11 amazing things most people don’t know about Cuba

Cuba is amazing in so many different ways…Its people, its natural beauty, its wonderful traditions, its rhythms and these are only a few of the things that come to one’s mind when thinking of Cuba. But what about the unknown facts? We gathered a list of the things less famous, but intriguingly interesting about Cuba:

  1. In Cuba, ballerinas are at the height of stardom and popularity. In fact, they often earn more money than doctors.
  2. A drink of rum and coke and lime is called a “Cuba Libre” in Latin America except in Cuba. There, it’s called a “mentirita,” or “little lie.”
  3. On New Year’s Eve, Cubans burn dolls in order to symbolize forgetting bad times and looking forward to new and good times during the New Year.
  4. Cubans don’t typically write their recipes down. Instead, they are passed down from generation to generation through stories and shared experiences.
  5. Cuba has the highest doctor to patient ratio in the world. There are so many doctors in Cuba, that doctors are often sent abroad to countries with a great need of medical professionals.
  6. Cuba has the world’s highest proportion of Spanish speakers in its population – higher even than Spain.
  7. The uniform color of school children depicts their grade level. Every child between the ages of 6 and 15 is required to attend school.
  8. Cuba offered to pay a US$270 million Soviet-era debt to the Czech Republic entirely in rum.
  9. Cuba has one of the highest literacy rates in the world: 99.8%.
  10. Government vehicles in Cuba are legally required to pick up any hitchhikers.
  11. Cubans expats are calling, on an average, two times a week their family and friends back home in Cuba.