WE ARE THE WORLD; GERMANY 2006 THIRSTING FOR VICTORY Our Short Guide to Countries Still in the Competition

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GERMANY

History: Unified during the Franco-Prussian war in 1870/1871

Population: 82,431,390

Price of a pint: pounds 2.48

Saying: If the rooster crows on the manure pile, the weather will change or stay as it is"

National dish: Sauerbraten - sour roast

Life expectancy: 77

ENGLAND

History: Named after the Angles, one of a number of Germanic tribes who settled in England in the fifth and sixth centuries

Population: 50.9 million

Price of a pint: pounds 2.60

Saying: It's not my cup of tea

National dish: Fish and chips

Life expectancy: 78

ARGENTINA

History: Discovered in 1515, independence from Spain in 1810 after a long campaign

Population: 38 million

Price of a pint: 40p

Saying: Everyone has their own way of killing fleas

National dish: Asado - beef barbecue

Life expectancy: 76

PORTUGAL

History: Became a nation on 24 June 1128, after Battle of Sao Mamede

Population: 10million

Price of pint: 70p

Saying: Past waters don't power mills

National dish: Bacalao - salt cod which can be cooked 365 different ways

Life expectancy: 77

ITALY

History: Kingdom of Italy was set up on March 17, 1861

Population: 58million

Price of pint: pounds 1.70

Saying: I don't give a damn

National dish: Pizza and pasta

Life expectancy: 80 years old

BRAZIL

History: Claimed by Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral in 1500 and won independence in 1891

Population: 184million

Price of a pint: 50p

Saying: Don't heat up your head

National dish: Feijoada: beans, beef, pork

Life expectancy: 71

SPAIN

History: Formed in 1479 with the union of the Castile and Aragon kingdoms. By 16th century one of the world's most powerful nations

Population: 44 million

Price of a pint: pounds 1.50

Saying: If you squat too low your bum will show

National dish: Paella

Life expectancy: 79

SWITZERLAND

History: Taken by Romans then Germanic tribes.

Population: 7,450,874

Price of a pint: pounds 3

National dish: RUsti (grated potatoes) with fried egg

Life expectancy: 80

S. KOREA

History: Mostly authoritarian rule. 1961 coup brought industrial development.

Population: 48.6million

Price of a pint: pounds 1. …