Interesting facts about Cuba

Posted on Mar 11, 2022      179

The Caribbean country of Cuba has long survived in a tough environment, barely making ends meet. After the Cuban Revolution and the rise of the local Communist Party to power, Cuba established relations with the Soviet Union, but became an undesirable neighbor to the United States. Since then, the USSR has fallen apart, but relations with the United States have not improved. Nowadays, Cuba is a tourist paradise island and an extremely closed, incredibly poor country for locals, who, however, manage not to be discouraged and still look at life with a positive attitude.

Facts about Cuba

  • Cuba uses a two-currency system and two types of currency: pesos and cookies. The first is for locals; the second is for tourists. That’s why everything is ten times more expensive for foreigners than for Cubans.
  • Education in Cuba is free for all - to get into high school is enough to pass the history, Spanish and mathematics.
  • Cuba is the seventeenth largest island in the world, and the first among the islands in the Caribbean.
  • Only a small percentage of Cuba’s population has access to the Internet, but that doesn’t stop the island paradise from being a country where ninety-nine percent of residents are literate.
  • Cuban medicine is very advanced and developed. Many of the tourists come here for treatment.
  • In Cuba, private trade in seafood and beef is prohibited.
  • Many locals hitchhike through the country. Government vehicles are required by law to take hitchhikers.

  • Cuba has a railroad and a highway that runs the length of the island. However, rail transport is not very popular because of the irregularity of flights and lack of comfort.
  • It is forbidden to take pictures of the airport staff, police and armed forces - a careless tourist could be arrested.
  • Cuba regularly supplies its medics on lease to countries in Africa and Latin America.
  • Cuba still uses ration cards, called “La libreta”. Rice, chicken, sugar, milk, eggs, oil, beans, pasta, and household gas are only sold by card.
  • Cuban dwellings have no windows. Blinds are used instead.
  • Cuba has only one national cell phone operator. Calls and SMS messages are very expensive by local standards.
  • Cubans are extremely clean, they take a shower whenever they can, change clothes at least twice a day and actively use deodorants and perfumes.
  • The average salary of a middle-ranking Cuban official is about $20 a month.
  • Cuban leader Fidel Castro has survived more attempts on his life than any other politician in history.
  • Until recently, electric kettles, toasters, and grills were officially banned in Cuba. The reason was the national economy of electricity.
  • About 22% of Cuba’s territory comprises protected natural areas.
  • Cuba, if Ernest Hemingway is to be believed, is heaven on earth. The sea, the sun, the beautiful beaches ... How can you doubt the words of the famous writer?
  • Every Cuban can get only one SIM card for his cell phone.

  • The rock-music in Cuba is controlled by the governmental bodies: if the team gets the approval of the special commission it can perform in the state rock-club Maxim Rock.
  • It is Cuba that is home to the Bee (or Emerald) Hummingbird. This world’s smallest bird is listed in the Red Book of the World. Its weight is less than 2 grams, and its length is about 5 cm. The hummingbird has even been featured on Cuba’s 1 peso coins.
  • Cubans dislike leaving home when it rains. Often, this natural phenomenon becomes an excuse to skip work or school.
  • There are few cell phones, they have been allowed only in 2008.
  • Tourists in Cuba should be wary only of the Cuban crocodile. The other representatives of local fauna are not so lethal for life.
  • Only about 5% of Cubans have access to the Internet.
  • Cuba has a birth rate of 9.8 per thousand, one of the lowest in the Western Hemisphere.
  • About 2 million tourists visit Cuba every year.
  • The state fee for the right to buy a new, not used car in Cuba is $200.000. Yes, this is not a joke. And before 2013 new cars couldn’t be bought at all, that’s why most of the cars in Cuba are 50-60 years old or more.
  • There are no native Cubans in Cuba. They were completely exterminated by the Spanish conquistadors.
  • Cuban families are patriarchal. While you are young, you can go out and have fun socializing with the opposite sex, but after you get married, the couple takes on strictly prescribed roles.

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