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10 Fun Facts About Spain

Spain is one of the most visited countries in Europe in terms of tourism rates, and many people can trace their roots back to this unique European country. With its large role in influencing history and modern society, Spain is a force to be reckoned with. Spanning multiple centuries and even aiding in the discovery of North America, it’s a country well worth learning about, regardless of how much you know of its history and influence. Without further ado, here are 10 fun facts about Spain:

    1. It gained independence in 1479
    1. There are four official languages in Spain (Castilian, Catalan, Basque and Galician)
    1. The world’s first novel – Don Quixote, written in 1605 – was written by the Spaniard Miguel de Cervantes
    1. The stapler, mop and bucket, and the 1st version of an astronaut space suit were all invented in Spain
    1. The world’s oldest restaurant, El Restaurante Botín, was opened in Spain in 1705 and still operates today
    1. It’s the 2nd largest country in the E.U., covering a total of 505,992 square kilometers
    1. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, behind Chinese and above English
    1. Spain is a constitutional monarchy; the current king is King Felipe VI
    1. It produces over half of the world’s olive oil
    1. There’s a total of 47 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country

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Briana Maddox View All →

As an recent college graduate who studied media studies and anthropology in college, Briana Maddox enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, holidays, historical figures, experiences, and opinions. With a vested interest in sharing such learning experiences, Briana created Life & Anthropology in the hopes of helping other people gain a better understanding and working knowledge of such topics.

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