Venezuela’s name comes from the Italian word “Veneziola” (little Venice). Explorer Amerigo Vespucci saw native stilt houses built in Lake Maracaibo, reminding him of Venice.
Oil is cheaper than water in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia.
Angel Falls in Venezuela is 17 times higher than Niagara.
After Hurricane Katrina, Cuba offered medical aid and Venezuela gasoline plus US$5 million. The U.S. rejected them all.
In 2012, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez rewarded his 3,000,000th Twitter follower, a 19-year old girl, with a new home.
Canada has the third largest oil reserves of any country in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
In 1863, Venezuela became the first modern country to abolish the death penalty for all crimes.
Bolivia was named after Simon Bolivar, a military leader who led Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Bolivia to independence.
Since 2007, an unfinished skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela, has been re-appropriated by squatters into a vast ‘vertical slum’ which now includes grocery stores, hairdressers, and an unlicensed dentist.
There is a persistent storm at Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela. Lightning storms occur for about 10 hours a night, 140 to 160 nights a year, for a total of about 1.2 million lightning discharges per year.