Did you know that?

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  • With 410 million native speakers, Spanish is the second most popular language in the world.
  • The name Spain diverged from the word Ispania, which means the land of rabbits.
  • Spain has over 8000 km of beaches.
  • They have highest number of bars out of all the countries in the EU.
  • The name Madrid comes from the arabic “magerit” which means ‘place of many streams’.
  • The Puerta del Sol (“Gate of the Sun”) plaza in Madrid is the physical center of the country.
  • There is a Spanish New Year custom called Twelve Grapes.

    Olive grove
    Olive grove
  • Spain produces 45 percent of all olive oil in the world.
  • Spain is the only country in Europe that produces bananas.
  • Nearly 75% of the world’s saffron flower is grown in Spain
  • Traditionally, you have two surnames in Spain – the first surname from your father, and the second from your mother.
  • Despite being one of the largest and most powerful countries in the world, Spain did not officially participate in either the First or the Second World War.
  • Don Quixote, the famous book written by Spanish author Miguel Cervantes in 1605, was voted the “most meaningful book of all time in 2002
  • Real Madrid, the Spanish football club based out of Madrid, is the most valuable sports team in the world.
  • Barcelona’s city hall provided 1 million euro to fund the movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
  • Spaniards own more cars than cell phones.
  • There is no tooth fairy in Spain but rather a tooth mouse called Ratoncito Perez.
  • The Spaniards aren’t known for very many inventions…but they did invent the mop and the beret…. And Chupa Chups, the famous lollipops that were initially created by the Catalonian Enric Bernat in 1958.
  • In Ibiza, tourists spend about 1430 million euros each year. One in every five citizens registered in Ibiza lives in an isolated house in the country.

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