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Before your arrival to Spain, read these 20 funny and useful facts about this country:

  1. The official name of Spain is the “Kingdom of Spain”.
  2. Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe and in the European Union.
  3. 72% of people in Spain speak Spanish. The rest speak Catalan, Galician, Basque and others.
  4. The bull is the national animal of Spain.
  5. The church Sagrada Familia in Spain (Barcelona) has been under construction for over 130 years and it’s expected to be finished by 2026.
  6. In Spain, they don’t have laws against public nudity.
  7. 43% of the world’s olive oil production is done in Spain.
  8. In 2011, a small town in Spain, on the brink of financial ruin, bet on the world’s biggest lottery and won.
  9. The U.S. has more Spanish speakers than in Spain.
  10. Over 16,000 religious festivals across Spain are said to involve animal cruelty. About 60,000 animals die every year.
  11. There are 47 story skyscrapers in Spain that has no elevator.
  12. In France, Germany, Austria, Spain and the Netherlands they serve beer in McDonald’s.
  13. People from Spain, Belgium, Portugal and France are automatically an organ donor, unless they refuse beforehand.
  14. A monument to the liver in Spain, calling “the silent and unselfish organ”.
  15. Madrid is in the physical center of the country and the plaza Puerta del Sol, in Madrid, is the exact center of the country.
  16. Do not be alarmed by a dirty floor in a bar. It is completely acceptable and normal to throw things on the ground in bars. Most of the time a dirty floor means a good bar!
  17. The locals of Spain have lunch at 2 pm and dinner around 9 to 10 pm.
  18. Spain has the second highest number of bars per inhabitants, the only country that has more bars than Spain is Cyprus.
  19. The Madrid subway is the second largest underground system in Europe and the sixth largest system in the world. It has 141 miles of track and is still growing.
  20. When meeting someone, it is customary to give one kiss on each cheek.

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