Culture of Faeland

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The culture of Faeland has evolved over several centuries as the native Faels absorbed, adapted and modified the cultures of immigrant peoples and customs. The culture is rich and varied as well as being known for its literary heritage which began in the 3rd cent. BCE (much oral tradition predates the invention of writing). Other traditional Faelish arts include sailing, drawing, weaving (see: Thagh), and cooking. The major metropoleis host several professional theater companies, symphony orchestras, operas, and a large number of art galleries, bookstores, cinemas, and museums. There are also two active folk dance ensembles and a handful more attached to temples. Faeland's literacy rate is cripplingly high—it is a common joke that before undertaking an action, a Fael must first consult a book and debate himself. A love of literature, art, chess, music and other intellectual pursuits is widespread.

Religion

Main article: Religion in Faeland

Map of the religions of Europe.

Faeland has no nationwide state religion, although several of the Member States recognize official religions. In all cases, including Vianism, Christianity, and minority religions, state endorsement of religion requires federal level oversight. In some cases, state endorsement is financed by official taxation of adherents. But this should be seen more as the religious institution piggybacking the collection system of the government over church-state collaboration.

Vianism is the predominant religion of Faeland (43% of total resident population). 21% of the total population are irreligious. The largest minority religion is Judaism (4%, figures as of 2007).

Tourism

Main article: Tourism in Faeland

The variety of scenery and cultural and historical monuments, curative spas, hunting grounds and fishing areas give the basis for Faeland's tourism. Intranational roads and railway lines link the Member States. The main air transport hubs connect the country to Europe, as well.