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Surprising Things Countries Are No. 1 At

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> No. 1 in the world at: Longest maternity leave

Looking for a country with a generous maternity leave? In this Eastern European nation, new mothers receive 410 days of maternity leave, 45 of them before delivery. After that period, mothers may choose to stay home with their child until he or she turns two and get paid a full or partial salary, though how much depends on their insurance, work status, and sick days used.

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> No. 1 in the world at: Doughnut consumption

No wonder Canadians are so nice. They’re happy eating doughnuts all the time! Although the U.S. produces more doughnuts, Canada actually has more doughnuts shops per capita than any other country. Check out your local Tim Horton’s for its menu of doughnuts to learn why our Northern neighbors love the sweet treat.

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> No. 1 in the world at: Hackers

The U.S. has long been wary of China’s ability to hack into our government and private industry information – for good reason. According to countless sources, it leads the world in hacking activity. In 2019, for instance, it was responsible for 41% of the world’s cyberattacks.

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Czech Republic
> No. 1 in the world at: Beer consumption

Craft beers are all the rage in the U.S., but the Czech Republic has us beat. In 2019, retail beer sales hit 188.6 litres (or nearly 50 gallons) per capita. We only manage about 73 liters.

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> No. 1 in the world at: Education budget

According to Global Data, the percentage of the country’s GDP funneled to education was 8.7% in 2020, representing more than $30 billion. This was an increase of 2.1% from the previous year. However the country’s expenditure on education as a percentage of GDP fell 3.7% between 2010 and 2020.

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