The World We live In – Some Interesting Facts

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  • The inhabitants of Uruguay are guaranteed free medical care because public hospitals are free of charge.
  • The Kingdom of Bhutan is a smoke-free country. In 2004, Bhutan became the world’s first country to ban smoking in public places and the selling of tobacco.
  • Andorra has no airport or rail network.  The only forms of public transport in Andorra are taxis and buses.
  • In the country of Oman, all cars are fitted with an alarm that sounds if the driver exceeds 120kn/h. (Gay Byrne take note.)
  • It was not until 1924 that Native Americans were awarded full citizenship in America.
  • Russia has the second highest level of immigration in the world.
  • Nepal is the only country in the world whose state religion is Hinduism.
  • On the Solomon Islands there’s no T.V. because the islanders feel T.V. could damage their culture.
  • Europe’s largest city is Moscow.
  • Nigeria is Africa’s biggest petroleum exporter.
  • In 2007 the world’s most expensive city was Oslo.
  • Approximately 85% of New Zealand’s indigenous plant species cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
  • It is now believed that the world’s oldest writing system originated in the area presently covered by Serbia, western Romania, southern Hungary and eastern Bosnia.
  • Cyprus is the warmest island in the Mediterranean. Its average summer temperature is 46°F.
  • The word “Asia” means “sunrise”.
  • Australia is the world’s flattest continent.

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