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.
- 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!
- Spain was not part of the first or second world war.
- Their national anthem has no words.
- There is no tooth fairy in Spain. Instead, the Spanish have a legend called ‘Ratoncito Perez’ who exchanges children’s teeth for gifts.
- With a GDP of $1.3 trillion, Spain is the 13th largest economy in the world.
- There are no laws about public nudity in Spain.
- 43% of the world’s olive oil production is done in Spain.
- Spain has more than 8,000 beaches.
- The name Spain diverged from the word Ispania, which means the land of rabbits.
- 21 countries have Spanish as their official language.
- The Puerta del Sol (“Gate of the Sun”) plaza in Madrid is the physical center of the country.
- Flamenco is not actually a dance; it’s a musical style, which sometimes has dancing in it.
- Spain is one of the world’s biggest producers of saffron, an important ingredient in paella.
- Spain was one of the first European countries to ban smoking in workplaces and bars (2006).
- Barcelona has 15 million visitors per year, while Madrid has only 6 or 7.
- Spaniards celebrate the New Year by eating one grape with their family for each bell strike of the clock.
- 71% of Spain’s population identifies itself as catholic.
- Spain has the highest number of bars out of all the countries in the EU.
- Spain is the closest country to Africa.
- FC Barcelona is the biggest privately owned stadium in the world (seating 100,000 people).
- 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.
- Same sex marriage has been legal in Spain since 2005.
- 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.
- Spain is the only country in Europe that produces bananas.
- In Ibiza, tourists spend about 1430 million euros each year.
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