Turkey celebrates Republic Day. Following the demise of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey became a republic in 1923. Located in both Europe and Asia, Turkey is slightly smaller than the state of Texas. It exports textiles, apparel, and foodstuffs. Almost 81 million people consider themselves Turks, and Ankara is the capital. Children could learn more at: Turkey.
Central African Republic celebrates Republic Day. It is a landlocked country a bit smaller than the state of Texas. Over five million people live in the Central African Republic. Bangui is the capital. Natural resources include hydropower, gold, diamonds, and petroleum. Older children could learn more at: Central African Republic.
Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos) celebrates Republic Day when in 1975 the country ended its monarchy. This land-locked country in Southeast Asia is about the size of Utah. About 6.5 million people live in this mountainous, forested country. Vientiane is the capital. The country exports coffee and tin. Children could learn more at: Laos.
Burkina Faso celebrates Republic Day. In 1958 the Republic of Upper Volta became a self-governing colony of France. Eventually the country changed its name to Burkina Faso and became independent of France. Slightly larger than the state of Colorado, this African country is landlocked. Its land is mostly flat, and its climate is tropical. Over eighteen million people live in Burkina Faso, and Ouagadougou is the capital. Older children can learn more at: Burkina Faso.
Niger celebrates Republic Day. It became a republic in 1958 before it became free of French control in 1960. This landlocked country, located in Africa, is a bit less than twice the size of Texas. Niger is mostly covered with deserts and mountains. Almost seventeen million people live in Niger, and Niamey is the capital. Older children can learn more at: Niger.
India celebrates Republic Day. It gained its freedom from Great Britain in 1950. According to the CIA World Factbook, India is a third the size of the United States, but its population is more than three times the population of the United States. India has almost every ecosystem in the world. The Himalaya Mountains are in the north; India also has deserts and tropical rainforests. New Delhi is the capital. Children can learn more at: India.
Guyana celebrates Republic Day. Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America. Various European countries laid claim to the country, located on the northeastern coast of South America. According to the CIA World Factbook, Guyana is about the size of Idaho. Because the country has a tropical climate, inhabitants grow sugar, rice, and timber. It also exports gold and bauxite. Over 700,000 people live in Guyana. Georgetown is the capital. Older children could learn more at: Guyana.
Pakistan celebrates Republic Day. According to the CIA World Factbook, Pakistan is slightly less than twice the size of California. It borders the Arabian Sea, and India lies to its east. About 190 million people live in Pakistan. Islamabad is the capital of this mostly agricultural country. Two ancient settlements, Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, located along the Indus River, are in Pakistan. Older children can learn more at: Pakistan.
Cameroon celebrates Republic Day. Declared a republic in 1972, Cameroon, according to the CIA World Factbook, is about the size of California. Its climate varies from tropical in the south to semiarid in the north. About 20.5 million people live in this African country, with most of the population located in the south. Approximately 70 percent of the population are farmers. Yaoundé is the capital. Kids can discover some great facts about Cameroon at: Cameroon.
Nepal celebrates Republic Day. It declared itself a republic in 2008. Located in the Himalayas between China and India, the country is about the size of Arkansas. Eight of the ten highest mountains, including Mount Everest, are within the country’s boundaries. Almost 31 million people live in Nepal, and Kathmandu is the capital. Children could learn more at: Nepal.