Posted on Oct 18, 2021 24
The small Latin America state of Nicaragua is an exquisite country, but far from the most prosperous. It is really dangerous here, and in all Nicaraguan cities there are areas where even the police prefer not to enter. But do not think that all locals are like that - on the contrary, Nicaragua has a lot of good, sympathetic people, and they slightly outnumber the criminals. In addition, it is the locals who suffer the most from rampant crime, which, alas, is one of the major problems of this country.
Facts about Nicaragua
- The first European to visit the territory of Nicaragua was Christopher Columbus, who got here during his 4th expedition.
- About 30% of the country’s total population lives in the capital city of Managua.
- In most cities of Nicaragua, the walls of all buildings are painted with graffiti, sometimes very picturesque. The authorities in the capital have given free rein to street artists by giving them official permission to paint the city.
- As a colony of Spain, for several centuries the land that now belongs to Nicaragua was part of Guatemala, which has long been an independent state.
- Also, for 17 years, the country of Nicaragua was part of the Mexican Empire.
- Throughout the 1980s, there was a revolution and civil war that raged. The reverberations of those bloody events are still felt here today.
- Nicaragua borders only two countries, Costa Rica and Honduras, and along with the latter is one of the most dangerous countries in Latin America.
- The population density in Nicaragua is lower than in all other Central American countries except Belize.
- In the lake of the same name in Nicaragua, which is located on the territory of this state, there are unique freshwater sharks. Quite large, by the way, up to about 3 meters in length.
- About 20% of Nicaraguans are illiterate.
- The rate of HIV infection in this country is one of the lowest in the world.
- There are only two countries in the entire Western Hemisphere that are even poorer than Nicaragua: Haiti and Honduras.
- Nicaraguan money is called “cordoba,” but U.S. dollars are readily accepted everywhere. Euros, on the other hand, are not;Change them in a bank.
- Nicaragua was the first country in Central America to have a woman as president. This happened back in 1991.
- The traditional local cuisine includes iguana meat.
- In the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, there is a museum with a unique collection of traces of ancient animals and humans, forever imprinted in the volcanic ash.
- From early November too late May, it almost never rains in Nicaragua.
- Since the local address system is very confusing and illogical, Nicaraguans often list the nearest landmark as the address and describe how and where to get from it to your destination.
- Roasted bananas are a very popular Nicaraguan side dish.
- The two largest cities in Nicaragua, Granada and León, founded centuries ago by the Spanish, have long disputed each other’s status as capital. To resolve the dispute, Managua was eventually made the capital. A similar picture was observed in Australia, where the city of Canberra was built specifically for the role of the capital, to resolve the long-standing dispute for the right to be the capital between Sydney and Melbourne.
- Nicaragua is home to 18 active volcanoes.
- Of all the countries entirely in Central America, Nicaragua is the largest.
- The brown moth bird is the national symbol of this state. The locals respectfully refer to the moths as “keepers of the ravines”.
- In the 80s, the inflation rate has passed the mark of 30 thousand percent. The government had no money to print new banknotes, so it was decided to simply overprint the existing banknotes with black ink, increasing their face value tens of thousands of times. Thus, the 1,000 cordoba bill was turned into a 1 million bill.
- Each Nicaraguan city has its own patron saint from among the Christian saints, and the day of this saint is always celebrated on a grand scale. This holiday is called “fiesta patronal”.
- The average murder rate in Nicaragua is about 30 murders for every 100,000 inhabitants.
- Oddly enough, the most popular sport in this country is baseball, not soccer.