25 facts about Spain you didn’t know

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25 facts about Spain you didn’t know

If you are interested in Spanish culture, or planning a trip to Spain in the near future, there’s a lot to learn. Visiting Spain or learning the language would be more interesting if you knew a little bit more about this amazing country, right?

Well, without further ado, here are 25 interesting facts about Spain.

  1. There are 4 official languages in Spain (Castilian, Catalan, Basque and Galician), three unofficial regional languages (Asturian, Aragonese, and Aranese), and several more dialects. Not everyone speaks Spanish!
  2. Spain was not part of the first or second world war.
  3. Their national anthem has no words.
  4. There is no tooth fairy in Spain. Instead, the Spanish have a legend called ‘Ratoncito Perez’ who exchanges children’s teeth for gifts.
  5. With a GDP of $1.3 trillion, Spain is the 13th largest economy in the world.
  6. There are no laws about public nudity in Spain.
  7. 43% of the world’s olive oil production is done in Spain.
  8. Spain has more than 8,000 beaches.
  9. The name Spain diverged from the word Ispania, which means the land of rabbits.
  10. 21 countries have Spanish as their official language.
  11. The Puerta del Sol (“Gate of the Sun”) plaza in Madrid is the physical center of the country.
  12. Flamenco is not actually a dance; it’s a musical style, which sometimes has dancing in it.
  13. Spain is one of the world’s biggest producers of saffron, an important ingredient in paella.
  14. Spain was one of the first European countries to ban smoking in workplaces and bars (2006).
  15. Barcelona has 15 million visitors per year, while Madrid has only 6 or 7.
  16. Spaniards celebrate the New Year by eating one grape with their family for each bell strike of the clock.
  17. 71% of Spain’s population identifies itself as catholic.
  18. Spain has the highest number of bars out of all the countries in the EU.
  19. Spain is the closest country to Africa.
  20. FC Barcelona is the biggest privately owned stadium in the world (seating 100,000 people).
  21. Tortillas in Spain are not the same as tortillas elsewhere. Tortilla española refers to a very popular egg and potato dish. Spaniards use the word “tortitas” to refer to flour/corn tortillas.
  22. Same sex marriage has been legal in Spain since 2005.
  23. On May 15th all the single women in Madrid visit the chapel called Ermita de San Isidro to prick their fingers with pins and put it in a vessel, in order to find a husband.
  24. Spain is the only country in Europe that produces bananas.
  25. In Ibiza, tourists spend about 1430 million euros each year.

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