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Fun Facts About Israel

Recently Israel celebrated its 68th birthday so it’s a great opportunity to learn some fun facts about the young country:

  1. Israel is the only country in the world that has more trees today than it had 50 years ago.

  2. Israel has more museums per capita than any other country, including the world’s only one underwater.

  3. Voicemail technology was developed in Israel.

  4. The IDF is a leader in saving people trapped by natural and man-made disasters. On short notice, its search and rescue unit has operated in many countries (including Mexico, Kenya, India, Turkey and the U.S.) following earthquakes, train wrecks, collapsed buildings and terrorist attacks.

  5. Israel is home to the world’s only theater company comprised entirely of deaf and blind actors.

  6. Life expectancy in Israel is among the highest in the world at 82 years.

  7. Coffee and cafés are so good in Israel that it’s the only country where Starbucks failed trying to break into the local market. (shocking right???)

  8. On a per capita basis, Israel tops the list of countries when it comes to the annual production of scientific papers.

  9. First launched in Israel in 2011, bus-stop mini-libraries, offering books free of charge, have inspired similar initiatives in other countries.

  10. Two professors at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University created the first cherry tomatoes.

  11. Beersheba, in Israel’s Negev desert, has the largest number of chess grandmasters per capita than any other city in the world.

  12. In 2012, Israel became the first country to prohibit the use of underweight models in fashion shows.

  13. An Israeli start-up invented a non-touch, radiation-free device, Babysense, that prevents crib death by monitoring a baby’s breathing and movement during sleep.

  14. Israel has the world’s highest rate of university degrees on a per capita basis.

  15. Israel developed the technology that allowed for the original cell phone.

  16. The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem is the world’s oldest continuously used cemetery.

  17. Two Israelis at Tel Aviv University invented an “Anti-Date Rape Straw” which detects the two most common date rape drugs placed in drinks and alerts intended victims.

  18. An Israeli company developed the first ingestible video camera that helps doctors diagnose cancer and digestive disorders.

  19. Israel has more in-vitro fertilization per capita than any other country, and it’s free.

  20. The popular mobile mapping program, Waze, was developed in Israel. Google purchased the GPS-based navigation app in 2013 for a reported $1.3 billion.

  21. Passengers on Israel’s national airline El Al clap for the pilots when their flights touch down at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv.

  22. Despite the tough neighborhood they live in, numerous studies rank Israelis among the happiest people among Western nations