1. Venezuela's name comes from the Italian word "Veneziola" (little Venice). Explorer Amerigo Vespucci saw native stilt houses built in Lake Maracaibo, reminding him of Venice.
  2. Oil is cheaper than water in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia.
  3. Angel Falls in Venezuela is 17 times higher than Niagara.
  4. Venezuela had the world's highest inflation rate in 2015 with over 141%.
  5. In 1863, Venezuela became the first modern country to abolish the death penalty for all crimes.
  6. Over 1.5 million Venezuelans --4% to 6% of the country's population-- left Venezuela following Hugo Chavez's Bolivarian Revolution.
  7. Venezuela was the most murderous place on Earth in 2015, where one person was murdered every 21 minutes.
  8. Bolivia was named after Simon Bolivar, a military leader who led Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Bolivia to independence.
  9. Since 2007, an unfinished skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela, has been re-appropriated by squatters into a vast 'vertical slum' which now includes grocery stores, hairdressers, and an unlicensed dentist.
  10. There is a persistent storm at Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela. Lightning storms occur for about 10 hours a night, 140 to 160 nights a year, for a total of about 1.2 million lightning discharges per year.
  11. There's a nightclub inside a prison in Venezuela.
  12. While most of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil (60%), it's also in Peru (13%), Colombia (10%), Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and three countries.
  13. After Hurricane Katrina, Cuba offered medical aid and Venezuela gasoline plus US$5 million. The U.S. rejected them all.
  14. In 2012, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez rewarded his 3,000,000th Twitter follower, a 19-year old girl, with a new home.
  15. Canada has the third largest oil reserves of any country in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
  16. Venezuela ranks 7th
    in the world's list
  17. of nations with
    the most number of species.
  18. In Venezuela, 4 in 100,000 adult males opt for penis enlargement surgery, the second highest rate in the world.
  19. Hugo Chávez, as president of Venezuela, hosted a TV show every Sunday from 1999 to 2012.
  20. The South American revolutionary Simon Bolivar was, at various times, president of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.
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