1. New Zealand is part of the "Zealandia" continent, of which, 93% is submerged.
  2. New Zealand was undiscovered and completely devoid of human beings no more than 800 years ago.
  3. Most of New Zealand's population of 4.5 million is of European descent. The indigenous Maori are the largest minority at almost 15%.
  4. Elizabeth II is the Queen of New Zealand and the head of state.
  5. Sign Language is one of three official languages of New Zealand.
  6. New Zealand is the fastest country in the world to start a business: just one day.
  7. Around 1300 CE, Polynesians settled in today's New Zealand, and developed the distinctive Maori culture.
  8. "Aotearoa," often translated as "land of the long white cloud," is the current Maori name for New Zealand.
  9. Of modern countries currently independent, New Zealand was the first to allow women the vote.
  10. It's illegal for drug companies to advertise directly to consumers almost everywhere in the world, except in the U.S. and New Zealand.
  11. There are no terrestrial (land) snakes in New Zealand.
  12. In 2013, a bacteria was found in New Zealand that's resistant to every single antibiotic known.
  13. The least corrupt countries in the world are New Zealand and Denmark, according to the Corruptions Perception Index.
  14. In 1999, an ex-prostitute in New Zealand, Georgina Beyer, became the world's first openly transsexual Member of Parliament.
  15. The steepest street in the world is Baldwin St. in Dunedin, New Zealand, with a 38° gradient.
  16. New Zealand's Ninety-Mile Beach is only 55 miles long.
  17. Organised commercial bungee jumping first began in New Zealand in the 1980s.
  18. Declawing cats is legal in most U.S. states but banned in at least 22 countries including Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
  19. The logo of the Royal New Zealand Air Force is the Kiwi, a flightless bird.
  20. In 2006, an Australian man tried to sell New Zealand on Ebay. The starting price was AU$0.01 and managed to reach AU$3000 before Ebay closed the auction.
  21. New Zealand will deny people residency visas if they are overweight. There have been cases of people rejected because of obesity.
  22. New Zealand bans all advertising on TV on Christmas, Easter, Good Friday and ANZAC Day.
  23. In 1996, a man broke into a radio station in New Zealand, held the manager hostage, and demanded the station to play "Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the frog.
  24. There are giant carnivorous snails living in New Zealand.
  25. During WW1, New Zealand raised an army of 100,000 men, about 10% of its population.
  26. The smallest wage gap between men and women is to be found in New Zealand: under 5%.
  27. The tuatara, a New Zealand reptile that pre-dates the dinosaurs, has three eyes.
  28. The oldest known fossil penguin species lived in the early Paleocene epoch
    of New Zealand,
    about 62 million years ago.
  29. In WW2, the U.S. and New Zealand secretly tested 3,700 "tsunami bombs" designed to destroy coastal cities.
  30. If everyone lived as densely as the do in Manhattan, the human race could fit in New Zealand.
  31. The courts in New Zealand allowed a child to be named "Number 16 Bus Shelter."
  32. New Zealand's native Maori make up only 15% of the population, but over 50% of the imprisoned population.
  33. The Kiwi is the national animal of New Zealand.
  34. American soldiers started a riot in New Zealand during WWII because they didn't segregate their bars and they didn't want to drink with non-white people.
  35. In 1984, New Zealand's Prime Minister got drunk and decided to spontaneously call a general election. He lost.
  36. Donald Trump was the most Googled person of 2016 in 88 countries, including Mexico, Spain, South Africa and New Zealand.
  37. After tourists began leaving bras on a fence in rural New Zealand, the trend caught on making the "Cardrona Bra Fence" a popular tourist attraction.
  38. In 2012, the New Zealand government took legal action to prevent a couple calling their child "Anal."
  39. New Zealand's two main islands (the North Island and the South Island) had no official names until 2009.
  40. The New Zealand badminton team was nicknamed
    ‘the Black Cocks', but had to drop it after complaints.
  41. Illegal baby names in New Zealand include Lucifer, Christ and Messiah.
  42. Except for a few species of bats, New Zealand has no native mammals.
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