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Miguel
2nd October 2012, 23:18
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25 Amazing Facts about Countries Around the World

Depending upon your definition, and whether or not you count Taiwan, there are “approximately” 196 countries in the world as of this writing. So while you may consider yourself to be a knowledgeable global citizen, and we’re sure you are, given the dynamic and complex nature of our planet there are certain to be at least a couple facts on this list that you will find surprising. Here are 25 things that you wouldn’t believe about these countries.

25: Covers the most time zones – France ::fr

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If you count everything, including overseas territories, then France claims the title by covering 12 time zones. The United States would be the runner-up with 11 and then Russia with 9.

24: Most likely to disappear beneath the waves – Maldives http://q.bstatic.com/static/img/flags/32/mv.png

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With all the talks of global warming and rising sea levels, it is the residents of the Maldives that have the greatest reason to fear. With an average height of around 1.8 meters above sea level their nation is the lowest on Earth.

23: Most overweight population – Nauru http://www.web-calendar.org/images/flags/nr.png

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With over 95% of its population being overweight, the small island nation of Nauru is by far the fattest country on Earth. Its obesity epidemic is primarily attributed to the importation of western fast food that coincided with an increased standard of living in the 20th century due to the global popularity of its phosphate exports. It’s almost non sequitur…almost.

22: Roads made of coral – Guam http://r.bstatic.com/static/img/flags/32/gu.png

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Because Guam doesn’t have any natural sand, but rather coral, the island nation makes its asphalt using a mix of ground coral and oil rather than importing sand from abroad.

21: Has 350 sheep for every person – Falkand Islands (UK) http://assets.zumba.com/www-zumba-com/en-us/pages/distributors/flags/falkland-malvinas.png

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With only about 3,000 people the Falkland Islands are home to approximately half-a million-sheep. Not surprisingly wool is a major export.

20: Oldest sovereign state – Egypt ::eg

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This largely depends upon your definition of a sovereign state but if you are going by first acquisition of sovereignty then Egypt would be the first country in the world to achieve sovereignty based upon the formation of the first dynasty in 3100 BC.

19: Most lakes in the world – Canada ::ca

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With over 3 million lakes 9% of Canadian territory is actually fresh water and over 60% of all the lakes in the world are found within its borders.

18: Least likely place to meet your neighbor – Mongolia http://www.web-calendar.org/images/flags/mn.png

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At 4 people per square mile Mongolia is the least densely populated country on Earth. Compare this to the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong that has the highest population density in the world with 340,000 people per square mile.

17: Largest number of tanks – Russia ::ru

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It is a strange title to hold, but Russia has by far the most tanks of any army in the world (21,000). Unfortunately for the motherland most of these outdated machines are tributes to its past, and although outnumbered (16,000), the United States has a much more advanced tank inventory.

16: The land of no rivers – Saudi Arabia http://www.springwise.com/_assets/img/icons/flags/32/saudi_arabia.png

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Sounds a bit strange doesn’t it? For a country as big as Saudi Arabia there has to be at least some sort of flowing water. Well, there isn’t. Most of their fresh water comes from desalinization plants or underground reservoirs.

15: Youngest population of any country – Niger http://www.web-calendar.org/images/flags/ne.png

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Generally the worlds youngest country is determined by calculating the portion of the population that is younger than 15. Presently it is Niger that holds this distinction with roughly half of its population having barely reached puberty (49%).

14: Most diverse country in the world – India ::in

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In almost every category – culturally, economically, climatically, racially, linguistically, ethnically, and religiously India is either the most diverse country in the world, or the runner-up.

13: Fastest disappearing nation – Ukraine ::ua

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With a natural decrease in population of .8% annually, between now and 2050 Ukraine is expected to lose around 30% of its people.

12: Most of its citizens live abroad – Malta ::mt

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After some rough economic times coupled with an increased birth rate, Malta experienced significant immigration. It was so significant that there are now more Maltese living abroad than within the country itself.

11: Smaller than Central Park in New York City – Monaco ::mc

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Although Vatican City is smaller (.17 sq mi) than Monaco (.8 sq mi), unlike the latter it doesn’t have any permanent residents which leaves Monaco as the smallest permanently inhabited nation in the world…smaller than Central Park.

10: Almost entirely covered in jungle – Suriname http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii100/oussoura/flags/Suriname.png

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With 91% of its land covered in jungle Suriname’s half-a-million residents live primarily along the coast near the capital. Only 5% of the population (mainly indigenous people) live inland.

9: Almost entirely treeless – Haiti http://www.powercommander.com/powercommander/Images/Flags/Squared/Haiti.png

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On the opposite end of the spectrum is Haiti, a country that has been so badly deforested that you can tell where it borders the Dominican Republic by looking at a satellite image (Haiti is on the left in the photo above).

8: Largest country with no farms – Singapore http://www.moog.com.sg/english/images/Singapore.png

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Although there are a number of small nations in the world that show no hint of having an agriculture based economy, (take Vatican City for example) Singapore is the largest of these urban city-states.

7: Most languages spoken – Papua New Guinea http://www.searcc.org/wp-content/themes/searcc2011/images/png32.png

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Although English is its official language, only 1-2% of the population actually speak it. As the most linguistically diverse country in the world, over 820 languages are spoken in Papua New Guinea or 12% of the world’s total.

6: Most educated people – Canada ::ca

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With 50% of its population having been educated at the post secondary level, Canada easily has the most educated populace in the world. It is followed by Israel at 45% and Japan at 44%.

5: The “country desert” – Libya http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Flag-Libya-3x5-ft-Libyan-Republic-National-Transitional-Council-Kingdom-2011-/00/s/MzAwWDUwMA==/$%28KGrHqJ,!j!E6+%29O-GMrBPuL0H%28r8Q~~60_39.JPG

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With 99% of the country covered in desert Libya is one of the most arid places in the world and in some regions decades may go by without a single drop of rain.

4: Least peaceful nation in the world – Somalia http://www.gettyicons.com/free-icons/103/flags/png/32/somalia_flag_32.png

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Although for the last three years Iraq has been ranked as the least peaceful country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index Somalia overtook it this year for the top spot.

3: Produces most of the world’s oxygen – Russia ::ru

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Siberia is home to approximately 25% of the world’s forests that span an area larger than the continental United States, making Russia the largest converter of CO2 into breathable compounds.

2: World’s largest opium producer – Afghanistan http://www.oneteamunited.ca/assets/flags/afghanistan.png

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Producing a whopping 95 percent of the world’s opium, not even 10 years of occupation by American forces have slowed down the industry.

1: Most people behind bars – United States ::us

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When it comes to incarcerating its population, the United States is the world’s uncontested leader. With 2.2 million people behind bars it has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s incarcerated population. China comes in second place at 1.5 million and Russia comes third at 870,000.

DannyDS
2nd October 2012, 23:21
BELGIUM is "world champion" in the amount of days without a democratically elected government... 541 days!!!

SpZ
2nd October 2012, 23:40
BELGIUM is "world champion" in the amount of days without a democratically elected government... 541 days!!!

Umm no? There are many countries which haven't had democratically elected governments for decades....

DannyDS
3rd October 2012, 00:06
Umm no? There are many countries which haven't had democratically elected governments for decades....

I should've explained myself better. We had elections in...... 2010 I think, but those morons at the top didn't form a government until OCtober 2011

A-lister
3rd October 2012, 01:29
I should've explained myself better. We had elections in...... 2010 I think, but those morons at the top didn't form a government until OCtober 2011

You didn't get his comment ;)

seb89
3rd October 2012, 01:33
BELGIUM is "world champion" in the amount of days without a democratically elected government... 541 days!!!

We are like so cool :lol:

DannyDS
3rd October 2012, 14:03
We are like so cool :lol:

Totally! I'm so proud of our achievement! We showed the world how to do it! :D

We are an example for the rest.

Miguel
3rd October 2012, 17:29
Amazing Facts of Countries


Over 4 million cars in Brazil are now running on gasohol instead of etrol. Gasohol is a fuel made from sugar cane.

Monaco is the Highest Density Country of the world; 16,205 people per square k.m. live in Monaco.

Total fertility rate of the world is 2.59 children born/woman. Niger is 7.46 (highest), India is 2.73, US is 2.09 & Hong Kong is 0.95 only (Lowest).

Luxembourg is the richest country of the world; the gross national product (GNP) of Luxembourg is $45,360.

The tiny island of Sark in the Channel Islands is one of the most peaceful places in Britain - the police force is just one officer.

Vatican City is the smallest country by population, 920 people live in Vatican City.

Shanghai, China is the largest city by population (13.3 million) in the world.

An African woman's lifetime risk of dying from pregnancy related causes is one in 16, in Asia, it's one in 65. In Europe, it's one in 1,400.

English is the second most spoken language (Native speakers: 512 million) & the first is Chinese Mandarin (more than 1 billion speakers).

Birth Rate of Hong Kong is the lowest (7.29/1000) & Niger is highest (50.73/1000).

United Arab Emirates is the country where death rate 2.11/1000 (deaths/1,000 population) is lowest (2009 est.) in the world.

69% Americans use Internet & 5.5% Indians only.

The Sarawak Chamber in Malaysia is the largest cave in the world: is 2300 feet (701 meters) long, 1300 feet (400 meters) wide, and more than 230 feet (70 meters) high.

Each year, more than 500,000 women (approximate 1 every minute) die from pregnancy related causes. The vast majority of these deaths occur in developing countries.

Jacob and Emily are the most popular baby names in the US for boys and girls, respectively.

The United Nations University is located in Tokyo, Japan.

The first commercial transatlantic telephone call was between New York City (US) and London (UK) and occurred on January 7, 1927.

10.4 million single mothers in the US living with children younger than 18, up from 3.4 million in 1970.

America has 30.30% airports of the world & India has only 0.70%.

Population Growth Rate of the United States is 0.91%, India is 1.38% & Germany is -0.02%.

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Blue in all its shades is the most popular color in America.

Women now account for almost half of all cases of HIV/AIDS. In countries with high prevalence rates, young women are at higher risk of contracting HIV than young men.

Article (http://www.wonderfulinfo.com/facts/country.php)



China ::na

In 2004, China gained about $80 billion due to its imports to and exports from US. If it weren’t from the US, China would have about $50 billion trade deficit.

73% of the world's beer is consumed in China (The Wall Street Journal, 2007).

For the first time in over 100 years, in 2008, China became the world's biggest producer of gold. South Africa held the title of the world's biggest gold producer for about a century (The Wall Street Journal, 2008).

According to a report published in the Associated Press, China consumes 32% of the world's rice. Also Chinese use 47% of the world's cement. And the Chinese smoke about 33% of the world's cigarettes.

From poor to less poor: the average Chinese in 1985 consumed 44 pounds of meat. In 2008, the average Chinese consumed 110 pounds of meat (The Washington Post).

In 2002, the number of Chinese billionaires was 0. In 2007, the number of Chinese billionaires was 106.

In Hong Kong, a wife may legally kill her unfaithful husband, but she must do so with her bare hands. :?

In 1997, in Hong Kong, to stop the spread of the chicken flu virus, 1.2 million birds were slaughtered.

Oh my God...

nofuxCZ
3rd October 2012, 22:07
73% of the world's beer is consumed in China (The Wall Street Journal, 2007).


But we are still #1 in beer consumption per capita :p :D

MyHeartIsYours
3rd October 2012, 22:11
::uk
United Kingdom doesnt drink the most tea in the world! :o We're 7th, United Arab Emirates drinks the most and Ireland has the most in Europe! :p

AdelAdel
3rd October 2012, 22:22
Lithuania has the highest suicide rate in the world :o:o:o

Miguel
3rd October 2012, 22:45
India ::in

India has never invaded another country in its entire history.

Japan ::jp

The Japanese watches an average of 4 hours and 29 minutes of television every day—the highest in the world. Americans came in second place—4 hours and 25 minutes (Associated Press).

In 1923, an earthquake in Tokyo and Yokohama killed 143,000 people and destroyed 575,000 thousand homes.

Kenya http://r.bstatic.com/static/img/flags/32/ke.png

In 2008, Kenyans found out that a large amount of government money is given as salaries to wives of high government officials. Kenyans only found this out because of a leak of information. President’s wife gets $92,000; vice president’s and prime minister’s wives get $72,000. In a country where the average worker’s income is less than $400 per year, the generous spousal pay seems to be a bit too generous and a representation of a corrupt government.

AdelAdel
3rd October 2012, 22:55
India ::in

India has never invaded another country in its entire history.


Goa (Portugal)?

SpZ
3rd October 2012, 23:26
::uk
United Kingdom doesnt drink the most tea in the world! :o We're 7th, United Arab Emirates drinks the most and Ireland has the most in Europe! :p

Micronesia doesn't drink the most tea in the world either! That's amazing!

MyHeartIsYours
3rd October 2012, 23:58
Micronesia doesn't drink the most tea in the world either! That's amazing!
Lol someone's had a sense of humour bypass.

MyHeartIsYours
3rd October 2012, 23:59
Goa (Portugal)?
They also invaded Hyderabad which upon independence had opted to become an independent Princely State.

Miguel
4th October 2012, 00:13
Goa (Portugal)?

The sentence says: "India has never invaded another country in its entire history." Goa isn't a country and it is located in India. Technically it belonged to them. So they didn't invade Portugal (mainland) or any other country, really. The French invasions are a good example of what is a true INVASION.

Miguel
4th October 2012, 00:16
New Zealand ::nz

Students on their exams are allowed to use text-messaging language. Teachers must treat these abbreviations as standard English and may not penalize students. (Don't know how accurate this is LMAO)

MyHeartIsYours
4th October 2012, 00:20
The sentence says: "India has never invaded another country in its entire history." Goa isn't a country and it is located in India. Technically it belonged to them. So they didn't invade Portugal (mainland) or any other country, really. The French invasions are a good example of what is a true INVASION.
Hyderabad was a country though, and they invaded that. And Goa never "technically belonged to them", it was always Portuguese and should have continued to be for as long as the people wanted to remain Portuguese.

Miguel
4th October 2012, 00:32
Hyderabad was a country though, and they invaded that. And Goa never "technically belonged to them", it was always Portuguese and should have continued to be for as long as the people wanted to remain Portuguese.

Well, I'm not defending India over my country. I'm just being unbiased. I don't think they truly invaded (they kinda did, though :?) anything because those states/cities are located within India borders. They were recovering territory. It's legit. We did the same to Spain. :lol:

MyHeartIsYours
4th October 2012, 00:38
Well this is getting into politics now so I wish shh! :p

Miguel
4th October 2012, 01:10
25 Amazing Facts about Countries Around the World :o I'm starting now. I'll put this in the first post later.

Depending upon your definition, and whether or not you count Taiwan, there are “approximately” 196 countries in the world as of this writing. So while you may consider yourself to be a knowledgeable global citizen, and we’re sure you are, given the dynamic and complex nature of our planet there are certain to be at least a couple facts on this list that you will find surprising. Here are 25 things that you wouldn’t believe about these countries.

25: Covers the most time zones – France

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/france1.png

If you count everything, including overseas territories, then France claims the title by covering 12 time zones. The United States would be the runner-up with 11 and then Russia with 9.

24: Most likely to disappear beneath the waves – Maldives

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With all the talks of global warming and rising sea levels, it is the residents of the Maldives that have the greatest reason to fear. With an average height of around 1.8 meters above sea level their nation is the lowest on Earth.

23: Most overweight population – Nauru

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With over 95% of its population being overweight, the small island nation of Nauru is by far the fattest country on Earth. Its obesity epidemic is primarily attributed to the importation of western fast food that coincided with an increased standard of living in the 20th century due to the global popularity of its phosphate exports. It’s almost non sequitur…almost.

22: Roads made of coral – Guam

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/guam11.png

Because Guam doesn’t have any natural sand, but rather coral, the island nation makes its asphalt using a mix of ground coral and oil rather than importing sand from abroad.

TO BE CONTINUED

AdelAdel
4th October 2012, 01:14
25: Covers the most time zones – France

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/france1.png

If you count everything, including overseas territories, then France claims the title by covering 12 time zones. The United States would be the runner-up with 11 and then Russia with 9.


That's a very... "interesting" map xrofl3

Miguel
4th October 2012, 01:24
That's a very... "interesting" map xrofl3

I'm missing something, I guess. :geek:

AdelAdel
4th October 2012, 01:27
I'm missing something, I guess. :geek:

Don't you see anything strange in the countries' borders in that map? :mrgreen:

CypriotGirl
4th October 2012, 01:27
23: Most overweight population – Nauru

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Nauru1.png

With over 95% of its population being overweight, the small island nation of Nauru is by far the fattest country on Earth. Its obesity epidemic is primarily attributed to the importation of western fast food that coincided with an increased standard of living in the 20th century due to the global popularity of its phosphate exports. It’s almost non sequitur…almost.

So, No Name's representative in the spin-off (http://www.escforums.com/t8850/) will most probably be over-weighed! :o

Miguel
4th October 2012, 01:29
Don't you see anything strange in the countries' borders in that map? :mrgreen:

I still don't get it. Call me dumb but tell me, please. :rolleyes:

AdelAdel
4th October 2012, 01:37
I still don't get it. Call me dumb but tell me, please. :rolleyes:

:? The map is pre-WW II

Miguel
4th October 2012, 01:43
So, No Name's representative in the spin-off (http://www.escforums.com/t8850/) will most probably be over-weighed! :o

Is he from Nauru? So probably is, yes. :p


:? The map is pre-WW II

xrofl3xrofl2xroflxcrazy

I don't understand much about maps.

MyHeartIsYours
4th October 2012, 01:48
::fr
This is France today :D

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/16/Outre-mer_en.png/800px-Outre-mer_en.png

Miguel
4th October 2012, 02:00
::fr
This is France today :D

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/16/Outre-mer_en.png/800px-Outre-mer_en.png

Now I get it. How embarrasing. :?

CypriotGirl
4th October 2012, 02:05
Is he from Nauru? So probably is, yes. :p

No, he's from Denmark... He just got Nauru in the spin off, that's what the draw gave him! Lucky him! :lol:

FSC - Forum Song Contest (http://www.escforums.com/f171/)

doctormalisimo
4th October 2012, 10:35
Erm...since when is half of West Africa under French control? Have I missed some drastic revolution overnight? :o :lol:

DannyDS
4th October 2012, 14:42
The Sarawak Chamber in Malaysia is the largest cave in the world is 2300 feet (701 meters) long, 1300 feet (400 meters) wide, and more than 230 feet (70 meters) high

seb89
4th October 2012, 17:12
Erm...since when is half of West Africa under French control? Have I missed some drastic revolution overnight? :o :lol:

It was an out-dated map :D.

seb89
4th October 2012, 17:14
::fr
This is France today :D

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/16/Outre-mer_en.png/800px-Outre-mer_en.png

They need to have something in Asia as well. It would be so cool, they would never have to leave their country, not even if they would go to another continent :lol:

Miguel
4th October 2012, 18:29
21: Has 350 sheep for every person – Falkand Islands (UK)

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With only about 3,000 people the Falkland Islands are home to approximately half-a million-sheep. Not surprisingly wool is a major export.

20: Oldest sovereign state – Egypt

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This largely depends upon your definition of a sovereign state but if you are going by first acquisition of sovereignty then Egypt would be the first country in the world to achieve sovereignty based upon the formation of the first dynasty in 3100 BC.

Miguel
4th October 2012, 19:03
19: Most lakes in the world – Canada ::ca

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With over 3 million lakes 9% of Canadian territory is actually fresh water and over 60% of all the lakes in the world are found within its borders.

18: Least likely place to meet your neighbor – Mongolia http://www.web-calendar.org/images/flags/mn.png

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/mongolia.png

At 4 people per square mile Mongolia is the least densely populated country on Earth. Compare this to the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong that has the highest population density in the world with 340,000 people per square mile.

MyHeartIsYours
4th October 2012, 19:11
21: Has 350 sheep for every person – Falkand Islands (UK)

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/sheep.png

With only about 3,000 people the Falkland Islands are home to approximately half-a million-sheep. Not surprisingly wool is a major export.
The sheep is also on the flag of the territory, it shows how important the animal is to the Falkland Islanders :D
http://www.flags.net/images/largeflags/FAIS0001.GIF

MyHeartIsYours
4th October 2012, 19:49
They need to have something in Asia as well. It would be so cool, they would never have to leave their country, not even if they would go to another continent :lol:
They so do! Shame those Vietnamese went to war! :p

But forget about the French! The United Kingdom still has the most territories in the world AND has them on all 7 continents, the only nation on every continent of the world! :D ::uk
http://images.wikia.com/althistory/images/f/f2/British_Overseas_Territories_2008.PNG

Another fact about us; England/Great Britain/United Kingdom has never been invaded for 946 years, that was in 1066 when the Normans came.
It has been said that such luck is due to the ravens at the Tower of London; "if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall, and Britain with it". There must always be seven ravens at the Tower - six on guard and one in reserve. The only time there was less than this was in 1940 when the bombing had reduced their number to a single individual; the United Kingdom was then 6 weeks from defeat. Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered the flock to be brought back up to size, and our fortunes changed from then on.
Another quirk is that they are considered soldiers of Her Majesty's Armed Forces with military service cards and can be dismissed for unsatisfactory conduct.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/68/London_tower_ravens.jpg/800px-London_tower_ravens.jpg

Miguel
4th October 2012, 21:50
The sheep is also on the flag of the territory, it shows how important the animal is to the Falkland Islanders :D
http://www.flags.net/images/largeflags/FAIS0001.GIF

LMAO at them putting a sheep on their flag. :lol:

#17 and #16 facts coming very soon.

seb89
4th October 2012, 21:50
They so do! Shame those Vietnamese went to war! :p

But forget about the French! The United Kingdom still has the most territories in the world AND has them on all 7 continents, the only nation on every continent of the world! :D ::uk
http://images.wikia.com/althistory/images/f/f2/British_Overseas_Territories_2008.PNG[/IMG]

HAHAHA! Go ::uk :lol:!

seb89
4th October 2012, 21:54
Some other facts about Belgium, besides our cool world record :lol:

*Belgium produces 220,000 tons of chocolate per year. That’s about 22kg of chocolate per person in Belgium.

*A 2007 European Report stated Belgium has the lowest salary gap between men and women in the EU after Malta. Belgium has the highest proportion of female ministers in the world (55% in 2000) and was one of the first to have a female parliamentarian, in 1921.

*Belgium has compulsory education up to 18 years old. This is one of the highest in the world.

*Belgium also has enforced compulsory voting.

*Belgians pay some of the highest tax rates in the world, around 40% of their gross earnings. Taxation represents 45.6 % of the country’s GDP.

*Belgium grants the most new citizenships per capita in the world after Canada. 1.6 million people in Belgium are immigrants or children or grandchildren of immigrants. That’s 15% of the population.

*Belgium has the highest density of roads and railroads in the world. It is the country with the 3rd most vehicles per square kilometre after the Netherlands and Japan. Because of the quantiy of lights, the Belgian highway system is the only man-made structure visible from the moon at night.

*The longest tramway line in the world is the Belgian coast tram (68 km), which operates between De Panne and Knokke-Heist, from the French border to the Dutch border.

*Spa, Belgium is home to Europe’s first modern health resort, opened in the 18th century and Europe’s first casino, “la Redoute”, opened in 1763.

*Belgium is also home to Europe’s oldest shopping arcades, the Galeries St Hubert in Brussels, opened in 1847.

* The Law Courts of Brussels is the largest court of justice in the world (26,000 m² at ground level). It is bigger than Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. (no wonder criminals escape there every week :lol:)

* Most people have heard of the comic strip Tintin, but did you know that in 70 years of existence, 200 million books of “The Adventures of Tintin” have been sold worldwide. Belgium also has more comic makers per square km than any other country in the world, even Japan.

MyHeartIsYours
4th October 2012, 21:55
HAHAHA! Go ::uk :lol:!
We gotta beat France! :twisted:

Miguel
4th October 2012, 22:01
Some other facts about Belgium, besides our cool world record :lol:

*Belgium produces 220,000 tons of chocolate per year. That’s about 22kg of chocolate per person in Belgium.

*A 2007 European Report stated Belgium has the lowest salary gap between men and women in the EU after Malta. Belgium has the highest proportion of female ministers in the world (55% in 2000) and was one of the first to have a female parliamentarian, in 1921.

*Belgium has compulsory education up to 18 years old. This is one of the highest in the world.

*Belgium also has enforced compulsory voting.

*Belgians pay some of the highest tax rates in the world, around 40% of their gross earnings. Taxation represents 45.6 % of the country’s GDP.

*Belgium grants the most new citizenships per capita in the world after Canada. 1.6 million people in Belgium are immigrants or children or grandchildren of immigrants. That’s 15% of the population.

*Belgium has the highest density of roads and railroads in the world. It is the country with the 3rd most vehicles per square kilometre after the Netherlands and Japan. Because of the quantiy of lights, the Belgian highway system is the only man-made structure visible from the moon at night.

*The longest tramway line in the world is the Belgian coast tram (68 km), which operates between De Panne and Knokke-Heist, from the French border to the Dutch border.

*Spa, Belgium is home to Europe’s first modern health resort, opened in the 18th century and Europe’s first casino, “la Redoute”, opened in 1763.

*Belgium is also home to Europe’s oldest shopping arcades, the Galeries St Hubert in Brussels, opened in 1847.

* The Law Courts of Brussels is the largest court of justice in the world (26,000 m² at ground level). It is bigger than Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. (no wonder criminals escape there every week :lol:)

* Most people have heard of the comic strip Tintin, but did you know that in 70 years of existence, 200 million books of “The Adventures of Tintin” have been sold worldwide. Belgium also has more comic makers per square km than any other country in the world, even Japan.

OMG! That's too much. :o

Interesting post. So far we have China and Belgium. Let me do one for my country. xyaay

seb89
4th October 2012, 22:06
OMG! That's too much. :o

Interesting post. So far we have China and Belgium. Let me do one for my country. xyaay

True :lol:! We have 7 parliaments, so we need to pay all those politicians somehow :lol:.

We also get a lot in return of course, free healthcare, cheap education, etc.

Yeaaah! you should do it :D

Miguel
4th October 2012, 22:06
17: Largest number of tanks – Russia ::ru

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/russia.png

It is a strange title to hold, but Russia has by far the most tanks of any army in the world (21,000). Unfortunately for the motherland most of these outdated machines are tributes to its past, and although outnumbered (16,000), the United States has a much more advanced tank inventory.

16: The land of no rivers – Saudi Arabia http://www.springwise.com/_assets/img/icons/flags/32/saudi_arabia.png

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/saudi1.png

Sounds a bit strange doesn’t it? For a country as big as Saudi Arabia there has to be at least some sort of flowing water. Well, there isn’t. Most of their fresh water comes from desalinization plants or underground reservoirs.

Miguel
4th October 2012, 22:12
True :lol:! We have 7 parliaments, so we need to pay all those politicians somehow :lol:.

We also get a lot in return of course, free healthcare, cheap education, etc.

Yeaaah! you should do it :D

But still... It's too much money. Not every nation can afford it. 40% is unthinkable here. :lol::oops:

I will. I just don't know where to start. :rolleyes:

DannyDS
4th October 2012, 23:56
Some facts about my Mama's country. Fabulous CHILEEEEE xheart xheart

Chile borders three different countries; Argentina to the east, Bolivia to the northeast and Peru to the north

Chile has an unusual ribbon shape. It is 4300 km long and just 175 km wide (on average)

Forests, grazing land, volcanoes and lakes are all features of southern Chile.

Chile had to endure a 17 year military dictatorship between 1973-1990 that left more than 3000 people either dead or missing

It is believed that Native Americans settled in Chile about 10,000 years ago. They settled along the coast as the most fertile land was found there

Michelle Bachelet Jeria was the first woman president ever in Chile and was elected in January 2006.

Chile is the world’s 38th largest country. It is about twice the size of Japan

The population of Chile is expected to be about 20.2 million by 2050

About 10% of the Chilean population consider themselves indigenous to the region. However, according to the 2002 census, only about half of these people still speak a native language or practice a native culture

There are an estimated 840,000 Chileans living abroad. More than half of these live in Argentina.

The most popular sport in Chile is football (soccer to Australians and Americans). The Chilean football team won a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Tennis is the second most popular sport in Chile, with Fernando González the last Chilean to reach a Grand Slam singles final.

The two gold medals won by Chile in the Olympic Games come from tennis. They have also won six silver medals (in athletics, equestrian, boxing and shooting) and four bronze medals (in tennis, boxing and football).

Tourism is growing very quickly in Chile. In 2005, tourism generated more than $US4.5 billion.

The main language spoken in Chile is Spanish, but there are also many indigenous languages that are spoken by a minority of Chileans.

Catholicism is the main religion is Chile.

Thank you for your attention honey boo boos xrosexrose

Miguel
5th October 2012, 00:12
+ Chile! Well done. xyaaay

Miguel
5th October 2012, 00:16
15: Youngest population of any country – Niger http://www.web-calendar.org/images/flags/ne.png

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/niger.png

Generally the worlds youngest country is determined by calculating the portion of the population that is younger than 15. Presently it is Niger that holds this distinction with roughly half of its population having barely reached puberty (49%).

seb89
5th October 2012, 00:23
:o xheart Chile!!!

DannyDS
5th October 2012, 00:39
:o xheart Chile!!!

yeeeeahhhh buddy :D

seb89
5th October 2012, 01:44
Chile is awesome! Friendly people, fascinating country, interesting history,.. I loved the courses on Chile :D

Miguel
5th October 2012, 01:49
Tomorrow I'll update this until the top 10. You can expect two Eurovision countries: ::ua and ::mt.

We cannot wait. :mrgreen:

Miguel
5th October 2012, 21:14
14: Most diverse country in the world – India ::in

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/india.png

In almost every category – culturally, economically, climatically, racially, linguistically, ethnically, and religiously India is either the most diverse country in the world, or the runner-up.

13: Fastest disappearing nation – Ukraine ::ua

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/ukraine1.png

With a natural decrease in population of .8% annually, between now and 2050 Ukraine is expected to lose around 30% of its people.

EscGeek
5th October 2012, 22:39
I'm sad about ::ua.... they are my favorite eurovision nationxcry1

If I was president of Ukraine, contraception would be ilegal:lol:

Miguel
5th October 2012, 23:09
I'm sad about ::ua.... they are my favorite eurovision nationxcry1

If I was president of Ukraine, contraception would be ilegal:lol:

The birth rate is not their only problem, though. Life expectancy is falling. The nation suffers a high mortality rate from environmental pollution, poor diets, widespread smoking, extensive alcoholism, and deteriorating medical care. Let's see what happens in the future.

An interesting article (http://www.wumag.kiev.ua/wumag_old/archiv/2_98/economic.htm)

Miguel
5th October 2012, 23:28
12: Most of its citizens live abroad – Malta ::mt

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/malta1.png

After some rough economic times coupled with an increased birth rate, Malta experienced significant immigration. It was so significant that there are now more Maltese living abroad than within the country itself.

11: Smaller than Central Park in New York City – Monaco ::mc

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/monaco.png

Although Vatican City is smaller (.17 sq mi) than Monaco (.8 sq mi), unlike the latter it doesn’t have any permanent residents which leaves Monaco as the smallest permanently inhabited nation in the world…smaller than Central Park.

Miguel
6th October 2012, 19:27
10: Almost entirely covered in jungle – Suriname http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/images/optimized/mf/png/Suriname-Flag-32.png

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/suriname1.png

With 91% of its land covered in jungle Suriname’s half-a-million residents live primarily along the coast near the capital. Only 5% of the population (mainly indigenous people) live inland.

9: Almost entirely treeless – Haiti http://www.powercommander.com/powercommander/Images/Flags/Squared/Haiti.png

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/haiti.png

On the opposite end of the spectrum is Haiti, a country that has been so badly deforested that you can tell where it borders the Dominican Republic by looking at a satellite image (Haiti is on the left in the photo above).

MyHeartIsYours
6th October 2012, 21:04
10: Almost entirely covered in jungle – Suriname http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/images/optimized/mf/png/Suriname-Flag-32.png

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/suriname1.png

With 91% of its land covered in jungle Suriname’s half-a-million residents live primarily along the coast near the capital. Only 5% of the population (mainly indigenous people) live inland.
Beautiful! :D


9: Almost entirely treeless – Haiti http://www.powercommander.com/powercommander/Images/Flags/Squared/Haiti.png

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/haiti.png

On the opposite end of the spectrum is Haiti, a country that has been so badly deforested that you can tell where it borders the Dominican Republic by looking at a satellite image (Haiti is on the left in the photo above).
Tragic! :(

CypriotGirl
6th October 2012, 22:33
The sheep is also on the flag of the territory, it shows how important the animal is to the Falkland Islanders :D
http://www.flags.net/images/largeflags/FAIS0001.GIF

I'm looking forward to the time when somebody picks Falkland Island in WorldVision! xrofl3

vatroslav_cro
6th October 2012, 23:01
Microstate SAN MARINO, surrounded by Italy, was found by a stone-cutter Marin who was originally from the island of Rab (today's Croatia) - on 3rd of September 301. Most of the people probably don't know this, but that's where the name of this state comes from:).

r3gg13
6th October 2012, 23:23
I'm doing the Philippines:

Interesting Facts: The Philippines

The karaoke is a Filipino invention, not Japanese. Karaoke meaning "singing without accompaniment" in Japanese was invented by Roberto del Rosario. He called his invention "Sing-Along-System", which was later called karaoke.

Filipinos are known to always run late. If a party starts at 6PM, you better tell your Filipino friends it starts at 5PM! They call this Filipino time

Many Filipinos are Roman Catholic, about 85%. You will most likely always find the Last Supper hung in their kitchen, along side a very kitsch ginormous spoon and fork figures.

With more than 11 million Filipinos overseas, the Philippines has the largest diaspora network in the world.

The Philippine flag is the only flag in the world that is displayed upside-down when the country is in war (red on top and blue at the bottom when in war).

The Philippines is regarded the “text/sms capital of the world”. About 350 to 400 million text messages are sent daily by 35 million cell phone subscribers in the country, which is more than the total daily text messages sent in the U.S. and Europe together.

180 different languages and 320 dialects are spoken in the Philippines. Commonly used languages include: Tagalog (22 million speakers), Cebuano (20 million), Ilocano (7.7 million), Hiligaynon or Ilonggo (7 million), Bicolano, Waray (3 million), Pampango and Pangasinan.

The Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands, totaling about 300,000 sq. km. (117,187 sq. mi.)

Christmas Season in the Philippines begins 100 days before Christmas. That's when everything becomes decorated and carolers start to sing Christmas carols. Filipinos take Christmas seriously.

The average temperature all year round is 32 degrees.

There are more than 200 volcanoes, though only a few are active. In 1991, Mount Pinatubo (100 miles from Manila) erupted killing 900. Earthquakes are common as well and 30 typhoons pass through the country between May and December each year.

The Philippines is home to the Rice Terraces in Northern Luzon, often called the 8th wonder of the world.

The Philippines was a Spanish colony from 1521 to 1898. After that, it was a US territory until 1946 when it gained independence.

Miguel
6th October 2012, 23:59
Looking at this photo, I must say I wanna live in Monaco. :lol:

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/monaco.png

seb89
7th October 2012, 00:01
The most unfriendliest people live in Monaco. I hated it :lol:

Miguel
7th October 2012, 00:03
The most unfriendliest people live in Monaco. I hated it :lol:

Have you been there??? :o Tell us more. I don't care about the people, really. The place looks amazing!

Miguel
7th October 2012, 00:09
I'm doing the Philippines:

Interesting Facts: The Philippines
With more than 11 million Filipinos overseas, the Philippines has the largest diaspora network in the world.


I didn't know that. :o I never saw a Filipino here, I guess.

seb89
7th October 2012, 00:21
Have you been there??? :o Tell us more. I don't care about the people, really. The place looks amazing!

I've been there one day, it was an excursion. It's really beautiful and Monte Carlo is amazing especially the Casino (I haven't been inside, I forgot my Armani suit :lol:) and you have a lot of jewelry shops :o! And so many expensive cars and I walked by Stephanie's home (it was the highlight of the day :lol:).

r3gg13
7th October 2012, 00:32
I didn't know that. :o I never saw a Filipino here, I guess.

There are not many Filipinos in mainland Europe, most of them are in UK and Ireland in Europe. The majority in the rest of the world are in USA, Japan, UAE, Canada

vatroslav_cro
7th October 2012, 00:43
Something else about us:

1) Croatian coast has approximately 2500 -2700 sunny hours in the year and it is, after the spanish coast, the sunniest area in Europe.
2) First Croatian independent state (Kingdom of Croatia) was established in 925., when the first croatian king (Tomislav) was crowned. The independence was lost in 1102., when the big part of Croatia was taken by Austrians/Hungarians.
3) Marco Polo, the world's most famous traveller, was born in Korčula, the small city in the island of Korčula, southern Dalmatia. The museum of Marco Polo is opened recently.
4) Danube, the Europe's longest river, flows between SerbIa and Croatia, making the eastern border of Croatia; the main port is Vukovar.
5) Cathedral of St. Dujam (Sv. Duje) in Split, is the oldest cathedral in the world (before the christian era, is was a mausoleum of the Roman emperor Diokletian). That church is a symbol of Split today. It all makes Split one of the oldest european cities.
6) Pula is also one of the oldest cities in Europe, more than 3000 years old. There is a big monumental Vespasian Arena (Roman amphitheatre).

Miguel
7th October 2012, 01:04
I've been there one day, it was an excursion. It's really beautiful and Monte Carlo is amazing especially the Casino (I haven't been inside, I forgot my Armani suit :lol:) and you have a lot of jewelry shops :o! And so many expensive cars and I walked by Stephanie's home (it was the highlight of the day :lol:).

It sounds like heaven to me. :lol: The Monte Carlo Casino, the jewelry shops, the expensive cars, the royalty. xdance You are so lucky.

doctormalisimo
7th October 2012, 01:11
Facts about Ireland

we love beer
we love gin
we love whiskey
we love potatoes

MyHeartIsYours
7th October 2012, 01:13
we love potatoes[/LIST]
I've had to put up with this for 20 years now every time I go to see Nanna! :D

CypriotGirl
7th October 2012, 01:26
Filipinos are known to always run late. If a party starts at 6PM, you better tell your Filipino friends it starts at 5PM! They call this Filipino time

Imagine what happens if a Filipino & a Cypriot have to go somewhere together. Well, I don't just imagine it, I live it! We are always late with my Filipino family friends when we have to go somewhere together! :lol:


Many Filipinos are Roman Catholic, about 85%. You will most likely always find the Last Supper hung in their kitchen, along side a very kitsch ginormous spoon and fork figures.

I know many Filipinos who are Protestants, or belong to other Christian religions! I didn't know that Roman Catholics are so many! :o

DannyDS
7th October 2012, 01:26
Looking at this photo, I must say I wanna live in Monaco. :lol:

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/monaco.png

Ohhh this picture brings back memories xheart

I've been to Monaco in 2009 when I was on a roadtrip with my sisters along the Côte d'Azur. It was one of the best trips evahh. Monaco was really beautiful!
The people weren't so friendly, though. They were a lot nicer in Cannes & Saint Tropez xrofl

CypriotGirl
7th October 2012, 01:30
I didn't know that. :o I never saw a Filipino here, I guess.

xshock

Here the place is full of Filipinas! :o

r3gg13
7th October 2012, 01:32
Imagine what happens if a Filipino & a Cypriot have to go somewhere together. Well, I don't just imagine it, I live it! We are always late with my Filipino family friends when we have to go somewhere together!

xrofl3 xrofl3. That's my excuse whenever I come late to things, I tell them what do you expect a Filipino with Spanish origin to do, be early to something?! :lol:. Though I'm becoming better at being timely :lol:


I know many Filipinos who are Protestants, or belong to other Christian religions! I didn't know that Roman Catholics are so many!
Yeah, Catholics are the most populous ones! If you combine all Christians, it's like 92%, the rest are Muslims and Buddhists.

CypriotGirl
7th October 2012, 01:43
xrofl3 xrofl3. That's my excuse whenever I come late to things, I tell them what do you expect a Filipino with Spanish origin to do, be early to something?! :lol:. Though I'm becoming better at being timely :lol:

This is the joke Brits make for us Cypriots anyway! Even Cypriots who were born and grew up in the UK or elsewhere are always late! Once we were waiting for a British friend of us, and he was late. He came with a Cypriot, though, and everybody said "oh, he was with xxx, that's why he was late!" xrofl3

Miguel
7th October 2012, 03:59
Facts about Ireland

we love beer
we love gin
we love whiskey
we love potatoes


xrofl3 If you say so.

seb89
7th October 2012, 11:47
Ohhh this picture brings back memories xheart

I've been to Monaco in 2009 when I was on a roadtrip with my sisters along the Côte d'Azur. It was one of the best trips evahh. Monaco was really beautiful!
The people weren't so friendly, though. They were a lot nicer in Cannes & Saint Tropez xrofl

Exactly! I liked Saint-Trop the most, but I thought it would be a lot different, more like in the Louis de Funes films, and Cannes is beautiful, although I didn't like it that much. There were expensive cars everywhere, I remember we posed with every expensive car we came across haha!

r3gg13
7th October 2012, 11:51
This is the joke Brits make for us Cypriots anyway! Even Cypriots who were born and grew up in the UK or elsewhere are always late! Once we were waiting for a British friend of us, and he was late. He came with a Cypriot, though, and everybody said "oh, he was with xxx, that's why he was late!" xrofl3

If we ever hang out, we'll be late x2 :lol:

AdelAdel
7th October 2012, 16:19
This is the joke Brits make for us Cypriots anyway! Even Cypriots who were born and grew up in the UK or elsewhere are always late! Once we were waiting for a British friend of us, and he was late. He came with a Cypriot, though, and everybody said "oh, he was with xxx, that's why he was late!" xrofl3

The stereotype says that all Southern European people have a relaxed sense of time. This includes: Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal, Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries, mainly South America.

Miguel
7th October 2012, 22:17
8: Largest country with no farms – Singapore http://www.moog.com.sg/english/images/Singapore.png

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/singapore.png

Although there are a number of small nations in the world that show no hint of having an agriculture based economy, (take Vatican City for example) Singapore is the largest of these urban city-states.

Miguel
7th October 2012, 22:39
The stereotype says that all Southern European people have a relaxed sense of time. This includes: Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal, Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries, mainly South America.

The stereotypes... xgaahoOX

AdelAdel
7th October 2012, 23:15
The stereotypes... xgaahoOX

I read somewhere that in those countries it's perfectly normal to be late 30 minutes or so. And if you turn up on time, you'd be considered crazy xrofl2

r3gg13
8th October 2012, 00:04
I read somewhere that in those countries it's perfectly normal to be late 30 minutes or so. And if you turn up on time, you'd be considered crazy xrofl2

Same in the Philippines :lol:

DannyDS
8th October 2012, 00:09
I read somewhere that in those countries it's perfectly normal to be late 30 minutes or so. And if you turn up on time, you'd be considered crazy xrofl2

In Chile we call it "la hora Chilena" :lol:

vatroslav_cro
8th October 2012, 16:21
and...last but I hope, not least (Croatia): :)

1) Croatia is on the 25 th place in Europe, by its area (56.542 sq km). Between 46 european countries, this puts us among the middle sized european countries. The number of inhabitants in around 4,2 millions, on 27 th place. (2011 est.). In the world frames, Croatia is 126 th.

2) Croatia is the proud owner of even eight national parks (it is pretty much if we compare it with our surface). Of that eight national parks, even five are located inland, more or less (Plitvice Lakes, Northern Velebit, Paklenica, Risnjak and Krka). Kornati islands, Mljet and Brijuni islands are on the Adriatic sea, however:). Plitvice Lakes are announced as a national park in 1949, and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.
Besides the national parks, we have many nature parks, which are situated in continental part (such as Lonjsko Polje, Kopački Rit, Medvednica, Papuk, Vransko jezero, Samoborsko Gorje etc). There are 444 protected areas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protected_areas) of Croatia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croatia), encompassing 9% of the country.

3) A global cultural contribution from Croatia is the necktie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necktie), derived from the cravat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cravat) originally worn by the 17th century Croatian mercenaries in France.

Miguel
8th October 2012, 19:08
7: Most languages spoken – Papua New Guinea http://www.searcc.org/wp-content/themes/searcc2011/images/png32.png

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/papuanewguinea.png

Although English is its official language, only 1-2% of the population actually speak it. As the most linguistically diverse country in the world, over 820 languages are spoken in Papua New Guinea or 12% of the world’s total.

seb89
9th October 2012, 01:08
Another fact:

::be Antwerp has highest use of cocaine in Europe :D. It's also quite cheap here :). (Okay, this is nothing to be proud of tbh :lol:)

flandersnews.be: Antwerp has highest cocaine use in Europe (http://www.deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.english/news/1.1380346)

Miguel
9th October 2012, 01:50
Another fact:

::be Antwerp has highest use of cocaine in Europe :D. It's also quite cheap here :). (Okay, this is nothing to be proud of tbh :lol:)

flandersnews.be: Antwerp has highest cocaine use in Europe (http://www.deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.english/news/1.1380346)

Oh, that's a surprising fact. xshock

aletem
9th October 2012, 10:09
Yeah, Canada is a country of lakes. I've been on lake Superior (the biggest lake in N. America, 2nd biggest in the world) and lake Ontario (which is like 20 minutes from here, where I type this :lol:). I've also seen some much smaller lakes.

Miguel
9th October 2012, 19:08
6: Most educated people – Canada ::ca

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/education.png

With 50% of its population having been educated at the post secondary level, Canada easily has the most educated populace in the world. It is followed by Israel at 45% and Japan at 44%.

Canada's 2nd entry. :o

SpZ
9th October 2012, 19:26
6: Most educated people – Canada ::ca

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/education.png

With 50% of its population having been educated at the post secondary level, Canada easily has the most educated populace in the world. It is followed by Israel at 45% and Japan at 44%.

Canada's 2nd entry. :o

Actually according to the recent OECD report Russia both Canada and Israel with 54%, Canada being 2nd with 51%

Miguel
9th October 2012, 19:35
Actually according to the recent OECD report Russia both Canada and Israel with 54%, Canada being 2nd with 51%

Russia?

Canada tops world's most educated countries | Photo Gallery - Yahoo! Finance Canada (http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/photos/canada-tops-world-s-most-educated-countries-slideshow/)
And the World’s Most Educated Country Is… | NewsFeed | TIME.com (http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/09/27/and-the-worlds-most-educated-country-is/) (September 27, 2012)

1. Canada

2. Israel

3. Japan

4. United States

5. New Zealand

6. South Korea

7. United Kingdom

8. Finland

9. Australia

10. Ireland

Russia didn't make the top 10, let alone snatching that #1. :lol: Where did you see that? These websites are reporting OECD data.

SpZ
9th October 2012, 19:47
Russia?

Canada tops world's most educated countries | Photo Gallery - Yahoo! Finance Canada (http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/photos/canada-tops-world-s-most-educated-countries-slideshow/)
And the World’s Most Educated Country Is… | NewsFeed | TIME.com (http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/09/27/and-the-worlds-most-educated-country-is/) (September 27, 2012)

1. Canada

2. Israel

3. Japan

4. United States

5. New Zealand

6. South Korea

7. United Kingdom

8. Finland

9. Australia

10. Ireland

Russia didn't make the top 10, let alone snatching that #1. :lol: Where did you see that? These websites are reporting OECD data.

http://www.oecd.org/edu/eag2012%20(eng)--Ebook%20(FINAL%2011%2009%202012).pdf official report page 36. Basically I guess that your articles counted the world = OECD members. And like the official OECD paper shows Russia beats out all OECD members.

Miguel
9th October 2012, 20:21
http://www.oecd.org/edu/eag2012%20(eng)--Ebook%20(FINAL%2011%2009%202012).pdf official report page 36. Basically I guess that your articles counted the world = OECD members. And like the official OECD paper shows Russia beats out all OECD members.

The report is kinda confusing. Aren't those numbers from 2010, anyway?

Well, Canada is currently the most educated country worldwide, in 2012.

SpZ
9th October 2012, 20:41
The report is kinda confusing. Aren't those numbers from 2010, anyway?

Well, Canada is currently the most educated country worldwide, in 2012.

If you look at the statistics then yes it is about 2010 because you have no newer statistics or anything to base on Canada being the most educated country. Eg if you look at the articles they actually use the very same report.

CypriotGirl
10th October 2012, 00:01
In Chile we call it "la hora Chilena" :lol:

In Cyprus we ask somebody, if he says he's gonna come at 7 o clock, "Cypriot time or British time?" xrofl3

vatroslav_cro
10th October 2012, 14:48
Most Polite Cities in the World

(http://www.aneki.com/polite_cities_world.html)





1
New York


2
Zurich


3
Toronto


4
Berlin


5
Sao Paulo



6
Zagreb


7
Auckland


8
Warsaw


9
Mexico City


10
Stockholm



Holy cow! I didn't know this;)! So, one more fact: we have (referring to this source) the 6 th polite city in the world:).

Source:Most Polite Cities in the World (http://www.aneki.com/polite_cities_world.html)

Miguel
10th October 2012, 21:47
5: The “country desert” – Libya http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Flag-Libya-3x5-ft-Libyan-Republic-National-Transitional-Council-Kingdom-2011-/00/s/MzAwWDUwMA==/$%28KGrHqJ,!j!E6+%29O-GMrBPuL0H%28r8Q~~60_39.JPG

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/libya.png

With 99% of the country covered in desert Libya is one of the most arid places in the world and in some regions decades may go by without a single drop of rain.

daniels1000
10th October 2012, 22:04
Most Polite Cities in the World

(http://www.aneki.com/polite_cities_world.html)





1
New York


2
Zurich


3
Toronto


4
Berlin


5
Sao Paulo



6
Zagreb


7
Auckland


8
Warsaw


9
Mexico City


10
Stockholm



Holy cow! I didn't know this;)! So, one more fact: we have (referring to this source) the 6 th polite city in the world:).

Source:Most Polite Cities in the World (http://www.aneki.com/polite_cities_world.html)




Zagreb? :o xshock


New York on 1st and Stockholm on 10th - that's really great.They're one of the best cities for me :D

daniels1000
10th October 2012, 22:07
6: Most educated people – Canada ::ca

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/education.png

With 50% of its population having been educated at the post secondary level, Canada easily has the most educated populace in the world. It is followed by Israel at 45% and Japan at 44%.

Canada's 2nd entry. :o

I would never say Israel and Japan are among the most educated countries xshock

I would say it's Sweden,Norway and Canada in Top3.

Miguel
10th October 2012, 22:11
I would never say Israel and Japan are among the most educated countries xshock

I would say it's Sweden,Norway and Canada in Top3.

Lol. And yet it was Finland the only Nordic country which made the top 10. :lol:

r3gg13
10th October 2012, 22:30
I would never say Israel and Japan are among the most educated countries xshock

I would say it's Sweden,Norway and Canada in Top3.

Japan, I could totally see as one of the most educated countries. They put so much emphasis on education, it's almost unhealthy :o. Imagine being in 1st grade, they give you work books to finish for the summer break (1 for math and 1 for Japanese). I remember doing it as a kid xD

vatroslav_cro
10th October 2012, 22:43
Zagreb? :o xshock


Yes, and why not?

SpZ
11th October 2012, 12:21
Well the notion of using highest % of people with university degree is not really a good way to indicate which country is the most educated anyway. Eg Russia has the highest % of people with higher education, yet i would hardly say they are the most educated as i would doubt the quality of education (as many people have got an education there during the USSR times).

aletem
11th October 2012, 20:24
Most Polite Cities in the World

(http://www.aneki.com/polite_cities_world.html)





1
New York


2
Zurich


3
Toronto


4
Berlin


5
Sao Paulo



6
Zagreb


7
Auckland


8
Warsaw


9
Mexico City


10
Stockholm



Holy cow! I didn't know this;)! So, one more fact: we have (referring to this source) the 6 th polite city in the world:).

Source:Most Polite Cities in the World (http://www.aneki.com/polite_cities_world.html)



I highly doubt that Toronto should be 3rd. :lol:

Miguel
11th October 2012, 20:35
4: Least peaceful nation in the world – Somalia http://www.gettyicons.com/free-icons/103/flags/png/32/somalia_flag_32.png

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/somalia.png

Although for the last three years Iraq has been ranked as the least peaceful country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index Somalia overtook it this year for the top spot.

Check it out: Global Peace Index (http://www.visionofhumanity.org/gpi-data/)

Miguel
12th October 2012, 02:29
3: Produces most of the world’s oxygen – Russia ::ru

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/siberia1.png

Siberia is home to approximately 25% of the world’s forests that span an area larger than the continental United States, making Russia the largest converter of CO2 into breathable compounds.

Russia's second entry...

Miguel
13th October 2012, 02:32
2: World’s largest opium producer – Afghanistan http://www.oneteamunited.ca/assets/flags/afghanistan.png

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/poppies.png

Producing a whopping 95 percent of the world’s opium, not even 10 years of occupation by American forces have slowed down the industry.

:o

MyHeartIsYours
13th October 2012, 02:35
We should have just burned the fields down with flame throwers, quite simple really.

aletem
13th October 2012, 11:55
We should have just burned the fields down with flame throwers, quite simple really.
Why? Opium has a legal use in the medicine.

SpZ
13th October 2012, 20:58
We should have just burned the fields down with flame throwers, quite simple really.


And that would have destroyed the already überweak Afghan economy.

Miguel
14th October 2012, 02:10
1: Most people behind bars – United States ::us

http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/america.png

When it comes to incarcerating its population, the United States is the world’s uncontested leader. With 2.2 million people behind bars it has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s incarcerated population. China comes in second place at 1.5 million and Russia comes third at 870,000.

The final fact. :o

MyHeartIsYours
14th October 2012, 02:26
And that would have destroyed the already überweak Afghan economy.
Who cares. It'd give them the opportunity to diversify. Whilst our soldiers are putting their lives on the line for the Afghan security, the least we could expect is an end to this disgraceful practice that destroys communities in our own country!

SpZ
14th October 2012, 02:41
Who cares. It'd give them the opportunity to diversify. Whilst our soldiers are putting their lives on the line for the Afghan security, the least we could expect is an end to this disgraceful practice that destroys communities in our own country!

I would explain why that statement is wrong on many levels. Alas this is not the politics forum

doctormalisimo
14th October 2012, 03:44
There's more black American men in prison than university...

Charly
14th October 2012, 16:39
Here is the fact about Morocco,

After a win in Football for the Moroccan National Team people take up the streets to celebrate. This is the biggest in the world ;) it may be a strange fact but this is true :p

Last Night Victory over Mozambique everywhere around the country including Bruxelles, France, Italy, Netherlands, Canada and USA Moroccans took the streets to celebrate the victory but also the qualification to the African Cup.

Hers an example in our Capital Rabat:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_BArF4Ro-g

Miguel
15th October 2012, 00:02
There's more black American men in prison than university...

What? :?

rajo
15th October 2012, 02:52
Well, I guess there's generally more people in prison in American than in university. Since Reagan in 1980 the number of inmates quintupled.

vatroslav_cro
15th October 2012, 21:52
The words (lyrics) for austrian national anthem "Land der Berge, Land am Strome" were written by Paula von Preradović, the granddaughter of a very famous Croatian poet Petar Preradović.:)

nofuxCZ
15th October 2012, 23:23
Fun fact: Did you know that in Czech R. and Slovakia we spank women by whips made of 3 or more willow rods on Easter Monday? :mrgreen: Foreigners who spend Easter here are always so shocked and find it disturbing :lol: :rolleyes:
Czech Easter: we spank women because we love them. No violence involved. « The Czech Daily Word (http://czechdaily.wordpress.com/2009/04/12/czech-easter-we-spank-women-because-we-love-them/)

r3gg13
16th October 2012, 01:02
Well, I guess there's generally more people in prison in American than in university. Since Reagan in 1980 the number of inmates quintupled.

Sadly, USA spends more on them too than students in public schools xshrug

AdelAdel
16th October 2012, 01:15
Fun fact: Did you know that in Czech R. and Slovakia we spank women by whips made of 3 or more willow rods on Easter Monday? :mrgreen: Foreigners who spend Easter here are always so shocked and find it disturbing :lol: :rolleyes:


:lol:

r3gg13
16th October 2012, 01:18
Fun fact: Did you know that in Czech R. and Slovakia we spank women by whips made of 3 or more willow rods on Easter Monday? :mrgreen: Foreigners who spend Easter here are always so shocked and find it disturbing :lol: :rolleyes:
Czech Easter: we spank women because we love them. No violence involved. « The Czech Daily Word (http://czechdaily.wordpress.com/2009/04/12/czech-easter-we-spank-women-because-we-love-them/)

I think I know what I'm doing for Easter :lol:

kate124
22nd July 2013, 23:51
Apart from above information, there are some important facts about other countries as well. Pakistan has the highest mountain range in the world. It has the largest salt mine in the world. Rawanda has the highest percentage of women members of the parliament with 56.3% (45 of 80 seats) followed by Sweden with 47% (164 of 349 seats). China is the largest carbon dioxide-emitting country in the world with an annual emission of 1.8 billion tonnes followed by the USA with 1.5 billion tonnes of CO2. China is the country with the most mobile phones - 649.7 million followed by India with 376.1 million subscribers.