Venezuela Fun & Facts

Venezuela 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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  • 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.
  • Venezuela had the world's highest inflation rate in 2015 with over 141%.
  • In 1863, Venezuela became the first modern country to abolish the death penalty for all crimes.
  • Over 1.5 million Venezuelans --4% to 6% of the country's population-- left Venezuela following Hugo Chavez's Bolivarian Revolution.
  • Venezuela was the most murderous place on Earth in 2015, where one person was murdered every 21 minutes.
  • 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.
  • There's a nightclub inside a prison in Venezuela.
  • While most of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil (60%), it's also in Peru (13%), Colombia (10%), Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and three countries.
  • 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.
  • Venezuela ranks 7th in the world's list of nations with the most number of species.