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Surprising Things Countries Are No. 1 At

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> No. 1 in the world at: Bombings suffered

The Vietnam War extended into the nearby country of Laos, where between 1964 and 1973, the U.S. dropped more than 2 million tons of bombs, nearly equally the small country’s population then. That’s more bombs than were dropped on Germany and Japan during World War II.

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> No. 1 in the world at: Altitude

This southern African country doesn’t have the world’s highest mountain peaks, but it boasts the highest base altitude, as measured by its lowest point above sea level – the bed of the Orange (Senqu) river, at 4,530 feet above sea level

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> No. 1 in the world at: Sick women

Mexican women spend an average of 15.3% of their lifetimes feeling poorly, well above the worldwide average of 12%, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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> No. 1 in the world at: Adult excessive drinking

Moldovans love their cocktails. According to a 2016 survey by the World Health Organization, the latest there is for such data, the average person over 15 in the country drank the equivalent of 15.2 liters, about four gallons, of pure alcohol, topping all other countries.

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> No. 1 in the world at: Cars

No wonder this small Mediterranean country hosts the Monaco Grand Prix and the Monte Carlo Rally. It’s crazy for cars. It has only 39,000 residents, but the country’s car ownership rate is 748 per 1,000 people. And most of those cars are luxury vehicles or even custom-made, because many of the principality’s residents are extremely wealthy.

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