CITIES AND countries have their differences in a wide variety of areas, but some comparisons are starker than others, making for quite educative statistics. Here are some comparisons that many people may not be aware of.
Most stressed-out country in the world: This was calculated taking into account dimensions of homicide rate, GDP per capita, income inequality, corruption and unemployment. On that scale, Nigeria seems to hold that distinction.
Least stressed-out country in the world: Using the same scale, Norway earned the title of the least stressed-out country.
Most sexually satisfied country: The most sexually satisfied country in the world is, surprise, surprise, Switzerland, seen by many as boring and populated with serious-minded bankers.
Least sexually satisfied country: The same survey found Japan as extremely conservatism and the country with the least sexual satisfaction (only 15% of individuals reported having a fulfilling sex life).
Most emotional country in the world: Polling citizens in 150 countries, researchers found that the people of the Philippines were the most likely to respond emotionally to simple questions about how their day had been.
Least emotional country in the world: That same study revealed that Singaporeans experience the least emotion on the same matrix. Only three out of every 10 citizens of Singapore reported having any emotional reactions to basic scenarios or when describing their days.
Country with the longest life expectancy in the world: According to a World Health Organization study, the microstate of Monaco boasts the longest living citizens, with an average life expectancy of 87.2 years.
Country with the shortest life expectancy: If you live in Sierra Leone, life expectancy drops to 47 years, now even lower because of the Ebola epidemic.
World’s most populated city: With 24,150,000 permanent inhabitants, Shanghai, China’s showpiece city, is home to the maximum people compared to any city in the world.
World’s least populated city: With a population of just 842 in a walled enclave of approximately 110 acres, Vatican City, the city-state located in the heart of Rome, is the smallest internationally recognised independent state and city in the world by area and population.
World’s wealthiest city: Japan may be the world’s third largest economy by nominal GPD but its capital, Tokyo, tops the charts as the world’s wealthiest city with a GDP of $1,520 billion.
World’s poorest city: It’s a title no one would want and there are quite a few contenders in Africa, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the poorest country in the world. It’s capital, Kinshasa, is ranked as the world’s poorest city—many of its residents live on less $1 a day.
The world’s hottest place: Most people would be looking at the Middle east, Africa or Asia but America? The highest air temperature ever recorded on Earth was 134 degrees Fahrenheit, at Death Valley National Park on July 10, 1913. It is located between Nevada and California and adjoins the Mojave Desert.
The world’s coldest place: The lowest ever was 135 degrees F, at the high ridge of East Antarctic Plateau, set in August, 2010.
The world’s most popular country: Based on the results of the annual BBC World Country Rating Poll, the title goes to Germany! It’s a surprise choice but this poll was done after the World Cup win and could also be because its cars are among the best in the world. It was the most positively viewed country in the world with a 59% positivity rating.
The world’s least popular country: On that same rating scale done by the BBC, Iran came in last (with a 59% negativity rating. No surprise here. Only 15% of the people polled viewed Iran in a positive light.
Highest point in the world: Pretty much of a no-brainer since every schoolkid knows that Mount Everest, reaching 29,029 feet at its peak, is the highest point on earth.
Lowest point in the world: The lowest known natural point in the world is at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, a place named Challenger Deep, 35,797 ft below sea level in the Pacific Ocean. Only three people have ever made it to the bottom, one being filmmaker James Cameron.
The wettest spot on earth: In terms of rainfall, this has always been an Indian location in the country’s north east. Right now, it’s a place called Mawsynram, where it rains an average of 467.35 inches a year, and with a record of 1000 inches in 1985.
The driest spot on earth: In contrast, the driest place on earth gets an average of 4 inches of rain every thousand years! It lies in South America’s Atacama desert. Other cities and countries that top the global list…
World’s sunniest place: In Yuma, Arizona, the sun shines for an average of 11 hours a day, for 90% of the year, averaging a total of 4,015 daylight hours a year.
The world’s most dangerous city: Averaging three murders a day, San Pedro Sula in Honduras is the world’s most dangerous city.
Most caffeinated country in the world: The Swedes consume an average of 388 mg of caffeine in coffee per person, per day, the equivalent of five Red Bull cans.
Most drunken country in the world: Belarus. Each person above the age of 15 years drinks an average of 4.62 gallons of alcohol every year.
Sexiest country in the world: Brazil.