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President Dilma Rousseff of BrazilPresident of Brazil - Updated September 16 2014

Dilma Rousseff


Dilma Rousseff was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 1947. Dilma Rousseff is the current President of Brazil and the first female to hold this post in the history of Brazil. Dilma Rousseff studied Economics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.

Before beginning her professional career and conducting her university studies, Dilma Rousseff was involved in left-wing resistance movements, against the military government of the 1960's, Dilma Rousseff was eventually arrested for her involvement in guerilla activities.

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Prime Minister Victor Orban of HungaryPrime Minister of Hungary - Updated September 16 2014

Victor Orban


Viktor Orban was born Szekesfehervar, Hungary, in 1963. Viktor Orban is the current Prime Minister of Hungary, serving for a second term. Viktor Orban studied law at the Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. Viktor Orban joined politics in 1988 when he helped found the Fidesz party. Viktor Orban was elected prime minister in 1998 as part of a coalition until 2002.

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Geography & Economics

Iceland FlagIceland - Updated September 16 2014

A Bad Rower Blames His Oars


Iceland is located in the North Atlantic Ocean. Iceland's economy is very developed and has one of the highest GDP's per capita in the world. The global economic crisis has hit Iceland hard in 2008, the country's major banks collapsed. In January 2009 the government resigned, being unable to contain the economic crisis.

(2014) Iceland's economy is growing again following the banking crisis that ended in 2011. The growth is slow however and is tied to the overall performance of its European Union peers.

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Hungary FlagHungary - Updated September 15 2014

Kingdom Of Mary The Patroness Of Hungary.


Hungary is located in Central Europe. Hungary is bordered by Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. Hungary's economy has grown rapidly following the collapse of the communist regime in 1991, however it's growth has slowed down. If Hungary follows certain economic rules it will be able to join the Eurozone and adopt the Euro as its currency. The 2008 financial crisis hit Hungary in October 2008, and Hungary opted to ask for a 25 billion stimulus package from the IMF, the World Bank and the European Union.

(2014) Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party won another majority in 2014 and this should continue to provide further stability to Hungary, although some of his policies are seen as controversial to some. The economy should increase by over 1% as Hungary along with the rest of the European Union economies continue to recover.

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Personalities

Caravaggio - St JeromeCaravaggio

Life: 1571-1610
Birth Place: Milan, Italy
Historical Role: Painter


Caravaggio was born in Milan, Italy, in 1571. Caravaggio began his artistic training in Milan where he developped his preference for the realist style instead of the popular idealist style of the times. Caravaggio would use peasants as models for many of these paintings, their unfiltered looks would add an extra touch of realism to his paintings.


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Gjergj Kastrioti SkanderbegGjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg

Life: 1405-1468
Birth Place: Diber, Albania
Historical Role: General, Noble


Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg is a very important Albanian national hero, he is celebrated for his leading role in the wars against the Ottoman Empire. Gjergj's father was Gjon Kastrioti an Albanian lord, when he was young Gjergj and his three brothers were sent as hostages to the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Gjergj attended the military school of Edirne and fought for the Ottoman Empire, for his excellent service he was awarded the rank of General Governor.


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