Arepa is the fuel of the whole country. This flatbread prepared with corn flour accompanies almost every meal and every Venezuelan consumes hundreds of them during a year.
Hyperinflation is killing the economy. It is very hard to find cash and you might have to carry huge amounts of bills with you which are worth nearly nothing.
Hugo Chávez and Nicolas Maduro look at you from every wall in the country. Propaganda is incredibly strong in Venezuela. Slogans like “Todos somos Chavez” or “Chavez vive patria sigue!” can be found literally everywhere.
Over 10% of the population is already abroad (as of 2018). Many of them fled the country walking for weeks to Colombia, Brazil, Peru or even Chile.
The average monthly salary is 1 USD which allows buying about one kilogram of rice and half a kilogram of meat.
Every Venezuelan can get a bonus called ‘la carnet de la Patria’ from the country on any occasion like Independence Day, Mother’s Day or whenever-Maduro-feels-like-it-day. It is obtainable easily three times per month.
This policy is the continuation of Chavez’s nationalization of all private companies in Venezuela and handing them over to laborers. Now, after almost 30 years there is not much to give away. Yet the nation got used to receiving goods from the government without earning it.
One bun costs 100 thousand bolivars while one liter of petrol is less than one bolivar.
People are given food or money for voting for Maduro. The elections are being held in total chaos without formal registration. Only about 5 million of over 32 million citizens voted in the 2018 presidential elections.
Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world north from the Orinoco river. Yet due to the undeveloped technology, lack of maintenance and low investment in the petrol sector, they are not able to produce oil of high quality.
The largest amount of miss world winners is from Venezuela therefore the Venezuelan women are widely considered to be the prettiest worldwide.
Maduro is in his second term of dictatorship/presidency, his children are in-prisoned in the USA for drug trafficking and the Interpol issued his arrest warrant.
Hugo Chavez liked to be perceived as the Venezuelan Robin Hood who took from rich and gave to the poor. Apparently there was a fee to his generosity because his daughter’s fortune is worth now over 4 billion dollars and makes her to the richest Venezuelan alive.
The Venezuelan Angel Fall is the tallest waterfall in the world.
The variety of products in supermarkets is very limited and entire large shelves are filled with the same products.
In parts of the country, the pharmacies have nearly no medications and sell food, beverages and cleaning products instead.
Military and police blockage are all over the country in every corner.
Despite the increasing prices, Venezuela is insanely cheap for foreigners. A night in a 4-star hotel for two people might be less than 15 euros, the night in a cozy little guesthouse is less than one dollar. A huge delicious meal can be purchased at the same price.
Caracas is the city with the highest murder rate in the world outside of war zones.
Every town and city in Venezuela MUST have the main square called Plaza Bolivar.
Almost everyone uses bank transactions to pay for things. Every little banana stand has a remote terminal to pay with a debit card.
The amount of money which one can withdraw daily is not enough to buy one litre of milk. This leads to huge queues in front of banks every day.
Venezuelan soap óperas has been widespread in Spanish speaking countries however nearly all productions have been stopped.
Venezuela has huge amounts of gold, silver and diamond reserves in the south which are controlled by the government. It is the land without law controlled by nobody. The government is known to keep the chaos in the area in order to get its share.
The drinking water in many parts of the country is contaminated with mercury or oil. In nearly no place in Venezuela, it is possible to drink tap water (besides the high Ande mountains). Drinking water must be purchased in shops.
All in all, Venezuela is not yet comparable to third world countries and many very rich people can be found there.