20 Of The Strangest Yet Interesting Geographical Facts You Might Not Have Known Before

Published 1 year ago

Do you know how many time zones are in Greenland or that there are 187 letters in the full name of Bangkok? We think we already know so much about Earth but considering how much change occurs over the course of time your information may in fact be obsolete. For instance, the flag of Mississippi just recently changed.

If you’re interested to learn a little about the world around and under you then the little snippets of information from the Instagram page geography._.fact may be just the right fit for you. Thankfully for us lazy people, these guys have done the leg work for us. They’ve extensively researched academic reports, history books, documentaries and podcasts to arrive at the information they present so we don’t have to. So scroll below for a colourful representation of the geographical facts you didn’t even know you needed to know. 

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The age at which a person’s, typically a girl’s, consent to sexual intercourse is valid in law

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People in Mississippi voted in the referendum for a flag change. This is going to be a new flag of Mississippi state

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TOP 5 Highest female to male ratio:
Djibouti – 83:100, Hong Kong, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia – 86:100

TOP 5 Lowest female to male ratio:
Qatar – 339:100, UAE – 256:100, Bahrain – 153:100, Kuwait – 138:100, Saudi Arabia – 130:100

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Dagen H (H day), today usually called “Högertrafikomläggningen” (“The right-hand traffic diversion”), was the day on 3 September 1967, in which the traffic in Sweden switched from driving on the left-hand side of the road to the right. The “H” stands for “Högertrafik”, the Swedish word for “right traffic”. It was by far the largest logistical event in Sweden’s history.

There were various arguments for the change:

All of Sweden’s neighbours drive on the right, including Norway and Finland, with which Sweden has land borders, and five million vehicles cross those borders annually.
Approximately 90 percent of Swedes drove left-hand drive vehicles, and this led to many head-on collisions when passing on narrow two-lane highways. City buses were among the very few vehicles that conformed to the normal opposite-steering wheel rule, being right-hand drive (RHD).
However, the change was unpopular; in a 1955 referendum, 83 percent voted to keep driving on the left. Nevertheless, the Swedish Parliament approved Prime Minister Tage Erlander’s proposal on 10 May 1963 of right hand traffic beginning in 1967, as the number of cars on the road tripled from 500,000 to 1.5 million and was expected to reach 2.8 million by 1975. The Statens Högertrafikkommission (HTK) (“the state right-hand traffic commission”) was established to oversee the change. It also began implementing a four-year education programme on the advice of psychologists.

As Dagen H neared, every intersection was equipped with an extra set of poles and traffic signals wrapped in black plastic. Workers roamed the streets early in the morning on Dagen H to remove the plastic. A parallel set of lines was painted on the roads with white paint, then covered with black tape. Before Dagen H, Swedish roads had used yellow lines.[citation needed] Approximately 350,000 signs had to be removed or replaced, 20,000 in Stockholm alone

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Shanilou Perera

Shanilou has always loved reading and learning about the world we live in. While she enjoys fictional books and stories just as much, since childhood she was especially fascinated by encyclopaedias and strangely enough, self-help books. As a kid, she spent most of her time consuming as much knowledge as she could get her hands on and could always be found at the library. Now, she still enjoys finding out about all the amazing things that surround us in our day-to-day lives and is blessed to be able to write about them to share with the whole world as a profession.

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