#234 The Netherlands

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#233 Great Britain

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Glenfinnan Viaduct is a railway viaduct on the West Highland Line in Glenfinnan, Scotland. It was built between 1897 and 1901. Located at the top of Loch Shiel in the West Highlands of Scotland. The 21-arch single track viaduct was one of the largest engineering undertakings using concrete without reinforcing when it was built by Sir Robert McAlpine.
Built entirely of concrete, the viaduct consists of 21 arches, each spanning 15m and has a maximum height of 30m offering spectacular views down Lochaber’s Loch Shiel. (source)
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#232 Germany

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A rainbow flag is a multi-colored flag consisting of stripes in the colors of the rainbow. The actual colors shown differ, but many of the designs are based on the traditional scheme of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.
The use of rainbow flags has a long tradition; they are displayed in many cultures around the world as a sign of diversity and inclusiveness, of hope and of yearning. There are several independent rainbow flags in use today. The most widely known worldwide is the pride flag representing gay pride. The peace flag is especially popular in Italy and the cooperative flag symbolizes the international co-operative movement. It is also used by Andean people to represent the legacy of the Inca empire and Andean movements. (source)
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#231 Czech Republic

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#230 Finland

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Lake Lucerne is a lake in central Switzerland and the fourth largest in the country. The lake has a complicated shape, with bends and arms reaching from the city of Lucerne into the mountains. It has a total area of 114 km² and a maximum depth of 214 m. It is a popular tourist destination, both for native Swiss and foreigners. (source)
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RR #76 USA

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Seattle is the northernmost major city in the contiguous United States, and the largest city in the Pacific Northwest and the state of Washington. (source)

he Space Needle is a tower in Seattle, Washington and is a major landmark of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and a symbol of Seattle. It was built for the 1962 World's Fair. The Space Needle is 184 m high at its highest point and 42 m wide at its widest point and weighs 9,550 tons. When it was completed it was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River. It is built to withstand winds of up to 89 m/s and earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude. The tower also has 25 lightning rods on its roof to prevent lightning damage. (source)

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RR #75 Netherlands

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RR #74 USA

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Prince Albert of Monaco, Princess Stephanie of Monaco, Princes Caroline of Hanover, Prince Rainier III

Monaco is a sovereign city state on the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera). Its area is 1.98 km2 with a population of 35,986 as of 2011 and it is the most densely populated country in the world. Monaco also has the world's highest life expectancy at almost 90 years, and the lowest unemployment rate.

Monaco is a principality governed under a form of constitutional monarchy, with Prince Albert II as head of state. The House of Grimaldi has ruled Monaco since 1297, and the state's sovereignty was officially recognized by the Franco-Monegasque Treaty of 1861. Despite Monaco being independent and pursuing its own foreign policy course, its national defence is the responsibility of France. (source)

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RR #73 Russia

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#229 Switzerland

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RR #72 The Netherlands

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Kempen is a part of the Noord-Brabant province in the south of the Netherlands.

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RR #71 Macedonia

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The national flag of the Republic of Macedonia depicts a stylized yellow sun on a red field, with eight broadening rays extending from the centre to the edge of the field. It was created by Pr. Miroslav Grčev and was adopted on 5 October 1995. Thus it is one of the world's newest flags.

Red and yellow have always been considered the main colours representing Macedonia, probably because of the colours of the historical coat of arms of Macedonia. The new eight-rayed sun represents "the new sun of Liberty" referred to in the national anthem of the Republic of Macedonia. (source)

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RR #70 Poland

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The Baltic Sea is a brackish Mediterranean sea located in Northern Europe. It is bounded by the Scandinavian Peninsula, the mainland of Europe, and the Danish islands. The Baltic Sea is connected by man-made waterways to the White Sea via the White Sea Canal, and to the North Sea via the Kiel Canal.

The Baltic Sea might be considered to be bordered on its northern edge by the Gulf of Bothnia, on its northeastern edge by the Gulf of Finland, and on its eastern edge by the Gulf of Riga. These various gulfs can also be considered part of the Baltic Sea. (source)

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RR #69 USA

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Ohio nickname: They Buckeye State

State Capitol: Columbus

State Bird: Cardinal

State Flower: Carnation

State Tree: Buckeye

State Mammal: White-tailed deer

State Motto: With God all Things are Possible

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RR #68 Belgium

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Côte d'Opale is the French coast from Calais to Boulogne-sur-Mer. From the coast, England is visible on clear days. The coast is known for its beautiful cliffs such as 'Cape Blanc Nez' and 'Cape Gris Nez'.

Many artists have been inspired by its landscapes, the most famous being the composer Henri Dutilleux, the writers Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens, and the painters Carolus-Duran and Maurice Boitel. (source)scan0005

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RR #67 USA

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Mount Desert Island is the largest island off the coast of Maine. With an area of 280 km² it is the 6th largest island in the contiguous United States. Though it is often claimed to be the third largest island on the eastern seaboard of the United States, it is actually second behind Long Island (and ahead of Martha's Vineyard).

The island has a year-round population of approximately 10,000, although it is estimated that two and a half million tourists a year visit Acadia National Park on the island. (source)

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Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England. It takes its name from the city of Lancaster, and is sometimes known as the County of Lancaster. The population of the county is 1,449,700. People from the county are known as Lancastrians. (source)

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RR #66 Ireland

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RR #65 Finland

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RR #64 Germany

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The Abbey of Corvey, lying on the River Weser, was founded in the 9th century with the support of Emperor Louis the Pious (Ludwig der Fromme) as a Benedictine monastery with monks coming from Corbie in Northern France.

The Abbey became an important center of culture until it started to decline in the late Middle Ages. During the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) the abbey was severely damaged. The west end of the church, built in 885, survived, and the remaining of the church was rebuilt in Baroque style. In 1803 the abbey was secularized and finally dissolved. (source)

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RR #63 Czech Republic

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Lednice is a village in South Moravia in the Czech Republic. In 1996 it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List (together with the twin manor of Valtice) as "an exceptional example of the designed landscape that evolved in the Enlightenment and afterwards under the care of a single family." It contains a palace and the largest park in the country, which covers 200 km². (source)

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