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Surprising Things Countries Are No. 1 At

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> No. 1 in the world at: Landmines

Conflicts on its soil during World War II and the Egypt-Israel wars of 1956, 1967, and 1973 left behind 23 million landmines and other unexploded ordnance. Although some 10 million mines have been cleared, the explosives have claimed the lives of thousands of Egyptians, who call the minefields “the devil’s garden.”

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> No. 1 in the world at: Tornadoes

Although Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas were recently hit by deadly tornadoes, the U.S. isn’t first when it comes to tornadoes by total area. England is. Between 1980 and 2012, England was struck by 2.2 tornadoes per year per 10,000 square kilometers (or 3,861 miles). That translates to one per 1,754 miles each year. Meanwhile, the entire U.S. experiences 1.3 tornadoes in roughly the same area, or one per 7,693 square kilometers or 2,970 square miles.

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> No. 1 in the world at: Happiness

Want to find happiness? Move to Finland! The U.N.’s annual Happiness Report ranked Finland No.1 in 2018 and 2019. Ranking is based on citizen’s answers regarding well-being and perceptions about corruption, generosity, and freedom.

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> No. 1 in the world at: Time zones

While France may be a relatively small country, its reach extends far beyond its metropolitan borders. Five of its départements, officially part of the country (and thus part of the E.U.) are scattered in South America, the Caribbean, and the Indian Ocean, and it has territories and collectivities” in various parts of the world. This gives it a total of 12 time zones – 13 for part of the year.

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> No. 1 in the world at: Sick men

Males in this Eastern European country may be the sickest in the world. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development estimates Hungarian men spend an average of 13.8% of their lives in poor health, well above the world average of 9.8%.

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