Explore Haiti, Norway, and Some African Countries in CultureGrams!

What do Haiti, Norway, and some African countries have in common? They are countries you can explore in CultureGrams!  

Did you know:

  • Haiti’s name comes from the Taíno (Arawak) word ayiti, which means “land of mountains.” 
  • The Eiksund tunnel, which goes between the island Eika and Norway’s mainland, is the deepest undersea road tunnel in the world.
  • Many Senegalese believe that buying and selling charcoal, needles, or salt at night is bad luck.
  • In 1976, Jean-Bédel Bokassa crowned himself emperor of the Central African Empire (now Republic), complete with a solid gold throne in the shape of an eagle.
  • SiSwati, an official language in Swaziland, has no word for “right” or “left.”

Visiting other countries is a great way to expand your understanding of other people and cultures and to discover all the things people from all over the globe have in common. Knowing more about other countries and cultures is a great way to inform yourself and to have interesting conversations with friends and neighbors.  

Check out CultureGrams (available with a Denver Public Library Card - click here to register online if you don't have one). You can find CultureGrams from our Databases A-Z page, Kids site, and Teens site. The database includes a World Edition as well as a Kids Edition, U.S. States Edition, and Canadian Providences Edition.  

In the World Edition, each country profile consists of the following sections: 

  • Background 
  • The People
  • Customs and Courtesies
  • Lifestyle
  • Society 

They also include additional features like: 

  • Photo Gallery
  • Video Gallery
  • Slideshow
  • Interviews
  • Famous People
  • Recipes
  • Map, flag, national anthem
  • Country Data 

Take a look at Ghana (World Edition) or Togo (Kids Edition) to get a better idea of how much you can learn about each country! 

For more information about CultureGrams, check out this FAQ or 4-minute training video. Teachers may also want to check out these teaching activities and curriculum standards information.  

What countries would you like to visit? What countries have you visited that you'd recommend to others as a travel destination?  

Got questions?  Ask Us or contact Reference Services at 720.865.1363 today!   

Written by Frank on January 17, 2018