Spain facts

The official name of Spain is the “Kingdom of Spain.”

Spain was the third most visited country in the world in 2013.

72% of Spain speaks Spanish. The rest speaks Catalan, Galician, Basque and others.

The national anthem of Spain has no words.

There’s a 47-story skyscraper in Spain that has NO elevator.

In Catalonia (Spain), a smiley-faced piece of wood called “Shitting Log” poops out the presents in Christmas.

La Tomatina is an annual festival held in Spain where people throw thousands of tomatoes at each other.

The Eiffel Tower was originally intended for Barcelona, Spain, but the project was rejected.

The Sagrada Familia church in Spain, has been under construction for over 130 years and it’s only expected to be complete by 2026.

Spain had more unemployment in 2013 (27.2%) than the US had during the Great Depression (25%).

Spanish rice is unknown in Spain.

In 2000, Spain’s Paralympic basketball team had to return their gold medals after nearly all of their players were found to have no disability.

There are no laws against public nudity in Spain.

The world’s oldest existing lighthouse is the Tower of Hercules, in Spain, erected in the first century and still operational.

There’s a town in Spain where 700 people share the surname “Japon” as they are descendants of 17th-century samurais who stayed there after an embassy returned to Japan.

Two Roman dams in Spain are still in use after 1900 years.

In 1971, Evita Peron’s body was exhumed and flown to Spain, where Argentina’s Ex-President Juan Peron and his new wife kept the corpse in their dining room.

Spain was neutral in WW1 and WW2, but experienced a civil war (1936-1939) which killed over 500,000 people.

Spain has two major exclaves, Ceuta and Melilla, in mainland Africa.

Spaniard double agent Joan Pujol Garcia had the rare distinction of receiving an Iron Cross from the Germans and an MBE from the British during WWII.

43% of the world’s olive oil production is done in Spain.

Britain accidentally invaded Spain in 2002. About 20 Royal Marines disembarked in Spain instead of Gibraltar for 5 minutes until the error was recognised and they all withdrew.

Prostitutes in Spain have to wear reflective vests, like highway workers, to reduce accidents.

There’s a zipline connecting Spain and Portugal. It’s 2,365 ft (720 m) and 60 seconds long.

The youngest king ever was Alfonso XIII of Spain, who became king the day he was born.

A line of descendants of Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II was brought to Spain and became part of the Spanish nobility, holding the title of “Duke of Moctezuma de Tultengo.”

In 2011, a small town in Spain, on the brink of financial ruin, bet on the world’s biggest lottery and won.

In 1492, the Catholic monarchs of Spain issued a decree banning all Jews from Spain. Sultan Bayezid, a Muslim, sent the Ottoman navy to Spain to rescue the Jews from Spanish persecution.

In 1894, Japan offered to buy the Philippines from Spain for 40 million pounds.

The U.S. has more Spanish speakers than Spain.

Over 16,000 religious festivals across Spain are said to involve animal cruelty. About 60,000 animals die every year on them.

Slandering or defaming the Royal family in Spain can carry a sentence of up to two years in prison.

There’s a direct descendant of Christopher Columbus alive today. He’s a Spanish noble.

Of all the countries that celebrate an independence day, 58 are independent of the UK, 26 of France, 21 of Russia and 21 of Spain.



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