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Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented fruit juice, usually that of grapes. Wine has a rich history dating back thousands of years, with the earliest known production occurring around 8,000 years ago on the territory of modern-day Georgia. It first appeared in the Balkans about 4500 BC and was very common in ancient Greece, Thrace and Rome. Wine has also played an important role in religion throughout history. The Greek god Dionysus and the Roman equivalent Bacchus represented wine, and the drink is also used in Christian Eucharist ceremonies and the Jewish Kiddush. Apart from the Vatican City, the French are the biggest consumers of wine, followed by Portugal, Italy and Croatia.
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The number of marriages during the year. The term "marriage" derives from the Latin word mas, meaning “male” or “masculine”. The earliest known use of the word in English dates from the thirteenth century. Although the institution of marriage pre-dates reliable recorded history, many cultures have legends concerning the origins of marriage. One example may lie in a man's need for assurance as to the paternity of his children. He might therefore be willing to pay a bride price or provide for a woman in exchange for exclusive sexual access. Legitimacy is the consequence of this transaction, rather than its motivation.
Time to Prepare and Pay Taxes (hours)
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The time to prepare and pay taxes is the time, in hours per year, it takes to prepare, file and pay (or withhold) three major types of taxes: corporate income tax, value added or sales tax, and labour taxes, including payroll taxes and social security contributions. Switzerland, Ireland and Estonia, for example, are the champions in terms of how little hassle it could be to prepare for paying taxes (60-80 hours). On the other hand, persons and companies could spend months on preparing taxes in countries such as Brazil (2,600 hours), Vietnam or Nigeria.
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Sugars are found in the tissues of most plants but are only present in sufficient concentrations for efficient extraction in sugarcane and sugar beet. A great expansion of its production took place in the 18th century with the setting up of sugar plantations in the West Indies and Americas. After cereals and vegetable oils, sugar derived from sugar cane and beets provides more kilocalories per capita per day on average than other food groups.
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Globally, the percentage of the population that smokes every day — has decreased, but the number of cigarette smokers worldwide has increased due to population growth. About 5.8 trillion (5,800,000,000,000) cigarettes were smoked worldwide in 2014, cigarette consumption is still on the rise. The significant reductions in smoking rates in the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, and other countries that implement increasingly tight tobacco control laws have been offset by the growing consumption in a single nation: China. The Chinese market now consumes more cigarettes than all other low- and middle-income countries combined.
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