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Surprising Things Countries Are No. 1 At

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> No. 1 in the world at: Waste generation per capita

In a record probably no country wants, Bahrain generates 906.7 kilograms – almost 2,000 pounds – of waste per person each year, according to the D-Waste Association

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> No. 1 in the world at: Robberies per capita

Belgium led all European countries in the number of robberies and police-related incidents in 2020, with 102.2 offenses per 100,000 residents, according to Eurostat. Next up was Spain at 95.6 offenses per 100,000.

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> No. 1 in the world at: Official languages

The South American country recognizes 37 official languages in its Constitution. While Spanish is one of them, the rest are languages spoken by the country’s indigenous people, from Aymara to Zamuco.

> No. 1 in the world at: Exporting soccer players

There’s a big reason why Brazil has won five FIFA World Cups, more than any other nation. The country simply produces more world-class soccer players than anywhere else – so many that they’re able to export them and still retain soccer supremacy themselves. More than 1,200 players raised and trained in Brazil currently play for teams across the world, mostly for clubs in Italy and Spain.

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