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Surprising Things Countries Are No. 1 At

> No. 1 in the world at: Peacefulness

According to the 2022 Global Peace Index, which ranks countries based on safety, security, ongoing national and international conflict, and militarism, Iceland is the most peaceful nation in the world.

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> No. 1 in the world at: Fatal snakebites

Between 2000 and 2019, an estimated 1.2 million people in India died of snakebite, according to medical data. That factors out to 58,000 people per year, or about half of all the fatal snakebites annually worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

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> No. 1 in the world at: Donating to charity

Based on Gallup’s World View World Poll of 146 countries, Indonesia is the most generous country. About half of Indonesians have helped a stranger and volunteered. Nearly 80% have donated to charity.

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

For a country with a relatively small population of 8.7 million, Israel is a startup giant. Every year, the country launches between 1,100 to 1,380 new companies – about one for every 6,300 people.

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> No. 1 in the world at: World Heritage sites

Italy is known for its food, artand history. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization reports Italy hosts 58 World Heritage sites, ahead of China with 56. Such sites are noted for their historical and cultural significance.

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