20 Fascinating Island Facts

Fun and Fascinating Island Facts

  1. Greenland is the World’s largest island, 822,706 square miles in size, with a population of 56,565.

  2. Hawaii is an oceanic island, created from volcanoes.

  3. Great Britain is a continental island.

  4. Scientists have released millions of genetically modified mosquitoes on the island of Grand Cayman in an effort to combat dengue fever, resulting in an 80% decrease in mosquito numbers.

  5. The largest island located in a river is Ilha do Bananal in Brazil.

  6. The Canary Islands are named after dogs.

  7. Islands found in rivers or lakes are referred to as eyots.

  8. Borneo is home to creatures that exist nowhere else on earth.

  9. Java is the largest Island by Population with over 140 million people.

  10. The highest mountain on an island is Puncak Jaya on the island of New Guinea.

  11. Okinawa Island in Japan has a population of 450 people living above the age of 100, The Island is known as the world’s healthiest place.

  12. Pig Beach is an Island in the Bahamas that is inhabited only by swimming pigs.

  13. The Island of Ilha da Queimada Grande is populated by Poisonous snakes, The Brazilian Navy has quarantined it.

  14. The Falkland Islands has 167 times as many sheep as permanent residents.

  15. Napoleon Bonaparte was born on the island of Corsica and was later exiled to the island of Saint Helena off the coast of Africa.

  16. Venice Island was built on a foundation of tree trunks, over 1,200 years later the same trunks still support most of the central Venice.

  17. All Olympic curling stones are made from a rare type of granite that is only found on Craggy Isle, a small island in Scotland.

  18. Around 1/6 of the world’s population live on an Island.

  19. 80% of Madagascar’s plant and animal life can’t be found anywhere else on earth.

  20. The Island of Socotra in Yemen has around a third of the plant life that can’t be found anywhere else on earth. The Island is known as “most alien-looking place on Earth.”

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