New Zealand facts

New Zealand is part of the “Zealandia” continent, of which, 93% is submerged.

New Zealand was undiscovered and completely devoid of human beings no more than 800 years ago.

New Zealand is the fastest country in the world to start a business: just one day.

Of modern countries currently independent, New Zealand was the first to allow women the vote.

Sign Language is one of three official languages of New Zealand.

There are no terrestrial (land) snakes in New Zealand.

In WWII, the U.S. and New Zealand secretly tested 3,700 “tsunami bombs” designed to destroy coastal cities.

The courts in New Zealand allowed a child to be named “Number 16 Bus Shelter.”

New Zealand’s native Maori make up only 15% of the population, but over 50% of the imprisoned population.

It’s illegal for drug companies to advertise directly to consumers almost everywhere in the world, except in the U.S. and New Zealand.

If everyone lived as densely as the do in Manhattan, the human race could fit in New Zealand.

In 2013, a bacteria was found in New Zealand that’s resistant to every single antibiotic known.

The least corrupt countries in the world are New Zealand and Denmark, according to the Corruptions Perception Index.

In 1999, an ex-prostitute in New Zealand, Georgina Beyer, became the world’s first openly transsexual Member of Parliament.

The world’s steepest street is Baldwin St., with a 38° gradient, in Dunedin, New Zealand.

New Zealand’s Ninety-Mile Beach is only 55 miles long.

Organised commercial bungee jumping first began in New Zealand in the 1980s.

Declawing cats is legal in most U.S. states but banned in at least 22 countries including Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

The logo of the Royal New Zealand Air Force is the Kiwi, a flightless bird.

In 2006, an Australian man tried to sell New Zealand on Ebay. The starting price was AU$0.01 and managed to reach AU$3000 before Ebay closed the auction.

New Zealand will deny people residency visas if they are overweight. There have been cases of people rejected because of obesity.

New Zealand bans all advertising on TV on Christmas, Easter, Good Friday and ANZAC Day.

In 1996, a man broke into a radio station in New Zealand, held the manager hostage, and demanded the station to play “Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the frog.

There are giant carnivorous snails living in New Zealand.

During WW1, New Zealand raised an army of 100,000 men, about 10% of its population.

The smallest wage gap between men and women is to be found in New Zealand: under 5%.

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