Interesting Facts about Cuba (part 2)
To many Americans, and others unfamiliar with the country, Cuba is known for its complicated and tumultuous political history. However, things have changed since the 1960s and as Cuba begins to open up its borders it’s time we Americans began to learn about our neighbor.
- Christmas did not become an official holiday in the country until Pope John Paul II decided to visit the country in 1998. The Pope came to advocate greater religious freedom in the country.
- A rare prehistoric fish, the Manuari, can only be fond off the coasts of Cuba.
- Cuba has the highest patient to doctor ratio in the world. Doctors are so common in Cuba, they often travel abroad to countries in greater need of medical help.
- This country boasts one of the highest literacy rates in the entirety of Latin America.
- Cuba has around 20 daily newspapers currently in circulation. Which is quite large if you think of the relative size of the island.
- Cuba is full of US cars that date from the 1950’s. All newer cars are owned by the government. Cars that were manufactured before 1959 can be privately owened and worked on.
- Cuba is home to the world’s smallest bird, the Bee Hummingbird. An adult will grow only to be 2 inches in length, approximately.
- Fidel Castro was a huge fan of the beatles, and in the year 2000, had a statue of John Lennon constructed in John Lennon Park. He thought of the musician as a true revolutionary in his field.