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.Continue Reading
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 >
Several countries in South America, Asia and Europe have legalized certain amounts of marijuana for medical or recreational use or have at least decriminalized its use. In the United States, Washington, Colorado, Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana, while a number of other states have legalized medical marijuana. Laws concerning the growth and sale of marijuana plants, as well as whether or not the plant can be smoked in public, vary by location.Full Answer >
Although most countries have banned caning as a formal punishment for women, a few countries still allow the practice as a form of judicial corporal punishment as of 2015. Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, the Aceh State of Indonesia, Nigeria and Somalia allow caning of women in certain circumstances.Full Answer >