By Faith Ijeh
There are over 190 countries in the world, with about 7.6 billion people living in them.
The world is full of interesting, fun and fascinating people, places and things.
Here are ten interesting things to know about the world.
1. North Korea and Cuba are the only countries Coca-Cola are not sold. Coca-Cola is a popular drink that is being enjoyed across the world but not in North Korea and Cuba. The reason is because the two countries are under long-term United States trade embargo.
2. Indonesia is where the shortest people in the world live. Although people with different heights are everywhere, but Indonesia is the country where shortest people in the world are found, according to data compiled from various global sources by UK Telegraph in 2017.
3. The longest name of a place in the world is 85 letters long. There is so much work to do when jotting down the address for those who live in Taumatawhakatangihanga-koauauotamateaturipukakapikimaung-ahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, in New Zealand.
4. Only two countries use purple in their national flags. The flag of Nicaragua features a rainbow in the center that includes a band of purple, while the flag of Dominica boasts a picture of a sisserou parrot, a bird with purple feathers.
5. South Sudan is the youngest country in the world. Some countries are hundreds of years old, while others can trace their nation’s history back to thousands of years but South Sudan in North Eastern Africa just gained its independence from Sudan in 2011, which currently makes it the youngest country in the world.
6. It is estimated that Sweden has more islands than any other country. With 221,800 islands, Sweden is said to have more islands than any other country in the world. Although, only about 1,000 of them are inhabited.
7. There are 41 countries that recognize sign language as an official language, with about 72 million deaf people living around the world. There are also about 300 different sign languages, including American Sign Language and International Sign Language.
8. There are only two countries with names that begin with “The.” Grammar and common pronunciation allows the use of “the” before various countries and places but only The Gambia and The Bahamas formally include “the” in their nation’s name.
9. Tokyo, the capital of Japan is the world’s largest city with 37 million inhabitants. This makes it the world’s largest city in population size, according to Reuters.
10. Four babies are born every second. It is also estimated that two people die every second. This implies that 105 people die each minute; 6,316 people die each hour, 151,600 people die each day, and 55.3 million people die each year.