30 Quirky Facts About Europe Even Most Europeans Don’t Know

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26European Slaves

A million Europeans were enslaved by North African slave traders between 1530 and 1780.

27. France used to be in the same time zone as Britain but during the German occupation the time zone was changed to Central European Time and it remained unchanged.

28. In 1315, a small change in climate caused a great famine in Northern Europe which was so grim that one day even the king of England was left without bread.

29. Vatican City is unable to join the European Union because the EU requires that all member states must be free-market democracies.

30. So many men died in World War I that serious proposals were made to bring back polygamy. One German expert estimated that Europe had 10 million more women than men, and stated that unless farmers and others were allowed two wives, “30-40% of German women will remain spinsters.”


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