10 Interesting Facts You Probably Do Not Know About New Zealand
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10 Interesting Facts You Probably Do Not Know About New Zealand

New Zealand is a country famous for its scenic beauty, liberal laws and press freedom. Here are 10 interesting facts do probably do now know about New Zealand.

New Zealand is a country famous for its scenic beauty (Every Lord of Rings – Trilogy fan can attest to that). It is also known for its liberal laws and press freedom. Here are 10 more things you probably do not know about New Zealand.

  1. New Zealand is a country where you will have a hard time paying in cash. Most commercial establishments in New Zealand accept only credit card transactions which means that when you go out to shop, eat or watch a ballgame, rely on your credit card only. All personal transactions in New Zealand are done through credit card to the extent that most taxis in the country only accept credit card as payment.
  2. It is one of the few countries which has two national anthems, God Save the Queen and God Defend New Zealand.
  3. There is no other country in the world where women are considered equal to men than New Zealand. This is due to the fact that as early as 1893, women were allowed to vote during national and local elections while most countries in the world were wrecked with race and gender problems at that time. In fact, New Zealand’s top 3 government positions – Prime Minister, Governor General and Chief Justice – were once occupied by women.
  4. By the age of 15, you can legally drive in New Zealand and at 16, you can have consensual sex. Minors can drink in restaurants as long as they are accompanied by adults but at the age of 18, you can legally purchase alcoholic beverages in New Zealand.
  5. While it is illegal and shunned by the society in most countries, prostitution is legal in New Zealand. It has a thriving sex tourism industry under strict control by the government and you can see dozens of brothels in one street in any major cities in New Zealand.
  6. Homosexual marriage is legal in New Zealand. 
  7. Two famous personalities, Sir Edmund Hillary and Ernest Rutherford are from New Zealand.
  8. The ratio of sheep to humans at New Zealand is 9 to 1. With New Zealand’s 4 million inhabitants, this means that there are about 36 million ships in the country.
  9. New Zealand was once part of Australia (South Wales). In 1901, Australia Federated and gave New Zealanders a choice, and refused that choice, if they want to be a state of Australia.
  10. Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand. It is also the closest city to southpole.

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