The CIA World Factbook has a comprehensive list of national animals, and Smithsonian Magazine compiled a list of 10 unusual national animals. The United States adopted the bald eagle as its national animal in 1782.Know More
There are no strict rules for choosing a national animal. Any creature that has come to be closely identified with a country or entity can be selected, according to the CIA Factbook. Some countries have mythical beasts in addition to real ones. Scotland's national animal is the unicorn, which has been used in Scottish symbols since the 12th century.
The Komodo dragon, the world's largest living lizard, is the national animal of Indonesia. Mexico boasts five different national animals, including the golden eagle, which appears on the Mexican flag, the jaguar and the grasshopper. The vaquita is the national marine mammal of Mexico, and the Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced “show-low-itz-quint-lee”) is the country's national dog.Learn more about Foreign Laws
Industrialized countries have advanced banking and financial systems, many different industries to create different types of products and substantial international trade. These countries have strong governments and judicial systems. Citizens in these countries have access to many educational options.Full Answer >
Unlike the United States, there are a variety of countries that cannot practice freedom of speech, including Burma, North Korea, Turkmenistan and Libya. Other countries that abide by a strict censorship include Cuba, Syria, Eritrea and Uzbekistan.Full Answer >
The 2014 CIA World Factbook lists 139 countries that have more women than men, including the United States and Canada. Estonia has the largest disparity with 0.84 men to every woman.Full Answer >
As of 2014, there are 219 official and de facto capital cities in 195 countries. Twelve countries have more than one capital city. The island country of Nauru has no official capital city; instead the government offices are located in the Yaren District.Full Answer >