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Surprising Things Countries Are No. 1 At

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> No. 1 in the world at: Fertility rate

According to World Bank 2018 statistics, Niger has the highest fertility rate in the world, with an average of 7.3 children born to each woman. Next is Somalia at 6.4 children per woman.

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> No. 1 in the world at: Scrabble champions

Even though Scrabble originated in the U.S., a third of the best 100 players come from Nigeria. It may have something to do with the country rewarding its champions with government salaries.

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> No. 1 in the world at: Retirement

Warm ocean breezes and a tropical climate put this Central American country at the top of the World Economic Forum’s Best Country for Retirement list. The country provides a safe living environment with excellent medical care. Even though it boasts two coastlines along the middle Pacific and Caribbean, Panama is spared hurricanes.

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> No. 1 in the world at: Time spent on social media

Want to know what Filipinos are doing right now? They’re probably on social media. The average person in the Philippines browses Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, and other social platforms for three hours and 57 minutes a day, barely ahead of Brazilians at three hours and 39 minutes and much more than Americans at an hour a day.

> No. 1 in the world at: Corruption

According to the 2022 Best Country rankings by U.S.News, Russia is seen as the most corrupt country in the world. This ranking is based on a perception-based analysis of some 85 nations taken from a survey of more than 17,000 people in which respondents were asked which countries they most associated with the term “corrupt.” The exact definition of the term was left up to the individuals.

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