Do You Know 25 Interesting Facts About Cuba?
What is the reason for that? What makes Cuba so special?
Cuba is one of the rare countries where nationwide happiness can be seen all over the country. Tourists are always interested in this country. In this article, we will talk about the most interesting facts about Cuba.
- The national motto of Cuba is “Fatherland or Death”.
- The Spanish conquistadors completely exterminated the Cuban aborigines.
- In the Cuban capital, Havana, there is the state-owned rock club Maxim Rock, which hosts bands that have received approval from the national rock agency. Part of the proceeds from concerts goes to the musicians, the rest of the proceeds goes to the state budget.
- Applicants entering any Cuban university will have to pass 3 exams: to prove their knowledge of the history of Cuba, the Spanish language, and mathematics. There are no paid universities or private schools on the island – all education is free.
- Cuba is known worldwide for its high level of medicine. All health services are free for Cubans.
- In Cuba, they still provide residents with essential food on ration cards, which allows even families with meagre income not to suffer from hunger.
- Windows in almost all Cuban houses, except for a few buildings in the capital, do not have a glass – they are replaced by metal or wooden shutters.
- There is no centralized hot water supply in Cuba.
- Until recently, it was forbidden for Cubans, to have toasters and electric kettles for energy conservation reasons.
- It allows each Cuban resident to have only one SIM card for a mobile phone. Until 2008, cell phones were generally banned.
- Cubans dislike rain so much that in rainy weather, children rarely go to school, and adults do not go to work.
- Cuba is home to a unique mammal that until recently was considered extinct – the Cuban cracker that feeds on insects.
- Central Cuban TV channels do not broadcast advertisements.
- Cubans consider the Virgin Mary to be the patroness of their island.
- Cuban residents are legally prohibited from slaughtering their cows and bulls for meat; the carcasses of dead animals are taken by special government service. Violators face lengthy prison sentences.
- Cubans must get special permits to connect to the Internet. The penalty for unauthorized connection to the network is 5 years in prison.
- Cuba has one of the lowest fertility rates in the Western Hemisphere. The number of abortions reaches record highs.
- Coca-Cola is not sold in Cuba. The second state in the world where this drink is not traded is North Korea.
- The United States rents the Guantanamo Naval Base from Cuba for $ 4,085 a year. The Cuban government does not take this money from the American side in principle.
- When the future revolutionary and Cuban leader Fidel Castro was still a child, he wrote a letter to US President Franklin Roosevelt. In his message, the boy asked to send him a 10 dollar bill, because he had never seen such money before.
- Another American president, John F. Kennedy, purchased 1,200 Cuban cigars for himself a few hours before signing the Liberty Island embargo.
- The US State Department has spent 630 thousand dollars on the promotion of pro-American Cuban pages on Facebook.
- Government cars in Cuba are required to bring voters on the road.
- The CIA was about to inject Fidel Castro with a chemical that would make his beard hair fall out.
- After Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba, all copies of the board game “Monopoly” were destroyed.