Five Countries you might not Have Heard of

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Here are five countries which you might not have
known existed.

1) Andorra.

Yes, it was mentioned in the Da Vinci code.
Outside of that?

Andorra is a parliamentary coprincipality created
in 1278 composed of the Bishop of Urgel, (which
is in Spain), and the president of France.

Catalan is it’s official language.

Andorra is actually a popular tourist resort and
commercial center because of it’s banking facilities,
low taxes and no customs duties.

It uses the Euro as its rate of exchange and claims
that 100% of its population is literate and that there
is no unemployment.

There is no television station, no railway, no harbor,
no airport, and no international disputes.

2) Bhutan

The traditional name of this country is Drukyul,
land of the Drokpa, the Dragon People.

For centuries tribal wars raged until 1907. Although
Britain had some control, it never colonised this
mountainous state, which deliberately isolated itself
from the rest of the world.

When China invaded Tibet, for it’s own protection
Bhutan formed ties with India.

Slavery existed until 1960. It wasn’t until 1985
Bhutan made its first links with non Asian nations.

In 1991 there was a pro-democracy campaign.
The Government claimed this was started by Nepali
immigrants. About 100,000 Nepalis were evicted.
Many of them are still in UN administered refugee
camps.

3) Burkino Faso

Previously known as Upper Volta, it was colonised by
the French. Independence was gained in 1960. In 1980
flight commander Thomas Sankara took control.

He challenged the authority of the Chiefs, advocated
Women’s liberation, allied the country with North
Korea, Libya and Cuba and changed the name to
Burkina Faso which means, ‘the land of upright men.’

He invested in schools, food production and health
clinics, but foreign investment declined, and many
businesses left the country as he was a Marxist.

He was assassinated in 1987.

Currently, Burkino Faso is embroiled in arguments
with Benin, and is accused of being a staging area
for Liberian and Cote d’Ivoire rebels.

4) The Comoros Islands

This is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean off the cost
of Mozambique. It has been visited throughout history
by travelers from Africa, Indonesia and Arabia.

France colonized one of the islands in 1843, and
annexed the rest in 1904. In a referendum in 1974
95% of the population voted for independence.
The exception was one island, Mayotte, which has
a Christian majority. 98% of Comoros are Sunni Muslim.

Mayotte remains a French overseas territory.

Comoros has had more than 20 coups since Independence
and experienced many attempts at secession.

White mercenaries known as Les Affreux, (The Terrible
Ones) and their leader Bob Denard, instigated four of
the coups.

Over three thousand French Troops were sent after him
when he fled the country in 1989.

Currently the islands are in a loose federation, where
each has its own President.

5) Djibouti

Immigrants from Arabia migrated to this country in about
the 3rd century B.C. Their descendants are the Afars, one
of the two main ethnic groups, the other are Issas from
Somali. Islam arrived in 825.

In the mid 1800s France acquired this small country
bordered by Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia. It is
mostly desert.

It has been torn by civil war since 1991. The dictatorial
president, Aptidon, ran the country until 1999 when he
was replaced by another.

The United States opened a military base to fight
terrorism in 2002.

It is an extremely poor country, and one quarter
of its population relies on food aid.

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