35 Interesting Facts About Cuba

Last updated on November 14th, 2017

Cuba, officially the Republic Of Cuba, is a country in the Caribbean. One of the world’s greatest public health achievements happened in Cuba in 2015 when it eradicated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.

Interesting facts about Cuba’s education, average earnings, banned items and more …

#1. The literacy rate in Cuba is 99.8%, which is one of the highest in the world.

#2. There are now just two countries in the world where Coca-Cola cannot be bought or sold – at least not officially. They are Cuba and North Korea, which are both under long-term US trade embargoes (Cuba since 1962 and North Korea since 1950).

#3. Cubans were not allowed to own cell phones until 2008, when the ban was lifted by President Raul Castro’s government.

Flag of Cuba

Flag of Cuba
Flag of Cuba – design similar to the Puerto Rican flag, with the colors of the bands and triangle reversed. Source – CIA

#4. If you were employed in Cuba, you would get an average salary of just U.S. 20 dollars per month. Isn’t that strange?

#5. When viewed from the air, the island of Cuba resembles a crocodile. Hence, it is also referred in Spanish as “El Crocodilo” or “El Caima.”

#6. Cuban cigars are known as the finest cigars in the world. They are hand crafted with homegrown tobacco. Sugar made from sugar cane is their major crop.

#7. Nickel constitutes Cuba’s major export item at 21% of total exports. This volume equals 4% of all Nickel produced in the world.

#8. Of all the islands in the Caribbean, Cuba is the largest. There are as many as 4000 other islands in the region, which are much smaller than Cuba.

#9. Cuba has about 250 museums.

#10. January is the coolest month, while August is the warmest.

#11. Out of the 38,000 miles of roadways in Cuba, half are unpaved.

#12. Voting in Cuba is legally mandatory.

#13. The median age in Cuba is 39.9 years.

#14. Cuba has the highest doctor-to-patient ratio in the world. Due to this fact, many Cuban doctors are sent to countries where medical aid is required.

#15. Internet access is restricted to less than 5% of the population among Cuba’s 11 million inhabitants.

#16. No one can legally own a car today in Cuba. Legal ownership of cars was discontinued by the government after 1959. Today, all the cars are owned by the Cuban government.

cars in cuba
Cars bought before 1959 are still in Use

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