12. The Dutch East India Company was the most expensive company in history.
If it existed today, its capital would be 8 times bigger than Apple’s capital. According to some calculations, the company would be worth $7.9 trillion at its peak.
11. In Finland, when you get a Ph.D. diploma, you get a top hat and a sword.
Such attributes are an essential part of this country’s tradition. The color of the hat depends on the faculty. Doctors of philosophy have black hats, doctors of theology have purple hats, those in law get dark red, and so on.