More than 110,000 Ericsson employees with diverse backgrounds are operating in 180 different countries around the globe. That’s a lot of diversity! Everyone at Ericsson has their own unique World Day for Cultural Diversity story to tell – so in order to engage the rest of the world in a cultural conversation, we've gathered some of the fascinating cultural facts that our employees are most eager to talk about.

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Monica Isaksson:

The modern jet engine was invented by

the Romanian/Bucharest-born inventor

Henri Coanda

in 1910.

Rahel Deribssa Abate:

Coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia

by an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi in the Kaffa region, from which the world "coffee" is derrived.

"When moving in to a new house in the Philippines, make sure that a container full of rice is brought in first to ensure that you will always have enough supply of food throughout your stay." - Mariedel Vasquez

Karina Skouteri:

According to Greek mythology,

the city of Athens, capital of Greece,

got its name after the goddess Athena and the god Poseidon competed for becoming guardians of the city by giving the the city their best gift. Poseidon gave the gift of water, but Athena's gift of an olive tree was deemed more valuable, so Athens took her name.

This myth has a point of reality: many olive trees are found in Athens, but the city indeed faces drought periodically, especially in Summer.

Judy Zielinski:

Montreal has an exciting Summer festival scene!

The Montreal Jazz Festival is the biggest of its kind in the world! People from all over the globe come to enjoy the music and ambiance. We also have the Just For Laughs Festival and the International Fireworks display - which makes the city come alive at night with dazzeling fireworks from competing countries!

"Did you know that every year, Montreal hosts more than 18,000 foreign students from more than 150 countries? There are 11 university level institutions in Montreal, including the 4 world-class universities: McGill University, Concordia University, University of Montreal and UQAM."
- Maria Elena Carbajal

Nadia Ilzaliturri:

Did you know that our Mexican food is considered a cultural heritage?

Mexico introduced chocolate, corn and chili to the rest of the world!

So if you have the chance to come to Mexico I am sure you will enjoy tacos, tamales, pozole but also our magnificent Mayan ruins and our beautiful beaches!

Robert Carlzen:

In my home village the kids grow up watching children's videos on YouTube in languages such as Polish, Russian, Swedish, English and Korean.

I wonder if this will make them even more global than we are?

"In the USA, we celebrate America's founding on July 4th, and a main celebration includes watching fireworks." - Pamela O'Leary

Evelyne Wan Mokhtar:

Apart from Malay, Chinese and Indians,

the population of Malaysia also consists of our indigenous ethinc groups:

'orang Asli,' which literally translates to the 'original people;' as well as Negrito who usually live in the North; Senio, who live in the middle; and Proto-Malay in the South. Each group has its own language and culture! The largest ethnic groups of Sabah's population are the Kadazan Dusun, the Bajau and the Murut. In Sarawak, the Iban Bidayuh and Orang Ulu are Sia.

Ouafa Kathir: 

The University of al-Qarawiyyin, located in FEZ Morocco, is

the oldest existing/continually operating, and first degree awarding, educational institution in the world,

according to UNESCO and Guinness World Records.

"Spanish people are well known for their solidarity and willingness to help others. It has been quite a few years in a row now that Spain ranks as the 1st country worldwide in blood and organ donation!" - Carolina Levinton

Nina Pusek:

In Poland we pour water on one another on Easter Monday.

We actually call it wet Monday!

It comes from an old rural tradition of advances when boys used to pour water on the girls they liked the most. This was also a way to ask nature for the rain to ensure rich crops in the upcoming Summer!


Monica Isaksson:

Spanish people are well known for their solidarity and will to help others. It is quite a few years in a row now that

Spain ranks 1st country worldwide in blood and organ donation! 

"Algebra, Calculus and Trigonometry came from India!" - Gishmeet Bindra

Ouafa Kathir:

In Morocco, we celebrate the month called Chaaban in the Muslim religion to prepare for Ramadan.

Rajat Bajaj:

The game of Snooker came from India

Ildikó Pogonyi:

Ballpoint pen, soda water, holography?

Yes, all are Hungarian inventions!

Shambhavi S. Dikshit:

Did you know that there is a Chinese Temple in Mumbai?

During the past, the Chinese residing in Mumbai created this temple. Drenched in red (the Chinese auspicious colour), this temple is indeed a gem hidden in the bylanes of Mazgaon. Although it is a very small temple, it still holds the mystical Yin-Yang and the Fortune Bamboos that provide us valuable insights into Chinese culture. The temple is active throughout the year, but is a visual treat during the Chinese New Year and Moon Festival.

"Bram Stoker was working as a civil servant in Dublin when he wrote “Dracula" in 1897" - Treasa Dovander

Gargi Chowdhury Bhattacharya:

The name 'India' is derived from the River Indus,

the valleys around which were the home of the early settlers. The Aryan worshippers referred to the river Indus as the Sindhu.

Proinsias d’Heneghean:

The language of French penetrated that of Irish when the Normans visited Ireland. They left their imprint on Gaeilge words like "garsún" (a boy).
More surprisingly, the French word "fils" (son of) is still present

in names like Fitzsimons, Fitzgerald, Fitzpatrick, Fitzmaurice, Fitzwilliam, et al.

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