21 Most Bizarre and Fascinating Facts about Nations Worldwide

21 Most Bizarre and Fascinating Facts about Nations Worldwide

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1. Falkland Islands

This small and remote island is an overseas territory of the UK. There are around 3,000 people living there and around half a million sheep – yes, you read that right – 500,000 sheep! The people-to-sheep ratio is 1:200. It is needless to say that wool is their main export product.

2. India

And after half a million sheep we come to India where cows are considered sacred and they are everywhere with 270 million cows all around this exotic country.

3. Finland

We know Finland as the land of fjords, but did you know that in its territory there are around 180,000 islands?

4. Monaco

This European micro-state has a population of around 38,000 people and, amazingly, its territory is smaller than New York’s Central Park!

5. Saudi Arabia

Now, Saudi Arabia isn’t a small country. And one would think that such a large territory would have some flowing water – but think again. Saudi Arabia doesn’t have a single river, stream, lake, or any flowing water whatsoever. Most of their fresh water comes from underground reservoirs.

6. Libya

The people of Libya don’t have it much better than the people of Saudi Arabia, as 99% of their country is covered in desert wastelands.

7. Hawaii

The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters. Well, that makes things a lot easier.

8. Greenland

Oh, the irony – Greenland just isn’t enough green, at least not according to FIFA officials. Because of the climate, the ground in Greenland is permanently covered in ice, which makes it pretty hard to grow grass for a soccer pitch. FIFA officials haven’t allowed Greenland to compete in FIFA and UEFA competitions because of it – how unfortunate.

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9. San Marino

This small European micro-state with a population of around 33,000 people is the only country in the world that has more registered cars than people.

10. U.S.A.

The U.S. is the world’s leading country when it comes to, well, the number of prisoners. With more than 2.2 million people incarcerated, its prison population makes 25% of all the people behind bars in the world and it’s enough to populate a medium sized country.

11. Russia

Siberia is home to a quarter of all the world’s forests making Russia the largest “producer” of oxygen.

12. Greece

Their national anthem is 158 verses long making it the longest anthem in the world.

13. Turkmenistan

Contrary to the rest of the world, a unibrow is considered highly attractive on a woman. Women let it grow thick, and those who can’t grow a unibrow use herbal remedies to fake it!

14. Egypt

This is open to interpretation, but Egypt is considered to be the oldest sovereign state in the world as it first gained its sovereignty with the formation of the first dynasty in 3100 BC.

15. Singapore

This is the largest state that has been completely urbanized – it has neither farmlands nor farmers.

16. Nauru

This small island-state in Micronesia is also known as the “Land of the Fat” with more than 95% of its population being obese.

17. China

China is home to the largest manmade structure in the world – the Great Wall of China – which is 13,170 miles long!

18. Nepal

The only nation in the world to worship a female goddess – her name is Kumari.

19. Samoa

The tradition and culture of Samoans doesn’t forbid raising boys as girls, if the parents wish to do so. Wonder if the kids have a say in it?

20. Papua New Guinea

In this country they speak more than 820 languages, making Papua New Guinea the most culturally diverse country in the world.

21. Turkmenistan

This is Turkmenistan’s second entry on our list, but not without reason. There you can find the “Gates of Hell” – a volcanic crater that hasn’t stopped burning for over 40 years.

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