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10 Reasons Why New Zealand Is Awesome

In light of New Zealand's gay marriage legalization, here are 10 awesome facts about the country.

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1. New Zealand became the first country to give women the right to vote.

In 1893, New Zealand allowed women to vote and also became the first country with universal suffrage for both men and women. Kate Sheppard (pictured above) was an influential figure in New Zealand women's suffrage.

3. There are no terrestrial snakes in New Zealand.

Two sea snake species irregularly visit New Zealand (around 35 sightings since 1930), so it's a safe bet that you'll probably never see them there.

6. Sir Edmund Hillary was the first person to successfully climb Mt. Everest.

New Zealand mountaineer Edmund Hillary (left) and fellow climber Tenzing Norgay (right) accomplished this journey on May 29, 1953.

8. It's home to the longest place name in the world.

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu is a Maori name for a hill in New Zealand. The Maori name translates to "The place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as 'landeater', played his flute to his loved one.".

10. The country's national rugby team, All Blacks, have war dances before each game.

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SO INTENSE AND SO INTIMIDATING.

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