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Surprising Things Countries Are No. 1 At

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> No. 1 in the world at: Fastest internet speed

According to Cable, an internet comparison site, Singapore has the fastest internet. To download a 5GB movie takes only 11 minutes at the rate of 60.39 megabits per second. If you think your internet is a bit slow in the U.S., you may be right. The U.S. ranked 20th at 26.86 megabits per second. The global average is 9.1 megabits.

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South Korea
> No. 1 in the world at: Active library use

South Koreans love their libraries. The Online Computer Library Center, a global online library cooperative, noted that South Koreans visited their local library 195,571,747 times in 2014, more than any other country for which there is data.

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> No. 1 in the world at: Cashless payments

If you’re visiting Sweden, forget the cash, but bring your debit and credit cards. In this country, cashless payments rule, with nearly 85% of retail transactions made with plastic. Nayax, a global provider of cashless payment devices, predicts Sweden will become the first cashless country in the world.

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> No. 1 in the world at: Quality of life

Numbeo’s Quality of Life Index for 2022 ranks Switzerland tops. The European country scored high marks for cost of living, safety, and healthcare. It also boasts a reasonable ratio of property price to income. And that’s on top of the incredible scenery and recreational activities.

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United States
> No. 1 in the world at: Sugar consumption

Although Canada beats the U.S. in consumption of doughnuts, America rules for overall sugar intake. The average American consumes 126 grams, or more than four ounces, of sugar a day, mostly from sweetened soda and drinks. That’s well above the global average of 34 grams of sugar a day per person and the American Heart Association’s recommendation of 35 grams for men and 25 grams for women a day. This may also be why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 37.3 million Americans, or 11.3% of the U.S. population, have diabetes.

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