TITBITS OF GEORRAPHICAL TRIVIA

Modern Tower of Babel

Although English is the official language of the island nation of Papua New Guinea, only 1-2 percent of the population actually speaks it. Over 820 languages – 12 percent of the world’s total – are spoken there.

Largest country with no farms.

Singapore  is just one big city. It has no farms other than the occasional window-box garden. Monaco and the Vatican lack farms, too, but Singapore is the largest of the three city-nations.

Most educated nation!

With 50 percent of its population having graduated from high school and then gone on to at least one semester of college, Canada easily has the most educated population of any nation on Earth. It is followed by Israel at 45 percent and Japan at 44 percent.

Go Jump in the Lake!

With over 3 million lakes, nine percent of Canada is actually fresh water. Canada is the home for over 60 percent of all the lakes in the world.
The biggest desert nation.

With 99% of its vast territory country covered by the Sahara Desert, the oil-rich nation of Libya is one of the most arid places in the world. In some regions, decades may go by without a single drop of rain.

The least peaceful nation

A nation with no government and on-going conflict between the many warlords that rule over its ruined cities, Somalia is a land of constant war. There is no law, no police, no army. It is basically dominated by street gangs who constantly compete for control of ever-shifting turfs – and who send out pirates to terrorize shipping off the African coast.

Most drugged nation

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

Most of the world’s oxygen

Siberia is home to approximately 25 percent of the world’s forests – filling an area larger than the continental United States, making Russia the largest converter of carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen

The Most Christian Nation

Surpassing even the United States and famously devout Poland, a higher percentage of citizens of the Philippine Islands regularly attend church than anywhere else in the world.

How low can you go?

If, indeed, global warming increases, the country most likely to disappear beneath the waves is the Maldives Islands. With an average height of around six feet above sea level, their nation is the lowest on Earth.

Most overweight nation …

With over 95 percent of its population overweight, the small island nation of Nauru is by far the most over-weight 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.

More sheep than people!

With only about 3,000 human inhabitants, the Falkland Islands, a British territory off the coast of Argentina, are home to approximately a half-million sheep. Not surprisingly wool is the major export.

Least likely place to meet your neighbour

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.

The land of no rivers

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. There is not a single river, creek or brook in the entire country.
Youngest population

Generally the world’s 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 percent.

Most diverse country

In almost every category – religions, ethnic groups, cultural groups and even climates – ranging from the tallest mountains in the world to the deepest tropic jungles, India claims to be the most diverse country in the world.

How long until nobody’s left?

With a natural increase in population of minus .8% annually, Ukraine is in danger of becoming an empty nation. Because of its extremely low birth rate and high mortality rate, between now and the year 2050, Ukraine is expected to lose around 30% of its population.

Nobody’s home!

For a variety of reasons, including a poor economy, the island nation of Malta has had the highest emigration rate of any other nation. There are now more Maltese living abroad than those who reside within the country itself.

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