Aug
05
2009
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What is the National Anthem of Hungary?

Flag of Hungary - courtesy infraredhorsebite - CC-BY“Himnusz” (English: Hymn) is a musical prayer that serves as the official Hungarian National Anthem. It was adopted in 1844 and the first verse is sung at state ceremonies and played at international sporting events. The words of the Hungarian anthem are different from most others in that they express a direct plea to God [&hel[more...]

Aug
05
2009
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What is Poland’s National Anthem?

Flag of Poland - courtesy wikimedia.org - PD“Dabrowski’s Mazurka”) is the national anthem of Poland. It is often known as “Poland Is Not Yet Lost,” or “Song of the Polish Legions in Italy.” It is a lively mazurka with lyrics written by Jozef Wybicki in Reggio nell’Emilia, Cisalpine Republic (now in Italy), in July 1797. This was two years after the Third [&hel[more...]

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Aug
04
2009
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What is the Russian National Anthem?

Russian flag - courtesy Anosmia - CC-BYThe Russian National Anthem is an adaptation of the anthem of the former Soviet Union. The new version removes any mention of Lenin’s ideas and the “unbreakable union” of the Soviet state. It now focuses on a country that is vast in area and rich in resources. After the removal of the Tsar and his [&hel[more...]

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Jun
29
2009
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What is the National Anthem of the United States?

Flag of the United States - courtesy lindsayshaver - CC-BYThe National Anthem of the United States is “The Star Spangled Banner.” The lyrics are from a poem written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by Royal Navy ships during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. Key never meant for it to become a song, [&hel[more...]

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Jun
22
2009
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What is the National Anthem of Spain?

Flag of Spain - courtesy petter palander - CC-BYLa Marcha Real (“The Royal March”) is Spain’s National Anehem and one of the few national anthems which have no official lyrics. But things are changing. The Spanish national anthem was written in 1761 by an unknown composer and only had lyrics during the reign of King Alfonso XIII and when Franco was in power. [&hel[more...]

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Jun
20
2009
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What is the Anthem of the European Union?

European Union flag display - courtesy Stuart Chalmers - CC-BYThe Anthem of the European Union is ‘Ode to Joy’ (German original title: “Ode an die Freude”) and is referred to by both the European Union and the Council of Europe, as simply the ‘European Anthem.’ The member nations of the European Union are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, [&hel[more...]

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Jun
20
2009
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What is Germany’s National Anthem?

Flag of Germany - courtesy Will Palmer - CC-BYDas Deutschlandlied (The Song of Germany), has been used as the national anthem of Germany since 1922. It is mostly known by the opening words of the first stanza, “Deutschland über alles” (Germany above all), but this has never been its title.  In 1841, when August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben wrote the poem, it was [&hel[more...]

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Jun
20
2009
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What is the National Anthem of France?

Flag of France - courtesy Francois Schnell - CC-BYLa Marseillaise is the National Anthem of France. “La Marseillaise” was written and composed by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, captain in the Engineering corps garrisoned in Strasbourg during the night of 24 to 25 April 1792 at the behest of the city’s mayor, Baron de Dietrich. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, “La Marseillaise” [&hel[more...]

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Jun
20
2009
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What is the National Anthem of the United Kingdom?

United Kingdom flag - courtesy micora - CC-BY“God Save the Queen”, or “God Save the King”, is the National Anthem of the United Kingdom. It is also the National Anthem of Norfolk Island, one of the two National Anthems of the Cayman Islands and New Zealand (since 1977) and the Royal Anthem of Canada (since 1980), Australia (since 1984), the Isle of [&hel[more...]

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Jun
20
2009
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What is South Africa’s National Anthem?

South Africa flag - courtesy Kyknoord - CC-BYThe name of the National Anthem of South Africa is “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika.” The words and music of ‘Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika’ (‘God Bless Africa’) were composed as a hymn by Enoch Mankayi Sontonga in 1897 along with Samuel Edward Krune Mqhayi. ‘Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika’ was sung publicly for the first time in 1899. It steadily [&hel[more...]

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Jun
19
2009
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What is New Zealand’s National Anthem?

New Zealand flag - courtesy timparkinson - CC-BY“God Defend New Zealand” is one of two official national anthems of New Zealand, together with “God Save the Queen“. Although they both share equal status, “God Defend New Zealand” is the anthem that is in more common use. Both of these anthems have origins which have been inspired by the fire of patriotism yet [&hel[more...]

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Jun
19
2009
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What is Australia’s National anthem?

Australia's flag - courtesy James Cridland - CC-BYThe name of the Australian National Anthem is “Advance Australia Fair.” Before it was adopted as Australia‘s national anthem, Advance Australia Fair saw other use. The Australian Broadcasting Commission, used it to announce its news until 1952. It was also often played at the start or end of official functions. Proclaimed the National Anthem in [&hel[more...]

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Dec
20
2008
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What are all the verses of “God Save The Queen”?

Queen Victoria (photo by ktylerconk - CC-BY)Most people only know the first verse of the UK National Anthem, God Save The Queen. Occasionally, the third is played and sung too, but few people will sing the second “politically incorrect” verse. Here are these three verses: God save our gracious Queen, Long live our noble Queen, God save the Queen: Send her [&hel[more...]

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