Has there ever been a country that sold to another country (Government)?

In one sense this used to be very common. Any number of cities, provinces and whole states were transferred from one sovereignty to another by dynastic marriage. This was a kind of purchase - a transaction - or a trade as part of a dowry.

National identity is a relatively recent thing (the last couple of centuries). Prior to that, emotional identity tended to be more locally based. It was normal for states to have no geographical continuity, to be split up. For instance look at the crazy patchwork that was France in 1477:

Regions or territories of a country have been sold to other countries before. For example the Louisiana Territory was sold to the U.S. by France in 1803, this is known now as the Louisiana Purchase. However, I have never heard of an entire country selling itself to another, but there have certainly been hostile takeovers.

What was your biggest culture shock visiting Greece?

Two things:The recession and its aftermath - it is jarring to see the number of shuttered businesses on the streets of Athens. Graffiti on the shutters make a bleak picture.The Euro makes things expensive even though the country is suffering. In a normal world (outside

Why didn't Germany invade Spain, Switzerland and Sweden while they did invade other European countries that posed no threat?

They did not have to invade Sweden.For historical reasons, the pro-German sentiments were strong in Sweden by the rulers and in the upper classes. The royalty and nobility were related to Germany, and trade with Germany was a major source of revenue.It was only by fortunate circumstances that Sweden did not side with Imperial

What is the difference between primary and secondary market research?

Primary research is, effectively, data (qualitative or quantitative), gained first hand, through the researcher's own direct efforts. Example would be designing and conducting a survey, or speaking to industry experts to get their opinions. Secondary research is when someone else's primary research is