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20+ Interesting Facts About Maldives

The  Maldives is a small island country in South Asia. It is the smallest and least populous country in Asia . The Maldives consists of around  1,200 coral islands . Only about 200 are inhabited. It  makes it one of the world’s most geographically dispersed countries. The Maldives organized the world’s first underwater cabinet meeting  in 2009. The purpose of this meeting was to highlight the dangers faced by the Maldives due to global warming. ( Source ) In 2018, Maldives opened the world’s first underwater hotel residence . This two-story villa is 16 ft below the Indian Ocean. ( Source ) Cowry shell was the  first currency  used in the Maldives. It was also used as a currency in Africa and parts of Oceania, Asia, and Europe. ( Source ) The Maldives is the  flattest country on earth . 80% land area of Maldives is around 1 meter above sea level. According to estimates, Maldives will lose approximately 77% of its land to rising sea levels by 2100. ( Source ) The Maldives has the  lowe

30+ Interesting Facts About Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is a transcontinental country in Central Asia. It is the largest and 2 nd most populous country in Central Asia. The Kazakh steppe is the world’s largest dry steppe region. This steppe covers almost the entire northern part of Kazakhstan. ( Source ) Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital, is the  2 nd  coldest capital city  in the world. Here, the winter temperature can fall to -35 Celsius. ( Source ) Medeu in Almaty, Kazakhstan, is the world’s highest ice skating rink . This athletic and recreation facility is located 1,691 m above sea level and was constructed in 1949. ( Source ) Kazakhstan is the world’s largest landlocked country, with an area of more than 2.7 million sq km. It is overall the 9 th largest country in the world. ( Source ) Kazakhstan has the 2 nd lowest population density in Asia . Its population density is seven people per sq km, only above Mongolia (2 people/ sq km). ( Source )  Domestication of horses started in Kazakhstan According to a genetic study, Kaza

20+ Interesting Facts About Fiji

Fiji is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean. The closest countries to Fiji are Tonga in the east, Vanuatu in the west, Tuvalu in the north, and New Zealand in the south. Fijian, English, and Hindi are the three  official languages  of Fiji. Fijian is the native language of more than 50% of the population. English is spoken everywhere in Fiji. ( Source ) Sri Siva Subramaniya is the  largest  Hindu  temple in the Southern hemisphere. The latest building of this colorful temple was constructed in 1976. ( Source ) Fiji has been ranked the  happiest country in the world according to the Worldwide Happiness Index. ( Source ) It is customary in Fiji for the groom and his family to give a  sperm whale tooth to the future bride after taking permission for the marriage. ( Source ) There are more than 390 species of coral reefs  in Fiji. These corals cover only 1% of Fiji’s waters but support around 25% of marine life in the country, including 1,500 fish species. ( Source ) There are 

30+ Interesting Facts About Paraguay

Paraguay is one of the two (along with Bolivia) landlocked countries in South America. The Paraguay-Parana waterway system links Paraguay to the Atlantic Ocean. This system carries 80% of the Paraguayan trade . ( Source ) Paraguay is the largest producer of cannabis  in South America . ( Source ) Guarani people inhabited modern-day Paraguay from earlier than 1000 BC . Paraguay was the center of Jesuit missions for around 160 years (1609 to 1768). These missionaries were responsible for introducing and spreading Roman Catholicism in Paraguay. ( Source ) Paraguay declared independence from Spain on 14 th May 1811. The Paraguayan War, also known as the War of the Triple Alliance, is the bloodiest conflict in Latin America. Paraguay fought this war (1864-70) against the combined forces of Brazil, Argentina , and Uruguay . Paraguay lost more than 50% of its population (reduced from 525,000 to 221,000 with just 28,000 men) and 55,000 sq miles of the area after this conflict. ( Source )