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100 interesting facts about the world..!!




100 interesting facts about the world..!!


Matters of life and death


  • Men in Afghanistan can expect to live to just 43.4 years old – the lowest in the world. For women it’s Zimbabwe, at 43.8 years.
  • Afghanistan also has the highest death rates, with 19.7 deaths per 1000 population per year, and the highest infant mortality, with 157 deaths per 1000 live births.
  • Japanese women expect to live almost twice as long as Zimbabweans – 86.2 years – while men in the tiny Pyrenean country of Andorra can look forward to 80.3 years of low taxes.
  • A child born in the United Kingdom can expect to live 79.4 years on average: the 29th highest in the world, level with the Faroe Islands and South Korea.
  • Japan’s citizens are the oldest, with an average age of 44.4. The average age in Niger is just 15.1. The average Briton is 39.7 years old, and worrying about turning 40.



Eating, drinking, smoking 

  • Venezuelans are the beeriest nation on Earth, consuming an impressive 83 litres (146 pints) of beer per head annually. Guadeloupe has the biggest taste for bubbly, with 4.25 bottles of champagne consumed per head per year.
  • The Greeks are the biggest smokers, averaging 8.1 cigarettes a day each.
  • Turks spend the most time enjoying their meals, with an average 162 minutes per day spent eating and drinking.
  • Brazil grows 2,164,000 tonnes of coffee each year – the most in the world. The United States drinks the most, consuming 1,262,000 tonnes of beans annually.
  • China, predictably enough, produces the most tea – 1,166,000 tonnes – but also drinks the most, at 828,000 tonnes. The United Kingdom comes a disappointing sixth with 131,000 tonnes consumed a year.




Working life


  • The country with the highest percentage of the population in work is the Cayman Islands, at 67.7 per cent. The United Kingdom is 30th with 51.1 per cent.
  • The West Bank and Gaza have the lowest percentage, with just 22.2 per cent of the population employed.
  • The West African state of Benin has the highest ratio of women to men in the workforce, with 53.1 per cent of all workers female. Saudi Arabia has the lowest, with 84.6 per cent of workers male. 




The digital revolution


  • Canadians are the most likely to own a computer, with 94.3 machines per 100 people.
  • Denmark has the highest proportion of broadband subscribers at 35.9 per 100 people.
  • Perhaps unexpectedly the United Arab Emirates tops the charts for mobile phone ownership – a whopping 176.5 phones for every 100 citizens.
  • Iceland has both the highest number of daily newspapers sold, at 821 per 1000 population, and the freest press, according to a survey of 50 questions.
  • Britain is 12th in the number of newspapers sold, but rated just 23rd on freedom of the press, level with Namibia and Hungary. The most constrained press freedoms are in Tunisia. 


Is our children learning?

  • Cuba has the highest level of spending on education, 13.3 per cent of GDP. Equatorial Guinea is the lowest at 0.6 per cent.
  • Just 26.2 per cent of Malian adults are literate.
  • All of the top 15 universities in the world are in either Britain or the US. Cambridge, Oxford, University College London and Imperial College London represent the UK; the rest are American.
  • Cuba has the highest level of enrolment in tertiary education – at 122 per cent of the relevant age group – while Rwanda, surprisingly, has the highest at primary level, at 208 per cent.



Population pressures

  • China, of course, has the largest population at 1.3 billion people. India is not far behind at 1.1 billion. The United Kingdom is in 22nd place with a relatively puny 60.0 million.
  • By 2025, India and China are expected to be neck-and-neck on 1.4 billion, while the UK will have grown to 66.6 million.
  • Niger has the fastest-growing population, gaining 3.73 per cent a year. Lithuania is shrinking the fastest, losing 0.7 per cent annually.
  • Qatar has the highest ratio of men to women, an astonishing 307 men per 100 women. Latvia has the lowest, with 90 men per 100 women.
  • The United States has the most asylum applications of any industrialised nation, 50,700 in 2007. The United Kingdom is joint fourth with Canada at 28,300.



Economical with the truth

  • The United States has the biggest economy, with a gross domestic product (GDP) of $13,751 billion. Japan is a distant second with $4,384 billion. The UK is fifth at $2,772 billion.
  • Luxembourg has the highest GDP per head of population, at $103,040. The United States drops to 13th on this measure, with $45,590, one place ahead of Britain on $45,440. Burundi has the lowest, at just $120 dollars per person.
  • Luxembourg also has the highest purchasing power, at 174 per cent of the US. Zimbabwe has the lowest at 0.4 per cent.
  • Equatorial Guinea has the fastest-growing economy, growing by 66.2 per cent of GDP a year. Zimbabwe comes last again, with its economy shrinking by 3.9 per cent of GDP.
  • Zimbabwe also has the highest annual inflation on consumer goods, a massive 24,411 per cent. By comparison, second-placed Ethiopia has just 44 per cent inflation.
  • China produces more gold than any other country in the world – 270 tonnes a year. South Africa mines 156.5 tonnes of platinum annually, while a mighty 3,494 tonnes of silver comes out of Peru.



An indefinable quality

  • Iceland has the highest quality of life according to the Human Development Index, scoring 96.8 out of 100. The United Kingdom is joint 21st with Hong Kong on 94.2.
  • Sierra Leone is the worst place to live by this measure, scoring just 32.9.
  • Australia has the greatest gender equality according to the Gender-related Development Index, scoring 96.3. The UK is 14th with a score of 94.1.



Giving and receiving

  • The United States is the largest donor of aid, giving $21,787,000 in grants to other countries. The United Kingdom is fourth with $9,849,000.
  • By percentage of GDP, however, the UK is joint 14th on 0.36 per cent and the US is joint 24th on 0.16 per cent. Norway is the largest donor, on 0.96 per cent.
  • Iraq is the largest recipient of aid, at $9,115,000 in 2007. The West Bank and Gaza are the neediest per head of population, with $479 per person.



Energy concerns

  • China is the biggest producer of energy overall, making the equivalent of 1,749 million barrels of oil. The United States is second with 1,654 million. The United Kingdom is 16th with 187 million.
  • The United States uses the most energy, 2,321 million barrels of oil equivalent. China is second with 1,879 million. The United Kingdom is 10th with 231 million.
  • Saudi Arabia pumps the most oil into the world’s forecourts – a huge 10,846,000 barrels a day – but that is dwarfed by the amount used by the biggest consumer. Inevitably, that is the United States, at 19,419,000 barrels a day. The US is also the third biggest producer at 6,736,000 barrels a day.
  • Saudia Arabia is also the holder of the world’s largest remaining known reserves of oil, at 21 per cent of the world’s total.
  • Russia produces the most natural gas, 601.7 billion cubic metres in 2008. The United States is again the biggest consumer at 657.2 billion cubic metres.
  • China is both the biggest coal producer (making the equivalent of 1,414.5 million tonnes of oil per year) and the biggest consumer, using 1,406.3 million tonnes of oil equivalent.


Miscellaneous

  • Qatar has the least safe drivers, with 9,989 injuries and 33 deaths in road accidents per 100,000 people.
  • The largest number of tourists head to la belle France, at 81,900,000 in 2007.
  • Marriages in Guam are the least likely to last, with 5.3 divorces per 1,000 people per year.
  • France is the sleepiest nation on Earth, with its populace sleeping off their punishing 35-hour working week for 530 minutes (8 hours 50 minutes) a day.



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