Here's an interesting map I saw today, with what each country in the EU is best at. France is doing pretty well at not being fat, despite all the delicious patisseries that are everywhere. I think I'll be visiting Denmark next - the country with the most dancing and singing sounds good to me.
For full details of the statistics behind the map, you can click here. For useful vocabulary, see the glossary at the bottom of the page.
Of course if you know what each country is best at, you also probably want to know what each country is worst at. France is not doing well on speaking English, so I hope more French people start reading this blog!
I'm happy to see that British people are not killing each other too much, even though we seem to take a lot of cocaine.
From the first map:
Cork (Portugal) - the material used for the stoppers in wine bottles
Likely to... (Latvia) likely means probable
Teen Mom (Slovenia) someone aged 13-18 who has a baby
From the second map:
Dropout (Spain) someone who doesn't finish school
Tax fraud (Italy) when you don't tell the government about all your money, and so pay less than you should
VAT (Hungary) tax on things that you buy that are not essential (value added tax)
Voter Turnout (Slovakia) the number of people who vote in an election
Gender Pay Gap (Estonia) the difference between what men and women are paid for the same work
My blog has changed! If you're looking for my English-practice exercises, they're all still here, just look in the archives.
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