25 Strange Facts About 25 Random Countries Around The World

Most Time Zones

Most Time Zones

France covers 12 time zone, the United States 11 and then Russia with 9.

At Greatest Risk Of Global Warming

At Greatest Risk Of Global Warming

With an average height above sea level of a slightly-taller-than-average dude, the Maldives has the most to lose if the sea levels rise as a result of global warming.



Most Overweight

Most Overweight

The most overweight people on the planet are those of the small Pacific nation, Nauru. Since its relatively recent phosphate boom, the people of Nauru have struggled with the introduction of fatty Western foods.

Coral Roads

Coral Roads

In Guam, they don't have any natural sand on account of all their coral. So they make their roads out of ground-up coral and oil rather than importing sand (which must be the cheaper option).



Gotta Love Those Sheep

Gotta Love Those Sheep

If you thought that New Zealand had the most sheep per capita, you'd be wrong....

The Fakland Islands (UK) has a huge 350 sheep for every person!

The Oldest

The Oldest

Now, let's not get bogged down in too many technicalities because we could be here all year (and balls to that - it's almost Christmas!). Egypt is the oldest country in the world, having achieved sovereignty around 3100BC.



Most Lakes

Most Lakes

Canada is the country with the most lakes in the world. How many? About three million of 'em! In fact, the nation is home to around 60% of all the lakes on Earth.

Least Populated

Least Populated

The country where you're probably least likely to run in to your neighbor on the street is Mongolia (unless we include Greenland and the Falkland Islands, which belong to other countries. But since we included the Falklands with the sheep thing.....shut up!).

Mongolia has only 4 people per square mile and is the least densely populated nation on the planet. Compare that to the other end of the spectrum and you have Macau (yes, it belongs to China!) with around 48,003 in that same square mile!



Most Tanks

Most Tanks

Russia has the most tanks in the world with more than 20,000, however, the United States has a superior fleet even though they have only around 16,000, simply because the Russian ones are mostly outdated.

No Rivers

No Rivers

The nation of Saudi Arabia does not have any rivers running through it. You can go and check but you will not find one. If you're wondering, yes, they have a very good desalination setup! They are also able to access underground reservoirs.



Youngsters

Youngsters

The country with the youngest population in the world is the African nation of Niger. A bit less than half of all its residents are under the age of 15.

Most Diverse

Most Diverse

Owing to its huge population and richness in terms of different languages, religions, and ethnicities, we think it's fair to say that India is the most diverse country n the world.



Disappearing Act

Disappearing Act

While Japan's population (if present trends continue) should be gone in a few hundred years, even graver concerns are held for the Ukraine - the country with the fastest declining population.

Living Abroad

Living Abroad

Conspiring factors which made it harder and harder to live in the homeland means that Malta has the most number of citizens who live abroad. There are more Maltese people living in other countries than there are in Malta.



Smallest

Smallest

Okay, so we could have gone with Vatican City but we didn't. We made that decision based on the fact that it has no permanent residents, which didn't make us feel very at home when referring to it as a country. So we went with Monaco as the smallest country in the world. It's smaller than Central Park!

Almost All Jungle

Almost All Jungle

Suriname is a nation which is mostly covered in jungle - 91% of it in fact!



...And The Opposite...

...And The Opposite...

Haiti, on the other hand, is almost completely bare! It has been deforested almost beyond belief. In fact this image is of a satellite showing where the Dominican Republic finishes and Haiti begins.

No Farming

No Farming

It's hard to imagine a country with no farms but again, technically the Vatican City is a country and the Pope's got no time for farming! But the largest country with no farm land is the built-up metropolis of Singapore.



Most Languages

Most Languages

Just to the north of Australia, Papua New Guinea's official language is English, however, only a small fraction of the population actually speak it. The troubled nation is home to over 800 different languages which make up around 12% of all the languages on Earth.

Most Educated

Most Educated

Canada has around half of its population having been university educated and is the world leader. Second is Israel with Japan in third.



Most Arid

Most Arid

Most of Libya is desert. When we say "most" we actually mean about 99%! Many parts of the country will go decades without seeing one drop of rain.

Least Peaceful

Least Peaceful

We've heard so much about this place in recent times for terribly unfortunate reasons where the folks of Syria are concerned. These reasons make the nation the least peaceful on Earth.



The Largest Oxygen Producer

The Largest Oxygen Producer

Perhaps this is a surprise until you remember Siberia. Russia is the world's leading oxygen producer thanks to Siberia being home to one quarter of all the forests on the planet. In fact, the area is larger than that of the United States!

Opium Producers

Opium Producers

Afghanistan produces a mammoth 95% of all the world's opium. Wow!



Most People In Prison

Most People In Prison

Don't act like you're shocked about this one! Of course the United States has the most people behind bars (well in excess of 2 million). China comes a distant second (and they have a population of 1.4 billion)....