Philadelphia, the largest city in Pennsylvania and fifth largest in USA, is located in the southeast part of the state at the junction of the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers. In 1790, it became the nation's capital under the Constitution and remained so until the seat of the federal government moved to Washington in 1800. At Independence Hall in The Assembly Room, you can still see the chair that President George Washington used. Within a half-century of the founding of the nation at Independence Hall, Philadelphia had emerged as a leader in America's Industrial Revolution. Today the steam locomotives and hat factories of the 19th century have been replaced by diverse manufacturing specialties such as chemicals, medical devices, transportation equipment, and printing and publishing. The city's harbour, one of the largest freshwater ports in the world, is the centrepiece of the AmeriPort facility in south Philadelphia, a major shipping centre with rail links to the Midwest and Canada. The city abounds in landmarks of early American history, including Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the Liberty Bell. Other significant tourist attractions are the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute Science Museum, and the Philadelphia Zoological Gardens. Rowing is popular in the city along the Schuylkill River and there are numerous rowing clubhouses located beside the river. A major attraction is the Longwood Gardens with numerous displays, gardens, rooms, etc.
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Top 10 Highly Developed Countries ( Part-2 )
Canada is, geographically, the second largest country next to Russia and shares the longest international border in the world with the United States. Canada is governed by a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy and keeps its ties with the United Kingdom, being one of the few countries with two anthems. The country is very economically advanced with a GDP $1.758 trillion and GDP per capita of $51,147. It has an intelligent population with high education and literacy rates, and a large percentage of the population is even bilingual or trilingual. Canada is known for its free health care system and imposes minimal taxes on the 34.7 million inhabitants.
The Republic of Ireland has a relatively small population of 4.5 million with a very high literacy rate of 99%, as well as a strong life expectancy of 78.9 years. It also has a well balanced infrastructure, with a GDP of $203.89 billion and a GDP per capita rate of $45,497. The country is ranked #7 for its press, economic and political freedom offered to the public. Ireland was in the process of rapid economic growth and development when the global recession began in 2008.
The Principality of Liechtenstein is one of the smallest and least populated countries in the world, with a landmass of just 160 square kilometers and a population of 35,000. Even so, this parliamentary democracy manages to have one of highest GDP per capita's in the worlds and has virtually zero debt, poverty, and unemployment rates, while having prominent literary and education ratings. Liechtenstein has very low taxes imposed on its citizens and is a centre of investment from countries and the wealthy.
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The Federal Republic of Germany, has the largest economy in the European Union, one of the largest populations at 82.2 million, as well as its bustling capital and economic centre – Berlin. Chancellor Angela Merkel is the head of a government with people of very high education standards, with a nearly 100% attendance rate and 99% literacy rate. Germany thrives in industry and manufacturing and is a major exporter of electrical and engineering products, such as cars, and is renowned globally for their skilled work force. The GDP is $3.5 trillion and GDP per capita is $40,631. Poverty rates are low, although the unemployment rate is about 7%. Germany also, like Sweden, is a prime tourist destination for its historic beauty, and the wonderful people.
The socialist and largely liberal European country of Sweden has an approximate population of 9.3 million with the capital and largest city being Stockholm. The Swedish people are rated as one of the happiest in the world and have high marks in income ($35,876 GDP per capita, and a regular GDP of $485 billion), life expectancy (80.9 years), and education. In addition, the country has equal and free access to health care, and has been one of the most active supporters of environmental sustainability today and pushes for other countries to "go green."