15 amazing facts from around the world!

It seems that practically wherever you go, you can rely on enjoying a Coca-Cola. Well, this refreshing carbonated drink hasn’t quite made it everywhere. In North Korea and Cuba, you won’t be able to easily find it. This is because of long-term U.S. trade embargoes! And if you do manage, the drink will come at quite a cost!

Believe it or not, the world’s total population could fit within the 500 square miles of Los Angeles if everyone stood shoulder-to-shoulder!

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, more people visit France than any other country in the world. But is this really a surprise? It’s hard to imagine someone disliking the delicious cuisine, the beautiful scenery, and the lively cities.

The most densely populated island in the world is off the coast of Colombia. Santa Cruz del Islote in the Archipelago of San Bernardo is an artificial island the size of two soccer fields. Atop this island are 155 houses and 500 people! Now that’s a tight squeeze!

When you think of the Canary Islands, you might assume that they were named after canary birds. In actuality, the archipelago, situated off the coast of north western Africa, is part of Spain. In Spanish, Islas Canarias comes from the Latin phrase Canariae Insulae, meaning “island of dogs”!

A vast majority of the world’s countries use the metric system for describing length and mass. In fact, there are only three countries that don’t! The United States, Liberia, and Myanmar haven’t quite gotten the memo. However, Liberia might soon switch over to the metric system in order to promote transparency in trade!

There are some pretty long names around the world. For example, in Australia, you have Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya Hill. In South Africa you can find Lake Tweebuffelsmeteen-skootmorsdoodgeskietfontein. But none of them are quite as long as Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, New Zealand! At 85 letters, it’s the longest place name in the world.

The coldest recorded temperature was -144 degrees Fahrenheit in, unsurprisingly, Antarctica. Even a few breaths of this absolutely frigid air would cause a great deal of damage to your body, potentially inducing haemorrhaging in your lungs.

This shouldn’t really come as a surprise, but according to the U.S. Geological Survey, Japan is the most earthquake-prone country in the world. Other countries such as China, Indonesia, Iran and Turkey are also susceptible to earthquakes.

Think of all the flags of the world. How many of them use the color purple? There are only two flags in the world that use the color. In the Nicaraguan flag, purple appears in the rainbow featured in its center, while the flag of Dominica proudly displays a sisserou parrot, a bird with purple feathers!

Do you prefer the hustle and bustle of the city or the peace and quiet of the countryside? In India, approximately 893 million people live in rural areas, while in China, it is estimated that around 578 million people live outside major centers.

The world’s largest manmade oyster reef is located in the state of Maryland. More than one billion oysters are found here, which will hopefully replenish the population after overfishing and disease threatened to wipe out all oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.

What is the youngest country in the world? It’s South Sudan in North Africa! The landlocked country is bordered to the east by Ethiopia, to the north by Sudan, to the west by the Central African Republic, to the south west by Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south by Uganda, and to the south easy by Kenya! The country gained its independence from Sudan in 2011.

Sweden is a nation of islands! It Is believed the Nordic country has more islands than any other country in the world. There are a staggering 221,800 islands, of which only 1,000 are inhabited.

99.9 percent of all commercially grown artichokes are produced in the small town of Castroville, California. Because of the ideal artichoke growing weather (days swimming in ample sunlight) year-round, the town has been dubbed the “Artichoke Capital of the World.”