82 Interesting Facts About Venezuela

Last updated on February 4th, 2021

The Arts, Festivals, and Beauty Pageants

48. Venezuelan music is a mixture of African and Spanish music, full of the use of percussion instruments and guitars.

49. A type of small guitar named the cuatro (for its four strings) is the national instrument.

50. A waltz-like dance called joropo is Venezuela’s national dance.

51. The richness and variety of its musical styles and dances includes the bambuco and callipso.

52. For immersion in the visual arts, visit Funducíon Bigott in Petare for workshops in popular arts and artisan crafts.

53. The annual Red Devils of Yare Festival on Corpus Christi Day simulates Christianity winning over Satan.

54. Venezuela is famous around the world for its beautiful women. Its beauty pageant winners hold seven Miss Universe crowns, six Miss World crowns, seven Miss International crowns and two Miss Earth crowns. The Miss Venezuela Pageant is popular annual event in the country.

Food

55. Venezuelans eat their largest meal between noon and three in the afternoon. Many go home to eat lunch with their families. At night they eat a light supper at eight o’clock or later.

56. ‘Arepas’ are popular in Colombia and Venezuela, and what’s for breakfast and any other time of day. Made of thick corn tortillas stuffed with cheese and a variety of shredded meats and other fillings, these are popular everywhere.

Reina pepeada, Arepa, corn bread with chicken and avocado.

57. Traditional lunches include ‘pabellón’ (rice, black beans, and meat with a side of plantain slices) and ‘reina pepiada’.

58. ‘Cachapas’ are corn pancakes topped with a salty cheese called “queso de mano” or “telita”.

Hallacas and Pan de Jamon, a traditional Venezuelan entree during Christmas dinner.

59. ‘Hallacas’ are the country’s version of the tamale. They include meat, olives and raisins covered in cornmeal then wrapped in plantain leaves and steamed.

60. A popular local drink is ‘chicha andina’ made from rice or corn flour. Venezuelan coffee is excellent.

Tourism

61. Venezuela’s northern coastline along the Caribbean is the longest stretch of Caribbean coastline of any country. Enjoy a relaxing day on the fine white sand overlooking clear blue sea, or go scuba diving, snorkeling, scuba diving, kite surfing, paragliding and other ocean activities.

62. Favorite and recommended beaches include Cayo de Aqua, Cayo Francisqui, Isla Coche, Playa El Yaque, Praia Crasky, and Cayo Sombrero. These are located in Los Roques National Park, Margarita Island, Mérida and Isla el Gran Roque, among other places.

63. The Los Roques archipelago is one of the country’s main attractions. There you’ll find Morrocoy National Park with islets and mangrove groves. See turtles, birds, dolphins, hundreds of pelicans and more.

64. Canaima National Park is the world’s sixth largest national park at over 30,000 square kilometers. There are many rock mesa plateaus called tepuis in the park of geological interest. Its cliffs, waterfalls and lagoon are spectacular vistas.

The Angel Falls. It is 150 meter wide at its base and ten times taller than South America’s most famous waterfalls, the Iguazu Falls.

65. Canaima is the home of Angel Falls, the world’s tallest continuous fall (979 m) which is only accessible by curiara (canoe), airplane, or helicopter. It is sixteen times the height of Niagara Falls and named after bush pilot Jimmy Angel who crash landed there in the 1930s.

66. The Sierra Nevada National Park is home to half of the Venezuela’s highest mountains, including Pico Bolivar, the highest (5007m/16,427 ft). Register at Pico de Aguila to enter the park for hiking and bundle up. Take a guide. The climate becomes polar near the peaks.

Only in Venezuela

67. Venezuelan president ordered the women in the country to abstain from using hair dryers because of the shortage of electricity in the country. The country was on the verge of a total power outage in April, 2016.

68. Christopher Columbus is the first European to find the country.

69. In Venezuela, mothers have to carry their children’s birth certificate for buying diapers and other baby products.

70. Sometimes, Venezuelan police have to hire security for themselves as many police officers have been killed while doing their duty.

71. Coke Zero was banned in Venezuela in 2009.

72. The Venezuelan people enjoy the cheapest gasoline (petrol) in the world since the government subsidizes their oil industry. At a penny a liter, you can literally fill your tank with the small change from your pocket. Oil is cheaper that water in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia.

73. In Venezuela, children have the option to choose the timing of their school. They can choose to attend school in the morning, afternoon or at night.

74. Venezuela abolished slavery in 1854, freeing approximately 25,000 slaves, three percent of the population at that time.

Information about crime and social life in Venezuela

75. Crime is rampant in the cities day and night, and on the roads after dark. Kidnappings are common.

76. Venezuela’s murder rate is the highest in the world. Robbers are quick to murder their victims.

77. The government no longer produces or releases crime data as violent crimes have become so prevalent in Venezuela.

78. There are approximately 33 prisons housing about 50,000 inmates. Its prisons have capacity for only 14,000 prisoners.

79. Venezuela ranks fourth in the world for cocaine seizures, behind Colombia, the United States, and Panama. It has significant involvement in drug trafficking with Colombian cocaine.

80. Quite a few Venezuelan graduates seek their future elsewhere due to the country’s troubled economy and heavy crime rate. It is believed nearly 12% of Venezuelans live abroad.

81. Violent crime, the unstable economic as well as political situations plus the decline in basic living conditions, including shortages of medication, food and water, has led to social unrest in the country.

82. The CDC has identified Venezuela as an area affected by the Zika outbreak.

Venezuela has beautiful national parks, beaches, waterfalls, and mountains to visit and explore as well as a rich culture, delicious food and a multiethnic population to experience.

Venezuela – country at a glance

Independence5 July 1811 (from Spain)
Capital CityCaracas
Total area912,050 sq km
Population28,644,603 (July 2020 est.)
Population growth rate-0.18% (2020 est.)
ContinentSouth America
National anthem"Gloria al bravo pueblo" (Glory to the Brave People)
National symboltroupial (bird)
National colorsyellow, blue, red
National holidayIndependence Day, 5 July (1811)
Life expectancy at birth71 Years (2020)
Literacy rate97.1%
DemonymVenezuelan
Suffrage18 years of age; universal
Official LanguagesSpanish
Government typefederal presidential republic
PresidentNicolás Maduro
Vice PresidentDelcy Rodríguez
BordersColombia, Brazil and Guyana.
Highest pointPico Bolivar 4,978 m
Lowest point:Caribbean Sea 0 m
Mean elevation450 m
ReligionRoman Catholic
Industriesagricultural products, livestock, raw materials, machinery and equipment, transport equipment, construction materials, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, iron and steel products, crude oil and petroleum products
Exports$32.06 billion (2017 est.)
petroleum and petroleum products, bauxite and aluminum, minerals, chemicals, agricultural products
Imports$11 billion (2017 est.)
agricultural products, livestock, raw materials, machinery and equipment, transport equipment, construction materials, medical equipment, petroleum products, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, iron and steel products
GDP - per capita (PPP)$12,500 (2017 est.)
Unemployment rate27.1%
Climatetropical; hot, humid; more moderate in highlands
TerrainAndes Mountains and Maracaibo Lowlands in northwest; central plains (llanos); Guiana Highlands in southeast
Natural resourcespetroleum, natural gas, iron ore, gold, bauxite, other minerals, hydropower, diamonds
Agricultural land24.5%
Birth rate17.9 births/1,000 population (2020 est.)
Death rate7.5 deaths/1,000 population (2020 est.)
Sex ratio 0.99 male(s)/female (2020 est.)
Time ZoneVET (UTC–4)
Internet country code.ve
CurrencyVenezuelan bolívar
Calling Code+58
Drives on theRight
Table last updatedMarch 25, 2020