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Which country has the most native languages?
Papua New Guinea has over 820 indigenous languages, more than any other country (12% of the world's total). The country has also the highest Linguistic Diversity Index of 99% (the probability that two people selected from the population at random will have different mother tongues).
What is the most populous French-speaking country?
Democratic Republic of the Congo. The population of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is 77 million. The population of France is 66 million, Canada - 35 million, Madagascar - 24 million.
In which country are the following surnames very common: "unbeatable", "rock", "iron", "falcon", "steel" and "thunderbolt"?
Turkey. These warrior-like surnames are at positions 2-7. The most common surname in Turkey is Öztürk, meaning "pure Turk".
What do Finns call the Baltic Sea?
East Sea. In all Germanic languages except English the Baltic Sea is called "East Sea" - this includes German (Ostsee), Dutch (Oostzee) and all Scandinavian languages. The name has been used since the Viking age, and was also adopted (through Swedish) into Finnish language, disregarding the geography (the sea is west of Finland).
What is the most widely spoken language family of the indigenous peoples of the Americas?
Quechua is spoken in the Andes by some 8 to 10 million speakers. Today, Quechua has the status of an official language in Bolivia and Peru, along with Spanish.
Hindi is the official language of two countries: India and ...?
None of the above. India is unique for having Hindi as an official languages. Hindi is widely spoken in Pakistan, Fiji, and Nepal, but it is not the official language. The official languages of Pakistan are English and Urdu. The official language of Nepal is Nepali. The official languages of Fiji are Fijian, English, and Fiji Hindi. However, Fiji Hindi, aka Hindustani, is NOT the same thing as Hindi.
In which European country does the most common surname come from the word for "priest"?
In Romania. Such an occupational surname could have been passed to following generations only in areas dominated by the Orthodox church, where priests are allowed to marry and have children. Popescu is the most common surname in Romania.
In which country, all of the ten most common surnames are occupational (like Smith)?
Germany. Top 10 surnames in Germany are: Müller (miller), Schmidt (blacksmith), Schneider (tailor), Fischer (fisher), Meyer (farmer), Weber (weaver), Schulz (constable), Wagner (wainwright), Becker (baker) and Hoffmann (man of the court).