Twelve facts about Spain, Spaniards and Spanish

“The Rio Tinto River that flows in Spain has no or very little forms of life in it. The reason for this is that the river has been dumped with toxic waste and has remained polluted for the past 5000 years or so.

“Enrique Iglesias, a famous singer and songwriter, was born in Madrid and is warmly regarded as the king of Latin pop.

“In the Northern Spain, there is an oldest cave painting that dates to 40,000 years, which could be found in the Cave of El Castillo.

“It is illegal to dog walk in the streets of Madrid with more than 8 dogs.

“Molotov cocktails were first used during the Spanish Civil War when General Franco ordered Spanish Nationalists to use the incendiary devices against Soviet T-26 tanks supporting the Spanish Republicans. The name was coined by the Finns during the Winter War as an insulting reference to Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov, responsible for the partition of Finland.

“The demand for Spanish courses has doubled worldwide in ten years.

“Spain once ruled 21 countries that are independent today.

“You can find papier-maché models the size of houses in Barcelona’s Festival de Gracia.

“Hot chocolate in Spain comes thick enough to support a standing spoon. It also comes with “churros”, a typical dessert and breakfast pastry that is made in a circular shape and sprinkled with sugar.

“One of the most famous art museums is located in Madrid. It is known as “Museo del Prado”.

“Spain is a constitutional monarchy. There are a parliament with two legislative chambers and a hereditary monarch. The King of Spain is Juan Carlos I, who inherited the throne from General Franco, the dictator who ruled Spain from 1939 until 1975.

“It takes over 100 years to make fine sherry in the stacked black barrels of Andalucia.

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