Facts About Countries You Probably Never Knew Existed

This tiny country was once named Pleasant Island by its colonial masters, but of late it really can’t live up to its former glory. Before it was destroyed by mining, it was actually one of the world’s richest countries- so rich that all its citizens would go on fully endorsed shopping trips to Japan! It’s also the only country in the world

that doesn’t have a capital


This country lies off the coast of Sicily, and is actually one of the oldest countries in the world. In fact, it has some of the most ancient structures that are still standing on this planet! This has made it an ideal place to

shoot some of Hollywood’s iconic productions, including ‘Troy’ and the popular HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’


This tiny country probably has one of the worst terrains and the citizens majorly rely on horseback riding as the main means of transport. This may seem like hell for most of us but its citizens have completely embraced this as part of their culture. There’s actually a strange horseback game that they’re fond of playing,

where a man tries to steal a kiss from a woman, and is whipped if he fails


This is a tiny African desert country that acts as a gateway for the Arabian Peninsula to Africa. Other than that, it houses Lake Assal, one of the lowest points on the planet. This country is largely influenced by Somali culture. One of the most withstanding traditions is female genital mutilation, where 93% of Djibouti’s women

have undergone this thousand-year old custom!


This country lies on the island of Borneo, and its citizens enjoy one of the most enviable lifestyles- free education, free health care and no taxes. This is pretty impressive for a country that is still termed as ‘developing’. It must be doing pretty well because its Sultan owns a fleet of the world’s most expensive

vehicles, including Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches.


This country lies between Madagascar and the Mozambique coast. What’s strange about it is that it has very few vegetative species but actually has a variety of unique animal species. Locals are particularly enthusiastic about their green turtle population. Thousands lay their eggs on the coast every night and

everyone is discouraged from using flashlights so as not to interrupt the process.


Formerly known as the Ellice Islands, Tuvalu is one of the countries that are probably going to be non-existent
nin a couple of years. This is because it’s under the threat of sinking into the Pacific due to climatic changes.

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