Unlike any other Caribbean country, Cuba was hidden to the United States for long 50 years. It has been the center of attention of the world in several occasions. But, due to the USA Embargo in 1962, travel and other activity with Cuba was paused.
Thanks to the Obama administration and Raul Castro, the talk has begun and we are getting new information about Cuba.
Anyway did you know the following facts about Cuba?
01. Cuba is one of two countries forbidden to sell Coca-Cola products. The other is North Korea.
Coca-coal is one of the most popular brand around the world but it has been banned in Cuba since 1962. That is almost 50 years.
U.S. trade embargo during the Cold War halted all shipment of Coke to Cuba. It is the raw ingredients to producing Coca-cola. Fidel Castro seized the private business when he came to power. This made the Coke plants in Cuba to move out and they never returned back.
Cuba is one of three countries to have had this kind of business embargo implemented, the others being Burma and North Korea.
2. Bacardi Started in Cuba
The brand Bacardi rum was originally manufactured in Cuba. However, the brand moved to Puerto Rico after Fidel Castro’s takeover.
Fidel Castro came in power and seized the Bacardi’s Cuban assets without compensation and drove them out of the country. They have operated from Puerto Rico ever since.
3. Cuba has one of the lowest birth rates in all of the Western Hemisphere.
The average age for Cuban people is 38 and the expectancy is 78 years. Their birth rate is shrinking, it’s -0.14%. The reason for the low birth rate might be Soviet inspired health programs that were large proponents of the use of contraceptives.
4. Cuba is full of U.S. cars from the 1950s, because they’re the only cars Cuban citizens can legally own.
5. 17th Largest Island in the World
6. Famous for Cigars
7. Home to the Manjuari Fish
8. Cuba Is Highly Populated
Despite the low birthrate the country is highly populated.
9. One of the Highest Literacy Rates
10. Mostly Human-Friendly Animals
11. Extremely Limited Internet Access
12. The Worlds’ Smallest Hummingbird and Smallest Frog
13. Surplus of Doctors
14. Large Protected Natural Areas
15. Pico Real del Turquino
16. The Favorite Sport Is Baseball
This is surprising, isn’t it?
17. Christmas Was Frowned Upon
18. Home to Several World Heritage Sites
19. Great Health Care System
20. Ernest Hemingway Lived in Cuba
21. Cuba Is More Than One Island
22. Statue in Tribute of John Lennon