Venezuela, officialy known as Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is South American country on the northern coast sharing borders with Colombia to the west, Guyana to the east, and Brazil to the south. A Country with extremely beautiful landscapes, friendly people and very rich in history, making this a nice country to visit. Our interesting facts about Venezuela and fun facts about Venezuela will give you a great overview about this country.
Interesting Facts About Venezuela – History and General Facts
Venezuela means “Little Venice” and is derived from the time when Amerigo Vespucci arrived in the year 1499, it reminded him of Venice, because the houses were built on the water.
The famous explorer Christopher Columbus, said he reached “heaven on earth” when he discovered Venezuela in 1498. (source)
Caracas is not only the capital but also the largest city with a population of nearly 5 million. The official language is spanish, as it is in most south american countries.
The currency is the bolivar fuerte, it is named after the liberator of the country, Simon Bolivar.
Venezuela was one of the founding members of the international organization OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries)
Since the discovery of oil in the beginning of the 20th century, the country has the world’s largest oil reserves and eighth largest gas reserves. Venezuela also been one of the world’s leading exporters of oil. Other exports include Iron ore and Coffee (source)
The people here are mostly Roman Catholics with almost 92% of the population following this religion, it is obvious that religion is important to the Venezuelan people.
Venezuela is one of the most urbanized countries in South America.
Slavery was abolished in Venezuela in 1854 and it is one of the oldest democracies in South America.
Interesting Facts About Venezuela For Travellers – Things To Do In Venezuela
Caribbean islands such as Tobago, Grenada Aruba, Curacao, Trinidad and the Leeward Antilles lie near the Venezuelan coast.
Caribbean coast is marked with beautiful white sandy beaches, ancient cities, tropical rain forests and high mountains. The Caribbean coastline starts from the peninsula of Paria, the region that was discovered by Explorer Columbus and called heaven. The Caribbean coast consists of around 72 small islands.
Lake Maracaibo is South America’s largest lake with over 13,000 cubic feet of water. Additionally, it’s one of the oldest lakes on planet Earth, aged between 20 and 36 million-years-old
The Canaima National Park, located in Bolivar state is among the largest national parks on the planet.
Capybara is the largest rodent on the planet and is found inhabiting the grassy plains (llanos) of Venezuela.
This country is a state with extremely high biodiversity, with habitats ranging from the Andes Mountains in the west to the Amazon Basin rainforest in the south, via extensive llanos plains and Caribbean coast in the center and the Orinoco River Delta in the east.
A must see: The Angel Falls, located in Gayana highlands is the tallest waterfall in the whole world, this Waterfall is 1002 meters (3287 feet) high. This waterfall is located in the Canaima National Park in the state Bolivar. The Angel waterfalls are more than 19 times higher than Niagara Falls (51 meters high).
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela lies within the Neotropic ecozone this means that large portions of the country were originally covered by moist broadleaf forests.
Venezuela belongs to the 17 Mega Bio-diverse countries.
The wildlife of Venezuela includes wild animals like jaguars, pumas capybaras, howler monkeys, different species of freshwater dolphins, manatees, giant anteater and the giant otter called the “river-wolf”, which is almost extinct.
In Morrocoy, tourists are able to see the blue waters of the coral in the middle of the beach with beautiful scenery and wildlife, but the main area is the Morrocoy National Park which was built between the Village and Village Chichiriviche Tucacas.
Fun Facts About Venezuela – Funny And Culture Facts
Have you wondered whether venezuelan women are cute or not? Well, let me tell you a real funny fact about Venezuela: it has more Miss Universes and more Miss Worlds than any other country on the planet. In Total they won 6 titles
The popular series, “The Simpsons” has been removed from T.V. channels in Venezuela, because it was thought to be inappropriate for children.
Even though they produce one of the best rums in the world Venezuela has one of the highest consumptions per-capita of scotch whiskey.
Baseball is the most popular sport. Why is it in the fun facts section? Because I would never thought that they play baseball in Venezuela.
One of the really cool funny facts about Venezuala is that public school students attend their classes in shifts. They may attend school from morning to afternoon or afternoon to evening. The literacy rate of the country is 95.5%, .
Coke Zero was banned in the year 2009, because of the artificial sweeteners the coke contains.
Golf was banned for being too bourgeois. (source)
On Christmas the streets in Caracas are blocked so the Venezualans can rollerblade to church.
In Venezuela, there are shortages of basic necessities like toilet paper, diapers and other basics in the supermarkets.