List of Countries with Shocking Facts to Surprise you to Last Bits

Written by Jawaria

There are around 200 independent countries in the world, the number differs with different sources. They are spread across seven continents on the surface of the earth and each one has its own value and traditions. There are certain facts about all the countries that differentiate them from other countries. Here is a list of countries having some strange and shocking facts that you might not know. Whenever you decide to take a world tour, take this list of countries with you to approve them in person.

Brazil-named after a tree


Brazil is one of the most surprising country in the world. It can surprise you with a lot of its aspects.  One of the shocking thing you would come across anywhere is that Brazil is named after a tree which is normally the other way around. Brazil is also shown to be a small country but in reality, it covers half of the South American continent with its border being shared with every country in the continent excluding Chile and Ecuador.

China manufactures 70% of world toys

China toys

The most populated country of world, China is known for the workaholic people and the swift progress they have made in a short time to become a super power. It is certainly on the list of countries to be inspired by for any new nation. Some strange things have happened in China before and after its independence in 1949 like paper originated from China. A very strange thing to be forbidden is hugging a tree in China. When it comes to advancement and organizing people, they go way back in history and they use fingerprints as a method of identification as far back as AD 700. With its huge bunch of people and industry, China manufacturers 70% of the world’s toys. China is not on the list of countries to consider only due to its people, as 20% of China’s plants are used in medicine that cures a lot of people around the world.

Canada- Most educated population

Canada is a beautiful nation and it attracts a lot of tourists as well and has lakes more than any other nation of world. Despite of all the natural tourism spots, the people don’t limit to the tourism and with 50% of its population having been educated at the post-secondary level, Canada is at the top of the list of countries with most educated population. Healthy eating sense is not gifted by education and Canada has more doughnut shops per capita than any other country which reflects their consumption. Also, Canada has the longest street in the world is Yonge street in Toronto Canada measuring 1,896 km.

Norway- 99% renewable energy


Norway is not a large country with a large population and other facilities, but the people there have acquired something really amazing. 99% of all energy produced in Norway is renewable and clean thus making the environmental hazards almost zero. The renewable energy is produced via hydropower there and with the trend shifting towards the renewable energy around the world, Norway certainly is at the top of list of countries to reduce global warming.

Square watermelons in Japan

square watermelons

Japan leads the technology world and it has now been an obvious fact about the country so that is no more shocking as you all have Japanese technology in your house especially regarding electronics. With the decreasing space to accommodate everything, they started growing square watermelons so that they fill the basket fully and make room for other stuff as well. Other than the technology, Japan is also the largest exporter of frog legs. With a very low use of personal cars and an excellent public transport facilities, Japan has 82 of the 100 busiest train stations in the world.

Free Education

free education

Education is the birth right of every newborn child in the world and it is the key to discover the reality of life and the person itself. Education like all other necessities of life has a price all over the world but as in case of any scientific or general law, exceptions are always there. There is a list of countries that provide free education to its citizens. Some European countries like Spain, France, Italy and Malta, education fee is absolute zero for European students and is not much for international students as well. There are a lot of programs offering free educations for higher studies in Germany. There are many countries in the world providing free primary education as they are funded by governments or some other charity organizations.

Countries with NO Military

Military and armed forces are very important part of a nation’s existence in rising terrorism around the world. A major bulk of national budget is devoted to those people in a lot of countries but just in the same harsh world, there is a list of countries that don’t feel this need and have no army. Some of these peaceful or strange countries are Costa Rica, Nauru, Vatican City, Iceland, Monaco, Panama and Vanuatu. You may find some local people assigned to maintain peace and in case if something goes wrong, but not a regular military or other armed forces.


Although the name sounds like the Urdu translation of Orange, Malta is a real country. People working abroad is a common trend especially in developing countries, but Malta exceeds all the limits in this regard and now Maltese living in Malta are fewer in number than the ones living abroad. The whole immigration trend started as a result of poor economic situation and increased birth rate simultaneously in country.


The super power and most dominant nation in the world United States of America is well known for its accomplishments and development but there are certain less known facts about America. You might expect the men of country earning enough to handle the household on their own but infact, 75% of households are such that women manage the money and pay the bills. America also leads the list of countries in consumption of junk food and it is also reflected by the figures that Americans eat 35,000 tons of pasta a year and they spend $10 million a day on potato chips. The most accomplished nation as stated by many is not that wise as 45% of Americans don’t know that the sun is a star and it leads the list of countries where adults believe that Santa Clause is real and also in some other fantasies.

New Zealand

New Zealand may be famous due to the bird Kiwi and some also say that there is a region in the country where people still wear no clothes but that’s not all shocking about the country. The oldest exposed surface on Earth is New Zealand’s south island that makes it one of the oldest places to visit. There is a lot of fuss about the gender equality around the world now but New Zealand pioneers the list of countries to recognize women participation and was the first one to allow women to vote. People keeping animals is a common thing but you would be surprised to know that there are 70 million sheep in New Zealand but only 4 million people which very much may seem like sheep keeping people.

About the author


A media communications student at NUST. An aspiring journalist, filmmaker, entrepreneur and the list goes on.. Sky is the limit I believe. Dreams are what keep me moving on with life and motivate me to look upon the world with a newer perspective every other day.. and to live life to its fullest. Travel and photography are one of the many passions I possess.

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