interesting facts about Honduras

21 Random Honduras Facts!

Want to learn a little more about the countries of the world? Take a look at these 21 interesting facts about Honduras!

  1. Honduras is a republic in Central America.
  2. In 2017 the population had reached 9.265 million.
  3. Honduras has a total area of 43,433 square miles (112,492 square kilometres).
  4. The average life expectancy is 73.68 (2016).
  5. The fertility rate is 5 births per woman (2012).
  6. The capital city is Tegucigalpa which has an area of 78 square miles (201.5 square kilometres) and a population of 765,675 in 2011.
  7. Spanish is the official language.
  8. The Honduran Lempira is the currency here.
  9. On July 30th 1502, Christopher Columbus first discovered Honduras.
  10. Numerous Mayan ruins still exist in the Honduran city of Copan, dating back to before 1000 BC.
  11. The Cathedral in Comayagua, Honduras, is home to the oldest clock in America which dates back to 1100!
  12. In the past Honduras has been referred to as Spanish Honduras to differentiate it from British Honduras which became the modern-day state of Belize.
  13. Agriculturally Honduras produces bananas, coffee, citrus fruits, beef, rum, shrimp and timber.
  14. Sugar, coffee, textiles and clothing are the staple industries here…
  15. … and the country exports coffee, bananas, meat, lobster, shrimp, rum, gold and other minerals.
  16. Honduras’ Platano Forest was nominated as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
  17. In 1998 Honduras was devastated by ‘Hurricane Mitch’. Sadly at least 5,000 people were killed and 70% of the country’s crops were destroyed; the damage Hurricane Mitch had caused was estimated at £2 billion.
  18. Unfortunately, a problem with economic inequality means that malnutrition, poor housing and infant diseases are common.
  19. Extending along the coast of Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico, the Belize Barrier Reef is the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere and the second largest barrier reef in the world!
  20. In 2012, 50% of Hondurans were under the age of 19.
  21. The international dialling code for Honduras is +504.

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