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Introduction

One of the least corrupt countries in the world that allows for paid leaves in case of miscarriages for both parents, New Zealand needs no introduction. With a size similar to Japan but comparatively less population, New Zealand is one of the least populated countries in the world. It is an island country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, comprising two main landmasses and quite a range of smaller islands. An indigenous Maori culture and landscape that you can never get enough of, there are quite interesting facts that make New Zealand so popular.

Area: 268,021 square kilometers

Population: 4.8 Million

Wellington on Pixabay

Capital: Wellington

National Anthem: God Defend New Zealand and God Save the Queen

Government Type: New Zealand has a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government. The head of the state is the sovereign Queen Elizabeth II and is represented by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy.

Official Language: English, Maori, and New Zealand Sign Language

Religions: Anglican 24%, Presbyterian 18%, Roman Catholic 15%, Methodist 5%, Baptist 2%, other Protestant 3%, unspecified or none 33%

Ethnic Groups: European Descent 70%, Indigenous Maori People 16.5%, Asians 15.3%, Non-Maori Pacific Islanders 9%

Climate: New Zealand is a country that has mild temperatures with moderately high rainfall. The climate of this country is hugely impacted by two geographical features – mountains and sea. Interestingly enough, although there is no big temperature range, the temperature can change rapidly within a day. Outdoor activities and outdoor plans require full preparation for abrupt weather changes. New Zealand has plenty of sunlight, and during summers, with daylight saving, the day will last up to 10:00 pm.

Currency: New Zealand Dollar often referred to as Kiwi

Taboos: With stunning national parks and incredibly gorgeous hiking trails, New Zealand is a country that comes with its own set of dos and don’ts. Being mindful of a few facts will make your stay even more welcoming. New Zealanders are highly sensitive towards criticism, and it is discouraged, so if you have something bad to say, then keep it to yourself. They also take their privacy as a rather serious matter, and invading that by asking personal questions will not take you far with the New Zealanders. Additionally, they are conscious of the environment, so littering and spitting are big red flags for them.

 

Mount Cook, NZ, by Tim Grundtner on Pexels

Cultural Behaviors: With the most picturesque locations and tourist places, New Zealand is a country that stands tall with pride when it comes to its customs and culture. They are friendly and outgoing people that enjoy extending their hospitability. You will not have to ask for assistance when in New Zealand as it will be given anyway. There is no formal class structure and wealth, and social status is not deemed important.

New Zealand is ranked at 14 in the Human Development Index. With a life expectancy of 82.3 years and expected years of schooling at 18.8 years, New Zealand is a country that is a favorite of many for life and work. Their exports and imports make up 55.9% of the GDP, and the skilled labor workforce constitutes 82.2% of the labor force.

 

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