Depending upon your definition, and whether or not you count Taiwan, there are “approximately” 196 countries in the world as of this writing. So while you may consider yourself to be a knowledgeable global citizen, and we’re sure you are, given the dynamic and complex nature of our planet there are certain to be at least a couple facts on this list that you will find surprising. Here are 25 things that you wouldn’t believe about these countries.
25 Covers the most time zones – France
If you count everything, including overseas territories, then France claims the title by covering 12 time zones. The United States would be the runner-up with 11 and then Russia with 9.
23 Most overweight population – Nauru
20 Oldest sovereign state – Egypt
18 Least likely place to meet your neighbor – Mongolia
16 The land of no rivers – Saudi Arabia
15 Youngest population of any country – Niger
13 Fastest disappearing nation – Ukraine
11 Smaller than Central Park in New York City – Monaco
10 Almost entirely covered in jungle – Suriname
8 Largest country with no farms – Singapore
Although there are a number of small nations in the world that show no hint of having an agriculture based economy, (take Vatican City for example) Singapore is the largest of these urban city-states.
6 Most educated people – Canada
5 The “country desert” – Libya
3 Produces most of the world’s oxygen – Russia
Siberia is home to approximately 25% of the world’s forests that span an area larger than the continental United States, making Russia the largest converter of CO2 into breathable compounds.
1 Most people behind bars – United States