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86 Amazing Facts about various nations that will surprise you  | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. Amazingly paper bags are outlawed in grocery stores in Afghanistan. They believe paper is sacred.
  2. The only nation whose name begins with an “A”, but doesn’t end in an “A” is Afghanistan.
  3. There is only one Jewish person left in Afghanistan . Amazingly there used to be 40000 Jews there before Israel was formed.
  4. The Aleutian Islands of Alaska cross the 180 degree-meridian longitude. This means that these islands are part of the Eastern hemisphere meaning that Alaska is the state that is farthest north, east & west in the United States!
  5. Amazing fact is that in Albania nodding the head means “no” and shaking the head means “yes”.
  6. Amazingly Austrian citizens are said to have the most vacation time of any country. Austria guarantees workers a legal minimum of 22 paid vacation days and 13 paid holidays each year.
  7. Of the 3,000 islands in the Bahamas chain in the Caribbean, amazingly only 20 are inhabited.
  8. The Bahamas once had an amazing undersea post office.
  9. Amazing fact was that Belgium used to serve beer to school kids in 1970’s since it had 1.5 % alcohol and was considered healthier than most soft drinks!
  10. Amazingly in 1980, there was only one country in the world with no telephones , Bhutan.
  11. Amazing fact was that Bhutan issued a stamp in 1973 that looked like a record and actually would play the Bhutanese national anthem if placed on a record player.
  12. Bhutan use ‘gross national happiness’ as a key national indicator.
  13. In Bhutan, marijuana grows in the wild and is more common than regular grass!
  14. There have been amazing 191 coups in Bolivia since it became sovereign country in 1825.
  15. The town of Calma, Chile in the Atacama Desert has never had rain.
  16. Amazing fact is that two thirds of the World’s kidnappings occur in Columbia.
  17. Fact is Costa Rica is the only country in the Western Hemisphere that doesn’t have any military. The military was abolished in the Costa Rican Constitution in 1949.
  18. The only other country in the world to celebrate the United States birthday, July 4th, is Denmark.
  19. Amazing fact is that in Denmark, you get paid to go to school! All students 18 and older are entitled to a free grant which may be up to $ 950 per month.
  20. Fact is that Eskimos never gamble.
  21. The Falkland Islands ( Pop. about 2000 ) has over 700000 sheep (350 per person).
  22. Amazingly the speeding tickets in Finland are based on how much money a person makes. The director of Nokia received a speeding ticket for 116,000 euros (roughly $152,725) in Finland.
  23. Finland is also known as “the land of of the thousand lakes,” because of amazing 188,000 lakes and 179,584 islands found in this country .
  24. Amazing fact is that the nation of Georgia fired its entire police force by an order by President Mikheil Saakashvili. The country had no police force for the next 3 months during which crime rate actually went down!
  25. Amazingly in 1925 a war between Greece and Bulgaria began because a dog crossed their border.
  26. Guam is known for roads made of coral because Guam doesn’t have any natural sand, but rather coral. The island nation makes its asphalt using a mix of ground coral and oil rather than importing sand from abroad.
  27. Amazingly Haiti is almost entirely treeless. It is so badly deforested that you can tell where it borders the Dominican Republic by looking at a satellite image.
  28. When a Hawaiian woman wears a flower over her left ear, it means that she is not available.
  29. Amazingly in Iceland it is illegal to have pets.
  30. Fact is in Iceland tipping is considered an insult.
  31. There is no ice covering Iceland.
  32. Iceland is mostly green and grassy, while Greenland is mainly cold and icy.
  33. It’s a set of volcanic islands called Izu Islands, off of Japan that have so much sulfur that it’s resident’s must wear gas masks outside.
  34. Jamaica has amazingly the most churches per square mile than any other country in the world.
  35. Amazingly in Kenya a child’s middle name is given based on the time during the day the child is born.
  36. Fact is Maldives is most likely to disappear beneath the waves with an average height of around 1.8 meters above sea level which is the lowest on Earth.
  37. Lebanon is the only country in the Middle East without desert.
  38. Libya is a desert country , amazing 99 % area being desert.
  39. Malta has most of its citizens live abroad .There are now more Maltese living abroad than within the country itself.
  40. There are over 500,000 slaves in Mauritania today.
  41. Amazingly Mexico once had three presidents in one day.
  42. Mexico and Luxembourg are the only two countries in the world that are spelled with the letter X.
  43. Monaco having an area of 0.8 sq. miles is the smallest permanently inhabited nation in the world which is smaller than Central Park. It has amazing density of 16,200 people per sq. km.
  44. Mongolia is the largest landlocked country.
  45. At 4 people per square mile Mongolia is the least densely populated country on Earth. Compare this to the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong that has the highest population density in the world with 340,000 people per square mile.
  46. Amazing fact is that Morocco was the first country to recognize the United States in 1789.
  47. The Taron people purposely decided to go extinct! This small ethnic group known as Asian pygmies lives in the Himalayan foothills on the north part of Myanmar. Their average height is less than 4’3”.A large number of Taron babies were being born with increasingly worse birth defects. The tribe leaders decided that they didn’t want to risk any more misshapen children. They imposed a ban on having kids, and even getting married. There are less than 10 pure blood Taron left, which means that an entire culture will die soon because they chose to.
  48. Amazingly Fossilized bird droppings are the chief export of Nauru, an island nation in the Western Pacific.
  49. With over 95% of its population being overweight, the small island nation of Nauru is by far the fattest country on Earth.
  50. Long ago, the people of Nicaragua believed that if they threw beautiful young women into a volcano it would stop erupting.
  51. Niger has the youngest population of any country having roughly half of its population aged less than 15 years.
  52. Nigeria has the world’s third biggest film industry after Hollywood & Bollywood!
  53. Amazingly 99% of the energy produced in Norway is renewable and clean!
  54. Amazing fact is that despite being 27 times smaller , Norway’s coast line is longer than USA.
  55. Pakistan was named in 1933 and is derived from the first letters of “Punjab,” “Afghan,” “Kashmir,” “Sind,” and “Tan.” All of these are districts or states of what is now Pakistan.
  56. The largest ocean liners pay a $250,000 toll for each trip through the Panama Canal. The canal generates about one-third of Panama’s entire economy.
  57. Papua New Guinea is the most linguistically amazingly diverse country in the world with over 820 spoken languages. Although English is its official language, only 1-2% of the population actually speak it.
  58. There are no public toilets in Peru.
  59. Female aristocrats on the island of Portugese Timor in Malaya, indicate their status by notching their ears.
  60. Amazingly Portugal is the world’s largest producer of cork. The country has regulations protecting cork trees dating back to 1320.
  61. There was once a country called Prussia. After World War II, it was divided among Poland, Germany, and the USSR.
  62. Amazing fact is that Qatar and Bahrain, two Middle East countries have their National Anthems with no words at all.
  63. Saudi Arabia covers an area of 830,000 sq. miles, yet amazingly there is not a single river in the whole country.
  64. Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia.
  65. Amazing fact is that in Saudi Arabia, women are allowed to fly planes but it is illegal for them to ride a bike! The male guardian or chauffeur has to bring her to the airport because as per laws , she can’t drive a car.
  66. Fact is Valentine’s Day is banned in Saudi Arabia.
  67. The art of knitting originated in Scotland.
  68. Amazingly in South America, it is rude not to ask person about his wife and children. In Arab countries, it would be rude to do so.
  69. Latin Americans have two last names.
  70. Amazingly Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt.
  71. Amazing fact is that crucifixion is still an official form of punishment in Sudan.
  72. Suriname is amazingly entirely covered in jungle with 91% of its land covered in jungle. Suriname’s half a million residents live primarily along the coast near the capital.
  73. Amazing fact is Swedish wasn’t the official language of Sweden until 2009!
  74. 89% of people in Sweden speak English.
  75. Amazingly a company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate.
  76. Amazingly the only Southeast Asian country never colonized by western power is Thailand.
  77. In Tibet it is considered good manners to stick out your tongue at someone.
  78. Amazingly Tibetan Monks sleep sitting up! They never have a sore back or neck, it’s impossible to snore, and they have more energy when they are awake!
  79. Over 85 percent of the residents of the United Arab Emirates are foreign.
  80. Vatican City Is The Smallest City In The World. And The Only Country Within A Country. It’s just 0.17 square miles.
  81. Fact is the Vatican’s Swiss Guard still wears a uniform designed by Michelangelo in the early 16th century.
  82. The Vatican city registered 0 births in 1983.
  83. Amazing fact is that Venezuelans pay only 6 cents for a gallon of gasoline being subsidized by Govt.
  84. Over 40% of the people in Vietnam have the same last name: Nguyen.
  85. It’s amazing that Zaire alone produces 2/3 rds of World Cobalt supply.
  86. Amazingly over 25% of Zaire population is infected with a form of the Ebola virus that does not kill.

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