Have you ever wondered which the wealthiest city in the world is? Or the most stressed out? Our world is full of extremes, and that’s extremely fascinating! Read on for some interesting trivia on different countries and who knows, your country might just be on this list!
The world’s hottest place:
The highest temperature ever recorded in the planet was 134 degrees Fahrenheit, at Death Valley National Park on July 10, 1913.
The world’s coldest place:
Recorded in August 2010, the temperature on the high ridge of the East Antarctic Plateau dropped to -135.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
World’s most populated city:
At a massive 24,150,000 permanent inhabitants, Shanghai is the world’s most highly populated city.
World’s least populated city:
With a meager population of 842, Vatican city is the smallest city and state in the world.
World’s wealthiest city:
Tokyo tops the index with a GDP of $1,520 billion, beating New York by a mere $310 billion.
World’s poorest city:
Highest point in the world:
At 29,029 feet in the air, standing atop Mount Everest is the closest you can get to touching space, while still standing on Earth.
Lowest point in the world:
At 35,797 feet below sea level at the bottom of Mariana Trench is Challenger Deep, the lowest natural point in the world. Only three people have ever made it to the bottom, one of which was popular filmmaker James Cameron.
Most photographed place:
Geotagged data was culled by Sightsmap using a Google-based image sharing software and can show us the most photographed spots in the world. And the place that emerged victorious? The Gugggenheim, New York.
The wettest spot on Earth:
Mawsynram, India receives an average of 467.35 inches of rainfall a year. The record was set with 1000 inches in 1985.
The driest spot on earth:
The driest place on earth is 600 miles of South America’s Atacama desert. The desert receives 4 inches of rain every 1000 years.
The sunniest place on earth:
In Yuma, Arizona, the sun shines for an average of 11 hours per day! The sun’s expected to be out for 90% of the year, averaging a total of 4015 daylight hours a year.
Most expensive city to live in:
Singapore recently beat Tokyo for the title of most expensive city! Cars cost about 4-6 times in Singapore what they cost in UK/US.
Least expensive city to live in:
Mumbai, India, is the cheapest place to live in the world, according to the Worldwide Cost of Living Index 2014. A loaf of bread that would cost $3.36 in Singapore costs only $0.91 in Mumbai.
Country that consumes the most food:
It makes sense why America is the obesity capital of the world. Americans eat a gigantic 3,770 calories a day each!
The world’s oldest city:
There’s a bit of controversy surrounding this one. With evidence of civilization that extends over 11,000 years ago, Damascus in Syria is the safest bet.
Youngest country in the world:
With South Sudan being formally recognized as an independent country in 2011, it now wears the badge of being the youngest country in the world!
The world’s most visited city:
After battling it out with Bangkok, London has regained its place as the world’s most visited city (as per MasterCard’s 2014 Global Destinations City Index.) The city receives about 18.69 million visitors annually, generating $19.3 billion in revenue.
The world’s most popular country:
Germany is the mostly positively viewed country in the world with a 59% rating.
The world’s least popular country:
Iran comes in last with a 59% negativity rating. Only 15% people viewed Iran in positive light.
The world’s most dangerous city:
Over 3 murders a day occur in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. These issues stem from the city’s role as a hub for illegal drug and arms trafficking.
Most caffeinated city in the world:
The Swedes consume an average of 388 mg of caffeine in coffee per person, per day. That’s equal to almost 5 Red Bulls!
Most drunken city in the world:
In Belarus, each person above 15 drinks an average of 4.62 gallons of alcohol every year.
The most bicycle friendly city in the world:
In Groningen, Netherlands, 50$ of the population commute daily via bike. This city has the greatest proportion of cyclists on the planet!
World’s most energy efficient city:
Reykjavik, Iceland, uses geothermal plants and renewable hydropower for all its energy needs. The city has recently replaced traditional buses with hydrogen-fueled buses, from which water is the only emission. They also plan to be completely free of fossil fuels by 2050.
Most cat friendly country:
With a population of 76.43 million felines, the US reigns supreme as the most cat friendly country in the world.
Most dog friendly country:
With a dog population of 61.1 million, America doubles the amount of pet dogs owned by any other country.
Most sexually satisfied country:
Switzerland is the most progressive and least sexually repressed country in the whole world. With sex education from Kindergarten and liberal views on pornography and prostitution, over 1/5th of the population consider their sex lives excellent. Drive-in sex boxes were recently launched in Zurich. Switzerland also holds the title as one of the lowest teen birth rates in the world.
Least sexually satisfied country:
Japan is the country with the least sexual satisfaction, with only 15% individuals reported having a fulfilling sexual life. In fact, 45% of Japanese women reported being uninterested in, and despising sexual contact.
Most emotional country in the world:
Researchers found that the people of Philippines were the most likely to respond emotionally to simple questions about their day.
Least emotional country in the world:
The same study found that Singaporeans are the least emotional in the world. Only 3 of every 10 Singaporeans reported having emotional reactions when asked about their day.
Country with the longest life expectancy in the world:
Monaco comes out on top for having the longest living citizens, with an average life expectancy of 87.2 years. Men live for an average of 85.3 years and women live up to an average of 89 years.
Country with the shortest life expectancy:
The other extreme is Sierra Leone, where citizens live up to an average of 47 – 48 years.
Most LGBT friendly country in the world:
In a recent poll spanning the world, over 88% Spaniards were open to homosexuality and alternate sexualities, with Germany a close contender at 87%.
Sexiest country in the world:
There will always be rising debates on which countries possess the most beautiful people. After all, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder! However, a recent poll unearthed which countries men find the sexiest, and which countries women find the sexiest. Men found Brazil to be the sexiest & the women voted Australia as the sexiest!
Most stressed out country in the world:
After reviewing parameters such as Homicide Rate, GDP Per Capita, Inequality, Corruption and Unemployment, Nigeria was chosen as the most stressed out country in the world.
Least stressed out country:
On another spot on the atlas, Norway was chosen as the least stressed out country in the world.
Country with the highest average IQ:
There are a myriad of factors that affect this rating like national & personal wealth to who actually makes the test. The findings suggest that Hong Kong is the country with the highest IQ, at an average of 107 points.
Country with the lowest average IQ:
Equatorial Guinea with a national average of 59 points has the lowest IQ.
World’s most well-connected city (for Internet):
After studying average connection speed, availability, openness to innovation, support of public data and privacy/security, Seoul in South Korea emerges as the champion of internet connectivity. The city has 10,000 government-supported free WiFi spots and an internet speed that is unchallenged, globally. Seoul is undoubtedly an internet junkie’s paradise!