40 Random Facts About Spain

Do you think Spain is a vivacious and happening place? Have you been looking up random facts about Spain? If the answer to both those questions is yes then read on and get fascinate yourself with some unique information.

Spain has pretty much everything that an exotic land can boast of, it has art, culture, museums, monuments, beaches and so much more. This is probably why this country has been the backdrop for many movie shots and has pulled in tourists from all over the world.

These are some interesting random facts about Spain.

Random Facts About Spain

History

1. The Romans occupied Spain around 200 B.C.

2. The present language, religion, and laws in Spain come from the Roman period.

3. The country fell into the hands of Islamic North African Moors in 711. It was only in an effort to drive out the intruders that the nation began to finally take form.

4. The Phoenicians on their arrival to Spain in the 8th century B.C termed it peninsula Span meaning the hidden land.

5. The famous quill pen originated in Spain 1,400 years ago.

6. The Spanish language arrived in America in the 16th century.

7. The nation houses the oldest lighthouse in the world. Tower of Hercules was constructed in the 1st century.

Geography

8. Spain is the third largest country in Europe by area after France. This makes it roughly double the size of the state of Oregon.

9. Spain is a prominent mountainous country and next after Switzerland in the whole of Europe.

10. Cork trees are very common in Spain and provide a major chunk of cork all around the world.

11. The Rio Tinto River which runs through Spain is highly polluted because of 5000 years of mining.

12. A zip line that is 2,365 long connects Spain and Portugal. Within 60 seconds you can reach from one place to another.

Country Facts

13. The official name of Spain is Kingdom of Spain.

14. There are four official languages spoken in the country, they are Castilian, Basque, Catalan, and Galician.

15. Around 400 million around the world speak Spanish which includes 35 million people in the USA itself.

16. The national anthem of Spain does not have any words.

17. It is the third country in the world to legalize same sex marriage in the year 2005. It also went ahead and legalised adoption by same sex couple.

18. It is also the second largest country in Western Europe.

19. The national sport of Spain is soccer though it called futbol.

20. The nation is known all over the world for bullfighting and for its festival La Tomatina where 150,000 tomatoes are thrown each year.

21. Spain is the first country that put a total ban on smoking in the workplace.

22. Spain Portal de l’Angel in Barcelona has the most number of people walking down the street with around 3500 people per hour.

23. It is the largest producer of olive oil in the world.

24. The youngest king in the world was Alfonso XIII who became the king of Spain right after birth.

People

25. The population of Spain as of 2016 is 46.56 million.

26. A major part of the population is Catholic though there are people of other faith such as Islam, Judaism, Protestantism, and Hinduism.

27. People of Spain mostly use gestures instead of words to talk. Each gesture means something.

28. Spain is a very expensive place to live in and people spend more on everyday expense than anything else including education.

29. The literacy rate for the country is over 98%.

30. It also has the highest life expectancy in the world.

31. Most of Spaniards, which roughly constitutes around 80% of them, are homeowners.

32. A very small amount of people in Spain get divorced. The number of kids born out of wedlock is also quite less in number.

33. A lot of Spanish woman keep their maiden name even after getting married. Though, children take their fathers last name.

34. All the citizens of Spain are considered organ donors unless they choose to opt out.

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Economy

35. The GDP of Spain is $1.352 trillion.

36. Spain is capitalist mixed economy and is the 13th largest economy in the world.

37. Euro became the main currency of Spain in 1999, this was after its inclusion into the European Union.

38. Tourism is the most blooming industry in the country, and draws in 40 billion Euros per year.

39. Though the country has a very high unemployment rate. The highest in Europe and one of the highest in the world.

Other Random Facts About Spain

40. A huge number of Gypsies live in Spain. Out of 500,000 Gypsies, many are actually permanent residents while others migrate through Spain.

These are some fascinating random facts about Spain. If you happen to know more such facts then do leave us a comment down below.

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Sai Karthik Reddy

After completing his M.B.A in 2012, Sai the wizard beyond the blog, From Cube To Cuba was never interested to find a day job at the desk but instead set out to explore the world. 5 years later Sai has become one of the top travel bloggers in India and inspired many Indians to get away from desk jobs and become a digital nomad.

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