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Facts About Malaysia

  • Malaysia is a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country. Along with the many indigenous cultures, substantial influences from Chinese, Indian, Persian, Arabic, and British cultures have taken place.
  • Malaysia shares land borders with Thailand, Indonesia, and Brunei, and is linked to Singapore by a causeway and bridge.
  • Malaysia is made up of two main landmasses, Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo, they are separated by the South China Sea.
  • The official language of Malaysia is Malaysian. English remains a widely used second language, and there are also many other indigenous languages spoken.
  • The largest city and capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur.
  • Malaysia has a population of over 29 million people (29,628,392) as of July 2013.
  • The Petronas Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur. They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and are still regarded as the worlds tallest 'twin' buildings.
  • The national day of Malaysia is called Hari Merdeka. It occurs on August 31 each year to celebrate Malaysia's independence from British colonial rule in 1957.
  • The currency of Malaysia is called the Ringgit. The word ringgit means "jagged" in Malay, which refers to the jagged edges of Spanish silver dollars that used to be used in the region.
  • Mount Kinabalu in the Crocker Ranges, is the tallest mountain in Malaysia at 4,095 m (13,436 ft) above sea level.
  • The world's largest discovered cave chamber (single room) is the Sarawak Chamber, in the Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia.
  • Malaysia is one of 17 megadiverse countries on Earth. It is estimated that Malaysia contains 20% of the world's animal species.
  • There are a total of 28 national parks in Malaysia.
  • The national animal of Malaysia is the endangered Malayan tiger.
  • Traditional Malaysian artworks include caved wooden masks, handwoven baskets, and silverworks.
  • The national drink of Malaysia is a hot milk tea called Teh tari, and the national dish is called Nasi lemak, it is a fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk, often served wrapped in a banana leaf, and usually eaten for breakfast.
  • Popular sports played in Malaysia include football, badminton, field hockey, bowls, tennis, squash, martial arts, sailing, horse riding, and skateboarding.
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Studying in Europe will give you the opportunity to see many cities and countries. With the extensive transport network across Europe, you will find it easy to hop across from city to city and enjoy the different cultures. Koala can give you options to study in Luzern, Montreux, Geneva, Barcelona and Munich.

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Facts About Cyprus

Although Cyprus is an island in the Mediterranean Sea. It rests at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, and it has been overrun and ruled by many different nations. If you plan to visit this enticing island, here are a few fun facts that set it apart from the rest.

  • It is nicknamed the Island of Love. As the story goes, Cyprus was the birthplace of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. But its long history of love also includes the fact that it was a gift from Antony to Cleopatra; she apparently used native plants to make her own exotic perfume. Another myth has it that Richard the Lionheart skipped a year of the Crusades to live there when he fell in love with a local woman.
  • Independence came late. The Republic of Cyprus was not born until 1960. Before that, control of the island had passed from one nation to another over the course of hundreds of years, finally resting with the British Empire until independence was granted.
  • It’s an island divided. Although the population of Greek Cypriots holds majority over the Turkish Cypriots, the many wars between the two peoples of this island necessitated a separation of cultures. For this reason, the Greeks live in the southern portion of Cyprus while the Turks occupy the north.
  • The summers are long. You might expect an average season to last about three to four months (depending on the location). But thanks to its sub-tropical climes, summer on Cyprus lasts an incredible eight months, from April through November, with average temperatures holding around 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • You can ski and go to the beach on the same trip. The gorgeous beaches are something of a trademark in Cyprus, but thanks to the height of the Troodos Mountains (around 6,400 feet at the highest point) residents and visitors can stroll the beaches (which feature temperatures in the 60s during the winter) and hit the slopes in the same day (their first ski resort is currently in the works).
  • It’s home to a famous mountain. Mount Olympus, which is notable in Greek mythology as being the home of the gods, is the tallest mountain in the Troodos range.
  • The food is fantastic. Anyone familiar with typical Mediterranean cuisine will no doubt enjoy the abundance of seafood and veggies included in the local cuisine. And visitors will also want to sample their native cheese, halloumi, which is made from a combination of goat and sheep milk.
  • The wine is impressive. Some of the Cypriot vineyards are thought to be the oldest in the world to continuously produce wine. It’s worth a sip to see what that tastes like.
  • There’s plenty to do. Whether you love art and architecture, you’re more of a sports nut, or you prefer to hit the beaches and then go shopping, there’s plenty to keep you entertained when you travel to the island of Cyprus.
  • They support tourism. The Cypriots are known as a welcoming people, you’re going to enjoy all the hospitality that the people of Cyprus are renowned for.
*Source: Carol Montrose
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Facts About New Zealand

    • Original Maori name: Aotearoa
    • Original Maori name for Auckland: Tamaki Makaurau
    • Amazing scenery, fabulous festivals, superb food and wine, and magical outdoor experiences
    • Unique culture, huge range of outdoor activities, very friendly people
    • Over 1/3 of New Zealand is made up of protected parkland and marine reserves
    • Wide variety of scenery, vegetation and geography, opportunities to camp, mountain bike, fish, hike, kayak and so much more
    • NZ is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers

  1. Population:

  • 4.5 million inhabitants, of which 1/3 lives in the exciting and most vibrant metropolis: Auckland, which you can check out on Auckland Tours
  • NZ is multicultural as many Kiwis are either immigrants or their descendants
  • First settlers were the Maori, followed by large numbers of immigrants from the United Kingdom, people from neighbouring Pacific Islands including Samoa and Tonga, Chinese and Korean migrants, and new residents from a wide range of countries such as the US, South Africa, Zimbabwe and India. Check out Maori Tours
    • Modern, secular, democratic society, with no ingrained class system
    • Freedom of speech, expression and religious beliefs are guaranteed by law and widely practiced
    • Favourite sports include rugby, cricket, hiking, kayaking, fishing, white-water rafting, football, basketball and skiing

  1. Weather:

  • Varies greatly throughout the country
  • It could be sunny and warm on the East Coast, while pouring with rain on the West Coast
  • Four seasons in one day is not that unusual
  • For example Auckland has 265 days of sunshine per year
  • Range of temperatures between winter and summer is less extreme than in most countries
  • Maximum temperature during summer ranges between 20-30°C (68-86OF)
  • In winter, the average maximum temperature ranges between 10-15°C (50-59OF). The northern half of the North Island is the warmest part of the country throughout the year, which is perfect for outdoor activities
 

*Source: newzealand.com

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