Where In The World Wednesday: Dec. 24

 

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Staff Reports

It’s ‘Where In The World Wednesday’ in the Carson Valley Times newsroom.

In a feature we just started recently, we wanted to take a closer look at where in the world readers are logging in to read about Carson Valley, Nevada.

While the CVT is hyper-local in focus, the Valley is of interest to individuals around the world. To date, readers from 126 of the 212 countries and territories with internet access around the world have logged on to the CVT.

We’ve decided to present a grade-school-style geography report (With a lot of help from Wikipedia) on one of these countries every week. Rockapella, unfortunately, was unavailable to record a theme song for us. But we still have high hopes!

Up this week: Gibraltar

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Where in the world is CVT being read today? Gibraltar.

EU-Gibraltar.svgWhere is it? On the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula, just south of Spain at the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea.

Population: 30,000 – The entire population could fit in the University of Nevada’s Mackay Stadium.

Size: 2.6 square miles, or smaller than our own Town of Minden. Couple that with a 30,000 population, you get an idea of the high-density

Official Languages: English.

Government: British Overseas Territory, representative democratic parliamentary dependency under a constitutional monarcy. Spain insists it has a claim to the territory, but Gibraltar has control of its own affairs.

Climate: Mild winters, warm summers – officially subtropical Mediterranean.

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Economy: Tourism, online gambling, financial services and shipping. It’s become a favorite of bookmakers and online gaming operators due to its favorable corporate tax regime.

The entirety of Gibraltar. Flickr photo
The entirety of Gibraltar. Flickr photo

75px-Pillars_of_Hercules_svgDid you know? The famed Rock of Gibraltar dominates the geography of the region, rising 1,398 feet above sea level. It was considered in mythology to be one of the Pillars of Hercules on either side of the entry to the Mediterranean (Jebel Musa in North Africa is the other). The two pillars appeared as supporters of a red ribbon on the coat of arms of Spain, which appeared on the Spanish dollar. The American dollar was derived from the Spanish dollar, and one theory is that this is where we get our dollar sign. Another more commonly-held theory that the sign evolved out of the scribal abbreviation for Peso, an interlocking “ps.”

Pop Culture: In “Popeye” animated shorts, the Rock of Gibraltar appears in both Popeye’s throat and biceps after eating spinach. Albert Hammond, writer of Top 10 hits for Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Julio Iglesias, hails from Gibraltar. John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married in Gibraltar.

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