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5 Facts about the Mysterious Easter Island

March 20, 2015

Probably everyone has heard of Easter Island and its impressive stone statues, but also not more and not less. Thus, several questions about this remote island arise. Here are the most important facts you should remember about Easter Island!

1. Where is Easter Island exactly?

Easter Island is one of the world’s most remote inhabited islands. It is located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle. The nearest continental point is central Chile close to Concepción, which is 3,512 kilometers away (five-hour flight). The distance to New Zealand is not less than 7,047 kilometers, which would be a nine hours flight to Auckland. The nearest inhabited island is Pitcairn Island, which is the main island of the Pitcairn Island Group. Even this island group is not less than 2,075 kilometers away.http://bit.ly/1Exlsh5

2. To which country does Easter Island belong?

The Easter Island is a Chilean island but belongs to Polynesia geographically.

3. Why is the island called Easter Island?

The Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen was sailing the South Pacific in the 18th century when he coincidentally discovered the island. It was Sunday, April 5, 1722 – Easter Day! In honor of the discovery day, he named the island Paasch-Eyland – Dutch for “Easter Island”. From that day on, the name Easter Island remained.2595672663_3797ba1056_o

4. What is the meaning of the statues?

Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental and mysterious moai statues, which were created by the Rapa Nui people. The statues tower over the island but speak volumes about the effort that their creator made. The statues are on average 4 meters high and weigh 14 tons. However, the tallest carved statue is 10 meters high and weighs 82 tons and the heaviest erected statue weighs 86 tons. The effort to move the statues around and to erect them must have been substantial. Yet, no one knows why the Rapa Nui people endeavored to erect a myriad of these carved stone statues. It is widely believed that the moai statues were created to honor ancestors, chiefs, or other important personages. In 1995, Easter Island was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.6214223784_9236a98756_b6691055587_082940bfb0_b

5. Who lives on the islands?

In 2012, 5761 people lived on Easter Island. 60% of the inhabitants are Rapanui, 39% of the population are Chileans with European or mixed European and Amerindian origin and the remaining 1% are Native Americans from mainland Chile. Only 35 inhabitants per square kilometer live on the island.Tapati Festival, Easter Island

Are you curious to discover Easter Island yourself? Check out our flight tickets on www.paperflies.com

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Juliane Kirchner

Marketing Intern at PaperFlies. Just moved to Amsterdam. Loves the Nordic countries and enjoys wakeboarding in summer.

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