Spain Fun & Facts

Spain Facts: Here you find out the latest, amazing and interesting fun and facts like; Geography, Maps, Flag, History, Current ruler, Area, Population, Capital, Largest cities, Languages, Race, Religion, Literacy rate and Economy of it.

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  • The official name of Spain is the "Kingdom of Spain."
  • Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe and the European Union.
  • 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.
  • Modern humans first arrived in Iberia (now Spain), from the north on foot, about 35,000 years ago.
  • The national anthem of Spain has no words.
  • 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.
  • Spanish rice is unknown in Spain.
  • Spain had more unemployment in 2013 (27.2%) than the US had during the Great Depression (25%).
  • 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.
  • Spain was Europe's leading power throughout the 16th century and most of the 17th century, a position reinforced by trade and wealth from colonial possessions and became the world's leading maritime power.
  • 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.
  • The last Moorish kingdom in Spain fell in the same year Columbus reached the Americas.
  • In 2007, scientists in Spain found a tooth from a distant human ancestor that is more than 1 million years old.