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New Zealand, or Aotearoa, its Maori’s name, means the land of the long white cloud. It comprises of two main landmasses—the North Island and the South Island (and has around 600 smaller islands).
New Zealand has about 15,000 km of coastline and a total land area of 268,000 square kilometres, making it long and narrow (thus the name as well). With its far-flung outlying islands and long coastline, the country has immense marine resources. Its exclusive economic zone is one of the largest in the world, covering more than 15 times its land area.
Given its size, you might be surprised to learn that there are only eight universities in the whole country, expanding across the two islands.
– The capital is Wellington, but the largest and most populated city is Auckland
– It is one of the world’s least populated countries with only over 4 million population. Only 5% of the inhabitants are humans, thus it is known to have more sheep than people (an average of 9 sheeps per each person)
– To add on, There are more vending machines in Japan than there are people in New Zealand!
– New Zealanders are also called kiwis which is New Zealand’s native flightless bird
– The first man to climb Mt. Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary, was a Kiwi
– So is Harold Gillies, the man who pioneered plastic surgery
– It was the first country to allow female citizens to legally vote
– The ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy was shot in various parts of the beautiful North and South Islands
– 30% of this area in the country is forest, and yet there are no snakes!
– NZ is the least corrupt nation in the world (tied with Denmark), according to the Corruptions Perception Index
– New Zealand has three official languages: English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language
– New Zealand is one of the only countries (the other two countries with two anthems are Denmark and Canada) to have two national anthems – God Save The Queen and God Defend New Zealand
– It produces 100 kg of butter and 65 kg of cheese each year per person
– The majority of kiwis (3/4 of them) are living in Australia
– The first commercial bungee jump was made by AJ Hackett in the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown in 1988
– The clearest lake in the world is Nelson’s Blue Lake
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