10 Facts About Spain
Spain is more than just flamenco, bullfighting, sunshine and beaches. what What else is there? These interesting facts about Spain will get you prepared and informed if you’re planning to travel or to move to Spain, or if you are already here.
Read this mix of informative and interesting facts about Spain that you may did not know before.
1. Spain has a number of separate region with different languages
Today, there are 17 autonomous regions in Spain (15 on the mainland and the Balearic and Canary Islands), and two autonomous enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in North Africa.
2. Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world
There are approximately 437 million people native speakers of Spanish, it comes only after Chinese.
3. The United Nations express that Spain will be among the world’s oldest countries by 2050
Over 30% of the population aged 60 and above by 2050.
4. Women set up 40% of all new businesses in Spain
In total 800,000 businesses
5. Nudity is completely legal in Spain
The climate is Mediterranean and you can enjoy the country with its hot dry summers, mild, rainy winters and more than 3,000 hours of sunlight a year.
6.Spain is the country of fiestas, with huge amount of festivals holding during a year
Some of the festivals has more than 800 years old and some of them even awarded UNESCO, so pick up a date with fiesta in your trip. Check all festivals in Spain here.
7. 43% of the world’s olive oil production is done in Spain.
Move over Italy! Spain produces on average about 44% of the world’s production of olive oil every year, twice as much as Italy and four times as much as Greece. Spanish olive oil production is 1.2 million tonnes of olive oil annually.
8.Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world
Spain with attracting 75.6 million visitors, was the world’s third most popular tourist destination in 2016 – after France and the US.
9. The name Spain is coming from the word Ispania, which means the land of rabbits.
Spain was first called Iberia by its Iberian inhabitants (from North Africa). The name was assumed to be based on the Iberian word for river, Iber. They reached Spain around 6000 b.c. When the Greeks attain the Spain around 600 b.c. they referred to the peninsula as Hesperia, meaning “land of the setting sun.” When the Carthaginians achieve it in 300 b.c. they called the country Ispania (from Sphan, “rabbit”), which means “land of the rabbits.”
10.The Madrid subway is the second largest underground system in Europe and the sixth largest system in the world.
The Madrid Metro has 293km long consisting of 13 lines and 300 stations. The first line of the system was established in 1919.