Posted by: brittanyborseth | October 4, 2010

Did you know?

I have created some of the most interesting facts that I have found about the world. They may persuade you to travel to a place you never thought of traveling before. They may teach you something you never knew before (I learned all sorts of new information!). For example, did you know that in Albania, nodding your head means “no” and shaking your head means “yes?” This may be good to know if you are going to travel to Albania. Cultures can be different from you may think in other parts of the world, and its good to familiarize yourself with facts like this beforehand (because if I was asked how my food was in an Albania restaurant — I would want to shake my head side-side not up and down).

Interesting facts about countries all over the world

  • Two-thirds of Canadians live in Quebec and Ontario.
  • The kangaroo is an animal from Australia that is truly one of the most unusual animals in the world.
  • The Florida Everglades is known as the “Alligator Capital of the World”.
  • The top three most beautiful places in the world to visit are: The Grand Canyon in Arizona, The Great Barrier Reef in Australia and Florida.
  • Kosi Bay in South Africa is the most dangerous place in the world for sharks.
  • Indonesia is the country with the highest number of active volcanoes. In Uganda, 50% of the population is under 15 years of age.
  • India has a bill of rights for cows.
  • The tiny island of Sark in the Channel Islands is one of the most peaceful places in Britain-the police force is just one officer.
  • Shanghai, China is the largest city by population (13.3 million) in the world.
  • Luxembourg is the richest country of the world and has the most generous people.
  • Per Capita, South Africa has the most assaults, rapes and murders with firearms.
  • Two-thirds of the world’s kidnappings occur in Columbia.
  • Indonesia contains the most known mammal species.
  • Sick people in Switzerland stay in hospitals for 10 days on average.
  • Albania has more U.S. lottery winners than any other place in the world.
  • The 14 unhappiest countries are all in Eastern Europe.
  • Cuba has the most reported deaths caused by lightning strikes.
  • United Arab Emirates is only the country where death rate is the lowest in the world.
  • A unique festival in Karachi is the “Crocodile Festival.” A father will take his baby son and dangle it above the jaws of a crocodile.
  • A culturally diverse and multi-ethnic city, London is home to people speaking over 300 languages.
  • The most secluded places in the world are: Easter Island and Tristan da Cunha Island.
  • In England, in pubs or bars, you can have drinks but you are not allowed to get drunk.
  • Istanbul, Turkey is the only city in the world located on two continents.
  • The most haunted place in the world is Catacombs in Paris France.
  • The penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation.
  • China has more English speakers than the United States.
  • The city of Las Vegas has the most hotel rooms in the world.
  • In Japan, the number four is considered to be unlucky because the Japanese word for four sounds very similar to the word death.
  • Singapore is one of two cities in the world with a tropical rain forest.
  • Laos is the most bombed country in the world.
  • In Eastern Africa you can buy banana beer. This beer is brewed from bananas.
  • Less than one per cent of the 500 Chinese cities have clean air, respiratory disease is China’s leading cause of death.
  • Russia has the most movie theaters in the world.
  • Wearing shorts in public is generally not acceptable in most parts of the world.
  • The top 3 most popular places in the world to visit are: Italy, France and Germany.
  • In Belgium, there is a museum just for strawberries.
  • Close to 73% of girls in Bangladesh are married by age 18.
  • In Spain, it is common to pour chocolate milk or café au lait on cereal for breakfast.
  • Niagara Falls actually stopped flowing back in 1848 for about 20 hours because there was ice that was blocking the Niagara River.
  • The country with the highest consumption of candy at 29.5 pounds annually per person is Denmark.
  • The highest bridge in the world is located in the Himalayan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army, in 1982, and is about 5,600 metres above sea level.
  • In Ivrea, Italy, thousands of citizens celebrate the beginning of Lent by throwing oranges at one another.
  • In Belgium, 172,000 tons of chocolate are produced in a year.
  • Great Britain has the highest consumption of ice cream than any other European nation.
  • From all the states, Montana has the most different species of animals.
  • Finland is also known as “the land of the thousand lakes,” because of the over 188,000 lakes found in this country.
  • Hawaii is rated the favorite honeymoon place. In the United States, the most frequent month for a tornado to occur is in May.
  • People of Salt Lake City eat the most lime-flavored gelatin Jell-O in the United States.
  • The Fierce Snake or Inland Taipan of Australia has the most toxic venom of any snake. It is enough to kill over 100 people.
  • The Sydney Australia Funnelweb spider is considered the world’s most deadly spider. It is the only spider that has killed people in less than 2 hours Its fangs are powerful enough to bite through gloves and fingernails.
  • The biggest rollercoaster drop in the world in located in Jackson, New Jersey at six flags greatest adventure.
  • The largest singular waterfall in the world spanning is located in called Victoria Falls located in between Zimbabwe and Zambia Africa. It is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
  • Lake Baikal, in Siberia, is the deepest lake in the world. Pancakes are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Australia.
  • Japan has approximately 200 volcanoes and is home to 10% of the active volcanoes in the world.
  • Costa Rica Costa Rica is the 5th cleanest place in the world. Its economy relies heavily on ecotourism and has received an assessment of 97 out of 100 in the category of forestry, air pollution and climate change.
  • Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country.
  • In India, people are legally allowed to marry a dog!There are no cemeteries in San Francisco, CA (excluding the federal National Cemetery at Lincoln Way).
  • The Himalayas cover one-tenth of the Earth’s surface.
  • A “lost world” exists in the Indonesian jungle that is home to dozens of hitherto unknown animal and plant species.
  • The Population of the world can live within the state boundaries of Texas.
  • The Eiffel Tower has 1792 steps.
  • Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation.
  • Average number of days a German goes without washing his underwear: 7.
  • State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.

I hope that you learned some new pieces of information about other countries and that it helps in your travels. If you know of anymore interesting facts, please comment below.

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