The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Picture: Supplied
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Picture: Supplied

#FIFAWorldCup: Facts to know about the countries from group C

By Travel Reporter Time of article published Jun 25, 2018

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Group C features fan favourite and former champions France, Oceanic nation Australia, Denmark and South American nation Peru. 


1. The French eat around 30,000 tonnes of snails a year – but only about 1,000 tonnes of the classic French delicacy (served with garlic, parsley and butter) come from France; only some 100 registered snail farms existed in France in 2015.

2.The Eiffel Tower and Margaret Thatcher share the same nickname - La Dame de Fer ("The Iron Lady"). 

3. In France you can marry a dead person – under French law, in exceptional cases you can marry posthumously, as long as you can also prove that the deceased had the intention of marrying while alive and you receive permission from the French president. 

4.  French gastronomy was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2010 – when it was added to the list of ‘intangible cultural heritage of humanity’. 


1. In Aboriginal culture, women are not permitted to play the didgeridoo.

2. Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Hawke later suggested that this was the reason for his great political success.

3. Kangaroos and emus cannot walk backward, one of the reasons that they're on the Australian coat of arms.

4. Despite how adorable they may look, Platypus are actually highly poisonous. They have enough poison to kill a dog or make a human seriously ill. 
A Platypus. Picture: Supplied

1. The popular children's building toys Lego come from Denmark. The Danish nation is even home to original Legoland, a whole theme park built out of Legos that was created in 1968.  
A Legoland monorail. Picture: Supplied

2. The Danish language has no word for "please".

3. Denmark's capital Copenhagen, has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in Scandinavia. 

4. 50% of Copenhagen's communities commute to work every day on bicycle -  come rain come shine. The city even has elevated roads made specifically for bicycles. 


1. Peru has the highest sand dune in the world. Cerro Blanco sand dune, located in the Sechura Desert in the south of Peru,  measures 1177 metres high from the base to the summit. The sand dune towers over small desert town Huacachina, and visitors can ride dune buggies for hours and up to the top of the dunes and then strap a board onto their feet and sand board down it all the way to the town below!

2. Peru has three official languages: Spanish, Quechua and Aymara. However, east of the Andes mountains in the Amazon Jungle, there are indigenous tribes that speak up to 13 languages. 

3. The lost city of Machu Picchu is one of the new seven wonders of the world. The landmark in the Andes mountain was rediscovered back in 1911 by explorer, professor, and archaeologist Hiram Bingham. The site of the historic Incan civilization rests on a mountain ridge almost 8,000 feet above sea level in the Sacred Valley. 

Tourists are able to hike,or take a train or a bus up to a certain point before continuing on foot. However, it's all worth it, as the views are breathtaking and worth hiking up all of the stairs. 

4. There are Penguins in Peru! Tourists are able to spot them If you take a boat out to the marine reserve in Paracas, Peru, where you will see tons of adorable penguins who decided to make the water and coasts of Peru their home.


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