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Last week the United Nations declared New Zealand as the 8th Happiest Place in the World to Live! To celebrate, here is a list of 55 useless New Zealand facts.

  1. There are more vending machines in Japan than there are people in New Zealand
  2. There is a self governed island in New Zealand that features Pokemon characters on their official coins
  3. There are no snakes
  4. In 1901 during Australia's federation, New Zealand had the choice of becoming a 'state of Australia.' They declined (cue sigh of relief)
  5. The country produces 65KG of Cheese per person, every year
  6. In fact Pizza Hut gets it cheese from Taranaki
  7. New Zealanders are extremely liberal and appointed their first transsexual member of Parliament in 1999
  8. The country invented the child proof top for medicine bottles
  9. There are more helicopters in New Zealand per capita than anywhere else in the world
  10. New Zealand's courts allowed a child to be officially named 'Number 16 Bus Shelter'
  11. And the prime minister once appointed an Official National Wizard
  12. Lake Taupo is a result of a volcanic eruption over 25 thousand years ago. The eruption was SO BIG that it could be seen from China!
  13. hobbiton movie set
  14. In 1996 a man broke into a local radio station, held the present hostage and played the Muppet Song on repeat
  15. New Zealand's 90 Mile Beach is actually 90 kilometers long. Lets be honest, Kiwis are not well known as the most intellectual of nations
  16. On that note, the logo for New Zealand's Royal Air Force is a Kiwi - a flightless bird
  17. A New Zealand man holds the record for opening the most amount of Oysters per hour
  18. You will find the world's longest Bra Fence in New Zealand
  19. A New Zealand man once lost a bet and had to officially change his name to Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova
  20. There is a town called 'Bull' and in true Kiwi humour the entire town's buildings make fun of the name. The post office 'Post-A-Bull,' the police station 'Const-A-Bull'... you get the idea!
  21. Wellington is the southernmost capital city in the world
  22. It is also the windiest city in the world
  23. Gisborne is the first city in the world to see the sunrise
  24. You will find the world's heaviest insect in the world - the Weta
  25. New Zealand is home to world's longest place name 'Taumatawhakatangihangakoausuotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu'
  26. You will also find the world's steepest street in Dunedin, Baldwin Street'
  27. The first referee in the world to blow a whistle in a game was from Christchurch
  28. There are 9 Sheep for every person in New Zealand, making it the largest ratio in the world
  29. Three quarters of New Zealanders that live overseas actually live in Australia
  30. In 2006 an Australian man tried to sell New Zealand on Ebay
  31. It is the only nation in the world that can legally put Hobbit related photos on its currency
  32. All but one of the Lord of the Rings scenes were filmed in New Zealand and the saga pumped $200 million into the country's economy
  33. Of the entire population only 5% are human
  34. It has the 9th longest coastline in the world and no part of New Zealand is more that around 130km from the ocean
  35. The Moa, a native bird of New Zealand was once the tallest bird in the world, standing at 3.6 meters! It is now extinct.
  36. New Zealand last land mass to be populated - making it a relatively "new" country
  37. It was the first country in the world to teach dogs how to drive a car
  38. There are more species of Penguins in New Zealand than Antarctica
  39. The national Badminton team was once called 'The Black Cocks.' It lasted one year
  40. The world's first commercial bungy jump took place in Queenstown
  41. New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the right to vote
  42. 15% of New Zealand's population is Maori
  43. Lake Nelson, the world's clearest lake can be found in New Zealand's south island
  44. About one third of the country is protected national park
  45. Mt Doom from Lord of the Rings is actually called Mount Ngauruhoe and can be found in Tongariro Crossing National Park
  46. In a country census, over 53 thousand people listed their religion as "Jedi" 
  47. There are more Golf Courses per capita than anywhere else in the world
  48. There are more Scottish pipe bands per capita than anywhere else in the world
  49. More people live in Auckland than the entire south island
  50. Auckland's Sky Tower is the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere
  51. New Zealand, along with Denmark, is the least corrupt nation in the world
  52. There are no nuclear power stations in New Zealand
  53. The country is home to Giant Snails
  54. New Zealand is roughly the same size as the UK and has a population of just 4 million (the UK has over 63 million)
  55. More people die each day playing lawn bowls than scuba diving in New Zealand
  56. This year New Zealand beat Australia in the UN's ranking of the World's Happiest Countries (Australia came in at #9 whilst NZ came in at #8).

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