Fun Facts About New Zealand

The country that is just to the south east of Australia, New Zealand is often overlooked because of the big chunk of land next to it. When there is no reason to do that, New Zealand is full of beautiful places, amazing things and many other activities to do. Here are some interesting facts about it.

  • The Maori name of New Zealand is Aotearoa which translates into “The Land Of The Long White Cloud“.
  • The Realm of  New Zealand (as it’s called) includes the Cook Islands and Niue.
  • The Closest countries to the country are New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga.
  • Most of the inhabitants are of European descendant, the other big group is The Maori people.
  • The biggest city is Auckland but the capital is Wellington.
  • Because of New Zealand’s isolation from other countries it developed a great bird fauna but the arrival of humans destroyed.
  • The Maori are thought to be in the land of New Zealand since A.D 800. In the 1800s, The British forces came, it didn’t take for a war to start and the natives lose. In 1907, New Zealand became an independent dominion but still held it’s alliances with the Queen.
  • New Zealand is as large as the American State of Colorado.
  • 90% of the population live in cities.
  • 4million is the population of the country, making it the 124 most populated country.
  • The population is increasing because of the large amount of foreigners settling in.
  • English, Maori and the Sign Language are official languages in New Zealand.
  • The Kiwi is often considered New Zealand’s national symbol, it is a small flightless bird.
  • The Flag of New Zealand is a lot similar to that of Australia’s except that this one includes the constellation of Crux and the union jack.
  • Kids in New Zealand spend more time learning maths, science, language than any other country instead of learning arts, sport etc…
  • 1/5 deaths in New Zealand are caused by Tobacco.
  • Most Famous sport in order in New Zealand is Rugby, Golf, Netball, Soccer and then Cricket.
  • New Zealand has a population of around 4million and there about 2.3 million cars out in the streets, making it one of the countries with the highest ownership rate.

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