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Private Swap - Brunei

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(Brunei marked with the red arrow)Brunei is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island of Borneo, in Southeast Asia. Brunei's population is around 400,000. It has a constitutional sultanate.  Brunei has the second highest Human Development Index among the South East Asia nations after Singapore, and is classified as a Developed Country.(source)Thank you Susan!

Private Swap - Portugal

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The Principality of Liechtenstein is a doubly landlocked alpine country in Central Europe. Its area is just over 160 km², and it has an estimated population of 35,000. Its capital is Vaduz; the biggest town is Schaan. Liechtenstein has the second highest gross domestic product per person in the world.Liechtenstein is the smallest yet the richest German-speaking country in the world and the only country to lie entirely within the Alps. It is a constitutional monarchy divided into 11 municipalities. Much of Liechtenstein's terrain is mountainous, making it a winter sports destination. (source)Thank you Martina!

Private Swap - Poland

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Poland is a country in Central Europe. The total area of Poland is 312,679 sq km, making it the 69th largest country in the world and the 9th largest in Europe. Poland has a population of over 38 million people, which makes it the 34th most populous country in the world and the sixth most populous member of the European Union, being its most populous post-communist member. (source)Poland is currently divided into 16 provinces known as voivodeships. Administrative authority at voivodeship level is shared between a government-appointed governor, called the voivode (usually a political appointee), an elected assembly called the sejmik, and an executive chosen by that assembly. The leader of that executive is called the marszałek. (source)Thank you Bodek!

Private Swap - Estonia

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Private Swap - Japan

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Thank you Claus!

Private Swap - Germany

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Friuli is an area of northeastern Italy with its own particular cultural and historical identity. It comprises the major part of the autonomous region Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The historical capital and most important city of Friuli is Udine, it was also the capital in the Middle Ages of the Patriarchate of Aquileia. (source)Thank you Isabella!

Private Swap - Poland

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The flag of Poland consists of two horizontal stripes of equal width, the upper one white and the lower one red. The two colors are defined in the Polish constitution as the national colors. A variant of the flag with the national coat of arms in the middle of the white stripe is legally reserved for official use abroad and at sea. White and red were officially adopted as national colors in 1831. The flag is flown continuously on the buildings of the highest national authorities, such as the parliament and the presidential palace. Other institutions and many Polish people fly the national flag on national holidays and other special occasions of national significance. (source)Thank you Sylwia!

Private Swap - USA

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T.R.H. The Prince and Princess of Wales, H.R.H. Prince William and H.R.H. Prince Henry on H.M.Y. Britannia, Toronto, Canada.Thank you Mary Ann!

Private Swap - France

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The red lion is the official ensign for ships registered in Luxembourg. It is used for river and sea shipping, as well as for aviation. This flag is based on the Coat of arms of Luxembourg and is used as the ensign to avoid the possibility of Luxembourg's ensign being confused for that of the Netherlands. Ten white and blue stripes serve as the field for a red lion with a yellow tongue and crown. (source)Thank you Marie!

Private Swap - Panama

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Private Swap - USA

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Thank you J.J!

#208 Russia

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Königsberg ("King's mountain")was the capital of East Prussia from the Late Middle Ages until 1945. It was founded by the Teutonic Knights just south of the Sambian peninsula in 1255 during the Northern Crusades and named in honour of King Ottokar II of Bohemia. The Baltic port developed into a German cultural center, being the residence of, among others, Richard Wagner, Immanuel Kant, E. T. A. Hoffmann, and David Hilbert.Königsberg was heavily damaged during World War II. The city was annexed by the Soviet Union according to the Potsdam Agreement and largely repopulated with Russians. It was renamed Kaliningrad in 1946 after Soviet leader Mikhail Kalinin. The city is now the capital of Russia's Kaliningrad Oblast. (source)Thank you Anastasia!

#207 USA

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#206 El Salvador

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San Andrés is a pre-Hispanic site of El Salvador, whose occupation began around the year 900 BC as an agricultural town in the valley of Zapotitán in the department of La Libertad. This early establishment was vacated by the year 250 because of the enormous eruption of the caldera of Lago Ilopango, and was occupied again in the 5th Century, along with many other sites in the valley of Zapotitán. Between 600 and 900 AD, San Andrés was the capital of a Mayan lordship with supremacy over the other establishments of Valle de Zapotitán.In 1996, the Government of El Salvador inaugurated the Archaeological Park of San Andrés, where the visitor can climb the pyramids, see the indigo production area, and visit the site museum. (source)Thank you Xiomara!

Privates Swap - Germany

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Föhr is one of the North Frisian Islands on the German coast of the North Sea. It is part of the Nordfriesland district in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. Föhr is the second-largest North Sea island of Germany. (source)Thank you Nicole!

Private Swap - Spain

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Spain consists of 17 autonomous communities and two autonomous cities, with the same institutions of government, but different competencies. By 1983, all 17 autonomous communities were constituted: Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, the Balearic Islands, the Basque Country, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castile and León, Castile-La Mancha, Catalonia, the Community of Madrid, Extremadura, Galicia, La Rioja, Navarra, the Region of Murcia and the Valencian Community. The two autonomous cities, Ceuta and Melilla were constituted in 1995. (source)Gracias Fabienne!

Private Swap - Belgium

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Thank you Gerda!

#205 Taiwan

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Taiwan’s FatherThank you Apple!

#204 The Netherlands

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The Buddha and the catsThank you Vic!

#203 Estonia

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National flowerThe cornflower has grown on Estonian soil for more than 10,000 years, from the time when the first humans came to Northern Europe. The plant grows commonly in rye fields, creating a strong connection in the minds of Estonians between the flower and their daily bread. The blossoms of the cornflower have a particularly striking graphic appearance which has led to its use by artists for decorative purposes. National birdThe barn swallow, the national bird, is a characteristic guest of Estonian homes. Its call can be heard from practically every eave or barn rafter in the country. If the bird finds a suitable opening, under the ridge of a roof or a broken window, it will build its cup-shaped nest; it will even build it inside a house. National stoneEstonian national stone is the country's valuable grey limestone. Estonia lies on a thick layer of limestone which is visible on the steep banks of northern and western Estonia. Most castles, churches, farm buildings, and cou…

From Friends - Croatia

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Gracias Abel, Fran, Jony, Tani y Victor!

#202 Finland

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Thank you Marja-Leena!

Private Swap - Philippines

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Palawan is a province of the Philippines. Its capital is Puerto Princesa City, and it is the largest province in the country in terms of total area of jurisdiction.  Palawan is composed of the long and narrow Palawan Island, plus a number of other smaller islands surrounding the main island. Palawan's almost 2,000 km of irregular coastline are dotted with roughly 1,780 islands and islets, rocky coves, and sugar-white sandy beaches. (source)Thank you Jan!

Private Swap - Great Britain

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Diana, Princess of Wales (1961–1997) was an international personality of the late 20th century as the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, whom she married on 1981. The marriage produced two sons: Princes William and Harry, currently second and third in line to the thrones of the 16 Commonwealth realms, respectively.Diana was born into an old, aristocratic English family with royal ancestry, and remained the focus of worldwide media scrutiny before, during and after her marriage, which ended in divorce on 28 August 1996. Diana also received recognition for her charity work and for her support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. From 1989, she was the president of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. (source)Thank you Eileen!