lower Styria. The municipality is now included in the Savinja statistical region. The parish church from which the settlement gets is name is dedicated to Saint George (Slovene: Sveti Jurij, colloquially šent Jur(ij)) and belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Celje. It was built between 1708 and 1721. Saint George also appears on the municipal coat of arms.
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    Bengo

    Bengo

    • Country: Angola
    Bengo is a province of Angola. Its capital is Caxito. According to 1988 statistics, there were 18,700 people living in urban areas with 137,400 in rural areas, with a total of 156,100 residents. It has an area of 33,016 square kilometres, and its current population is approximately 450,000. The province had been created in 1980 by dividing the original province Luanda into Bengo and the then smaller province Luanda. The province is bordered by the provinces of Zaire to the North, Uige to the Northeast, Cuanza Norte to the East, and Cuanza Sul to the South. It has two western coastal stretches along the Atlantic Ocean, and forms an enclave around the national capital's province of Luanda. The Kissama National Park and the Kibinda Forest Reserve are here. The province also has a number of lakes, most of them are in the municipalities of Dande and Icolo and Bengo. There are lagoons at Panguila and Ibendoa, Cabiri and Ulua do Sungui. The Angolan National Assembly approved a law on July 27, 2011 reorganizing the territorial subdivisions of Luanda and Bengo provinces . The law moved the Icolo e Bengo and Quiçama municipalities from Bengo province to Luanda province and created new
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    Devoll District

    Devoll District

    • Country: Albania
    The District of Devoll (Albanian: Rrethi i Devollit) is one of the thirty-six districts of Albania, part of Korçë County and derives its name from the Devoll river flowing through the valley. It has a population of 33,785, and an area of 429 km². It is in the southeastern corner of the country, and its capital is Bilisht. Its busy border point Kapshticë/Krystallopigi connects the district with the Greek regional units of Florina and Kastoria to the east and southeast. Devoll borders the district of Kolonjë to the southwest and Korçë to the west and north. The district is known in history for the Devol fortress, where the Treaty of Devol between Bohemond I of Antioch and Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos was held in 1108. Its site became forgotten in modern times, however it has been tentatively identified with the site Zvezdë (located at 40°43′N 020°51′E / 40.717°N 20.85°E / 40.717; 20.85), a conjecture already proposed by the 19th century British traveller William Martin Leake in 1835. The district consists of the following municipalities:
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    Grand Bassa County

    Grand Bassa County

    • Country: Liberia
    Grand Bassa is a county in the west-central portion of the West African nation of Liberia. One of 15 counties that comprise the first-level of administrative division in the nation, it has eight districts. Buchanan serves as the capital with the area of the county measuring 7,936 square kilometres (3,064 sq mi). As of the 2008 Census, it had a population of 224,839, making it the fifth most populous county in Liberia. Grand Bassa's County Superintendent is Julia Duncan Cassell. The county is bordered by Margibi County to the northwest, Bong County to the north, Nimba County to the east, and Rivercess County to the south and east. The western part of Grand Bassa borders the Atlantic Ocean. Among the county's notable residents were Joseph James Cheeseman and Anthony Gardiner, presidents of Liberia during the 19th century. The port of Buchanan was constructed by LAMCO to serve the export of iron ore carried through the railway from Nimba. The civil war destroyed the port, railway and the township built by LAMCO. In 2005, LAMCO's facilities were taken over by Arcelor-Mittal (AM), which has begun a gradual reconstruction. The once bustling port is now a ghost town, the only ray of hope
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    Kungota

    Kungota

    • Country: Slovenia
    Kungota is a municipality in the western part of the Slovene Hills (Slovene: Slovenske gorice) in northeastern Slovenia. Its administrative centre is in the village of Zgornja Kungota.
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    Province of Ancona

    Province of Ancona

    • Country: Italy
    The Province of Ancona (Italian: Provincia di Ancona) is a province in the Marche region of central Italy. Its capital is the city of Ancona. The province extends from the coast of the Adriatic Sea west to the Apennines, its relief becoming steadily higher and more mountainous. Its population is mostly concentrated near the coast, and the city of Ancona, its capital, accounts for nearly a quarter of it. Other main towns are Castelfidardo, Chiaravalle, Fabriano, Falconara Marittima, Jesi, Loreto, Osimo, and Senigallia. The coastal strip of the province is given over to sandy beaches popular among Italians rather than foreigners; moving inland, the central portion is an area of rolling farmland, producing red and white wines mainly of the Sangiovese, Montepulciano and Verdicchio grape varieties; the mountain zone is densely forested, and its most famous agricultural product is the black truffle, the main market for which, however, is in Acqualagna just across the border in the province of Pesaro e Urbino. Famous natives of the province of Ancona include the painter Gentile da Fabriano, born in Fabriano; writer Rafael Sabatini (Jesi); composer Gaspare Spontini, born in Maiolati, now
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    Rajasthan

    Rajasthan

    • Country: India
    Rājasthān /ˈrɑːdʒəstæn/ (Hindustani pronunciation: [raːdʒəsˈt̪ʰaːn] ( listen)) the land of Rajasthanis, ("the land of kings"), is the largest state of the Republic of India by area. It is located in the northwest of India. It encompasses most of the area of the large, inhospitable Great Indian Desert (Thar Desert), which has an edge paralleling the Sutlej-Indus river valley along its border with Pakistan. The state is bordered by Pakistan to the west, Gujarat to the southwest, Madhya Pradesh to the southeast, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to the northeast and Punjab to the north. Rajasthan covers 10.4% of India, an area of 342,269 square kilometres (132,151 sq mi). Jaipur is the capital and the largest city of the state. Geographical features include the Thar Desert along north-western Rajasthan and the termination of the Ghaggar River near the archaeological ruins at Kalibanga of the Indus Valley Civilization, which are the oldest in the Indian subcontinent discovered so far. One of the world's oldest mountain ranges, the Aravalli Range, cradles the only hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu, famous for Dilwara Temples, a sacred pilgrimage for Jains. Eastern Rajasthan has the world
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    San Juan Province

    San Juan Province

    • Country: Argentina
    San Juan (Spanish pronunciation: [saŋ ˈxwan]) is a province of Argentina, located in the western part of the country. Neighbouring provinces are, moving clockwise from the north, La Rioja, San Luis and Mendoza. It borders with Chile at the west. The province has an area of 89,651 km, covering a mountainous region with scarce vegetation, fertile oases and turbulent rivers. Throughout the entire province there are an important number of paleontological sites. Similar to other regions in Argentina, agriculture is one of the most important economic activities, highlighting wine production and olive oil. Additionally, a variety of fruits and vegetables are produced in the fertile valleys irrigated by artificial channels in the western part, close to the Andes mountain range. This is the second province in volume of wine production at the national level and in South America, and possesses outstanding varietal wines. It is also an important center of mining and oil production. Before the arrival of Spanish conquistadores, different tribes like Huarpes, Diaguitas, Capazanes, Olongastas and Yacampis, highly influenced by the Inca empire, inhabited the area. The city of San Juan de la
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    Keelung

    Keelung

    • Country: Taiwan
    Keelung City (also Jilong or Chilung) is a major port city situated in the northeastern part of Taiwan. It borders New Taipei with which it forms the Taipei–Keelung metropolitan area, along with Taipei itself. Nicknamed the Rainy Port for its frequent rain and maritime role, the city is Taiwan's second largest seaport (after Kaohsiung). Keelung is currently administered as a provincial municipality within Taiwan Province of the Republic of China. The city of Keelung was known as Kelung or Keelung to the Western world during the 19th century. However, the Taiwanese people have long called the city Kelang (Chinese: 雞籠; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ke-lâng; literally "rooster cage or hencoop"). It has been proposed that the name Keelung was derived from the local mountain that took the shape of a rooster cage. However, it is more probable that the name was derived from the first inhabitants of the region, as are the names of many other Taiwanese cities. In this case, the Ketagalan people were the first inhabitants, and early Han settlers probably approximated "Ketagalan" with "Ke-lâng" (phonetics of the Southern Min Language). In 1875, during Qing Dynasty rule, the Chinese characters of the name were
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    Kelantan

    Kelantan

    • Country: Malaysia
    Kelantan is a state of Malaysia. The capital and royal seat is Kota Bharu. The Arabic honorific of the state is Darul Naim, ("The Blissful Abode"). Kelantan is positioned in the north-east of Peninsular Malaysia. It is bordered by Narathiwat Province of Thailand to the north, Terengganu to the south-east, Perak to the west, and Pahang to the south. To the north-east of Kelantan is the South China Sea. Kelantan is located in the north-eastern corner of the peninsula, Kelantan, which is said to translate as the "Land of Lightning" (see alternate theories below), is an agrarian state with lush paddy fields, rustic fishing villages and casuarina-lined beaches. Kelantan is home to some of the most ancient archaeological discoveries in Malaysia, including several prehistoric aboriginal settlements. The name Kelantan is said, by some, to be a corruption of gelam hutan, i.e. the Malay word for the cajuput, or swamp tea tree (Melaleuca leucadendron). Other theories claim the name comes from the Malay word kilatan, 'shiny/glittery' or kolam tanah, 'clay pool'. Kelantan was called Klantan (Thai: กลันตัน) by the Siamese when it was under their influence. Another occasionally quoted hypothesis
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    Kentucky

    Kentucky

    • Country: United States of America
    Kentucky (/kɪnˈtʌki/), officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located on the border between the Midwest and South of the United States. Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth (the others being Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts). Originally a part of Virginia, in 1792 Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union. Kentucky is the 37th most extensive and the 26th most populous of the 50 United States. Kentucky is known as the "Bluegrass State", a nickname based on the bluegrass found in many of its pastures because of the fertile soil. It is a land with diverse environments and abundant resources, including the world's longest cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park; the greatest length of navigable waterways and streams in the contiguous United States; and the two largest man-made lakes east of the Mississippi River. Kentucky is also home to the highest per capita number of deer and turkey in the United States, the largest free-ranging elk herd east of Montana, and the nation's most productive coalfield. Kentucky is also known for horse racing, bourbon distilleries, automobile manufacturing, tobacco, and college basketball. It is
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    Bandarban District

    Bandarban District

    • Country: Bangladesh
    Bandarban (Bengali: বান্দরবান) is a district in South-Eastern Bangladesh, and a part of the Chittagong Division and Chittagong Hill Tracts. Bandarban is regarded as one of the most attractive travel places in Bangladesh. Bandarban (meaning the dam of monkeys), or in Marma or Arakanese language as "Rwa-daw Mro" (ရြာေတာ္ျမိဳ႕) is also known as Arvumi or the Bohmong Circle (ဗိုလ္မင္းေထာင္) (of the rest of the three hill districts Rangamati is the Chakma Circle (သက္ေထာင္) and Khagrachari is the Mong Circle (ဖလံေထာင္)). Bandarban town is the home town of the Bohmong Chief (currently King, or Raja, Aung Shwe Prue Chowdhury ဗိုလ္မင္းၾကီး ဦးေအာင္ေရႊျဖဴ) who is the head of the Marma population. It also is the administrative headquarter of Bandarban district, which has turned into one of the most exotic tourist attractions in Bangladesh since the insurgency in Chittagong Hill Tracts has ceased more than a decade back. One of the three hill districts of Bangladesh and a part of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bandarban (4,479 km²) is not only the remotest district of the country, but also is the least populated (population 292,900). The three highest peak of Bangladesh - Tahjindong (1280 meters,
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    Drama Prefecture

    Drama Prefecture

    • Country: Greece
    Drama (Greek: Περιφερειακή ενότητα Δράμας) is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the Region of East Macedonia and Thrace. Its capital is the town of Drama. The regional unit is the northernmost within the geographical region of Macedonia and the westernmost in the administrative region of East Macedonia and Thrace. The northern border with Bulgaria is formed by the Rhodope Mountains. The northern part of the regional unit, bordering Bulgaria, is very mountainous. The main mountain ranges are Orvilos (Bulgarian: Славянка - Slavyanka) in the northwest, Falakro in the north (at 2232m the highest point of the regional unit), the western Rhodope Mountains in the northeast and Menoikio in the southwest. The Nestos is the longest river, flowing in the northeast. The northern portion holds a unique treasure known as Karantere (or Forest of Elatia). Drama is surrounded by the regional units of Xanthi to the east, Kavala to the south, Serres to the southwest and to the west, and the Bulgarian provinces of Blagoevgrad and Smolyan to the north. Arable lands are located in the southern and the westcentral portion of Drama. The southern part mainly has a Mediterranean climate.
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    Fejér

    Fejér

    • Country: Hungary
    Fejér is the name of an administrative county (comitatus or megye) in Central Hungary. It lies on the west bank of the river Danube and nearly touches the eastern shore of Lake Balaton. It shares borders with the Hungarian counties Veszprém, Komárom-Esztergom, Pest, Bács-Kiskun, Tolna and Somogy. The capital of Fejér county is Székesfehérvár. Geographically Fejér county is very diverse, its southern part is similar (and adjacent) to the Great Plain (Mezőföld), other parts are hilly (Bakony, Vértes, Gerecse mountains). Lake Velence, a popular resort can also be found here. The area was already inhabited 20,000 years ago. When this part of Hungary formed a Roman province called Pannonia, several settlements stood here: the capital was Gorsium, but there were other significant towns too, where present-day Baracs and Dunaújváros are (the towns were called Annamatia and Intercisa, respectively). In the early Medieval period Huns and Avars lived in the area. After 586 several Nomadic people arrived in the area, until Hungarians conquered it in the late 9th century. Hungarians arrived here between 895 and 900. The high prince and his tribe settled down in this area. The town of Fehérvár
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    Hedmark

    Hedmark

    • Country: Norway
    Hedmark (help·info) is a county in Norway, bordering Sør-Trøndelag, Oppland and Akershus. The county administration is in Hamar. Hedmark makes up the northeastern part of Østlandet, the southeastern part of the country. It includes a long part of the borderline with Sweden, Dalarna County and Värmland County. The largest lakes are Femunden and Mjøsa. It also includes parts of Glomma. Geographically, Hedmark is in the traditional sense divided in the following areas: Hedemarken, east of Mjøsa, Østerdalen, north of Elverum, and Glåmdalen, south of Elverum. Hedmark and Oppland are the only Norwegian counties with no coastline. Hedmark also hosted some of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. Hamar, Kongsvinger, Elverum and Tynset are cities in the county. Hedmark is one of the less urbanized areas in Norway; about half of the inhabitants live on rural land. The population is mainly concentrated in the rich agricultural district adjoining Mjøsa to the southeast. The county's extensive forests supply much of Norway's timber; logs were previously floated down Glomma to the coast but are now transported by truck and train. The Hedmark municipality of Engerdal has the distinction of marking the
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    Kiev Oblast

    Kiev Oblast

    • Country: Ukraine
    Kyiv Oblast (Ukrainian: Київська область, translit. Kyivs’ka oblast’; also referred to as Kyivshchyna – Ukrainian: Київщина) is an oblast (province) in central Ukraine. The administrative center of the oblast is the city of Kyiv (Ukrainian: Київ, Kyiv), also being the capital of Ukraine. Despite being located in the center of the Kyiv Oblast, and hosting the governing bodies of the oblast, Kyiv itself is a self-governing city with special status and not under oblast jurisdiction. The largest city in oblast itself is Bila Tserkva. Kyiv Oblast has a total area of 28,100 km (10,849 sq mi) (approximately 35 times the area of Kyiv city) and is located in north-central Ukraine. On the west it borders the Zhytomyr Oblast, on the Southwest – Vinnytsia Oblast, on the South – Cherkasy Oblast, on the Southeast – Poltava Oblast, on the East and Northeast – Chernihiv Oblast, and on the North – Homyel Voblasts of Belarus. The oblast is equally split between the both banks of Dnieper River (Dnipro) north and south of Kyiv. Other significant rivers in the oblast are the Dnieper's tributaries: Pripyat (Prypiat) (R), Desna (L), Teteriv (R), Irpin' (R), Ros' (R) and Trubizh (L). The length of the
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    Mengeš

    Mengeš

    • Country: Slovenia
    Mengeš is a settlement and municipality in the Upper Carniola region of Slovenia. It is located approximately fifteen kilometers from the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. Mengeš became a municipality in 1995. The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to Saint Michael.
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    Miaoli County

    Miaoli County

    • Country: Taiwan
    Miaoli County is a county in western Taiwan. The name Miaoli was coined using two Hakka words, cat (貓) and raccoon dog (狸), which phonetically approximate Pali (Bari), a community of Taokas people. Miaoli city is the capital of the county, and is also known as "Mountain Town", owing to the number of mountains nearby, making it a destination for hiking.
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    Táchira

    Táchira

    • Country: Venezuela
    Táchira (Spanish: Estado Táchira, IPA: [esˈtaðo ˈtatʃiɾa]) is one of the 23 states of Venezuela. The state capital is San Cristóbal. Táchira State covers a total surface area of 11,100 km² (4,290 mi²) and, in 2007, had an estimated population of 1,177,300. At the end of the 19th century, Táchira state was the place where oil was discovered in Venezuela. It was exploited for many years. Currently, its main economic revenues come from the production of coffee and pineapple. The cattle and agricultural activities play an important role in Táchira's economy. There is also a strong industrial sector which focuses on the processing of potato, sugar, milk, and cheese and the production of textiles. Táchira is one of the three Venezuelan Andean states (the other two are Mérida and Trujillo). This state borders with Zulia State in the north, Barinas and Mérida states in the East, Apure and Barinas states in the south and Colombia (Norte de Santander Department) in the west. Táchira State plays an important role in the early parts of Venezuelan history. This state produced more presidents than any other state during the 20th century: Cipriano Castro, Juan Vicente Gómez, Marcos Pérez Jiménez,
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    Puy-de-Dôme

    Puy-de-Dôme

    • Country: France
    Puy-de-Dôme (French pronunciation: [pɥi də dom]; lo Puèi de Doma / lo Puèi Domat in the Auvergnat dialect of the Occitan language) is a department in the centre of France named after the famous dormant volcano, the Puy-de-Dôme. Inhabitants were called Puydedomois until December 2005. With effect from Spring 2006, in response to a letter writing campaign, the name used for the inhabitants was change by the departmental General Council to Puydômois, and this is the name that has since then been used in all official documents and publications. Puy-de-Dôme is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from the former province of Auvergne. Originally, the department was to be called Mont-d'Or ("Golden Mountain"), but this was changed to Puy-de-Dôme following the intervention of Jean-François Gaultier de Biauzat, a local deputy, because of a concern that the name originally chosen risked attracting excessive unwelcome attention from the national taxation authorities. Puy-de-Dôme is part of the current region of Auvergne and is surrounded by the departments of Loire, Haute-Loire, Cantal, Corrèze, Allier, and Creuse. The
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    Kouffo Department

    Kouffo Department

    • Country: Benin
    Kouffo is one of the twelve departments of Benin. The area of Kouffo is 2,404 km.² (928 mi²). Kouffo borders the country of Togo and it also borders the departments of Mono, Zou, and Atlantique. Since 2008, the capital is Aplahoué. This department was formed in 1999 when it split from the department of Mono. Kouffo is divided into the communes of Aplahoué, Djakotomey, Klouékanmè, Lalo, Toviklin and Dogbo. The markets at Azove, Klouekanme and Hlassanme form the basis of the local informal economy. The majority of the population is Aja language (Gbe) speaking. Other local languages include Tchi, notably in the Tchi Depression in the eastern limit of the department.
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    Montana Province

    Montana Province

    • Country: Bulgaria
    Montana Province (Bulgarian: Област Монтана, transliterated: Oblast Montana) is a province in northwestern Bulgaria, bordering Serbia in the southwest and Romania in the north. It spreads its area between the Danube river and Balkan mountain. As of February 2011, the province has a population of 148,098 inhabitants, on territory of 3,635.5 km². It was named after its administrative centre the city of Montana. The Montana province (Област, oblast) contains 11 municipalities (singular: oбщина, obshtina - plural: Общини, obshtini). The following table shows the names of each municipality in English and in Cyrillic, the main town (in bold) or village, and the population as of 2011. The Montana province had a population of 148,098 according to a 2011 census, of which 49.2% were male and 50.8% were female. As of the end of 2009, the population of the province, announced by the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute, numbered 155,899 of which 30.5% are inhabitants aged over 60 years. The following table represents the change of the population in the province after World War II: In the 2011 census, 136,175 people from Montana province identified one of the following as their religion
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    Adıyaman Province

    Adıyaman Province

    • Country: Turkey
    Adıyaman Province (Turkish: Adıyaman ili) is a province in south-central Turkey. The province was created in 1954 out of part of Malatya Province. Area 7,614 km². Population 590,935 (2010 est), up from 513,131 in 1990. The capital is Adıyaman. The area has been inhabited since the earliest times and many civilisations have settled here. There are therefore a number of places of historical interest which attract visitors. Nemrud Dağı is a major site of interest here, noted for its sanctuary of statues built by Antiochus Theos, king of Commagene. It is accessed through the town of Kâhta. A branch of the large Atatürk reservoir lies between Adıyaman and the town of Samsat, and with more investment the irrigation this could become a rich agricultural zone. Currently it does feel impoverished and people travelling by mule or donkey are a common sight. Until the 1950s Adıyaman was a city in the province of Malatya, but was made into a province in its own right as a reward for voting for the winning Democratic Party in the 1954 general election. Adıyaman has since been kind to Islamist politician, Necmettin Erbakan. His movement (then, the National Salvation Party) scored a landmark 15%
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    Baucau

    Baucau

    • Country: Timor-Leste
    Baucau (Tetum: Baukau), is a district of East Timor, on the northern coast in the eastern part of the country. The capital is also called Baucau (formerly Vila Salazar). The population of the district is 104,571 (census 2004) and it has an area of 1,494 km. The subdistricts are Baguia, Baucau, Laga, Quelicai, Vemasse, and Venilale (formerly known as Vila Viçosa). The district was the same during the colonial era. Its north edge is to the Wetar Strait; it also borders the districts of Lautém to the east, Viqueque to the south, and Manatuto to the west. Besides the national official languages of Tetum and Portuguese, most of the inhabitants speak the Papuan language Makasae. While most of the inhabitants are Roman Catholics, a few Muslims also live there. Baucau has the most highly developed agriculture in East Timor. Besides the staples rice and corn, Baucau produces beans, peanuts, sweet potatoes, copra, candlenut and manioc. It also raises buffalo and goats. A shortage of transportation links and the unpredictability of energy availability stymie the development of emerging industries. In the subdistrict Venilala are tunnels that the Japanese built during their occupation in the
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    Blackpool

    Blackpool

    • Country: United Kingdom
    Blackpool /ˈblækpuːl/ is a borough seaside town, and unitary authority area of Lancashire, in North West England. It is situated along England's west coast by the Irish Sea, between the Ribble and Wyre estuaries, 17.5 miles (28.2 km) northwest of Preston, 27 miles (43 km) north of Liverpool, 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Bolton and 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Manchester. It has an estimated population of 142,100, and a population density that makes it the fourth most densely populated borough of England and Wales outside Greater London. Throughout the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, Blackpool was a coastal hamlet in Lancashire's Hundred of Amounderness, and remained such until the mid-18th century when it became fashionable in England to travel to the coast during the summer to bathe in sea water to improve well-being. In 1781, visitors attracted to Blackpool's 7-mile (11 km) sandy beach were able to use a newly built private road, built by Thomas Clifton and Sir Henry Hoghton. Stagecoaches began running to Blackpool from Manchester in the same year, and from Halifax in 1782. In the early 19th century, Henry Banks and his son-in-law John Cocker erected new buildings in
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    Bled

    Bled

    • Country: Slovenia
    Bled (German: Veldes) is a town and a municipality in northwestern Slovenia in the region of Upper Carniola. The area, within the Julian Alps and alongside of Lake Bled, is a popular tourist destination. A settlement area since Mesolithic times, Bled was first mentioned as Ueldes (Veldes) within the March of Carniola on April 10, 1004, when it was awarded by Emperor Henry II to Bishop Albuin I of Brixen. Bled Castle was first mentioned in a 22 May 1011 deed in which Henry II donated it to Albuin's successor, Bishop Adalberon of Brixen. With Carniola, Bled was ceded to Rudolph of Habsburg after he defeated King Ottokar II of Bohemia at the Battle on the Marchfeld in 1278. From 1364 until 1919, Bled (Veldes) was part of the Duchy of Carniola, except for a stint between 1809 and 1816 as one of the Napoleonic Illyrian Provinces After the dissolution of Austria-Hungary in 1918, Bled came under the rule of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and became a summer domicile of the ruling House of Karađorđević, a tradition that President Josip Broz Tito continued, when he built his residence here in 1947. Bled became an independent municipality in 1996. Bled is known for the glacial Lake Bled, which
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    Enugu State

    Enugu State

    • Country: Nigeria
    Enugu State is a mainland state in southeastern Nigeria. Its capital is Enugu, from which the state - created in 1991 from the old Anambra State - derives its name. The principal cities in the state are Enugu, Agbani, Awgu, Udi, Oji, and Nsukka. Enugu State is one of the states in the eastern part of Nigeria. The state shares borders with Abia State and Imo State to the south, Ebonyi State to the east, Benue State to the northeast, Kogi State to the northwest and Anambra State to the west. Enugu, the capital city of Enugu State, is approximately 2½ driving hours away from Port Harcourt, where coal shipments exited Nigeria. Enugu is also located within an hour's drive from Onitsha, one of the biggest commercial cities in Africa and 2 hours drive from Aba, another very large commercial city, both of which are trading centers in Nigeria. The average temperature in this city is cooler to mild (60 degrees Fahrenheit) in its cooler months and gets warmer to hot in its warmer months (upper 80 degrees Fahrenheit) and very good for outdoor activities with family and friends or just for personal leisure. Enugu has good soil-land and climatic conditions all year round, sitting at about 223
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    Lampang Province

    Lampang Province

    • Country: Thailand
    Lampang (Thai: ลำปาง, pronounced [lām.pāːŋ]) is one of the northern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Chiang Rai, Phayao, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, Lamphun and Chiang Mai. The old name of Lampang is Khelang Nakhon. Lampang is located in the broad river valley of the Wang River, surrounded by mountain chains. In the Mae Mo district lignite is found and mined in open pits. To the north of the province is the 1697 m high Doi Luang. Within the province are the national parks Chae Son and Doi Khun Tan National Park in the Khun Tan Range, as well as Tham Pha Thai, Doi Luang National Park and the Huay Tak Teak Biosphere Reserve in the Phi Pan Nam Range. Lampang is famous for the production of ceramic goods and its mining operations. A great deal of ball clay, china stone, and lignite are extracted from the surrounding mountains. There are more than 200 ceramic factories in and around Mueang Lampang district. Most of ceramic factories are small to medium size operations mainly producing novelties (plant pots, dolls), tablewares, and building materials (tiles, railings), etc. The largest power plant in Thailand is located in Mae Mo district near
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    Ningxia

    Ningxia

    • Country: China
    Ningxia, formerly transliterated as Ninghsia, is an autonomous region (Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (NHAR)) of the People's Republic of China, located in the northwest part of the country. Formerly a province, Ningxia was incorporated into Gansu in 1954 but, in 1958, broke off from Gansu and was reconstituted as an autonomous region for the Hui people, one of the 56 officially recognised nationalities of China. Ningxia is bounded by Shaanxi to the east, Gansu to the south and west, and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to the north and has an area of around 66,400 square kilometres (25,600 sq mi). This sparsely settled, mostly desert region lies partially on the Loess Plateau and in the vast plain of the Yellow River, and features the Great Wall of China along its northeastern boundary. Over the years an extensive system of canals has been built. Extensive land reclamation and irrigation projects have made increased cultivation possible. Ningxia and its surrounding areas were incorporated into the Qin Dynasty as early as the 3rd century BC. Throughout the Han Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty there were several large cities established in the region, and by the 11th century the Tangut
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    Province of Grosseto

    Province of Grosseto

    • Country: Italy
    The Province of Grosseto (Italian: Provincia di Grosseto) is a province in the Tuscany region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Grosseto. It has an area of 4,504 km², and a total population of 227.498 (2010). There are 28 comuni (singular: comune) in the province . As of June 2005, the main comuni by population are: The Natural Park of Maremma lies in the province . The CIMA Festival is a prestigious gathering of classical music lovers in Monte Argentario. Media related to Province of Grosseto at Wikimedia Commons
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    Salamanca

    Salamanca

    • Country: Spain
    Salamanca is a province of western Spain, in the western part of the autonomous community of Castile and León. It is bordered by the provinces of Zamora, Valladolid, Ávila, and Cáceres; and by Portugal. 353,110 people (2006) live in the province, of whom 45% live in the capital, Salamanca. There are 362 municipalities in the province, of which more than half are villages with fewer than 300 people. There are Roman Catholic cathedrals at Salamanca and Ciudad Rodrigo.
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    Sirdaryo Province

    Sirdaryo Province

    • Country: Uzbekistan
    Sirdarya Province (Uzbek: Sirdaryo viloyati, Сирдарё вилояти) is a viloyat (province) of Uzbekistan, located in the center of the country on the left bank of Syr Darya River. It borders with (Kazahstan), Tajikstan, Toshkent Province and Jizzakh Province. It covers an area of 5,100 km², and is mostly desert, with the Starving Steppe taking up a significant part of the province's area. The population is estimated to be around 648,100. Syrdaryo Province is divided into 9 administrative districts. The capital is the city of Guliston (pop. est. 54,000 inhabitants). Other cities and towns include Baxt, Boyovut, Farhod, Qahramon, Sayhun, Sirdaryo, Shirin and Yangiyer. The climate is a typically arid continental climate with extreme differences between winter and summer temperatures. The economy is based on cotton and cereal crops, with strong reliance on irrigation and on cattle breeding. Minor crops include forage plants, vegetables, melons, gourds, potatoes, maize, a variety of fruit and grapes. Industry consists of construction materials, irrigation equipment and raw-cotton processing. Srydarya contains one of Uzbekistan's largest hydroelectric power plants, which generates one third
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    Soc Trang Province

    Soc Trang Province

    • Country: Vietnam
    Sóc Trăng ( listen) is a province in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam, with its capital in Sóc Trăng. The province occupies an area of 3,223 km², and has a population of approximately 1,213,400. The province's original Khmer name was Srok Kh'leang, meaning "silver depository" because it was where the Khmer king's silver treasury was located. The Vietnamese settlers corrupted it into "Sốc-Kha-Lang" and eventually "Sóc Trăng". Under the Nguyễn Dynasty emperor Minh Mạng, it was given the Sino-Vietnamese name Nguyệt Giang (月江), a calque of "Sông Trăng" (Moon River). Soc Trang province lies roughly between 9°14'N and 9°56'N latitude and between 105°34'E and 106°18'E longitude. It is bordered to the north west by Hậu Giang Province (meaning Hau River province). To the southwest it is bordered by Bạc Liêu Province (meaning "silver"). And to the north east it is bordered by Trà Vinh Province (meaning "honoured tea"). To the north is Vĩnh Long Province (meaning "eternal prosperity"). To the southeast is 72 km of coastline of the South China Sea. The provincial capital of Sóc Trăng province is the town which is also called Sóc Trăng. It is 231 km from Hồ Chí Minh City. The province has
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    Tochigi Prefecture

    Tochigi Prefecture

    • Country: Japan
    Tochigi Prefecture (栃木県, Tochigi-ken) is a prefecture located in the Kantō region on the island of Honshu, Japan. The capital is the city of Utsunomiya. Nikkō, whose ancient Shintō shrines and Buddhist temples UNESCO has recognized by naming them a World Heritage Site, is in this prefecture. Nikkō is approximately one hour by train from Tokyo, and approximately 35 km west of the capital Utsunomiya. Other famous parts of Tochigi include a region called Nasu known for onsen and local sake and ski resorts. The Imperial family has a villa in Nasu. Nasu-Shiobara is a major Shinkansen station. Another onsen resort is at Kinugawa Onsen. Situated among the inland prefectures of the northern part of the Kantō region, Tochigi is contiguous with Ibaraki, Gunma, Saitama, and Fukushima prefecture. The climate of Tochigi may be classified as a humid temperate zone with broad variations in temperature. Winters are arid with dry winds, while summers are humid with frequent thunderstorms. The population of Tochigi as of November 2010 is approximately 2,005,096. Located in the center of the prefecture is the largest open plain in the Kantō region. Shirane (2,578 m), Nantai (2,484 m) and Nasudake
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    Yozgat Province

    Yozgat Province

    • Country: Turkey
    Yozgat Province (Turkish: Yozgat ili) is a province in central Turkey. Its adjacent provinces are Çorum to the northwest, Kırıkkale to the west, Kırşehir to the southwest, Nevşehir to the south, Kayseri to the southeast, Sivas to the east, Tokat to the northeast, and Amasya to the north. The provincial capital is Yozgat. Yozgat province is divided into 14 districts (capital district in bold): Media related to Yozgat Province at Wikimedia Commons
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    Arkansas

    Arkansas

    • Country: United States of America
    Arkansas (/ˈɑrkənsɔː/ AR-kən-saw) is a state located in the Southern region of the United States. Its name is an Algonquian name of the Quapaw Indians. The state's diverse geography ranges from the mountainous regions of the Ozarks and the Ouachita Mountains, which make up the U.S. Interior Highlands, to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River and the Arkansas Delta. Arkansas is the 29th most extensive and the 32nd most populous of the 50 United States. The capital and most populous city is Little Rock, located in the central portion of the state. The Territory of Arkansas was admitted to the union as the 25th state on June 15, 1836. The name “Arkansas” derives from the same root as the name for the state of Kansas. The Kansa tribe of Native Americans are closely associated with the Sioux tribes of the Great Plains. The word “Arkansas” itself is a French pronunciation (“Arcansas”) of a Quapaw (a related “Kaw” tribe) word, akakaze, meaning “land of downriver people” or the Sioux word akakaze meaning “people of the south wind”. The pronunciation of Arkansas was made official by an act of the state legislature in 1881, after a dispute between two U.S. Senators from Arkansas.
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    Chuy Province

    Chuy Province

    • Country: Kyrgyzstan
    Chuy Province or Chui Province (Kyrgyz: Чүй областы, Russian: Чуйская область) is the northernmost province (oblast) of the Kyrgyz Republic. It is bounded on the north by Kazakhstan, and clockwise, Issyk Kul Province, Naryn Province, Jalal-Abad Province and Talas Province. Its administrative center is Bishkek, but from 2003 to May 2006 it was Tokmok. The main northwest part of the province is flat, a rarity in Kyrgyzstan. This is the valley of the Chu River. The valley's black soil is very fertile and is largely irrigated with water diverted from the Chu River. Agricultural production includes wheat, maize, sugar beets, potatoes, lucerne, and various vegetables and fruits. During the Soviet period, various agro-processing and other industries were established throughout the province, giving rise to a number of urban centers such as Tokmok, Kant and Kara-Balta. The population is considerably more heterogeneous than that of the other regions of the country, with many ethnic Russians, Ukrainians, Dungans, Koreans, Germans, etc. The Kyrgyz Ala-Too mountains form southern border of the province, and the northern border of Talas Province. There are many hiking and trekking routes
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    Province of Forlì-Cesena

    Province of Forlì-Cesena

    • Country: Italy
    The Province of Forlì-Cesena (Italian: Provincia di Forlì-Cesena) is a province in the Emilia–Romagna region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Forlì. It has an area of 2,377 km², and a total population slightly under 400,000. There are 30 comuni (singular: comune) in the province, see Comuni of the Province of Forlì-Cesena. As of May 31, 2005, the main comuni by population are: In clockwise order:
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    Rivers State

    Rivers State

    • Country: Nigeria
    Rivers State is one of the 36 states of Nigeria. Its capital is Port Harcourt. It is bounded on the South by the Atlantic Ocean, to the North by Imo, Abia and Anambra States, to the East by Akwa Ibom State and to the West by Bayelsa and Delta states. Rivers state is home to three main ethnic groups: Igbo, Ijaw, and Ogoni. The inland part of Rivers state consists of tropical rainforest; towards the coast the typical Niger Delta environment features many mangrove swamps. Rivers state, named after the many rivers that border its territory, was part of the Oil Rivers Protectorate from 1885 till 1893, when it became part of the Niger Coast Protectorate. In 1900 the region was merged with the chartered territories of the Royal Niger Company to form the colony of Southern Nigeria. The state was formed in 1967 with the split of the Eastern Region of Nigeria. Until 1996 the state contained the area which is now in the Bayelsa State. Rivers State is divided into twenty-three Local Government Areas (LGAs): Rivers State has one of the largest economies in Nigeria, mainly because of its crude oil. The State has two major refineries, two major seaports, airports, and various industrial estates
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    Sarandë District

    Sarandë District

    • Country: Albania
    The District of Sarandë (Albanian: Rrethi i Sarandës) is one of the thirty-six districts of Albania, found in southern Albania, in the County of Vlorë. The area of the district is 749 square kilometers. The population of the district was 48,474 (2010 estimate). According to the census of January 1993, it was 53,700. The centre of the district is the city of Sarandë. Other places include Konispol (at the border with Greece), Ksamil (a resort), Çukë, Vrinë and Butrint (an archeological site). The district consists of the following municipalities: Alongside ethnic Albanians, there is a large ethnic Greek minority. There are also few villages of Vlachs.
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    Tyumen Oblast

    Tyumen Oblast

    • Country: Russia
    Tyumen Oblast (Russian: Тюме́нская о́бласть, Tyumenskaya oblast) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast). Its administrative center is the city of Tyumen. The oblast has administrative jurisdiction over two autonomous okrugs—Khanty–Mansi Autonomous Okrug and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. Tyumen is the largest city, with over half a million inhabitants. As of 2006, it is by far the richest federal subject of Russia, with an average GDP per capita several times the national average. Population: 3,395,755 (2010 Census). There are a variety of fauna and flora in this region. In the northern part can be found ptarmigan, walrus and Arctic fox. Polar bears also occur in the extreme north; the genetic make-up of this Polar bear sub-population is genetically distinct from other circumpolar regions. Population: 3,395,755 (2010 Census); 3,264,841 (2002 Census); 3,080,621 (1989 Census). There were thirty-six recognized ethnic groups of more than two thousand persons each in Tyumen Oblast, making this one of the most multicultural oblasts in Russia. The national composition at the time of the 2010 Census was: Vital Statistics for 2011: A minor planet 2120 Tyumenia discovered in 1967 by
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    Sühbaatar Province

    Sühbaatar Province

    • Country: Mongolia
    Sükhbaatar (Mongolian: Сүхбаатар) is one of the 21 aimags of Mongolia, located in the east of the country. Its capital is Baruun-Urt. It is named after Damdin Sükhbaatar. The Baruun-Urt Airport (UUN/ZMBU) has one unpaved runway and is served by regular flights to Ulaanbaatar. The Aimag capital Baruun-Urt is geographically located wihin the Sühbaatar sum, but administrated independently. * - the aimag capital Baruun-Urt
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    Kié-Ntem Province

    Kié-Ntem Province

    • Country: Equatorial Guinea
    Kié-Ntem Province is a province of Equatorial Guinea. Its capital is Ebebiyín. Kié-Ntem Province has the following borders:
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    Macau

    Macau

    • Country: China
    Macau (Chinese: 澳門), also spelled Macao ( /məˈkaʊ/), is one of the two special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China, the other being Hong Kong. Macau lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta across from Hong Kong to the east, bordering Guangdong province to the north and facing the South China Sea to the east and south. The territory's economy is heavily dependent on gambling and tourism, but also includes manufacturing. A former Portuguese colony, Macau was administered by Portugal from the mid-16th century until 1999, when it was the last remaining European colony in China. Portuguese traders first settled in Macau in the 1550s. In 1557 Macau was rented to Portugal by the Chinese empire as a trading port. The Portuguese administered the city under Chinese authority and sovereignty until 1887, when Macau became a colony of the Portuguese empire. Sovereignty over Macau was transferred back to China on 20 December 1999. The Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration and the Basic Law of Macau stipulate that Macau operate with a high degree of autonomy until at least 2049, fifty years after the transfer. Under the policy of "one country, two systems", the PRC's
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    Manchester

    Manchester

    • Country: United Kingdom
    Manchester /ˈmæntʃɛstər/ is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England with an estimated population of 503,000 in 2011. Manchester lies within the United Kingdom's third largest urban area; the Greater Manchester Urban Area which has a population of 2.2 million. People from Manchester are known as Mancunians and the local authority is Manchester City Council. Manchester is situated in the south-central part of North West England, fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south and the Pennines to the north and east. The recorded history of Manchester began with the civilian settlement associated with the Roman fort of Mamucium, which was established in c. 79 AD on a sandstone bluff near the confluence of the rivers Medlock and Irwell. Historically, most of the city was a part of Lancashire, although areas south of the River Mersey were in Cheshire. Throughout the Middle Ages Manchester remained a manorial township, but it began to expand "at an astonishing rate" around the turn of the 19th century. Manchester's unplanned urbanisation was brought on by a boom in textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution, and resulted in it becoming the world's first
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    Santa Catarina

    Santa Catarina

    • Country: Brazil
    Santa Catarina (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈsɐ̃ta kataˈɾina] ( listen) "Saint Catherine") is a state in southern Brazil with one of the highest standards of living in Latin America and in Southern Hemisphere. Its capital is Florianópolis, which mostly lies on the Santa Catarina Island. Neighbouring states are Rio Grande do Sul to the south and Paraná to the north. It is bounded on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the west it borders the province of Misiones, Argentina. Most of its inhabitants are descendants of Portuguese, German, and Italian immigrants. The beaches along the coast of 561 kilometres (349 mi) are a great attraction for tourists visiting the smallest state of the South Region. Florianópolis, the capital, is on an island and is one of the Brazilian cities that receives the most foreign tourists. To the south, Garopaba is the preferred destination of surfers looking for good waves. In the mountain region, São Joaquim is an attraction during winter because of its low temperatures and the snow. Blumenau, in the interior of Santa Catarina, is the stage for one of the biggest events of the country: the Oktoberfest of Blumenau, a traditional beer party originated from
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    Bioko Norte Province

    Bioko Norte Province

    • Country: Equatorial Guinea
    Bioko Norte Province is the most populated province of Equatorial Guinea. Its capital is Malabo. It occupies the northern part of the island of Bioko, the remainder of which comprises Bioko Sur Province. The uninhabited island of Islote Horacio (3°45′33″N 8°54′30″E / 3.75917°N 8.90833°E / 3.75917; 8.90833) is located off the northeast coast. It contains a lighthouse.
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    Negeri Sembilan

    Negeri Sembilan

    • Country: Malaysia
    Negeri Sembilan, one of the 13 states that constitutes Malaysia, lies on the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia, just south of Kuala Lumpur and borders Selangor on the north, Pahang in the east, and Malacca and Johor to the south. The name is believed to derive from the nine districts or negara (now known as luak) settled by the Minangkabau, a people originally from West Sumatra (in present-day Indonesia). Minangkabau features are still visible today in traditional architecture and the dialect of Malay spoken. Unlike the hereditary monarchs of the other royal Malay states, the ruler of Negeri Sembilan is known as Yang di-Pertuan Besar instead of Sultan. The election of the Ruler is also unique. He is selected by the council of Undangs who lead the four biggest districts of Sungai Ujong, Jelebu, Johol, and Rembau, making it one of the more democratic monarchies. The capital of Negeri Sembilan is Seremban. The royal capital is Seri Menanti in the district of Kuala Pilah. Other important towns are Port Dickson and Nilai. The Arabic honorific title of the state is Darul Khusus ("the Special Abode"). The ethnic composition in 2005 was:Malay (497,896 or 54.96%), Chinese (220,141 or
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    French Southern Territories

    French Southern Territories

    • Country: France
    The French Southern and Antarctic Lands (French: Terres australes et antarctiques françaises, abbreviated TAAF), full name Territory of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (French: Territoire des Terres australes et antarctiques françaises), consist of: The territory is also often called the French Southern Lands (French: Terres australes françaises) or French Southern Territories, which excludes Adélie Land where French sovereignty is not recognized internationally. The lands are not connected to France Antarctique, a former French colony in Brazil. The territory has no permanent population; the population consists of military personnel, civilian officials, scientific researchers and support staff. Some of the territory's exclusive economic zone is of great importance for fishing. The French Southern and Antarctic Lands have formed a territoire d'outre-mer (an overseas territory) of France since 1955. Formerly, they were administered from Paris by an administrateur supérieur assisted by a secretary-general; since December 2004, however, their administrator has been a préfet, currently Rollon Mouchel-Blaisot, with headquarters in Saint-Pierre on Réunion Island. The territory is
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    Grevena Prefecture

    Grevena Prefecture

    • Country: Greece
    Grevena (Greek: Περιφερειακή ενότητα Γρεβενών) is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of West Macedonia. Its capital is the town of Grevena. Grevena borders the regional units of Ioannina (Epirus) to the west, Kastoria to the northwest, Kozani to the north and east, Larissa to the southeast and Trikala to the south. The Pindus mountains cover the western part of the regional unit. Other mountain ranges are Chasia in the south and Vourinos in the northeast. The longest river is Aliakmon which flows in the north and the east. The regional unit Grevena is subdivided into 2 municipalities. These are (number as in the map in the infobox): Grevena was created as a prefecture (Greek: Νομός Γρεβενών) in 1964, out of parts of the prefectures of Kozani and Larissa. As a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the regional unit Grevena was created out of the former prefecture Grevena. The prefecture had the same territory as the present regional unit. At the same time, the municipalities were reorganised, according to the table below. The region's economy relies on farming and agriculture. Wheat and legume crops (mostly chickpeas) cover most of the cultivated
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    Ranong Province

    Ranong Province

    • Country: Thailand
    Ranong (Thai ระนอง) is one of Thailand's southern provinces (changwat), located on the west coast along the Andaman Sea. It has the fewest inhabitants of any Thai provinces. Neighboring Ranong are (clockwise) Chumphon, Surat Thani and Phang Nga. To the west, it borders Kawthaung, Tanintharyi, Myanmar. Ranong is located on the Kra Isthmus, a narrow strip of land that connects Thailand with the Malay Peninsula, on the west of the Phuket mountain range. It has a long coast on the Andaman Sea. The province is known for having the highest rainfall in Thailand, the rainy season there lasting for about eight months. Its annual rainfall in 1955 totaled 6,699.5 mm, compared to about 1,200 in central Thailand. Ranong is the least populated province; 80% of its area is covered by forests, and 67% is mountainous. In former years the major industry was tin mining, but most mines are now exhausted. White clay mining (for the production of porcelain) and fishing are now the main industries, along with rubber and cashew nuts. The Ranong Biosphere Reserve in the north of Amphoe Kapoe, covering 303.09 km², was declared in 1997. It is the fourth biosphere reserve of Thailand, and the only one at the
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    Yevlakh

    Yevlakh

    • Country: Azerbaijan
    Yevlakh (Yevlax) is a rayon of Azerbaijan, and it surrounds the cities of Yevlakh and Mingachevir. Yevlakh is one of the important agricultural rayons of the country. The grain and cotton growing, as well as cattle breeding sectors have played an important role in city economy. The farmers grow potato, vegetable, water-melon and fruits, as well. Yevlakh City is also rich with natural resources like clay mixture sand deposits, as well as clay, sand and gravel deposits needed for brick making. Baku-Gazakh highway, Yevlakh-Balakan, Baku-Tbilisi railway, Baku-Supsa gas and Baku-Tbilisi-Jeyhan oil pipeline extend through the territory of the rayon. Yevlakh city also has a domestic airport.
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    Edinburgh

    Edinburgh

    • Country: United Kingdom
    Edinburgh (/ˈɛdɪnbʌrə/ ED-in-burr-ə; Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Èideann) is the capital of Scotland, the seat of the Scottish parliament and government, the largest city by area and the second largest by population in the country. The City of Edinburgh Council governs one of Scotland's 32 local government council areas. The council area includes urban Edinburgh and a 30 square miles (78 km) rural area. Located in the south-east of Scotland, Edinburgh lies on the east coast of the Central Belt, along the Firth of Forth, near the North Sea. The city was one of the historical major centres of the Enlightenment, led by the University of Edinburgh, helping to earn it the nickname Athens of the North. The Old Town and New Town districts of Edinburgh were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 in recognition of the unique character of the Medieval Old Town and the planned Georgian New Town. It covers both the Old and New Towns together with the Dean Village and the Calton Hill areas. There are over 4,500 listed buildings within the city. In May 2010, it had a total of 40 conservation areas covering 23% of the building stock and 23% of the population, the highest such ratios of any major
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    Huambo

    Huambo

    • Country: Angola
    Huambo is a province of Angola. With an area of 34,270 km it is one of the geographically smaller provinces, situated in the Central Region approximately 450 km south east of the capital, Luanda. The Province has an estimated population of 1.9 million people, approximately 15% of the national total of 15.7 million. More than half, 55%, of the population is urbanized, concentrated in Huambo city (822,000 people) and Caála municipality (239,000 people). The foundation of the Central Plateau is a vast slab of primeval crystalline rock that frequently outcrops in the form of isolated rocks or massive peaks. The most prominent peak in the province is Mt. Môco in Londuimbali, with 2,620 metres. The peak is the highest point in Angola. The headwaters of the Kunene River rise on the Central Plateau near Huambo town. Much of the soil in Huambo Province is of poor quality, and has been impoverished in many areas by overuse and erosion. However, it is generally of better quality than in the adjoining regions to the east, north and south. Striking differences can be observed between the vegetation of the highlands and the lower zone towards the coast. One characteristic feature of the coastal
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    Independencia

    Independencia

    • Country: Dominican Republic
    Independencia (Spanish pronunciation: [indepenˈdenθja]) is a province of the Dominican Republic, located in the west, on the border with Haiti. It was split from Baoruco Province in 1950. The province as of June 20, 2006 is divided into the following municipalities (municipios) and municipal districts (distritos municipales - D.M.) within the latter: The following is a sortable table of the municipalities and municipal districts, with population figures as of the 2012 census. Urban population are those living in the seats (cabeceras, literally "heads") of municipalities or of municipal districts. Rural population are those living in the districts (Secciones, literally "sections") and neighborhoods (Parajes, literally "places") outside of them. For comparison with the municipalities and municipal districts of other provinces see the list of municipalities and municipal districts of the Dominican Republic.
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    Matanzas Province

    Matanzas Province

    • Country: Cuba
    Matanzas is one of the provinces of Cuba. Major towns in the province include Cárdenas, Colón, Jovellanos and the capital of the same name, Matanzas. The resort town of Varadero is also located in this province. Of Cuba's provinces, Matanzas is one of the most industrialised, with petroleum wells, refineries, supertanker facilities, and 21 sugar mills to process the harvests of the fields of sugarcane in the province. The second largest in Cuba, Matanzas province is largely flat, with its highest point (Pan de Matanzas) at only 380m above sea level. The north-western coast is largely rocky, with a few beaches, while the north-eastern coast has numerous small cays of its coast (part of Sabana-Camaguey Archipelago), and scrubland and mangroves near the shoreline. Cuba's northern most point is located in on Hicacos Peninsula. The southern coast has one of Cuba's most distinctive features: an enormous marsh, Ciénaga de Zapata that covers both the southern part of the province and the Zapata Peninsula. East of the peninsula lies the Bay of Pigs, the site of the failed US backed invasion. From 1976 to 2010 Matanzas was sub-divided into 14 municipalities. Starting from 2011, the
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    Oruro Department

    Oruro Department

    • Country: Bolivia
    Oruro is a department in Bolivia, with an area of 53,588 km². Its capital is the city of Oruro. According to the 2001 census, the Oruri department had a population of 391,870. The department is divided into 16 provinces which are further subdivided into municipalities and cantons. The chief executive office of Bolivia departments (since May 2010) is the governor; until then, the office was called the prefect, and until 2006 the prefect was appointed by the President of Bolivia. The current governor, Santos Tito of the Movement for Socialism – Political Instrument for the Sovereignty of the Peoples, was elected on 4 April 2010. The chief legislative body of the department is the Departmental Legislative Assembly, a body also first elected on 4 April 2010. It consists of 33 members: 16 elected by each of the department's provinces; 16 elected based on proportional representation; and minority indigenous representative selected by the Uru-Chipaya people. The languages spoken in the department are mainly Spanish, Quechua and Aymara. The following table shows the number of those belonging to the recognized group of speakers.
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    West Virginia

    West Virginia

    • Country: United States of America
    West Virginia (/ˌwɛst vərˈdʒɪnjə/) is a state in the Appalachian region of the Southern United States. It is bordered by Virginia to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, Ohio to the northwest, Pennsylvania to the northeast and Maryland to the east. West Virginia is the 41st most extensive and the 37th most populous of the 50 United States. The capital and largest city is Charleston. West Virginia became a state following the Wheeling Conventions and broke away from Virginia during the American Civil War. The new state was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863, and was a key Civil War border state. West Virginia was the only state to form by seceding from a Confederate state, and was one of two states formed during the American Civil War (the other one being Nevada, which separated from Utah Territory). The Census Bureau and the Association of American Geographers classify West Virginia as part of the South. The northern panhandle extends adjacent to Pennsylvania and Ohio, with the West Virginia cities of Wheeling and Weirton just across the border from the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, while Bluefield is less than 70 miles (110 km) from North Carolina. Huntington in the
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    Central Sulawesi

    Central Sulawesi

    • Country: Indonesia
    Central Sulawesi (Indonesian Sulawesi Tengah and abbreviated as Sulteng) is a province of Indonesia located in the centre of Sulawesi. It was established on 13 April 1964. Central Sulawesi has an area of 61,841.29 km (23,877 sq mi) and is bordered by the provinces of Gorontalo to the north, West Sulawesi, South Sulawesi and South East Sulawesi to the south, by Maluku to the east, and by the Makassar Strait to the west. Central Sulawesi is divided into ten regencies and one independent city (Palu), which are listed below with their (provisional) populations at the 2010 Census. Palu is the provincial capital and the province's largest city. Other towns include Ampana, Banggai, Bungku, Buol, Donggala, Kolonodale, Luwuk, Parigi, Poso, and Toli-toli. The decennial 2010 census recorded a population of 2,633,420 for the province, of which 1,349,225 are male. The population grew an average of 1.94% annually from the previous census. Average annual population growth between 1990 and 2000 was 2.57% and 1.96% from 2000 to 2010. Morowali district, Central Sulawesi is projected to be the biggest seaweed producer in Indonesia for the near future. The seaweed farming types are glaciria. In 2010,
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    Chachoengsao Province

    Chachoengsao Province

    • Country: Thailand
    Chachoengsao (Thai ฉะเชิงเทรา (Pronunciation), Thai pronunciation: [tɕàʔ tɕɤːŋ saw]) is a province (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Samut Prakan, Bangkok, Pathum Thani and Nakhon Nayok. It also has a short coast to the Gulf of Thailand. Chachoengsao or Paet Rio is a province in the Central region. It has an old history dating back to the reign of King Borommatrailokkanat in the Ayutthaya period. People originally settled by the Bang Pakong River and along canals. “Luangpho Phuttha Sothon” is a centre of faith of the people of Paet Rio. In the past, Chachoengsao was a fourth class city under the Ministry of Defence. During the reign of King Rama I, it was attached to the Ministry of Interior, until the reign of King Rama V who changed the administration system, Chachoengsao became a city in the Prachin Buri Circle. In 1916, its status was changed from a city to a province. The west part of the province is the low river plain of the Bang Pa Kong River, which is used extensively for farming rice. To the east is hillier terrain, with an average height of more than 100 m above sea level. The
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    Chimaltenango

    Chimaltenango

    • Country: Guatemala
    Chimaltenango is a department of Guatemala. The capital is Chimaltenango. Located to the east are the departments of Guatemala, home to Guatemala City, and Sacatepéquez, while also bordered by the departments of El Quiché and Baja Verapaz to the north, Escuintla and Suchitepéquez to the south, and Sololá Department to the west. The capital of Chimaltenango is located about 54 kilometers away from Guatemala City. Population estimate for Chimaltenango Department in 2000 was 448,000 people. The majority of the people in the department are of Cakchiquel Maya descent. The department has an area of 1,979 km². In addition to the city of Chimaltenango, the department contains the towns of Santa Apolonia (known for its ceramics), San Juan Comalapa, and Patzún (known for its elaborate Corpus Christi celebrations in June). Chimaltenango is also home to the Maya civilization ruins of Iximché and Mixco Viejo, in addition to many smaller sites. There are several humanitarian aid groups that provide services in Chimaltenango. Chimaltenango is also the home of the Rose Education Foundation, a group which works to provide high quality education opportunities for native Guatemalan children. The
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    Collines

    Collines

    • Country: Benin
    Collines is one of the twelve departments of Benin. Collines was created in 1999 after the Benin government split up the former six departments of Atakora, Atlantique, Borgou, Mono, Oueme and Zou into twelve. Collinies was split from Zou. Since 2008, the capital is Savalou. The departments that border Collines are Plateau, Borgou, Zou, and Donga. The total area of Collines is 13,561 km.² . Collines is divided into the communes of Bantè, Dassa-Zoumè, Glazoué, Ouèssè, Savalou, and Savé.
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    London Borough of Camden

    London Borough of Camden

    • Country: United Kingdom
    The London Borough of Camden (English pronunciation: /ˈkæmdən/;  pronunciation (help·info)) is a borough of London, England, which forms part of Inner London. The southern reaches of Camden form part of central London. The local authority is Camden London Borough Council. The borough was created in 1965 from the former area of the metropolitan boroughs of Hampstead, Holborn, and St Pancras, which had formed part of the County of London. The borough was named after Camden Town, which had gained its name from Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden in 1795. The area is in the northern part of the city, reaching from Holborn and Bloomsbury in the south to Hampstead Heath in the north. Neighbouring areas are the City of Westminster and the City of London to the south, Brent to the west, Barnet and Haringey to the north and Islington to the east. It covers all or part of the N1, N6, N7, N19, NW1, NW2, NW3, NW5, NW6, NW8, EC1, EC2, EC4, WC1, WC2, W1 and W9 postcode areas. It contains parts of central London. Camden Town Hall is located in Judd Street near King's Cross. Camden London Borough Council was controlled by the Labour Party continuously from 1971 until the 2006 election, when the Liberal
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    North Maluku

    North Maluku

    • Country: Indonesia
    North Maluku (Indonesian: Maluku Utara) is a province of northeastern Indonesia. It covers the northern part of the Maluku Islands, which are divided between it and the province of Maluku Province, which used to cover the entire group until North Maluku was split off in 1999. The provincial capital is Sofifi, on Halmahera the largest island, but the largest population center and former capital is the island of Ternate while the largest settlement on Halmahera is Tobelo. In the sixteenth and seventeenth century, the islands of North Maluku were the original "Spice Islands". At the time, the region was the sole source of cloves. The Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, and local sultanates including Ternate and Tidore fought each other for control of the lucrative trade in these spices. Clove trees have since been transported and replanted all around the world and the demand for clove from the original spice islands has ceased, greatly reducing North Maluku's international importance. The population of North Maluku is 1,035,478 (according to the 2010 Census), making it one of the least populous provinces in Indonesia. The islands of North Maluku are mostly of volcanic origin, with the
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    Slough

    Slough

    • Country: United Kingdom
    Slough /ˈslaʊ/ is a borough and unitary authority within the ceremonial county of Royal Berkshire, England. The town straddles the A4 Bath Road (it becomes the Great West Road closer to London) and the Great Western Main Line, 22 miles (35 km) west of central London. At the 2001 census, the population of Slough was 119,070 (est. 122,000 in 2006) and the borough area was the most ethnically diverse local authority area outside London in the United Kingdom. Slough has the highest proportion of religious adherents in England. Historically, the larger part of the present-day Slough area was formerly in Buckinghamshire with a small part of the borough a part of Middlesex. Slough is home to the Slough Trading Estate, which, coupled with extensive transport links, makes it an important business centre in South East England. It is the largest industrial estate in single private ownership in Europe. The first recorded uses of the name occur as Slo in 1196, Sloo in 1336, and Le Slowe, Slowe or Slow in 1437. It first seems to have applied to a hamlet between Upton to the east and Chalvey to the west, roughly around the "Crown Crossroads" where the road to Windsor (now the A332) met the Great
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    Taraba State

    Taraba State

    • Country: Nigeria
    Taraba State is a state of Nigeria, named after the Taraba River which traverses the southern part of the state. Taraba's capital is Jalingo. The state was created out of the former Gongola State on 27 August 1991, by the military government of General Ibrahim Babangida. Taraba State is bounded in the west by Plateau and Benue States and on the east by the Cameroon. Taraba has sixteen Local Government Areas, which are governed by elected chairmen. They are as follows: Ardo Kola, Bali, Donga, Gashaka, Gassol, Ibi, Jalingo, Karim Lamido, Kurmi, Lau, Sardauna, Takum, Ussa, Wukari, Yorro, and Zing. Taraba State lies largely within the middle of Nigeria and consists of undulating landscape dotted with a few mountainous features. These includes the scenic and prominent Mambilla Plateau. The state lies largely within the tropical zone and has a vegetation of low forest in the southern part and grassland in the northern part. The Mambilla Plateau with an altitude of 1,800 meters (6000 ft) above sea level has a temperate climate all year round. Rivers Benue, Donga, Taraba and Ibi are the main rivers in the state. They rise from the Cameroonian mountains, straining almost the entire length
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    Tennessee

    Tennessee

    • Country: United States of America
    Tennessee (/tɛnɨˈsiː/) (Cherokee: ᏔᎾᏏ) is a U.S. state located in the Southeastern United States. Tennessee is the 36th most extensive and the 17th most populous of the 50 United States. Tennessee is bordered by Kentucky and Virginia to the north, North Carolina to the east, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi to the south, and Arkansas and Missouri to the west. The Appalachian Mountains dominate the eastern part of the state, and the Mississippi River forms the state's western border. Tennessee's capital and second largest city is Nashville, which has a population of 626,144. Memphis is the state's largest city, with a population of 670,902. The state of Tennessee is rooted in the Watauga Association, a 1772 frontier pact generally regarded as the first constitutional government west of the Appalachians. What is now Tennessee was initially part of North Carolina, and later part of the Southwest Territory. Tennessee was admitted to the Union as the 16th state on June 1, 1796. Tennessee was the last state to leave the Union and join the Confederacy at the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War in 1861, and the first state to be readmitted to the Union at the end of the war. Tennessee
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    Tierra del Fuego Province

    Tierra del Fuego Province

    • Country: Argentina
    Tierra del Fuego (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtjera ðel ˈfweɣo]; officially Provincia de Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur) is an Argentine province. Separated from mainland Argentina by the Strait of Magellan, it is the only Argentine province without land on the South American continent. The province is divided into four departments, with only the two on the eastern part of the Isla Grande of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago under undisputed Argentine administration. This area includes the provincial capital Ushuaia and a border with the Chilean province of Tierra del Fuego) and also includes Staten Island to the East. The other two departments are, respectively, Argentina's claims to the British-administered Falkland Islands (under their Spanish-language name, Malvinas) and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; and Argentina's claims to Antarctica which is null under the Antarctic Treaty. The province was first inhabited by indigenous people over 12,000 years ago and first discovered by a European in 1520 when spotted by Ferdinand Magellan. However, the territory remained under indigenous control until the Conquest of the Desert in the 1870s, which
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    Dabola

    Dabola

    • Country: Guinea
    Dabola is a city in central Guinea. Population 17,855(2008 est). It grew around the railway line from Conakry to Kankan and is known for the Tinkisso Falls and for its important dam. While the main line is metre gauge, the branch to Tougué is standard gauge. Development of iron ore deposits was proposed in 1994. This would require upgrading of the understrength line from the port of Conakry or a new heavy duty line to a new port at Matakan. There are also deposits of bauxite.
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    Heilongjiang

    Heilongjiang

    • Country: China
    Heilongjiang (help·info) (simplified Chinese: 黑龙江省; traditional Chinese: 黑龍江省; pinyin: Hēilóngjiāng Shěng; Postal map spelling: Heilungkiang) is a province of the People's Republic of China located in the northeastern part of the country. "Heilongjiang" literally means Black Dragon River, which is the Chinese name for the Amur. The one-character abbreviation is 黑 (pinyin: Hēi). The Manchu name of the region is Sahaliyan ula ᠰᠠᡥᠠᠯᡳᠶᠠᠨ ᡠᠯᠠ (literally, "Black River"), from which the name of Sakhalin is derived, and the Mongolian name accordingly is Qaramörin. Heilongjiang borders Jilin in the south and Inner Mongolia to the west; it also borders Russia to the north and east. The Amur River marks the border between the People's Republic of China and Russia to the north. Heilongjiang contains China's northernmost point (in Mohe County along the Amur) and easternmost point (at the junction of the Amur and Ussuri Rivers). In ancient times Heilongjiang was far from any literate civilization, and information was sparse. Ancient Chinese records and other sources state that Heilongjiang was inhabited by people such as the Buyeo, the Mohe, and the Khitan. Some names are Manchu or Mongolian.
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    Karnataka

    Karnataka

    • Country: India
    Karnataka /kɑrˈnɑːtəkə/ (Kannada: ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ) is a state in South West India. It was created on 1 November 1956, with the passage of the States Reorganisation Act and this day is annually celebrated as Karnataka Rajyotsava (Formation Day). Originally known as the State of Mysore /maɪˈsɔər/, it was renamed Karnataka in 1973. It is the land of the Kannadigas, Tuluvas, Konkanis and Kodavas. The capital and largest city is Bangalore. Karnataka is bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west, Goa to the northwest, Maharashtra to the north, Andhra Pradesh to the east, Tamil Nadu to the southeast, and Kerala to the southwest. The state covers an area of 191,976 square kilometres (74,122 sq mi), or 5.83% of the total geographical area of India. It is the eighth largest Indian state by area. With over 61 million inhabitants (2011), Karnataka is the ninth largest state by population, comprising 30 districts. Kannada is the most widely spoken and official language of the state. The two main river systems of the state are Krishna and its tributaries (Bhima, Ghataprabha, Vedavati, Malaprabha, and Tungabhadra) in the north, and the Cauvery and its tributaries (Hemavati, Shimsha, Arkavathi, Lakshmana
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    Tunis Governorate

    Tunis Governorate

    • Country: Tunisia
    Tunis Governorate (Arabic: ولاية تونس‎ Wilāyat Tūnis pronounced [ˈtuːnɪs]) the smallest and most populated of the twenty-four governorates (provinces) of Tunisia. It is situated in northern Tunisia. It covers an area of 346 square kilometres (134 sq mi) and has a population of 984,000 (2004 census). The capital is Tunis, which is the modern day city at which the ancient city/capital of the nation of Carthage was based. The Tunis Governorate is the largest industrial center in the country. Opening on the Mediterranean Sea, the governorate has a Mediterranean climate with annual rainfall reaching 470 mm. The following cities and towns are located in the Tunis Governorate:
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    La Vega

    La Vega

    • Country: Dominican Republic
    La Vega (Spanish pronunciation: [la ˈβeɣa]) is a province of the Dominican Republic. Until 1992 it included what is now Monseñor Nouel province. The province as of June 20 2006 is divided into the following municipalities (municipios) and municipal districts (distrito municipal - D.M.) within them: For comparison with the municipalities and municipal districts of other provinces see the list of municipalities and municipal districts of the Dominican Republic. The following is a sortable table of the municipalities and municipal districts with population figures as of the 2012 census. Urban population are those living in the seats (cabeceras literally heads) of municipalities or of municipal districts. Rural population are those living in the districts (Secciones literally sections) and neighborhoods (Parajes literally places) outside of them.
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    Lipetsk Oblast

    Lipetsk Oblast

    • Country: Russia
    Lipetsk Oblast (Russian: Ли́пецкая о́бласть, Lipetskaya oblast) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast) which was formed on January 6, 1954. Its administrative center is the city of Lipetsk. Population: 1,173,513 (2010 Census). Lipetsk Oblast borders with Ryazan Oblast (NE), Tambov Oblast (E), Voronezh Oblast (S), Kursk Oblast (SW), Oryol Oblast (W), and Tula Oblast (NW). The most important industrial branches are the iron processing and the mechanical engineering. The most industrialized cities are Lipetsk, the administrative center, and Yelets. The region's fuel and energy complex is represented by petroleum product marketing companies, a network of consumer gas pipelines, and a power grid. Crop cultivation and horticulture form the basis of the region's agriculture. Livestock farming specializes in cattle, pigs, goats, sheeps, and poultry. The processing industry is also well developed. As of 2011, the Head of the Administration is Oleg Korolyov. Population: 1,173,513 (2010 Census); 1,213,499 (2002 Census); 1,230,220 (1989 Census). Ethnic composition (2010): The world's first hyperboloid structure—the steel open-work lattice tower—is located in Polibino, Dankovsky District of
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    Mérida

    Mérida

    • Country: Venezuela
    Mérida (Spanish: Estado Mérida, IPA: [esˈtaðo ˈmeɾiða]) is one of the 23 states of Venezuela. The state capital is Mérida. Mérida State covers a total surface area of 11,300 km² and, in 2007, had an estimated population of 843,800. The climate is cold but in the relatively small area of Mérida state, there are usually several dramatic climatic changes that occur daily. The climate in Mérida city is between 19 °C and 20 °C, temperatures between 5 °C and 9 °C at El Bolivar Peak, or below zero when it snows and 28 °C in the El Vigía area. Its rains almost every late afternoon in January–February that is the coldest months a and in August and September it often rains at night. The vegetation is exuberant and there are many lakes and rivers, a great number of which are well stocked with trout, one of the delicacies of Mérida. The most important river in the state is the "Chama" because a large part of the water resources of Venezuela originates in the Mérida mountains. The state tree is the "Bucare" and the state flower is the "Frailejón" and in the "Coloradito" is found the tree at the highest altitude in the world. In this mountains habitat the "Oso Frontino" bear and the Condor
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    Morona-Santiago Province

    Morona-Santiago Province

    • Country: Ecuador
    Morona Santiago is a province in Ecuador. The province was established on February 24, 1954. The capital is Macas. The provincial economy is industrially unexploited to its potential due to low means of transportation. Its economy relies largely on the tourist sector of the rain forest. The national Sangay park, and indigenous town of Shuara are its main attractions. The province is divided into 12 cantons. The following table lists each with its population as of the 2001 census, its area in square kilometres (km²), and the name of the canton seat or capital.
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    British Columbia

    British Columbia

    • Country: Canada
    British Columbia /ˌbrɪtɪʃ kəˈlʌmbiə/ (B.C. or BC) (French: la Colombie-Britannique, C.-B.) is the westernmost of Canada's provinces. Its name was chosen by Queen Victoria in 1858 and, in 1871, it became the sixth province of Canada. Its Latin motto is Splendor sine occasu ("Splendour without Diminishment"). As well as being the westernmost province of Western Canada, British Columbia is also a component of the Pacific Northwest, along with the US states of Oregon and Washington. The province has strong cultural and personal ties to the Canadian Prairies and Ontario as well as to the West Coast of the United States and to Alaska and the Yukon. The capital of British Columbia is Victoria, the 15th largest metropolitan region in Canada, named for Canada's Queen at Confederation. The largest city is Vancouver, the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada, the largest in Western Canada, and the second largest in the Pacific Northwest. In 2009, British Columbia had an estimated population of 4,419,974 (about two and a half million of whom were in Greater Vancouver). The province is currently governed by the BC Liberal Party, led by Premier Christy Clark, who became leader as a result of
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    Evrytania

    Evrytania

    • Country: Greece
    Evrytania (Greek: Ευρυτανία, alternative romanization Evritania, Latin: Eurytania) is one of the regional units of Greece. It is part of the region of Central Greece. Its capital is Karpenisi (approx. 8,200 inhabitants). Evrytania is almost entirely formed of mountains, including the Tymfristos and the Panaitoliko in the south. Its rivers include the Acheloos in the west, Agrafiotis to the east, and Megdova in the east flowing down to the Ionian Sea. It is one of the least populated regional units in Greece. The area borders Aetolia-Acarnania to the west, southwest and south (west over the Acheloos river), Karditsa regional unit to the north, and Phthiotis to the east. Evrytania also features a famous skiing resort located near Karpenisi on the Tymfristos mountain. Its climate is a mixture of Mediterranean and mountainous in the western portion. Much of the area receives snow in winter and is warm during the summer months. The Greek National Road 38 from Agrinio to Lamia passes through the southern part of Evrytania and the town Karpenisi. On the border with Phthiotis, the GR-38 passes through the 1.4 km-long Tymfristos Tunnel since 2004. Evrytania dates to ancient times, the area
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    Finnmark

    Finnmark

    • Country: Norway
    Finnmark (help·info) or Finnmárku (Northern Sami) is a county in the extreme northeast of Norway. By land it borders Troms county to the west, Finland (Lapland) to the south and Russia (Murmansk Oblast) to the east, and by water, the Norwegian Sea (Atlantic Ocean) to the northwest, and the Barents Sea (Arctic Ocean) to the north and northeast. The county was formerly known as Finmarkens amt or Vardøhus amt, and since 2002, has had two official names: Finnmark (Norwegian) and Finnmárku (Sami language). It is part of the Sápmi region, which spans four countries, as well as the Barents Region, and is the largest and least populated county of Norway. Situated at the Northernmost part of continental Europe, where Norway swings eastward, Finnmark has always been an area where east meets west, in culture as well as in nature and geography. Vardø, the easternmost municipality in the country, is located farther east than St. Petersburg and Istanbul. The Norse form of the name was Finnmörk. The first element is finn(ar), the Norse name for the Sámi people. The last element is mörk which means "woodland" or "borderland". In Norse times the name was referring to any places where Sámi people
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    Guangxi

    Guangxi

    • Country: China
    Guangxi, is a province of southern China along its border with Vietnam. In 1958, it became the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (GZAR) of the People's Republic of China, a region with special privileges created specifically for the Zhuang people. Guangxi's location, in mountainous terrain in the far south of China, has placed it on the frontier of Chinese civilization throughout much of China's history. The current name "Guang" means "expanse" and has been associated with the region since the creation of Guang Prefecture in AD 226. It was given provincial level status during the Yuan Dynasty, but even into the 20th century it was considered an open, wild territory. The abbreviation of the province is "桂" (Pinyin: Guì; Zhuang: Gvei), which comes from the city of Guilin, the former capital, center of much of Guangxi's culture, politics, and history, and currently a major city in the autonomous region. Originally inhabited by a mixture of tribal groups known to the Chinese as the Hundred Yue (Baiyue), the region first became part of China during the Qin Dynasty. In 214 BC, the Han general Zhao Tuo (Vietnamese: Triệu Đà) claimed most of southern China for Qin Shihuang before the
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    Guayas

    Guayas

    • Country: Ecuador
    Guayas is a coastal province in Ecuador. It is bordered to the west by Manabí, Santa Elena, and the Pacific Ocean (as the Gulf of Guayaquil); to the east by Los Ríos, Bolívar, Chimborazo, Cañar, and Azuay; to the north by Los Ríos and Bolívar; and to the south by El Oro and the Pacific Ocean. With a population of over 3 million people, it is the most populous province in Ecuador. It is the fourth largest province in the country in terms of area. The largest city of Ecuador, Guayaquil, is located within the province. Guayas' natural terrain is very diverse. The province has no elevations, except for the Coastal Range, which starts in Guayaquil and goes to Manabí. The areas west of the Coastal Range are desertic, with an average temperature of 23°C. The areas east of the range belong to the Guayas Watershed. They are quite humid and fertile, especially in the north of the province, with an average temperature of 30°C in the humid season (December–May) and 25°C in the dry season (June–November). The most important river in the province is the Daule River, which flows from the north to join the Babahoyo River to form the Guayas river. The province is part of the largest river basin in
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    Monagas

    Monagas

    • Country: Venezuela
    Monagas State (Spanish: Estado Monagas, IPA: [esˈtaðo moˈnaɣas]) is one of the 23 states of Venezuela. Monagas State covers a total surface area of 28,900 km² and, in June 30, 2010, had an estimated population of 908,626. Monagas State is surrounded by Sucre State in the north, Anzoátegui State in the west and south, Bolívar State in the south, Delta Amacuro State in the south and east and the Paria Gulf in the northeast. The state is named after the general José Tadeo Monagas, native from this state, and his brother José Gregorio Monagas, native from the neighbor Anzoátegui State. The capital of the state is Maturín. Chaimas, Waraos, Arawacos, Caribes are some of the Indian peoples who had been living in the territory of Monagas state before the colonisation of this land by the Spaniards. The former Indian town of Uyapari (today the town of Barrancas of Orinoco) was the centre of a splendid kind of pottery admired by some European explorers as Diego de Ordaz. Scholars, who studied this pottery, gave the culture which designed it the name of Barrancoide Culture. After a probable arrival of Columbus to the coast of Monagas State during his third voyage in August 1498 many
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    Province of Reggio Calabria

    Province of Reggio Calabria

    • Country: Italy
    The Province of Reggio Calabria (Italian: Provincia di Reggio Calabria) is a province in the Calabria region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Reggio. As of 2011, it has an area of 3,183 km², and a total population of 565,000. There are 97 comuni (singular: comune) in the province, see Comuni of the Province of Reggio Calabria. The region is famous for the production of the Bergamot orange. Production mostly is limited to the Ionian coastal region of the province of Calabria in Italy, to such an extent that it is a symbol of the entire region. Most of the bergamot comes from a short stretch of land there where the temperature is favourable. It is also cultivated in Argentina, Brazil, Turkey and the US state of Georgia, but the quality of the obtained essence is not comparable with the essence produced from the bergamots of Reggio due to the argillite, limestone and alluvial deposits found there..
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    Qakh

    Qakh

    • Country: Azerbaijan
    Qakh (Azerbaijani: Qax), also Kakh or sometimes Gakh (from Russian: Гах), is a raion (district) in the north of Azerbaijan, on the border with Georgia. The area of the region occupies 1,494 km (577 sq mi) and borders Russia on the north, Georgia on the west. It also shares the internal boundaries with Zaqatala Rayon in the northwest, Yevlakh and Samukh regions in the south and Shaki region in the east. The Qakh region of Azerbaijan has a long history dating back to ancient times. Archeological excavations the area had been populated during Eneolithic, Bronze and early Iron Ages. What remains of these early inhabitants' activities indicates they engaged largely in sedentary cultivation, animal-breeding and art. According to historians, the territory of Qakh was a part of the Scythian Kingdom in the 7th century B.C. With the spread of Christianity throughout the region during the existence of Caucasian Albania, some Christian temples were built in the Qakh district. In the 8th century A.D., Qakh fell under Arab occupation. Starting from the 11th century first Oghuz Turks and later Qipchaq Turks inhabited the area, the region was incorporated into Great Seljuq Empire. Qakh was later a
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    Tarhunah

    Tarhunah

    • Country: Libya
    Tarhunah (Arabic: ترهونة‎) is one of the former districts (baladiyat) of Libya from 1983 to 1995. It is in the north of the country, in the position later (2001-2007) occupied by Tarhuna Wa Msalata District. Tarhunah was brought to international attention in the 1990s, when it was believed that an underground chemical weapons facility was being built there, following the discovery of a previous smaller above-ground facility at Rabta (Algeria?).
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    Ceredigion

    Ceredigion

    • Country: United Kingdom
    Ceredigion (Welsh pronunciation: [kɛrɛˈdɪɡjɔn]) is a county and former kingdom in mid-west Wales. As Cardiganshire (Welsh: Sir Aberteifi), it was created in 1282, and was reconstituted as a county under that name in 1996, reverting to Ceredigion a day later. In extent the current county is more or less identical to the historic county. In pre-Roman, and possibly Roman times, a part of southern Ceredigion was in the territory of the Demetae and possibly part of that of the Ordovices. According to Nennius, a 10th-century Welsh chronicler, Ceredig, son of the Welsh invader Cunedda, settled in the area in the 5th century. It remained a kingdom ruled by his descendants until it expanded and changed its name, first to Seisyllwg in the late 7th century and, after the union of Seisyllwg with the Kingdom of Dyfed, it was incorporated into Deheubarth in the mid 10th century. In 1282, Edward I of England conquered the principality of Wales and divided the area into counties. The name Cardigan was an Anglicisation of the name for the historic kingdom of Ceredigion. One of thirteen traditional counties in Wales, Cardiganshire was also a vice-county. Cardiganshire was split into the five
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    Cerkno

    Cerkno

    • Country: Slovenia
    Cerkno (Italian: Circhina, German: Kirchheim) is a small town and a municipality in the Littoral region of Slovenia. It has around 2,000 inhabitants and is the administrative centre of the Cerkno Hills. The municipality has around 5,000 people. Cerkno is a small but important local cultural center in the Goriška Region near Idrija. It is known for the Laufarija carnival, a spring festival with carved wooden masks; for the Franja Partisan Hospital (Partizanska bolnica Franja), a partisan hospital from World War II; and as a ski resort. The parish church in the town is dedicated to Saint Anne and belongs to the Diocese of Koper. The church consist of a rectangular presbytery, a wide rectangular nave, and a belfry north of the front wall. The church dates from 1714 and is attributed to the architect Gregor Maček (1682–1745). A second church in the settlement is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew. Historically, the Cerkno Hills belonged to Tolmin County. In the 16th century, the area came under Habsburg rule, and was included in the County of Gorizia and Gradisca. After the end of World War I, the area was occupied by the Italian Army, and then officially annexed to Italy in 1920. Between
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    Chiang Rai Province

    Chiang Rai Province

    • Country: Thailand
    Chiang Rai (Thai: เชียงราย [tɕʰiaŋ˧raːj˧], Northern Thai: ᨩᩭᨦᩁᩣᩭ [tɕiaŋ˦˦haːj˦˦]) is the northernmost province (changwat) of Thailand. Neighbouring provinces are (from east clockwise) Phayao, Lampang and Chiang Mai. In the north it borders Shan State of Myanmar and Bokeo of Laos. The average elevation of the province is 580 m. The north of the province belongs to the so-called Golden Triangle, at which the borders of Thailand, Laos and Burma converge - an area which was unsafe because of the drug smuggling across the borders. The Mekong river forms the boundary with Laos, the Mae Sai and Ruak River to Burma. Through the town of Chiang Rai itself, flows the 'Mae Kok' Kok River and south of it the Lao River, a tributary of the Kok. While the eastern part of the province is characterized by relatively flat river plains, the northern and western part consist of the hilly terrain of the Hills of Northern Thailand with the Khun Tan Range and the Phi Pan Nam Range in the west and the Daen Lao Range in the north. While not the highest elevation of the province, the 1389 m high Doi Tung (Flag hill) is the most important hill. The Wat Phra That Doi Tung temple on top of the hill according to
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    Essonne

    Essonne

    • Country: France
    Essonne (pronounced: [ɛ.sɔn]) is a French department in the region of Île-de-France. It is named after the Essonne River. It was formed on 1 January 1968 when Seine-et-Oise was split into smaller departments. The Essonne department was created on 1 January 1968, from the southern portion of the former department of Seine-et-Oise. In June 1963 Carrefour S.A. opened the first hypermarket in the Paris region at Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois (although the word "hypermarché" was first used only in 1966). Based on the ideas put forward by the American logistics pioneer Bernardo Trujillo, the centre offered on a single 2,500 m (26,909.78 sq ft) site a hitherto unknown combination of wide choice and low prices, supported by 400 car parking spaces. In 1969, the communes of Châteaufort and Toussus-le-Noble were separated from Essonne and added to the department of Yvelines. Essonne belongs to the region of Île-de-France. It has borders with the departments of: All of northern Essonne department belongs to the Parisian agglomeration and is very urbanized. The south remains rural. In descending order, the cities over 25,000 population are: Évry, Corbeil-Essonnes, Massy, Savigny-sur-Orge,
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    Imbabura

    Imbabura

    • Country: Ecuador
    Imbabura is a province in Ecuador. The capital is Ibarra. The people of the province speak Spanish and the Imbaburan Quechua language. Imbabura Volcano is located in the province. Best reached from the town of La Esperanza, the 4,609-meter-high mountain can be climbed in a single day. The province is divided into six cantons. The following table lists each with its population as of the 2001 census, its area in square kilometres (km²), and the name of the cantonal seat or capital. Otavalo Indigenous Market: Otavalo is a small city of about 50,000 inhabitants. It lies at 8,300 ft (2,500 m) above sea level in a spring-like valley, situated between the Imbabura volcano (15,118 ft) and the Cotacachi volcano (16,200 ft). The most famous indigenous market in Ecuador is held here. Although the market is bigger on Saturdays, you can visit it any day and find an impressive variety of all kinds of Ecuadorian handcrafts. At dawn you may see indigenous people arriving the market place from many mountain trails surrounding the city. They come from nearby villages and towns such as Peguche, Agato and Iluman, to sell their products. One may visit the workshops of these local weavers working on
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    Siem Reap Province

    Siem Reap Province

    • Country: Cambodia
    Siem Reap (Khmer: សៀមរាប, "Defeat of Siam") is a province (khaet) of Cambodia. It borders the provinces of Oddar Meanchey to the north, Preah Vihear and Kampong Thom to the east, Battambang to the south, and Banteay Meanchey to the west. Its capital and largest city is Siem Reap. Siem Reap is the 10th largest province in Cambodia. With a population of 896,309, it ranks as the 6th largest in the nation. A large portion of Siem Reap's southern border is demarcated by the Tonle Sap and as such, it is one of the nine provinces that making up the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve. In modern times the province is best known as the site of Angkor and the Angkor Wat temple ruins. The name "Siem Reap" literally means "Siam Defeated", a reminder of the centuries-old conflict between the Siamese and the Khmer. The province came under the control of the Thai kingdom of Ayutthaya and was later returned to Cambodia in 1907 after French gunboat diplomacy pressured Thai concession of the area. This area became part of a disputed territory between France and Siam (now Thailand) which led to the Franco-Thai War in 1941, resulting in victory for Thailand and a return to Thai control. The province again
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    Yevlakh

    Yevlakh

    • Country: Azerbaijan
    Yevlakh (also Avlakh, Jewlach, Evlakh) (Azeri: Yevlax) is a small city in Azerbaijan, 265 km west of capital Baku. It is surrounded by, but administratively separate from, the rayon of the same name. The city forms a distinct administrative division of Azerbaijan. The name is from an Old Turkic word meaning 'swampy place.' It was the birthplace of Pavel Florensky. Yevlakh is one of the important rayons of the country. The grain and cotton growing, as well as cattle breeding sectors have played an important role in city economy. The farmers grow potato, vegetable, water-melon and fruits, as well. Yevlakh City is also rich with natural resources like clay mixture sand deposits, as well as clay, sand and gravel deposits needed for brick making. Baku-Gazakh highway, Yevlakh-Balakan, Baku-Tbilisi railway, Baku-Supsa gas and Baku-Tbilisi-Jeyhan oil pipeline extend through the territory of the rayon. Yevlakh city also has a domestic airport.
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    Roskilde County

    Roskilde County

    • Country: Denmark
    Roskilde Amt (English: Roskilde County) is a former county (Danish: amt) on the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in eastern Denmark. The county was abolished effective January 1, 2007, when it merged into Region Sjælland (i.e. Region Zealand). Roskilde is also the name of the county's capital, and the name of a municipality (Danish: kommune). The small city of Roskilde is located 30 km west of Copenhagen. Danish kings were traditionally crowned there, in the Roskilde Cathedral. Roskilde is also home to the Viking Ship Museum, an "alternative" university, and the popular Roskilde Festival, annual music festival.
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    Monseñor Nouel

    Monseñor Nouel

    • Country: Dominican Republic
    Monseñor Nouel (Spanish pronunciation: [monseˈɲor nuˈwel]) is a province of the Dominican Republic. It was split from La Vega in 1982. It is named for Monseñor Dr. Adolfo Alejandro Nouel y Bobadilla (1862-1937), Archbishop of Santo Domingo and briefly President of the Republic in 1912-3. The province as of June 20 2006 is divided into the following municipalities (municipios) and municipal districts (distrito municipal - D.M.) within them: The following is a sortable table of the municipalities and municipal districts with population figures as of the 2012 census. Urban population are those living in the seats (cabeceras literally heads) of municipalities or of municipal districts. Rural population are those living in the districts (Secciones literally sections) and neighborhoods (Parajes literally places) outside of them. For comparison with the municipalities and municipal districts of other provinces see the list of municipalities and municipal districts of the Dominican Republic.
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    Slovenske Konjice

    Slovenske Konjice

    • Country: Slovenia
    Slovenske Konjice is a town and a municipality in northeastern Slovenia. The area was part of the traditional region of Lower Styria. The municipality is now included in the Savinja statistical region. It is the administrative and cultural centre of the Dravinja Valley. The municipality borders on the municipalities of Šmarje pri Jelšah and Šentjur pri Celju to the south, Vojnik to the west, Zreče to the northwest, Oplotnica to the north, Slovenska Bistrica to the east, and Rogaška Slatina to the southeast. It spreads over 97.8 square kilometers and has a population of 13.600. About hundred kilometers from Ljubljana, Graz or Zagreb it is easily reachable by A1 motorway nicknamed Slovenika and via the little airport near Loče. The town of Slovenske Konjice lies under the northern slopes of the Konjiška Gora mountain and winegrowing hills of Škalce. On a hill above the town to the southwest are the ruins of Konjice Castle, an extensive 12th-century castle with later additions, that was abandoned in the 18th century. Immediately above the Old square (Slovene: Stari trg) the medieval Trebnik Mansion stands. The 850-years old dense town line is a sloping square, from Trebnik manor past
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    West Java

    West Java

    • Country: Indonesia
    West Java (Indonesian: Jawa Barat; Sundanese: Jawa Kulon; acronym: Jabar), with a population of over 43 million, is the most populous and most densely populated province of Indonesia. Located on the island of Java, it is slightly smaller in area than densely populated Taiwan, but with nearly double the population. Its capital city is Bandung. The oldest human inhabitant archaeological findings in the region were unearthed in Anyer (the western coast of Java) with evidence of bronze and iron metallurgical culture dating to the first millennium AD. The prehistoric Buni culture (near present-day Bekasi) clay pottery were later developed with evidence found in Anyer to Cirebon. Artefacts (dated from 400 BC — AD 100), such as food and drink containers, were found mostly as burial gifts. There is also archaeological evidence in Batujaya Archaeological Site dating from the 2nd century and, according to Dr Tony Djubiantono, the head of Bandung Archaeology Agency, Jiwa Temple in Batujaya, Karawang, West Java was also built around this time. One of the earliest known recorded history in Indonesia is from the former Tarumanagara kingdom, where seven fourth century stones are inscribed in
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    Hsinchu County

    Hsinchu County

    • Country: Taiwan
    Hsinchu County (Chinese: 新竹縣; pinyin: Xīnzhú Xiàn) is a county in north-western Taiwan. The population of the county is mainly Hakka; there is a Taiwanese aboriginal minority in the southeastern part of the county. Zhubei is the capital of Hsinchu, where the government office and county office is located. Hsinchu is where most of the industrial factory and office of computer related companies are located, most known as Hsinchu Technology Zone in Taiwan. Also known as Chinese: 新竹科學園區; pinyin: Xīnzhú kēxuéyuán qū, literally "Hsinchu technology zone". See also: Administrative divisions of the Republic of China Hsinchu County controls one county-controlled city, three urban townships, and nine rural townships. They are:
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    Bagerhat District

    Bagerhat District

    • Country: Bangladesh
    Bagerhat District (Bengali: বাগেরহাট জেলা) is a district in South-western Bangladesh. It is a part of the Khulna Division. Bagerhat district has a total area of 3959.11 square kilometres. It is bounded by Gopalganj District and Narail District on the north, The Bay of Bengal on the south, Gopalganj District, Pirojpur District and Barguna District on the east and Khulna District on the west. Main rivers of the district are Panguchi, Daratana, Madhumati River, Pasur River, Haringhata, Mongla River, Baleswar, Bangra and Goshairkhali. Now it is the 4th largest city in Bangladesh One of the two ports of Bangaldesh,Mangla, is here. Rampal and Fakirhat, two upazilla of Bagerhat is known as Qwait of Bangladesh due to its huge production of shrimp and earning a lot of foreign exchange.(55%) Bagerhat is divided into 9 upazilas, 77 union parishads, 1031 villages, 687 mouzas, 3 municipalities, 27 wards and 56 mahallas. The upazilas are: Administrator of Zila Porishod: Sheikh Kamruzzaman (Tuku) Deputy Commissioner (DC): Md. Akram Hossain Bagerhat is the terminus of a branch railway from Khulna on the broad gauge system of Bangladesh Railways. The best way to go to Bagerhat from Dhaka is to
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    Gabrovo Province

    Gabrovo Province

    • Country: Bulgaria
    Gabrovo Province (Bulgarian: Област Габрово (Oblast Gabrovo), former name Gabrovo okrug) is a small province lying at the geographical centre of Bulgaria. It is named after its main town - Gabrovo. In 2009 the total population of the area is 130,001. The Gabrovo province (oбласт, oblast) contains four municipalities (singular: oбщина, obshtina - plural: oбщини, obshtini). The following table shows the names of each municipality in English and Cyrillic, the main town (in bold) or village, and the population of each as of 2009. The Gabrovo province had a population of 144,150 (144,125 also given) according to a 2001 census, of which 48.4% were male and 51.6% were female. As of the end of 2009, the population of the province, announced by the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute, numbered 130,001 of which 30.4% are inhabitants aged over 60 years. The following table represents the change of the population in the province after World War II: Religious adherence in the province according to 2001 census: Gabrovo is the main city of the Province of Gabrovo. Long known for producing leather articles and textiles that earned the town the sobriquet of the “Manchester of Bulgaria”,
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    Galaţi County

    Galaţi County

    • Country: Romania
    Galaţi (Romanian pronunciation: [ɡaˈlat͡sʲ]) is a county (judeţ) of Romania, in Moldavia region, with the capital city at Galaţi. Historically Galați is part of Moldavia. In 1858, it was represented by Alexandru Ioan Cuza at the ad hoc Divan at Iași, in the wake of the Crimean War. Prior to 1938 what is now eastern Galați was the separate county of Covurlui (Județul Covurlui). From 1938 to 1945 Galați was part of Ţinutul Dunării (Megacounty Dunării). In 2011, it had a population of 507,402 and the population density was 113.61/km. This county has a total area of 4,466 km. The county lies on a low plain, between the Prut River in the East, the Siret River in the West and South-West. They both flow into the Danube which forms the border with Tulcea County in the South-East. Due to the relief, the majority of the population in the rural areas work in agriculture. Fishing is another profitable occupation along the Danube and the Siret River. Galaţi is Romania's second harbour after Constanţa, the navigable channel on the Danube allowing the passage of large ships. In Galaţi there exist the biggest metallurgical complex in Romania – the Mittal-Sidex Complex. Also the second biggest
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    Granma Province

    Granma Province

    • Country: Cuba
    Granma is one of the provinces of Cuba. Its capital is Bayamo. Other towns include Manzanillo (a port on the Gulf of Guacanayabo) and Pilón. The province was named after the yacht Granma, used by Che Guevara and Fidel Castro to land in Cuba with 82 guerrillas in 1956; until 1976 it was part of the larger "Oriente Province". The American who sold them the secondhand yacht in Mexico apparently had named it "Granma" ("Granma", more usually "Grandma", is an affectionate term for a grandmother) after his grandmother and so the name of this vessel became an icon for Cuban communism. The province is full of reminders of the Cuban Revolution, and the Cuban Wars of Independence, plaques in the mountain commemorating the 1959 struggle against Fulgencio Batista. Also unmarked, although there are archaeological digs, are the sites of several palenques, the fortified hamlets of escaped slaves. In 2005 Hurricane Dennis destroyed the site of Castro's headquarters at La Plata. There are numerous abandoned gold, silver, and manganese mine sites. The main source of revenue comes from coffee that is grown in the mountainous regions of the province. During the coffee harvest there may be roadblocks,
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    Mayenne

    Mayenne

    • Country: France
    Mayenne (French pronunciation: [majɛn]) is a department in northwest France named after the Mayenne River. Mayenne is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. The northern two thirds correspond to the western part of the former province of Maine. The southern third of Mayenne corresponds to the northern portion of the old province of Anjou. After the Coalition's victory at Waterloo, between June 1815 and November 1818, Mayenne was occupied by Prussian troops. Mayenne is part of the current region of Pays de la Loire and is surrounded by the departments of Manche, Orne, Sarthe, Maine-et-Loire, and Ille-et-Vilaine. The inhabitants of the department are called Mayennais.
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    Azuay

    Azuay

    • Country: Ecuador
    Azuay is a province of Ecuador, created 25 June 1824. It encompasses an area of 7,998 square kilometres (3,088 sq mi). Its capital is Cuenca. It is located in the south center of Ecuador in the highlands. Its mountains reach 4,500 m (14,800 ft) above sea level in the national park of El Cajas. Azuay is located on the Panamerican Highway. Cuenca is connected by national flights from Quito and Guayaquil. It sports the largest hydroelectric plant of the country, situated on the river Paute. The province is divided into 15 cantons. The following table lists each with its population as of the 2001 census, its area in square kilometres (km), and the name of the canton seat or capital.
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    Gornji Grad

    Gornji Grad

    • Country: Slovenia
    Gornji Grad (German: Oberburg in Steiermark) is the largest settlement and the centre of the Municipality of Gornji Grad in Slovenia. It lies on the Dreta River at the foothills of the Savinja Alps. Traditionally it belonged to the region of Styria and is now included in the Savinja statistical region. Gornji Grad has a rich history. In 1140 a Benedictine monastery was built in the settlement. In the 15th century it became the summer residence of the Bishops of Ljubljana. The Baroque parish church in the settlement is dedicated to Saints Hermagoras and Fortunatus. It is a large church with a dome over its transept. It contains 18th-century altar paintings and the tombs of the first bishops of Ljubljana.
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    Province of Bari

    Province of Bari

    • Country: Italy
    The Province of Bari (Italian: Provincia di Bari) is a province in the Apulia (or Puglia) region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Bari. It has an area of 5,138 km (1,984 sq mi), and a total population of 1,594,109 (2005). There are 48 comuni (singular: comune) in the province, see Comuni of the Province of Bari. However, in the year 2009 the new Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani will be created, taking with it seven of these comuni with a total population of 346,025. (The other three comuni of the new province will come from the Province of Foggia.) This would leave the remaining Province of Bari with 41 comuni and an adjusted population of 1,248,084 as of the 2005 census. .
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    Addis Ababa

    Addis Ababa

    • Country: Ethiopia
    Addis Ababa (sometimes spelled Addis Abeba, the spelling used by the official Ethiopian Mapping Authority) is the capital city of Ethiopia. (In Ethiopian languages: Amharic, Addis Abäba [adis aβəβa] "new flower"; Oromo, Finfinne; Ge'ez አዲስ አበባ) It is the largest city in Ethiopia, with a population of 3,384,569 according to the 2007 population census. This datum has been increased from the originally published 2,738,248 figure and appears possibly largely underestimated still. As a chartered city (ras gez astedader), Addis Ababa has the status of both a city and a state. It is where the African Union and its predecessor the OAU are based. It also hosts the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and numerous other continental and international organizations. Addis Ababa is therefore often referred to as "the political capital of Africa", due to its historical, diplomatic and political significance for the continent. The city is populated by people from different regions of Ethiopia – the country has as many as 80 nationalities speaking 80 languages and belonging to a wide variety of religious communities. It is home to Addis Ababa University. The
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    Bioko Sur Province

    Bioko Sur Province

    • Country: Equatorial Guinea
    Bioko Sur Province is a province of Equatorial Guinea. Its capital is Luba. It occupies the southern part of the island of Bioko, the remnant of which comprises Bioko Norte Province.
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    Greater Accra Region

    Greater Accra Region

    • Country: Ghana
    The Greater Accra Region is the smallest of Ghana's 10 administrative regions in terms of area, occupying a total land surface of 3,245 square kilometres or 1.4 per cent of the total land area of Ghana. In terms of population, however, it is the second most populated region, after the Ashanti Region, with a population of 2,905,726 in 2000, accounting for 15.4 per cent of Ghana’s total population. The Greater Accra region also harbors the seat of government in the capital city of Accra. In 1960, Greater Accra, then referred to as Accra Capital District, was geographically and legally part of the Eastern Region. It was, however, administered separately by the Minister responsible for local government. With effect from 23 July 1982, Greater Accra was created by the Greater Accra Region Law (PNDCL 26) as a legally separate region to include the Ada local council area. The Greater Accra region is bordered on the north by the Eastern Region, on the east by the Volta Region, on the south by the Gulf of Guinea, and on the west by the Central Region. It is smallest region in the country in total area, and is made up of 10 districts. The center of population of the Greater Accra region is
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    Kecskemét

    Kecskemét

    Kecskemét (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈkɛtʃkɛmeːt]) is a city in the central part of Hungary. It is the 8th largest city in the country, and the county seat of Bács-Kiskun. Kecskemét lies halfway between the capital Budapest and the country's third-largest city, Szeged, 86 kilometres from both of them and almost equal distance from the two big rivers of the country, the Danube and the Tisza. It is the northern of two centres of the Hungarian Southern Great Plain (Hungarian: Del-Alföld) region (comprising the three counties Bács-Kiskun, Békés and Csongrád); the southern centre is Szeged, the seat of Csongrád county. The name of the city stems from the Hungarian word kecske, meaning "goat". Kecskemét was established at the meeting point of a large sandy region and a sandy yellow soil; its altitude is 120 meters above sea level. The territory west of the city is covered by wind-blown sand, characterized by the almost parallel northern-southern sand dunes and the plain between them. At the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th centuries, the pastures had become depleted. Overgrazing by cattle had destroyed the natural vegetation cover, and the movement of sand seriously
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    Kütahya Province

    Kütahya Province

    • Country: Turkey
    Kütahya Province (Turkish: Kütahya ili) is a province in the Aegean region of Turkey. It is 11,889 km² in size, and the population is 590,496 (2010 est). In 1990, Kütahya had a population of 578,020. Kütahya province is divided into 13 districts (capital district in bold):
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    London Borough of Harrow

    London Borough of Harrow

    • Country: United Kingdom
    The London Borough of Harrow (/ˈhæroʊ/) is a London borough of north-west London, England. It borders Hertfordshire to the north and other London boroughs: Hillingdon to the west, Ealing to the south, Brent to the south-east and Barnet to the east. The town was formed in 1934 as an urban district of Middlesex by the Middlesex Review Order 1934, as a merger of the former area of Harrow on the Hill Urban District, Hendon Rural District and Wealdstone Urban District. The local authority was Harrow Urban District Council. The urban district gained the status of municipal borough on 4 May 1954 and the urban district council became Harrow Borough Council. The 50th anniversary of the incorporation as a borough was celebrated in April 2004, which included a visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 1965 the municipal borough was abolished and its former area was transferred to Greater London from Middlesex under the London Government Act 1963 to form the London Borough of Harrow. It is uniquely the only London borough to replicate exactly the unchanged boundaries of a single former district. This was probably because its population was large enough. According to the 1961 census it had a
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    Norrbotten County

    Norrbotten County

    • Country: Sweden
    Norrbotten County (Norrbottens län) is the northernmost county or län of Sweden. It borders Västerbotten County to the southwest, the Gulf of Bothnia to the southeast. It also borders the counties of Nordland and Troms in Norway to the northwest, and Lapland Province in Finland to the northeast. The name "Norrbotten" is also used for a province of the same name. Norrbotten province covers only the eastern part of Norrbotten County—the inland mostly belongs to the Swedish Lapland (Lappland) province. Norrbotten County exists on provinces of Norrbotten and about ⅔ of Swedish Lapland. Norrbotten County covers almost ¼ of Sweden's surface, but is sparsely inhabited. This is especially true for inland part of Lapland. The climate is generally harsh, which is not surprising considering its northern location. However, the long summer days allow crops to ripen within 2–3 months, and various grains are commonly grown and make up an important part of the industry. Besides grains, potatoes and turnips are also grown. The most important plant is however grass, used as hay for the livestock. Major rivers in Norrbotten County (north–south) include the Torne River, Lule River, Kalix River, and
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    Qashqadaryo Province

    Qashqadaryo Province

    • Country: Uzbekistan
    Qashqadaryo Province (Uzbek: Qashqadaryo viloyati, Қашқадарё вилояти), (old spelling Kashkadarya Province) is a viloyat (province) of Uzbekistan, located in the southern part of the country in the basin of the Qashqadaryo River and the western slopes of the Pamir Mountains. It borders with Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, Samarqand Province, Buxoro Province and Surxondaryo Province. It covers an area of 28,400 km². The population is estimated to be around 2,067,000 (2007), with some 73% living in rural areas. The provincial capital is Karshi (Qarshi) (pop est 177,000 inhabitants). Other major towns include Beshkent, Chiroqchi (Chirakchi), Dehkanabad (Dehqonobod), Guzar (G‘uzor), Kitob, Koson, Myrishkor, Muborak, Kamashi (Qamashi), Shahrisabz, Shurbazar, Tollimarjon (Talimardzhan), and Yakkabog. Qashqadaryo Province is currently (As of 2009) divided into thirteen administrative districts. Latinization of district names is in accordance with the official Uzbekistan governmental website. The climate is a typically arid continental climate and partly semi-tropical. Natural resources include significant petroleum and natural gas reserves, with the Mubarekh Oil and Gas Processing Plant as the
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    Sinop Province

    Sinop Province

    • Country: Turkey
    Sinop Province (Turkish: Sinop ili ; Greek: Σινώπη, Sinopi) is a province of Turkey, along the Black Sea. It is located between 41 and 42 degrees North latitude and between 34 and 35 degrees East longitude. The surface area is 5,862 km², equivalent to 0.8% of Turkey's surface area. The borders total 475 km and consists of 300 km of land and 175 km seaside borders. Its adjacent provinces are Kastamonu on the west, Çorum on the south, and Samsun on the southeast. The provincial capital is the city of Sinop. Kızılırmak, Gökırmak, Sarsak çay, Karasu, Ayancık Suyu, Tepeçay, Çakıroğlu, Kanlıdere Sülüklü, Sarıkum Sinop province is divided into 9 districts (capital district in bold):
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    Tropojë District

    Tropojë District

    • Country: Albania
    The District of Tropoja (Albanian: Rrethi i Tropojës) is one of the thirty-six districts of Albania, part of Kukës County. It has a population of 16,260 (2010 estimate), and an area of 1,043 km². It is in the north of the country, and its capital is Bajram Curri. The area is also known for its massive chestnuts forests and the Valbonë river, as well a rich folk culture. The district consists of the following communes: Within Albania, the Tropoja district has had a long reputation as one of the wildest and most conservative regions in Albania, virtually out of control of every government in Tirana, whether royalist, communist, or republican. The Government of Canada currently advises against non-essential travel to the district of Tropoja and the city of Bajram Curri, where police assistance and protection is limited [1]. The Government of Australia advises travelers to reconsider travel to the north-east region including the cities of Bajram Curri and Tropoje because of the risk of criminal violence and unexploded ordnance along the Albania-Kosovo border [2]. The UK government has issued a similar warning to travelers advising against all travel to the north east border areas (the
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    Lovech Province

    Lovech Province

    • Country: Bulgaria
    Lovech Province (Bulgarian: Област Ловеч, transliterated Oblast Lovech, former name Lovech okrug) is one of the 28 provinces of Bulgaria, lying at the northern centre of the country. It is named after its main city - Lovech. As of December 2009, the population of the area is 151,153. The Lovech province (област, oblast) contains eight municipalities (singular: oбщина, obshtina - plural: общини, obshtini). The following table shows the names of each municipality in English and Cyrillic, the main town or village (in bold), and the population as of December 2009. The Lovech province had a population of 169,951 according to a 2001 census, of which 49.1% were male and 50.9% were female. As of the end of 2009, the population of the province, announced by the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute, numbered 151,153 of which 29.4% are inhabitants aged over 60 years. The following table represents the change of the population in the province after World War II: Religious adherence in the province according to 2001 census: In the 2001 census, 168,307 people identified one of the following as their mother tongue (with percentage of total population): 154,157 Bulgarian (90.7%), 6,994
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    Nanumanga

    Nanumanga

    • Country: Tuvalu
    Nanumanga or Nanumaga is a reef island and a district of the Oceanian island nation of Tuvalu. It has a surface area of about 3 km². On May 9, 1824 a French government expedition under Captain Louis Isidor Duprerrey of the ship Coquille sighted Nanumaga. Louis Becke, who later became a writer, working with the Liverpool firm of John S. de Wolf and Co. on Nanumanga from about April 1880 until the trading-station was destroyed later that year in a cyclone. Becke later wrote The Rangers of the Tia Kau that describes a shark attack at the Tia Kau reef between Nanumea and Nanumanga. The population of Nanumaga from 1860-1900 is estimated to be between 300 to 335 people. In 1986 it became a centre of debate by Pacific archaeologists who discovered the submerged Caves of Nanumanga, which found the remains of fire created by pre-historic inhabitants. There are three lagoons, the largest, Vaiatoa, having four islands. There are mangrove woods and dry vegetation. The island has an oval outline, with the longer axis oriented north-south. A fringing reef surrounds the whole island, which makes local fishing and transport into and out of the island difficult. At the 2002 census the population of
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    Prey Veng Province

    Prey Veng Province

    • Country: Cambodia
    Prey Veng (Khmer: ខេត្តព្រៃវែង, IPA: [prɨj ʋɛːŋ] "grand forest" or "long forest") is a province (khaet) of Cambodia. The capital is Prey Veng town. In 2008 it had a total population of 947,357 people. This densely populated agricultural region is located on the east bank of the Mekong. The name literally means "long forest" in khmer, but the last great forests have gradually disappeared there over 30 years to provide for agricultural land. In early Christian era, the province was a major center of the kingdom of Fu-nan, between economic and political capitals of the country what were Oc Eo (now in the Vietnamese province of An Giang) and Angkor Borey (in the Cambodian province of Takeo). However, with the advent of Chen-la, the hub of the kingdom moved farther west, to Koh Ker and Angkor and the region lost its importance. In the 15th century, the Khmer emperors, under threat from the Siamese (former name of people of current Thailand) decided to resettle back to the east, to Oudong, Lovek then Phnom Penh. Prey Veng did favor them as it was too close to another danger, namely the Annam. Neverless they formed an army at Ba Phnom in 1473 to defend against an invasion of Siam. Under
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    Vermont

    Vermont

    • Country: United States of America
    Vermont /vɜrˈmɒnt/ is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Vermont is the 6th least extensive and the 2nd least populous of the 50 United States. It is the only New England state not bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Lake Champlain forms half of Vermont's western border, which it shares with the state of New York. The Green Mountains are within the state. Vermont is bordered by Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. Originally inhabited by two major Native American tribes (the Algonquian-speaking Abenaki and the Iroquois), much of the territory that is now Vermont was claimed by France during its early colonial period. France ceded the territory to the Kingdom of Great Britain after being defeated in 1763 in the Seven Years' War (also called the French and Indian War). For many years, the nearby colonies, especially New Hampshire and New York, disputed control of the area (then called the New Hampshire Grants). Settlers who held land titles granted by these colonies were opposed by the Green Mountain Boys militia, which eventually prevailed in creating an independent
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    Uttarakhand

    Uttarakhand

    • Country: India
    Uttarakhand/ˌʉtərɑː khənd/, formerly Uttaranchal, is a state in the northern part of India. It is often referred to as the "Land of the gods" due to the many holy Hindu temples and pilgrimage centres found throughout the state. Known for its natural beauty of the Himalayas, the Bhabhar and the Terai, the state was carved out of the Himalayan and adjoining northwestern districts of Uttar Pradesh on 9 November 2000, becoming the 27th state of the Republic of India. It borders the Tibet Autonomous Region on the north; the Mahakali Zone of the Far-Western Region, Nepal on the east; and the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh to the south and Himachal Pradesh to the northwest. The state is divided into two divisions, Kumaon and Garhwal, with a total of 13 districts. The provisional capital of Uttarakhand is Dehradun, which is also a railhead and the largest city in the region. The high court of the state is in Nainital. Archaeological evidence support the existence of humans in the region since prehistoric times. Among the first major dynasties of Garhwal and Kumaon were the Kunindas in the 2nd century BCE who practised an early form of Shaivism. Ashokan edicts at Kalsi show the early
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    Vratsa Province

    Vratsa Province

    • Country: Bulgaria
    Vratsa Province (Bulgarian: Област Враца (Oblast Vratsa), former name Vratsa okrug) is a Bulgarian province located in the northwestern part of the country, between Danube river in the north and Stara Planina mountain in the south. It is named after its main town - Vratsa. As of December 2009, the province has a population of 196,829 inhabitants, on territory of 3,619.7 km². The Vratsa Province contains ten municipalities (singular: oбщина, obshtina - plural: oбщини, obshtini). The following table shows the names of each municipality in English and Cyrillic, the main town (in bold) or village, and the population of each as of December 2009. The Vratsa province had a population of 243,036 according to a 2001 census, of which 49.1% were male and 50.9% were female. As of the end of 2009, the population of the province, announced by the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute, numbered 196,829 of which 27.2% are inhabitants aged over 60 years. The following table represents the change of the population in the province after World War II: Religious adherence in the province according to 2001 census: The regional road system consists of 1277 km of the republican road system.
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    Caerphilly

    Caerphilly

    • Country: United Kingdom
    Caerphilly (Welsh: Caerffili) is a county borough in southern Wales, straddling the ancient county boundary between Glamorgan and Monmouthshire. Its main town is Caerphilly, and also the largest. Other towns in the county borough are Bedwas, Risca, Ystrad Mynach, Newbridge, Blackwood, Bargoed, New Tredegar and Rhymney. The county borough was formed on 1 April 1996 by the merger of the Rhymney Valley district of Mid Glamorgan with the Islwyn borough of Gwent. The region is governed by Caerphilly County Borough Council. Secondary schools in Caerphilly County Borough:
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    Pamplemousses

    Pamplemousses

    • Country: Mauritius
    Pamplemousses is a district of Mauritius, located in the north west of the island, and is one of the most densely populated parts of the island. The name of the district comes from the French word for grapefruits. The district has an area of 178.7 km and the population estimate was at 138,339 as at 31st December 2010. The district hosts the SSR botanical garden, or Jardin Botanique Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, renamed in 1988 in honor of the first prime minister of Mauritius. The garden was first constructed by Pierre Poivre (1719–1786) in 1770. The area is 25 hectares. The garden features spices, ebonies, sugar canes and many more. It also features lotuses as well as 85 varieties of palms from Central America, Asia, Africa and the islands around the Indian Ocean. The Pamplemousses District include different regions; however, some regions are further divided into different suburbs.
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    Plaines Wilhems

    Plaines Wilhems

    • Country: Mauritius
    Plaines Wilhems is one of the most important districts in Mauritius. It has most of the major towns of the country, like Quatre-Bornes, Vacoas-Phœnix, Rose Hill etc. It is divided into Upper Plaine Wilhems (capital Curepipe) and Vacoas-Phœnix and Lower Plaine Wilhems (capital Rose-Hill). It is also one of the two landlocked districts in Mauritius. Towns of Plaines Wilhems: Municipalities:
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    Sharjah

    Sharjah

    • Country: United Arab Emirates
    Sharjah (/ˈʃɑrdʒə/; Arabic: الشارقة‎ Aڑ ٹāriqah) is one of the emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The emirate covers 2,600 km² (1,003 mi²) and has a population of over 800,000 (2008). The emirate of Sharjah comprises the city of Sharjah (the seat of the emirate), and other minor towns and enclaves such as Kalba, Dibba Al-Hisn and Khor Fakkan. The emirate is a constitutional monarchy of the Al Qasimi dynasty. It has been ruled by Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi since 1972. Human settlement in Sharjah has existed for over 5000 years. Historically the emirate was one of the wealthiest towns in the region. Around 1727 the Al Qasimi clan took control of Sharjah and declared the polity independent. On 8 January 1820, Sheikh Sultan I bin Saqr Al Qasimi signed the General Maritime Treaty with Britain, accepting protectorate status in order to resist Ottoman domination. Like four of its neighbours, Ajman, Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah, and Umm al-Qaiwain, its position along trade routes to India made it important enough to be recognized as a salute state. On 2 December 1971, Sheikh Khalid III bin Muhammad Al Qasimi (Sheikh Khalid III) joined Sharjah to the United Arab Emirates. In 1972 the
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    County Westmeath

    County Westmeath

    • Country: Ireland
    County Westmeath (/wɛstˈmiːð/; Irish: Contae na hIarmhí) is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Midlands Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the ancient kingdom of Meath (Old Irish: Mide) following the division of the kingdom. Westmeath County Council is the local authority for the county. The population of the county is 86,164 according to the 2011 census. Westmeath is the 20th largest of Ireland's 32 counties by area and the 22nd largest in terms of population. It is the sixth largest of Leinster’s 12 counties in size and eighth largest in terms of population. It was named after the historic kingdom and province of Meath, of which the county was the most western part. Westmeath was shired under The Counties of Meath and Westmeath Act of 1543. The Hill of Uisneach in the barony of Moycashel is sometimes regarded as the notional geographical centre of Ireland although the actual geographic centre of Ireland lies in neighbouring County Roscommon. The head office of Westmeath County Council is located in Mullingar. There are currently 22 councillors. The five electoral areas of Westmeath are Athlone (7 seats), Coole (3 seats), Kilbeggan (3
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    São Paulo

    São Paulo

    • Country: Brazil
    São Paulo (Portuguese pronunciation: [sɐ̃w ˈpawlu] ( listen)) is a state in Brazil. It is the major industrial and economic powerhouse of the Brazilian economy. Named after Saint Paul, São Paulo has the largest population, industrial complex, and economic production in the country. It is the richest state in Brazil. The capital, São Paulo, is also the largest city in South America (and the Southern Hemisphere). Often dubbed the "locomotive of Brazil", the state alone is responsible for 33.9% of the Brazilian GDP, being the state with the highest GDP. In addition to increased GDP, São Paulo also has the third highest Human Development Index, the second highest GDP per capita, the second lowest infant mortality rate and the fourth lowest rate of illiteracy among the states of Brazil. With over 40 million inhabitants, São Paulo is the most populous state in Brazil and the third most populous political unit of South America, only surpassed by that country and Colombia, ahead of all other South American countries. São Paulo's capital city is ranked seventh among the largest cities on the planet and its metropolitan area, with 19,223,897 inhabitants, is also the 7th biggest in the
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    Cibitoke Province

    Cibitoke Province

    • Country: Burundi
    Cibitoke is one of the 17 provinces of Republic of Burundi. It is divided administratively into the following communes:
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    City of Wakefield

    City of Wakefield

    • Country: United Kingdom
    The City of Wakefield ( /ˈweɪkfiːld/) is a local government district in West Yorkshire, England, with the status of a city and metropolitan borough.Wakefield is the district's administrative centre. The district includes the "Five Towns" of Normanton, Pontefract, Featherstone, Castleford and Knottingley. Other towns include Ossett, Hemsworth, South Kirkby & Moorthorpe and South Elmsall. The City and borough are governed by Wakefield Metropolitan District Council. Wakefield lies between Leeds and Sheffield and is ranked as the 89th largest city in the European Union. In 2010, Wakefield was named as the UK's third 'most musical' City by PRS for Music. In recent years, the economic and physical condition of several of the former mining towns and villages in Wakefield District have started to improve due to the booming economy of Leeds - and an increase in numbers of commuters to the city from the sub-region - and a recognition of undeveloped assets. For instance Castleford, to the North East of Wakefield is seeing extensive development and investment because of the natural asset of its outlook on to the River Aire, its easy access to the national motorway network and the availability
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    Denbighshire

    Denbighshire

    • Country: United Kingdom
    Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych) is a county in north-east Wales. It is named after the historic county of Denbighshire, but has substantially different borders. Denbighshire has the distinction of being the oldest inhabited part of Wales. Pontnewydd (Bontnewydd-Llanelwy) Palaeolithic site has remains of Neanderthals from 225,000 years ago. There are several castles in the region- Denbigh Castle, Rhuddlan Castle, Ruthin Castle, Castell Dinas Bran and Bodelwyddan Castle. The present principal area was formed on 1 April 1996, under the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994, from various parts of the county of Clwyd. It included the district of Rhuddlan (which was formed in 1974 entirely from Flintshire), the communities of Trefnant and Cefn Meiriadog from the district of Colwyn (which was entirely Denbighshire) and most of the Glyndŵr district. The part of the Glyndŵr district included the entirety of the former Edeyrnion Rural District, which was part of the administrative county of Merionethshire prior to 1974 – which covered the parishes of Betws Gwerfil Goch, Corwen, Gwyddelwern, Llangar, Llandrillo yn Edeirnion and Llansanffraid. Other principal areas containing part of historic
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    Dikhil Region

    Dikhil Region

    • Country: Djibouti
    The Dikhil Region is a region in southern Djibouti. During the Middle Ages, the Dikhil Region was ruled by the Ifat Sultanate and the Adal Sultanate. It later formed a part of the French Somaliland protectorate in the first half of the 20th century. The Region is bordered by the Tadjoura Region to the northwest, the Arta Region to the northeast, the Ali Sabieh Region to the east, and Ethiopia to the west and south. Prior to the creation of the Arta Region in 2003, the Dikhil Region also had a border with the Djibouti Region and Gulf of Tadjoura. The Dikhil Region includes part of Lake Abbe. It also contains Lake Laitali, Lake Gummare and Lake Bario, all of which drain into Lake Abbe and are situated along the Dikhil-Ethiopia border. The Dikhil Region's capital is the town of Dikhil. According to the 2009 Census, the local population consists of 88,948 individuals, 41,552 of whom are nomads.
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    Entre Ríos Province

    Entre Ríos Province

    • Country: Argentina
    Entre Ríos (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈentɾe ˈri.os], Between Rivers) is a northeastern province of Argentina, located in the Mesopotamia region. It borders the provinces of Buenos Aires (south), Corrientes (north) and Santa Fe (west), and Uruguay in the east. Its capital is Paraná (250,000 inhabitants), which lies on the Paraná River, opposite the city of Santa Fe. Together with Córdoba and Santa Fe, since 1999, the province is part of the economic-political association known as the Center Region. The first inhabitants of the area that is now Entre Ríos were the Guaraní, Charrúa and Chaná, who each occupied separate parts of the region. Spaniards entered in 1520, when Rodríguez Serrano ventured up the Uruguay River searching for the Pacific Ocean. The first permanent Spanish settlement was erected in the current La Paz Department at the end of the 16th century. As governor of Asunción first and then of Buenos Aires, Hernandarias conducted expeditions to Entre Ríos unexplored lands. Juan de Garay, after founding Santa Fe, explored this area, which he called la otra banda ("the other bank"). However, the region remained entirely indigenous and uninhabited by Europeans until a group of
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    Jabrayil

    Jabrayil

    • Country: Azerbaijan
    Jabrayil (Cəbrayıl) is a rayon of Azerbaijan. The region was occupied in 1993 and has been controlled by the breakway Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, as part of its Hadrut Province, since the Nagorno-Karabakh War. According to the last 1989 Soviet census, there were 49,156 people in the rayon. According to undated Azerbaijani data, the population of the rayon was 62,100. Jabrail rayon has productive soils, before the war the population mostly was involved in agriculture. Jabrail has its southern borders with Iran.
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    Kampong Speu Province

    Kampong Speu Province

    • Country: Cambodia
    Kampong Speu (Khmer: ខេត្តកំពង់ស្ពឺ, IPA: [kɑmpɔːŋ spɨː] "Port of the Starfruit") is a province (khaet) of Cambodia. It borders the provinces of Pursat and Kampong Chhnang to the north, Kandal to the east, Takeo to the southeast, Kampot to the south and Koh Kong to the west. Its capital is Kampong Speu town. The province is subdivided into 8 districts.
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    Mamou

    Mamou

    • Country: Guinea
    Mamou is a city and sub prefecture in a valley of the Fouta Djallon area of Guinea. Population 76,269 (2008 est). It grew around the railway line from Conakry to Kankan and soon became the local administrative headquarters. Its main industry used to be until the 1990s decade meat processing, while it also acts as an important transport hub. All vehicles going to the Fouta Jallon, the forest region or Haute Guinée have to travel through Mamou. There is another town in Guinea with the same name.
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    Miklavž na Dravskem polju

    Miklavž na Dravskem polju

    • Country: Slovenia
    Miklavž na Dravskem Polju (Slovene: Miklavž na Dravskem polju) is the largest settlement and the centre of the Municipality of Miklavž na Dravskem Polju in northeastern Slovenia. It lies on the right bank of the Drava River southeast of Maribor. The area was part of the traditional region of Lower Styria. It is now included in the Drava statistical region. The parish church from which the settlement and municipality get their name is dedicated to Saint Nicholas (Slovene: sveti Miklavž) and belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Maribor. It was first mentioned in written documents dated to 1382, but the current building is a 16th-century structure.
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    Province of Verona

    Province of Verona

    • Country: Italy
    The Province of Verona (Italian: Provincia di Verona) is a province in the Veneto region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Verona. The province has an area of 3,109 km², and a total population of about 0.9 million. There are 98 comuni (singular: comune) in the province. Important comuni include Bovolone, Bonavigo, Bussolengo, Cerea, Isola della Scala, Legnago, Negrar, Peschiera del Garda, San Bonifacio, San Giovanni Lupatoto, San Martino Buon Albergo, Soave, Sona, Valeggio sul Mincio and Villafranca di Verona. William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet takes place in Verona, as do some scenes in his play The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The Casa di Giulietta (Juliet Capulet's villa in the play) is an important local visitor attraction. Media related to Province of Verona at Wikimedia Commons
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    Rogatec

    Rogatec

    • Country: Slovenia
    Rogatec is a small town and a municipality in eastern Slovenia, on the border with Croatia. The area traditionally belonged to the region of Styria. It is now included in the Savinja statistical region. The parish church in the town is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew (Slovene: sveti Jernej) and belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Celje. It was first mentioned in written documents dating to 1363, but the current building was built between 1738 and 1743. A second church in the northern part of the town is dedicated to Saint Hyacintha Mariscotti and was built in the 1730s. The 15th-century manorhouse known as Strmol Mansion (Slovene: Dvorec Strmol) stands on a hill above the old town center of Rogatec. The Rogatec Open Air Museum preserves the folk architectural heritage and cultural tradition of the Sotla Valley region between the 18th and 20th centuries. This central Styrian farm of the Subpannonian type presents local arts and crafts, traditions, and customs. Hands-on educational workshops include baking bread, weaving baskets from cornhusks, blacksmithing, and other traditional occupations. 360° panoramic view of the Rogatec Open Air Museum
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    Chandigarh

    Chandigarh

    • Country: India
    Chandigarh is a city and union territory in India that serves as the capital of two states, Haryana and Punjab. The name Chandigarh translates as "The Fort of Chandi". The name is derived from an ancient temple called Chandi Mandir, devoted to the Hindu goddess Chandi, in the city. It is also referred to as The City Beautiful due to its beautiful surroundings, central grid of gardens, each dedicated to different species of flora. The city of Chandigarh was the first planned city in India post independence in 1947 (pre-independence planned cities include Dispur in Assam, New Delhi in Delhi, Jaipur in Rajasthan, etc.) and is known internationally for its architecture and urban design. The city has projects designed by architects such as Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Jane Drew, and Maxwell Fry. The city tops the list of Indian States and Union Territories with the highest per capita income in the country at Rs.99,262 at current prices and Rs.70,361 at constant prices (2006–2007). The city was reported in 2010 to be the "cleanest" in India, based on a national government study, and the territory also headed the list of Indian states and territories according to research conducted
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    Cherkasy Oblast

    Cherkasy Oblast

    • Country: Ukraine
    Cherkasy Oblast (Ukrainian: Черкаська область, translit. Cherkas’ka oblast’; also referred to as Черкащина, Cherkashchyna) is an oblast (province) of central Ukraine located along the Dnieper River. The administrative center of the oblast is the city of Cherkasy). With 20,900 km², the Cherkasy oblast is the 18th largest oblast of Ukraine, comprising about 3.5% of the area of the country. The south flowing Dnieper River with the hilly western bank and the plain eastern bank divides the oblast into two unequal parts. The larger western part belongs to the Dnieper Upland. The low-lying eastern part of the oblast used to be subject to the frequent Dnieper flooding before the flow of the river became controlled by multiple dams of Hydroelectric Power Plants constructed along the river in the 20th century. The oblast extends for 245 km from south-west to north-east, and for 150 km from north to south. The northern-most point of the oblast is located is near the village of Kononivka in the Drabivskyi Raion (district), the southern-most point near the village of Kolodyste in the Talnivskyi Raion, the western-most point near the village of Korytnya in the Zhashkivskyi Raion, and the
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    City of London

    City of London

    • Country: United Kingdom
    The City of London is an area of London. In the medieval period it constituted most of London, but the conurbation has grown far beyond it. As the City's boundaries have remained almost unchanged since the Middle Ages, it is now only a tiny part of the metropolis, though it remains a notable part of central London, holds city status in its own right, and is a separate ceremonial county. It is often referred to as the City (often written on maps as "City") or the Square Mile, as it is just over one square mile (1.12 sq mi/2.90 km) in area. These terms are also often used as metonyms for the United Kingdom's financial services industry, which continues a notable history of being based in the City. The term London now refers to a much larger conurbation roughly corresponding to Greater London, a local government area which includes 32 boroughs (including the City of Westminster), in addition to the City of London. The local authority for the City, the City of London Corporation, is unique in the United Kingdom, and has some unusual responsibilities for a local authority in Britain, such as being the police authority for the City. It also has responsibilities and ownerships beyond the
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    Črnomelj

    Črnomelj

    • Country: Slovenia
    Črnomelj (German: Tschernembl, Italian: Cernomegli) is a town in southeastern Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Črnomelj. It lies on the left bank of the Lahinja and Dobličica rivers. The municipality is at the heart of the area of White Carniola, the southeastern part of the traditional region of Lower Carniola. It is now included in the Southeast Slovenia statistical region. Archaeological evidence has shown that the area has been settled since from the late Bronze Age onwards with the settlement gradually developing through the Iron Age. The exact year of the destruction of the Iron Age settlement by Romans is not known. Evidence indicates that it was destroyed either during Octavians campaign against the Illyrians between 35 and 33 BC, Tiberius's campaign in Pannonia in 12 to 9 BC, or in the Great Illyrian revolt of 6 to 9 AD; that is, in the time span between 35 BC and 9 AD. It was first mentioned as Schirnomel in written documents dating to 1228, in a charter issued by the Patriarch of Aquileia. Before 1277 it was granted market rights and developed into a regional center. It was mentioned as a town in 1407, and so it presumably gained town privileges prior to
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    Cundinamarca Department

    Cundinamarca Department

    • Country: Colombia
    Cundinamarca Department (Departamento de Cundinamarca, Spanish pronunciation: [kundinaˈmarka]) is one of the departments of Colombia. Its area covers 24.210 km, and it has a population of 2,280,037. It was created on August 5, 1886 under the constitutional terms presented on the same year. Cundinamarca is located in the center of Colombia and its capital is Bogotá. The name of Cundinamarca comes from kundur marqa, an indigenous expression, probably derived from Quechua. Meaning "condor's nest", it was used in pre-Columbian times by the natives of the Magdalena Valley to refer to the nearby highlands. Most of Cundinamarca is on the Eastern Cordillera (Cordillera Oriental), just south of Boyacá, bordered by the Magdalena River on the west, reaching down into the Orinoco River basin on the east, and bordering on Tolima to the south. The capital district of Bogotá is nearly completely surrounded by Cundinamarca territory and was formed by carving up Cundinamarca; between this and other divisions, the present department of Cundinamarca is much smaller than the original state. The capital of Cundinamarca is Bogotá. This is a special case among Colombian departments, since Bogotá is not
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    Delvinë District

    Delvinë District

    • Country: Albania
    The District of Delvinë or District of Delvina (Albanian: Rrethi i Delvinës) is one of the thirty-six districts of Albania, part of Vlorë County. Its population of 11,985 includes a substantial Greek community. The district has an area of 348 km² (Instat). It is in the south of the country, and its capital is Delvinë. The district consists of the following municipalities:
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    Gwynedd

    Gwynedd

    • Country: United Kingdom
    Gwynedd (Welsh pronunciation: [ˈɡwɨ̞nɛð]) is an area in north-west Wales, named after the old Kingdom of Gwynedd. As a local government area it is the second biggest in terms of geographical area and also one of the most sparsely populated. A large proportion of the population is Welsh-speaking. The name Gwynedd is also used for a preserved county, covering the two local government areas of Gwynedd and the Isle of Anglesey. Culturally and historically, the name can also be used for most of North Wales (for instance, the area covered by the Gwynedd Constabulary), corresponding to the approximate territory of the Kingdom of Gwynedd at its greatest extent. Gwynedd is the home of Bangor University and includes the scenic Llŷn Peninsula, and most of the Snowdonia National Park. Gwynedd was an independent kingdom from the end of the Roman period until the 13th Century when it was conquered and subjugated by England. The modern Gwynedd was one of eight Welsh counties originally created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, based on the principal territory of the former realm. It covered the entirety of the old counties of Anglesey, and Caernarfonshire along with all of
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    Haskovo Province

    Haskovo Province

    • Country: Bulgaria
    Haskovo Province (Bulgarian: Област Хасково - Oblast Haskovo, former name Haskovo okrug) is a province in southern Bulgaria, neighbouring Greece and Turkey to the southeast, comprising parts of the Thracian valley along the river Maritsa. It is named after its administrative and industrial centre - the city of Haskovo. The province embraces a territory of 5,533.3 km² that is divided into 11 municipalities with a total population, as of December 2009, of 256,408 inhabitants. The Haskovo province (Област, oblast) contains 11 municipalities (singular: oбщина, obshtina - plural: Общини, obshtini). The following table shows the names of each municipality in English and Cyrillic, the main town or village (towns are shown in bold), and the population of each as of December 2009. The Haskovo province had a population of 277,483 (277,478 also given) according to a 2001 census, of which 48.9% were male and 51.1% were female. As of the end of 2009, the population of the province, announced by the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute, numbered 256,408 of which 25.8% are inhabitants aged over 60 years. The following table represents the change of the population in the province after World
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    Homiel

    Homiel

    • Country: Belarus
    Homiel Voblast or Gomel Oblast (Belarusian: Го́мельская во́бласць; translit.: Homel'skaya Voblasts; Russian: Го́мельская о́бласть; translit.: Gomel'skaya Oblast) is a province (voblast) of Belarus with its administrative center being Homyel. Important cities within the voblasts include: Gomel, Mazyr, Zhlobin, Svetlahorsk, Rechytsia, Kalinkavichy, Rahachow, Dobrush Homiel Province and Mahilyow Voblast suffered severely after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor catastrophe. The Gomel Province borders the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in places, and part of it is designated as mandatory or voluntary resettlement areas as a result of the radioactive contamination. The Homiel Voblasts comprises 21 districts (raions), 278 selsovets, 17 cities, and 8 city municipalities.
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    Inverclyde

    Inverclyde

    • Country: United Kingdom
    Inverclyde (Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Chluaidh, pronounced [iɲiɾʲˈxlˠ̪uəj]) is one of 32 council areas used for local government in Scotland. Together with the Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire council areas, Inverclyde forms part of the historic county of Renfrewshire - which currently exists as a registration county and lieutenancy area - located in the west central Lowlands. It borders on to the Renfrewshire and North Ayrshire council areas, and is otherwise surrounded by the Firth of Clyde. Inverclyde District was one of nineteen districts within Strathclyde Region, from 1975 until 1996. Prior to 1975, Inverclyde was governed as part of the local government county of Renfrewshire, comprising the burghs of Greenock, Port Glasgow and Gourock, and the former fifth district of the county. Its landward area is bordered by the Kelly, North and South Routen burns to the south west (separating Wemyss Bay and Skelmorlie, North Ayrshire), part of the River Gryfe and the Finlaystone Burn to the south-east. It is one of the smallest in terms of area (29th) and population (27th) out of the 32 Scottish unitary authorities. Along with the council areas clustered around Glasgow City it is
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    Kissidougou

    Kissidougou

    • Country: Guinea
    Kissidougou is a city in southern Guinea. It is the capital of in the Kissidougou Prefecture, and had a population of 66,018 in the 1996 census. Following intensified conflicts in Sierra Leone and Liberia during the fall and winter of 2000, many people from the city of Guéckédou fled to Kissidougou and stayed. Today the population is estimated to be 119,909 (2008 est). The town is served by Kissidougou Airport. Founded in the eighteenth century, the city is known for the coffee plantations and large expanses of nearby forest. Other attractions in the city include a museum, a football team and a major bridge. Although the market is open 7 days a week, it is especially busy on Tuesdays. The word Kissidougou means a place of refuge in the language of the Kissi, the largest local ethnic group. The musician Mory Kanté is from Kissidougou. Besides the dominant Kissi, there are of course many other ethnic groups living in Kissidougou, including the malinké and pular. Also, many Toma people live in this region, especially between Kissidougou and Macenta. Throughout the 1990s, the government of Guinea, in cooperation with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), provided
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    Lopburi Province

    Lopburi Province

    • Country: Thailand
    Lop Buri (Thai: ลพบุรี) is one of the central provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Phetchabun, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Saraburi, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Ang Thong, Sing Buri and Nakhon Sawan. Lop Buri is located on the east side of the Chao Phraya river valley, between the Lopburi River and Pa Sak Rivers. 30% of the area of the province, including most of Tha Wung district, the southwestern parts of Mueang Lopburi and Ban Mi districts are a very low alluvial plain. The rest 70% is intermixed between plains and hills, with the Phetchabun Mountains form the eastern boundary of the province towards the Khorat Plateau. Known as Lavo during much of its history, Lopburi probably dates to prehistoric times. The name Lavo originated in the Dvaravati period (6th to 11th century C.E.). The conquering Khmer would build many impressive temples in the city during its rule. Lopburi may even have liberated itself for a time, as it sent independent embassies to China in 1115 and 1155. In 1289 it sent another embassy to China, but soon became part of the Thai kingdom of Sukhothai and later Ayutthaya. During the Ayutthaya period, King
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    Ninh Bình Province

    Ninh Bình Province

    • Country: Vietnam
    Ninh Bình ( listen) is a province of Vietnam, in the Red River Delta region of the northern part of the country. Ninh Binh is divided into one city (Ninh Bình), one town (Tam Điệp) and six districts: Ninh Bình is located to the south of the Northern Delta, between the Red and Ma rivers. It is bordered by Hòa Bình and Hà Nam to the north, Nam Định to northeast, Thanh Hóa to the south and west. Ninh Bình also has a very short coastline abutting the Gulf of Tonkin. the population is 898,500 people. the total area is 1,329.4 sq kilometer The ethnic groups include the Viet (also called Kinh group, the Vietnamese ethnic majority), as well as, Dao, Hoa, Hmong, Mường, Nùng, Tày, Thai and others. There are 23 ethnic communities, among which the Kinh account for more than 98%. The old city of Ninh Bình is one of many famous historical sites in Vietnam. Embroidered handicrafts in Hoa Lu District Sea reed handicrafts in Kim Son District Ninh Bình is located 91 km from Hanoi and has both rail and road transport links. Express rail connections with Hanoi in the north and Thanh Hoa and Vinh in the south. Buses from Hanoi's South Bus Station stop by Ninh Binh; the bus routes parallel and
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    Outer Hebrides

    Outer Hebrides

    The Outer Hebrides (Scottish Gaelic: Na h-Eileanan Siar, IPA: [nə ˈhelanən ˈʃiəɾ]) also known as the Western Isles and the Long Island, is an island chain off the west coast of mainland Scotland. The islands are geographically coterminous with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, one of the 32 unitary council areas of Scotland. They form part of the Hebrides, separated from the Scottish mainland and from the Inner Hebrides by the waters of the Minch, the Little Minch and the Sea of the Hebrides. Scottish Gaelic is the predominant spoken language, although in a few areas English speakers form a majority. Most of the islands have a bedrock formed from ancient metamorphic rocks and the climate is mild and oceanic. The 15 inhabited islands have a total population of about 26,500 and there are more than 50 substantial uninhabited islands. From Barra Head to the Butt of Lewis is roughly 210 kilometres (130 mi). There are various important prehistoric structures, many of which pre-date the first written references to the islands by Roman and Greek authors. The Western Isles became part of the Norse kingdom of the Suðreyjar, which lasted for over 400 years until sovereignty was transferred to
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    Penza Oblast

    Penza Oblast

    • Country: Russia
    Penza Oblast (Russian: Пе́нзенская о́бласть, Penzenskaya oblast) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast). Its administrative center is the city of Penza. Population: 1,386,186 (2010 Census). Penza Oblast has over 3000 rivers, the overall length is 15 458 km. The biggest rivers are: Population: 1,386,186 (2010 Census); 1,452,941 (2002 Census); 1,504,309 (1989 Census). Ethnic composition (2010):
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    Pernik Province

    Pernik Province

    • Country: Bulgaria
    Pernik Province is a province in western Bulgaria, neighbouring Serbia. Its main city is Pernik, and other municipalities are Breznik, Kovachevtsi, Radomir, Tran, and Zemen. Pernik province had a population of 133,750 according to the 2011 census, of which 48.9% were male and 51.1% were female. The following table represents the change of the population in the province after World War II: Religious adherence in the province according to 2001 census: Ethnic groups in the province according to 2001 census: 145 642 Bulgarians (97.2%), 3 035 Roma (Gypsy) (2%) and 1155 others and unspecified (0.8%). Industry is of vital importance for the economy of the province. Pernik is the major manufacturing centre, one of the largest in the country with the "Stomana" steel complex; heavy machinery (mining and industrial equipment); building materials and textiles being the most important. There is an enormous plant for heavy machinery in Radomir which produces excavators and industrial equipment, but is currently not working at full capacity.
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    Poole

    Poole

    • Country: United Kingdom
    Poole (/puːl/) is a large coastal town and seaport in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England. The town is 33 kilometres (21 mi) east of Dorchester, and Bournemouth adjoins Poole to the east. The local authority is Poole Borough Council and was made a unitary authority in 1997, gaining administrative independence from Dorset County Council. The town had a population of 138,288 according to the 2001 census, making it the second largest settlement in Dorset. Together with Bournemouth and Christchurch, the town forms the South East Dorset conurbation with a total population of over 400,000. Human settlement in the area dates back to before the Iron Age. The earliest recorded use of the town’s name was in the 12th century when the town began to emerge as an important port, prospering with the introduction of the wool trade. In later centuries the town had important trade links with North America and at its peak in the 18th century it was one of the busiest ports in Britain. During the Second World War the town was one of the main departing points for the D-Day landings of the Normandy Invasion. Poole is a tourist resort, attracting visitors with its large natural harbour,
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    Prebold

    Prebold

    • Country: Slovenia
    Prebold is a settlement and a small municipality in central Slovenia. It lies on the edge of the valley of the lower flow of the river Savinja at the northern edge of the Posavje hills to the west of Celje. The area that was part of the traditional region of Lower Styria. The municipality is now included in the Savinja statistical region. The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to the Saint Paul and belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Celje. It was built in 1898 on the site of a 14th century church.
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    Rače-Fram

    Rače-Fram

    • Country: Slovenia
    The Municipality of Rače–Fram (Slovene: Občina Rače - Fram) is a municipality to the south of Maribor in northeastern Slovenia. Its administrative centre is the settlement of Rače. The area was traditionally was part of the Lower Styria region. It is now included in the Drava statistical region. The municipality covers an area of 52 square kilometres (20 sq mi) and extends from the plain on the right bank of the Drava River into the Pohorje Hills. The Ljubljana–Maribor motorway and railway line run through the municipality.
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    Shanxi

    Shanxi

    • Country: China
    Shanxi (help·info) (Chinese: 山西; pinyin: Shānxī; Wade–Giles: Shan-hsi; Postal map spelling: Shansi) is a province of the People's Republic of China, located in the North China region. Its one-character abbreviation is "晋" (pinyin: Jìn), after the state of Jin that existed here during the Spring and Autumn Period. The name Shanxi literally means "mountain's west", which refers to the province's location west of the Taihang Mountains. Shanxi borders Hebei to the east, Henan to the south, Shaanxi to the west, and Inner Mongolia to the north and is made up mainly of a plateau bounded partly by mountain ranges. The capital of the province is Taiyuan. Shanxi, the territory of state of Jin during the Spring and Autumn Period (722 BC - 403 BC), underwent a three-way split into the states of Han, Zhao and Wei in 403 BC, the traditional date taken as the start of the Warring States Period (403 BC - 221 BC). By 221 BC all of these states had fallen to the state of Qin, which established the Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC). The Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220) ruled Shanxi as the province (zhou) of Bingzhou (幷州 Bīng Zhōu). During the invasion of northern nomads during the Sixteen Kingdoms period
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    Somme

    Somme

    • Country: France
    Somme (French pronunciation: [sɔm]) is a department of France, located in the north of the country and named after the Somme river. It is part of the Picardy region of France. The north central area of the Somme département was the site of a series of battles through the Great War. Particularly significant was the 1916 Battle of the Somme. As a result of this and other battles fought in the area the department is home to many military cemeteries and several major monuments commemorating the many soldiers from various countries who died on its battlefields. At the beginning of the First World War, during the September 1914 Race to the Sea, the Somme became the site of the Battle of Albert. The battle was a five day engagement between the 25th and 29 September, with the French Tenth Army attacking at Albert and pushing toward Bapaume, and the German Sixth Army counter-attacking back towards Albert. The line settled around the town of Thiepval and remained there until July 1916, when the Battle of the Somme would be fought on and around the same ground. That Battle of the Somme was one of the most costly battles of World War I, by the number of troop casualties, as Allied forces
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    Starše

    Starše

    • Country: Slovenia
    Starše is a settlement and a small municipality in northeastern Slovenia. It lies on the right bank of the Drava River southeast of Maribor. The area was part of the traditional region of Lower Styria. It is now included in the Drava statistical region. The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to John the Baptist and belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Maribor. It was first mentioned in written documents dating to 1441, but the current structure was built in 1833.
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    Tbilisi

    Tbilisi

    • Country: Georgia
    Tbilisi (Georgian: თბილისი [tʰb̥ilisi] ( listen)) is the capital and the largest city of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Kura River. The name is derived from an early Georgian form T'pilisi (ტფილისი) and it was officially known as Tpilisi (in Georgian) or Tiflis (in Russian) until 1936. The city covers an area of 726 km (280 sq mi) and has 1,480,000 inhabitants. Founded in the 5th century by Vakhtang Gorgasali, the monarch of Georgia's precursor Kingdom of Iberia, Tbilisi has served, with various intervals, as Georgia's capital for nearly 1500 years and represents a significant industrial, social, and cultural center of the country. Located near the southeastern edge of Europe, Tbilisi's proximity to lucrative east-west trade routes often made the city a point of contention between various rival empires throughout history and the city's location to this day ensures its position as an important transit route for global energy and trade projects. Tbilisi's varied history is reflected in its architecture, which is a mix of medieval, classical, and Soviet structures. Historically, Tbilisi has been home to peoples of diverse cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, though it is
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