Facts About New Zealand You Didn’t Know

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New Zealand is not just a country but also an island. With a population of more than 5 million, New Zealand covers a land area of about 268,021 square kilometers. In this write-up, I will show you some interesting facts about New Zealand you probably didn’t know. Read on.

Volcanic Country

Volcanic activities are quite common in Zealand. Most of these natural activities happened about 500 years ago. Zealand is a safe zone and volcanic activities are likely not to happen again. New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland sits on a large field of about 53 volcanoes.

Universal Suffrage

In 1893, New Zealand was the first country that allowed women to be voted for. Today, other countries are yet to allow this but as I said, New Zealand was the pacesetter.

Town With Longest Name In The World

You will need to write down the name of this town on a piece of paper if you are visiting it for the first time in New Zealand. The name of the town is “Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu” which is translated as “The place where Tamatea, the man on the big knees who slipped, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as the land eater, he played the flute to his loved one“. This is the longest name of a town in the world and this town is in New Zealand.

The Land Of “Sheeps”

You will not find a lot of sheep anywhere than in New Zealand. Statistically, for every human, there are at least 10 sheep to match. This is probably because livestock farming is the biggest industry in this country.

Country With Three Official Languages

The country of New Zealand has three official languages. The languages are English, Sign language, and Maori. The Maori language dates back hundreds of years ago and the country deems it right to preserve it.

The Last Country To Be Inhabited

New Zealand is the last country to be inhabited by humans. The first group of people to step foot on this land is the Maori, and that was about 800 years ago.

I hope you learned something today. These are some of the facts of New Zealand. Thanks for reading.

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