Venezuela facts

Venezuela facts

Venezuela Facts

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.

Venezuela facts

Oil is cheaper than water in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia.

Venezuela facts

Angel Falls in Venezuela is 17 times higher than Niagara.

Venezuela facts

After Hurricane Katrina, Cuba offered medical aid and Venezuela gasoline plus US$5 million. The U.S. rejected them all.

Venezuela facts

In 2012, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez rewarded his 3,000,000th Twitter follower, a 19-year old girl, with a new home.

Venezuela facts

Canada has the third largest oil reserves of any country in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

Venezuela facts

In 1863, Venezuela became the first modern country to abolish the death penalty for all crimes.

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Bolivia was named after Simon Bolivar, a military leader who led Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Bolivia to independence.

Venezuela facts

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.

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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.

Venezuela facts

There’s a nightclub inside a prison in Venezuela.

Venezuela facts

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