Thursday, October 22, 2009

Did you Know that Interesting Facts About Israel?

Israel, the 100th smallest country (!), with less than 1/1000th of the world's population, can claim to the following:

  • Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.
  • Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation
  • In absolute terms, Israel has the largest number of startup companies than any other country in the world, except the US (3,500 companies mostly in hi-tech).
  • Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds right behind the US.
  • Outside the United States and Canada, Israel has the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies.
  • Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East. The per capita income in 2000 was over $17,500, exceeding that of the UK.
  • Israel has the largest fleet of the aircraft outside of the US.
  • Israel's $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined.
  • Israel has the largest number of biotech start-ups.
  • Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East.
  • Relative to its population, Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth. Immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom, and economic opportunity.
  • According to industry officials, Israel designed the airline industry's most impenetrable flight security. U.S. officials now look to Israel for advice on how to handle airborne security threats.
  • In 1991, during the Gulf War, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra played a concert wearing gas masks as scud missiles fired by Saddam Hussein fell on Tel Aviv.
  • Israel has the world's second highest per capita of new books.
  • Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees.
  • Israel has more museums per capita than any other country.
  • Israel has 2 official languages: Hebrew and Arabic.

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