Facts from around the world

If you’re going to be cooped up in the house, you may as well spend some time expanding your (already impressive, we’re sure!) knowledge bank. Memorise some of these facts and you’ll be dazzling friends and family members on your video calls for the rest of self-isolation!

Canada has over three million lakes. That’s 60% of the world’s total.

France covers more time zones than any country on the planet

Dubai’s artificial Palm Islands use enough sand to fill 2.5 Empire State buildings

The Vatican City, in Rome, is the smallest country in the world. At just 100 acres, the Vatican City is roughly 1/8 the size of New York's Central Park.

Roughly €3,000 of change is thrown in the Trevi Fountain in Rome every day – that's a million pounds a year. It is then collected and donated to charity.

The Maldives is the flattest country in the world – it’s highest point (on Villingili island) is only 7 feet and 7 inches above sea level

Italy has the most Unesco Sites in the world. From Mount Etna to the trulli of Alberobello, to Rome's Colosseum, Italy is packed with important sights.

The total length of the world’s coastline is the roughly the same distance as the earth to the moon, 350,016km.

After designing his dream home, Ian Fleming chose to have it built in Jamaica and named it Goldeneye.

Nearly 40% of Botswana is made up of national parks and wildlife reserves, which provide plenty of large areas for animals to roam.

Bird Island in the Seychelles is home to the heaviest land tortoise living in the wild, Esmeralda, who tips the scales at 670 pounds.

Singapore’s national anthem is in micro-text on the back of their $1,000 note.

There is a good reason why a kangaroo and an emu adorn Australia’s crest: both animals cannot move backwards, representing a sign of progress, which is what Australia strives for.

India has the world’s only floating post office on Dal Lake in Srinagar