Cuba //

Fact file

  • Cuba’s 11,200,000 inhabitants and 110,861 sq km of land make it the largest island in the Caribbean by both population and area.
  • The Eastern province of Granma and one of Cuba’s national newspapers are both named after the boat which carried Fidel Castro and 81 other rebels from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolutionary war in 1956. The boat itself was named after the original owner’s grandmother.
  • Christmas was abolished as a public holiday in Cuba in 1969 and officially reinstated in 1998.
  • Cuba has a 99.7 percent adult literacy rate, among the highest in the world.
  • The world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird, is indigenous to Cuba.
  • Cuba has the only functioning public passenger railway service in the Caribbean. The first steam railway line in Latin America was built on the island in 1837.
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