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CHAPTER 14. Northern and Western Europe. Section 1: The British Isles Section 2: France Section 3: The Benelux Countries Section 4: Scandinavia. SECTION 1. The British Isles. Question: What are the similarities and differences between the cultures of Ireland and Great Britain?. SECTION 1.

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CHAPTER 14

Northern and Western Europe

Section 1:The British Isles

Section 2:France

Section 3:The Benelux Countries

Section 4:Scandinavia

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SECTION 1

The British Isles

Question:

What are the similarities and differences between the cultures of Ireland and Great Britain?

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SECTION 1

The British Isles

Ireland and Great Britain—Similar Cultures

Ireland

Great Britain

• democratic governments

• English predominant language

• similar social life, sports

• republic

• predominantly Roman Catholic

• some Gaelic speakers

• constitutional monarchy

• predominantly Protestant

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SECTION 2

France

Question:

What major issues and challenges does France face today?

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SECTION 2

Issues and Challenges Facing France Today

integrating increasing numbers of new immigrants into French society

relations with former colonies, problems with overseas departments

government’s influence over the economy

France

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SECTION 3

The Benelux Countries

Question:

What are the characteristics of the major cities and economies of the Benelux countries?

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SECTION 3

Economy

Belgium: industry, agriculture, international business, diamond cutting, carpets, chocolate

Netherlands: agriculture (dairy and flowers), diversified activities, many exports, natural gas

Luxembourg: steel, international banking

Major Cities

Belgium: Brussels, headquarters of EU and NATO

Netherlands: Amsterdam, capital; Rotterdam, busy seaport; The Hague, Dutch Parliament, International Court of Justice

Luxembourg: none listed

The Benelux Countries

The Benelux Countries

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SECTION 4

Scandinavia

Question:

What cultural characteristics do the Scandinavian countries share?

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SECTION 4

Scandinavia

Scandinavia

mostly Lutheran Protestants

healthy, well-educated populations

languages closely related (except Finnish)

long life spans and low birthrates

democratic systems of government

mostly urban populations

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CHAPTER 14

Chapter Wrap-Up

1. How did Britain control a vast empire? How is it tied to former colonies today?

2. How has Ireland’s economy changed in recent years? How have these changes influenced migration?

3. What features make Paris the primate city of France?

4. What are Belgium’s two language regions?

5. How is the population of Scandinavian countries distributed with regard to cities?