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So, I recently saw this map, depicting the
top Google autocomplete result for each country in Europe, with the results for each of them,
and seeing as how I answered them on a similar map of the US a few years ago, I thought “why
not do this again?” I don’t know, you might learn something
here (granted, that’s the goal of the channel). Okay, ready, set, go. Why does Iceland have so many volcanoes? Iceland is a volcanic island, on the converging
point between the Eurasian and North American plates, so it’s very similar to Hawaii,
in a way. Why does Britain want to leave the EU? Well, first off, not all Britons want to leave
the EU (most notably Scots and Londoners), but the reason for all the Brexit talks largely
came down to immigration, the economy, and national identity. Basically, Britain has always strongly identified
with its position as being not quite attached to the rest of Europe, so the UK has always
had quite a bit of an arms-length relation with the other EU countries. There are hundreds of points and topics to
bring up about this, though, so onto the next country! Why does Ireland have no snakes? Because snakes don’t live on this left-side
driving island with a funny accent [Ireland], they live on this left-side driving island
with a funny accent [Australia]. No, actually, snakes never lived in Ireland,
and the whole tale of how St. Patrick drove out all the snakes from Ireland likely refers
to metaphorical snakes. i.e. “snakes” was most likely being used
in a derogatory fashion. Why does the Netherlands have so many tulips? Tulip-mania was an interesting thing. You see, tulips are not native to the Netherlands,
so when they were brought back, the Dutch thought they were pretty nice, and so having
tulips on display became a sign of wealth, and then a sign of broken economies, and now
a sign of the Netherlands. Why does Belgium exist? I’ve been there twice, and I still can’t
tell you. Why does Norway have a low crime rate? That is a really interesting thing to look
into, as Norway has a low recidivism rate [DYK: “recidivism” is when a former convict
comes back to prison for a crime committed after their release], but famously has prisons
based on rehabilitation, rather than punishment. It’s not something that comes easily to
someone not from there, which makes it really interesting to learn more about. Why does Sweden hate Norway? Because they have a lower crime rate? I don’t know, culture, I guess. I mean Oregon and Washington can’t stand
each-other. Why does Finland have the best schools in
the world? It’s not that Finnish schools give too little,
it’s that American schools give too much. I mentioned all this in a past video. Why does Russia support Assad? Yeah, okay, let’s answer a less controversial
question. Why does Russia own Kaliningrad? Before and during WWII, the area of Poland
east of Gdańsk was also part of Germany, just separate from their old monster claw,
but then Germany lost WWII, and ceded most of this land to the newly created Poland,
as part of the Potsdam Conference, but the Soviet Union sliced up that area, and gave
the northern half to the Russian SFSR, renaming it from Königsberg to Kaliningrad. Why does Estonia want to be Nordic? Estonia is culturally and linguistically much
closer to Finland than their Baltic neighbors to the south, and Finland is already a Nordic
country. Why does Latvia have fast internet? Latvia, Lithuania, and even Moldova have some
of the fastest internet speeds in the world, vastly surpassing the US. One easy factor for this is how much bigger
than those other countries the US is, but that’s also the only piece of information
I found telling me why. Why does Lithuania have the highest death
rate? Well that certainly took a turn. Unfortunately, the three Baltic countries
(yes, including you, Estonia) all have a pretty high death rate, especially in suicide. One of the biggest causes in Lithuania are
likely social and economic factors, but Vilnius is making this a big priority. Why does Belarus exist? As in, why is it separate from Russia? Well, Belarus hasn’t always aligned itself
with Russia, as it had largely also been under the control and influence of the Polish-Lithuanian
Commonwealth, and today, their language is mostly similar to Russian, but with some non-Russian
undertones. Why does Ukraine want Crimea? Okay, this is not going to be an easy video. Basically, in 2014, Russia illegally annexed
the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine, and in those scenarios, people aren’t exactly willing
to share. Why does Poland own Prussia? Because Germany was bad in the first part
of the 20th century, and being a dick to Poland apparently has its consequences. Why does Denmark have high taxes? The Nordic countries are famous for providing
many social services to their citizens, in exchange for a high tax rate. However, looking into Denmark’s tax policies,
they actually aren’t insanely high, but in some cases, they can get somewhat high. Why does Germany have so many names? Come on, you remember History of Germany,
right? Why does Luxembourg exist? Powerful houses, Holy Roman Empire, disunited
central Europe, and I mean, someone needed to settle Indiana. Why does Switzerland speak French? Switzerland has four languages, with the largest
being German, but also with significant portions who speak French, Italian, and Romansh. Switzerland is an interesting country, since
it was basically formed as a protective confederation between local kingdoms in the 13th century,
and the linguistic minorities are most strongly present nearer to the borders of France and
Italy. Why does France speak French? Really? Why does Andorra exist? Basically, Andorra was a feudal state, under
joint control of the leader of France, and the Bishop of Urgell, and it just kind of
stuck around ‘till today, long after the feudal system was abolished… in 1993. Why does Spain have a lisp? For those of you who don’t know, Castilian
Spanish pronounces C’s, Z’s, and D’s at the ends of words like the English TH (though
this is not true of S’s), thus the word velocidad is pronounced more like “be-loth-i-dath”. There is a claim that it’s because there
was a king who spoke with a lisp, but that’s not actually true. There was a king who “lisped a little”
in the 14th century, but the lisp only started to propagate 200 years later. Another claim is that it’s more convenient,
like separating casa from caza, or siento from ciento. Why does Portugal exist? Really, people? The Iberian peninsula is not one cohesive
group of people, but a messy patchwork of different groups, not just Spaniards and Portuguese. There are also Catalonians, Andalusians, Galicians,
Basques, and Castilians, which is also why Spain has a hard time keeping itself together. Why does Italy wear blue? Italian football teams generally wear blue
shirts, as a tribute to the Royal House of Savoy, who used to rule over Italy, its neighboring
regions, its colonies, and Armenia for some reason. Oh yeah, and their favorite color was blue. Why does Austria have a navy? Well, I mean, it’s an island nation, and
a rather large one at that, so it needs to protect itself from… [slap] okay, okay! You can’t just let me make the joke? In all seriousness, just because a country
is landlocked doesn’t mean it doesn’t need a navy (however odd this may sound),
and Austria also sits on the Danube River, which gives them access to the North and Black
Seas, as the river is considered an international waterway. Why does Slovenia wear green? The idea of “Slovenian green” is a tribute
to Slovenia’s mountains and forests, and natural beauty, even though green isn’t
on their flag. But I mean, seriously, how wealthy is Slovenia? How populous is Slovenia? How large is Slovenia’s economy? The one thing people never bother to really
ask is, how is Slovenia? Why does Croatia have all the coastline? Bosnia and Herzegovina has only a tiny coastline
around the city of Neum, giving it the second shortest coastline in the world, behind that
of Monaco. A lot of this had to do with the Ottomans
and the Habsburgs. Basically, Bosnia and Herzegovina crystallized
as an Ottoman province, and looking at this map, you can probably see what happened. Why does Bosnia and Herzegovina have three
presidents? Bosnia and Herzegovina is basically a mishmash
of three smaller republics, including the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the
Republika Srpska, and the Brčko District. Also, it’s split up into three main ethnic
groups, the Serbs, Croats and Bosnians, who don’t always get along. Why does Serbia hate Croatia? It’s complicated… Seriously, Balkan history cannot be covered
in a few seconds. Why does Montenegro have a Spanish name? That’s actually a pretty good question,
since there’s a town in Costa Rica called Montenegro. The country’s name, though they speak the
Slavic Montenegrin language, actually does come from a Romance language, just not Spanish. It actually comes from the Venetian term for
“black mountain”. Why does Kosovo want independence? Balkan politics are never easy. Basically, Kosovo (and their largely Albanian
population) has not been treated nicely under Yugoslavia, and later under Serbia. Why does Macedonia want to be called Macedonia? Macedonia is a region in northern Greece,
and just north of Greece is the country of Macedonia, which sometimes goes under the
name “the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, or FYROM. Basically, there’s a strong connection to
Alexander the Great here. Why does Albania want to join the EU? Unfortunately for them, Albania’s a bit
of a ways off from actually joining the EU as of yet, but it has been a candidate country
since 2000. But yeah, mostly economic and political factors,
like with most EU applicants. Why does Greece have a bad economy? Basically, tax evasion, lying about trade
deficits, and investors demanding impossibly high interest rates is not a good combination
for economic success. Why does Malta drive on the left? Because they were actually a British colony. Why does Cyprus have so many cats? For those of you who don’t know, Cyprus
is basically overpopulated by cats, which, as it turns out, is not good for the environment
of Cyprus. Basically, the cat population has gotten way
out of whack, especially with stray and feral cats. Why does Turkey make you sleepy? Okay, let’s search up a real question… Why does Turkey hate Kurds? Oh god, okay. Uh… Why does Bulgaria not use the Euro? Bulgaria, though a fully-fledged EU member,
is not a member of Schengen or the Eurozone, and instead uses their own currency, the Bulgarian
lev, meaning “lion”, much like Romania’s leu. Basically, the main point for these questions
is that joining the Eurozone is a difficult process that not all EU countries can actually
do. Greece tried it without meeting all the proper
criteria, and that didn’t do them much good. Why does Romania have fast internet? If any American knew, America would have faster
internet, and I’m American, so I don’t know. (I also kind of already answered this question) Why does Moldova exist? From 1918-1940, they were part of Romania,
but they didn’t like it, so they decided to not be part of Romania. Why does Hungary not use the Euro? Hungary uses their own currency, the forint,
but it is likely that the Hungarian government will replace its currency with the Euro sometime
in the 2020s. Again, certain financial goals are in order. Why does Slovakia not recognize Kosovo? That’s a pretty random pair of countries
you’ve picked there. Slovakia has given hints that it might change
its stance on the issue in future years, but right now remains one of the few EU and NATO
members not to recognize Kosovo as its own country. Why does Czechia not use the Euro? Czechia will eventually adopt the Euro as
its currency, as soon as they, again, meet all the requirements to join the Eurozone. For now, though, they use Czech koruna as
their currency, so be aware of that if you’re planning a trip to Prague anytime soon. So, there you have it! 43 countries, and why they do certain things! If you enjoyed this video, please be sure
to give it a like, share it, and subscribe to learn something new every Sunday! Also, if there are any countries I missed,
or if I got any facts wrong, please do let me know.

Tony wyaad

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