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LIST OF TOP INTERNATIONAL RANKINGS BY COUNTRY

Country

Statistic

Field

Date

Afghanistan

Least peaceful nation according to Global Peace Index

Military
Politics

2013

Afghanistan

Largest illegal opium producer, 95% of world's market ($64 billion), with 2.9 million opium farmers[1][2]

Illicit Drugs

2008

Afghanistan

World's largest producer of cannabis, up to 3,500 tonnes of hashish in annual production[3][4]

Illicit Drugs

2010

Afghanistan

World's largest producer of heroin, 380 tonnes of Heroin in annual production (~90% of global production)[5][6]

Illicit Drugs

2012

Afghanistan

Most corrupt country according to Transparency International (tied with Somalia and North Korea)[7]

Politics

2013

Afghanistan

World's largest source of refugees, continuously since 1980[8]

Politics

2013

Afghanistan

Lowest electricity consumption per capita, 7.6 kWh per person per year [9]

Energy

2012

Afghanistan

Lowest annual energy consumption per capita, 90 kgoe per person per year

Energy

2011

Afghanistan

Highest infant mortality rate, 119.41 deaths per 1000 live births

Demographics

2013

Afghanistan

Highest annual prevalence of opiates use, 2.65% of population

Health

2009

Afghanistan

Largest recipient of foreign aid, $6,710,900,000 per year

Economy

2011

Afghanistan

Worst place to grow old as per United Nations/HelpAge International Global AgeWatch Index[10][11]

Society

2013

Andorra

Most tourist arrivals per capita, 22.5[12]

Economy

2011

Argentina

Largest exporter of pears, 490,000 tonnes[13][14]

Agriculture

2009

Argentina

Largest exporter of vegetable oil, US$2,715,890,000[15]

Agriculture

2009

Argentina

Highest consumption of beef per capita, 65.2 kilograms / year[16]

Consumption

2006

Argentina

Largest exporter of soccer players, 2,204[17]

Sports

2010

Argentina

Best performance at Paddle Tennis World Championship (men), 7 gold medals, 9 total medals

Sports

2009

Argentina

Best performance at Paddle Tennis World Championship (women), 7 gold medals, 9 total medals

Sports

2009

Argentina

Best performance at World Polo Championship, 4 gold medals, 7 total medals

Sports

2012

Australia

Largest wool producer, output of 475,000 tons

Agriculture

2005

Australia

Largest sheep meat producer

Agriculture

2005

Australia

Largest uranium reserves, 1,243,000 tons

Energy

2007

Australia

Largest aluminium oxide producer, 18,312,000 tons

Industry

2006

Australia

Largest bauxite producer, 63,000,000 tons

Industry

2008

Australia

Largest titanium producer, 1,291,000 tons

Industry

2003

Australia

Largest zirconium producer, 426,000 tons

Industry

2005

Australia

Largest tantalum producer, 435 tons per annum, 53% of world production

Industry

2008

Australia

Best performance at Rugby League World Cups (men), 10 times winner (1957, 1968, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1988, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2013)

Sports

2014

Australia

Winner of most Cricket World Cups (men), 4 (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007)[18]

Sports

2007

Australia

Winner of most Women's Cricket World Cups, 5 (1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2005)

Sports

2009

Australia

Most successful team in ICC World Twenty20 (Women), 2 time champions (2010 and 2012)

Sports

2013

Australia

Best performance at ICF Canoe Polo World Championships (men), 3 gold medals

Sports

2009

Australia

Best performance at Netball World Championshipss, 9 times winner

Sports

2009

Australia

Best performance at World International Doubles Squash Championships

Sports

2009

Australia

Best performance at World Team Squash Championships

Sports

2009

Australia

Best performance at Touch Football World Cups

Sports

2009

Australia

Best performance at ITU Triathlon World Championships (women), 11 gold medals, 26 total medals

Sports

2009

Austria

Best performance at FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, 74 gold medals, 233 total medals

Sports

2009

Austria

Best performance at FIS Ski Flying World Championships, 5 gold medals, 7 silver medals, 3 bronze medals

Sports

2009

Bangladesh

Largest percentage of cultivated land, 68.6%

Agriculture
Geography

2011

Bangladesh

Largest contributor to UN Peacekeeper Force

Military

2013

Belarus

Highest annual inflation rate, 52.4%

Finance

2011

Belgium

Most globalized country according to Globalization Index, score of 91.96

Politics

2007

Belgium

Best performance at UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Men, 25 gold medals, 52 total medals

Sports

2009

Belgium

Best performance at UCI Road World Championships (Men's Road Race), 25 gold medals, 47 total medals

Sports

2009

Belgium

Best performance at Motocross World Championship

Sports

2009

Belgium

Largest producer of chicory roots

Agriculture

1992

Botswana

Lowest environmental happiness according to Happy Planet Index, score of 22.6

Environment
Quality of life

2012

Botswana

Largest Diamond Producer (two largest mines export 21.7 mil carats combined[19])

Economy

1999

Bhutan

Highest GDP (real) annual growth rate, 21.40% (CIA World Factbook est.)[20]

Economy

2008

Brazil

Largest citrus producer, output of 20,682,309 tons

Agriculture

2007

Brazil

Largest orange producer, output of 17.8 million tons

Agriculture

2005

Brazil

Largest dry bean producer, output of 3,330,435 tons

Agriculture

2008

Brazil

Largest coffee producer, output of 2,249,010 tons

Agriculture

2007

Brazil

Largest sugarcane producer, output of 514,079,729 tons

Agriculture

2008

Brazil

Largest sisal producer, output of 113,300 tons

Agriculture

2007

Brazil

Largest renewable freshwater resources, 8,233 km³/year

Geography

2000

Brazil

Largest niobium producer, 40,000 tons

Industry

2007

Brazil

Winner of most FIFA Club World Cups, 4 (2000, 2005, 2006, 2012)

Sports

2012

Brazil

Best performance at FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, 12 times winner (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008)

Sports

2008

Brazil

Best performance at FIFA Futsal World Cup, 4 times winner (1989, 1992, 1996, 2008)

Sports

2008

Brazil

Best performance at Beach Handball World Championships, 2 gold medals, 4 total medals

Sports

2008

Brazil

Best performance at FIVB World Leagues, 9 times winner, 3 times runner-up

Sports

2011

Brazil

Best performance at Beach Volleyball World Championships, 7 gold medals, 19 total medals

Sports

2008

Bulgaria

Highest home ownership rate, 97%[22][23]

Quality of life
Demographics

2011

Bulgaria

Largest rose oil producer, 70% of all oil in the world[24]

Agriculture

2011

Bulgaria

Largest lavender oil producer[25]

Agriculture

2011

Burkina Faso

Worst situation with education according to Education Index, score of 0.274

Demographics
Quality of life

2009

Burundi

Highest rate of urbanisation, +6.8% of urban population per year

Demographics

2008

Burundi

Least globalized country according to Globalization Index, score of 25.75

Politics

2007

Burundi

Lowest level of property rights according to International Property Rights Index, score of 3.4 (tied withVenezuela, Haiti & Libya)[26]

Politics

2013

Burundi

Lowest satisfaction with life according to Satisfaction with Life Index, 100

Quality of life

2006

Cambodia

Longest alphabets in the world[27] It consists of 33 consonants, 23 vowels (that make 47 sounds) and 12 independent vowels.

Education

1995

Canada

Largest flax producer, output of 633,500 tons

Agriculture

2007

Canada

Largest canary seed producer, output of 117,300 tons

Agriculture

2005

Canada

Largest producer of maple syrup, output of 14,890 cubic metres

Agriculture

1995

Canada

Largest water area, 891,163 km²[28]

Geography

2009

Canada

Longest coastline, 243,792 km[29]

Geography

2009

Canada

Best performance at World Curling Men's Championships, 31 gold medals, 45 total medals

Sports

2009

Canada

Best performance at World Curling Women's Championships, 15 gold medals, 26 total medals

Sports

2009

Canada

Winner of most Women's Ice Hockey World Championships, 9 times winner

Sports

2009

Central African Republic

Lowest prosperity according to Legatum Prosperity Index

Quality of life

2012

Chad

Lowest ease of doing business, according to Ease of Doing Business Index

Economy
Politics

2012

Chad

Highest child mortality rate in the world

Demographics

2011

Chad

Highest maternal mortality ratio in the world

Demographics

2011

Chile

Largest copper producer, 5,360,800 tons

Industry

2006

Chile

Largest iodine producer, 15,346 tons

Industry

2005

Chile

Largest lithium producer, 12,000 tons

Industry

2008

Chile

Largest lithium reserves, 300,000 tons

Industry

2008

Chile

Largest rhenium reserves tons

Industry

2005

Chile

Largest recorded earthquake 9.5

Geology

2011

China

Largest salt producer, 65,000,000 tons

Industry

2011

China

Highest agricultural sector output

Economy

2012

China

Highest industrial sector output

Economy

2012

China

Largest rice producer, output of 182,042,000 tons

Agriculture

2005

China

Largest wheat producer, output of 109.9 million metric tons

Agriculture

2007

China

Largest fruit and vegetable producer, output of 506,634,000 tons

Agriculture

2004

China

Largest garlic producer, output of 12,088,000 tons

Agriculture

2008

China

Largest pear and quince producer, output of 11,537,000 tons

Agriculture

2005

China

Largest tangerine producer, output of 14,152,000 tons

Agriculture

2007

China

Largest peach and nectarine producer, output of 6,030,000 tons

Agriculture

2005

China

Largest plum and sloe producer, output of 4,635,500 tons

Agriculture

2005

China

Largest persimmon producer, output of 1,987,000 tons

Agriculture

2006

China

Largest tomato producer, output of 32,540,040 tons

Agriculture

2006

China

Largest watermelon producer, output of 69,315,000 tons

Agriculture

2005

China

Largest chestnut producer, output of 825,000 tons

Agriculture

2005

China

Largest walnut producer, output of 499,070 tons

Agriculture

2005

China

Largest peanut producer, output of 13,090,000 tons

Agriculture

2008

China

Largest eggplant producer, output of 18,033,000 tons

Agriculture

2008

China

Largest carrot and turnip producer, output of 8,395,500 tons

Agriculture

2005

China

Largest potato producer, output of 70 million metric tons

Agriculture

2006

China

Largest cabbage producer, output of 36,335,000 tons

Agriculture

2008

China

Largest cauliflowers and broccoli producer, output of 8,585,000 tons

Agriculture

2005

China

Largest spinach producer, output of 11,011,000 tons

Agriculture

2005

China

Largest lettuce and chicory producer, output of 11,005,000 tons

Agriculture

2005

China

Largest asparagus producer, output of 5,906,000 tons

Agriculture

2005

China

Largest onion and shallot producer, output of 17,793,000 tons

Agriculture

2005

China

Largest cucumber and gherkin producer, output of 26,000,000 tons

Agriculture

2005

China

Largest fish producer, output of 49,467,275 tons

Agriculture

2005

China

Largest aquatic plants producer, output of 11,163,675 tons

Agriculture

2005

China

Largest honey producer, output of 305,000 tons[30]

Agriculture

2012

China

Largest mushroom and truffle producer, output of 1,410,540 tons

Agriculture

2005

China

Largest cotton producer, output of 11,400,000 tons

Agriculture

2005

China

Largest silk producer, output of 290,003 tons

Agriculture

2005

China

Largest rapeseed producer, output of 10.3 million metric tons

Agriculture

2007

China

Largest tea producer, output of 1,183,502 million tons

Agriculture

2007

China

Largest tobacco producer, output of 2,298,800 tons

Agriculture

2000

China

Largest livestock of domestic sheep, 157,900,000 heads

Agriculture

2004

China

Largest livestock of domestic pig, 488,800,000 heads

Agriculture

2005

China

Largest livestock of mules, 4,194,000 heads

Agriculture

2003

China

Largest livestock of donkeys, 8,499,000 heads

Agriculture

2003

China

Largest livestock of horses, 8,088,000 heads

Agriculture

2003

China

Largest pork (pig meat) producer, output of 48,500,000 ton

Agriculture

2009

China

Largest rice consumer, 135 million metric tons per year

Consumption

2004

China

Largest car market, 13.64 million vehicles[31]

Consumption
Transport

2009

China

Largest population, 1,315,844,000

Demographics

2006

China

Largest labour force, 807,700,000

Demographics
Economy

2008

China

Largest electricity producer, 4,940,000,000,000 kWh

Energy

2012

China

Largest electricity consumer, 4,693,000,000,000 kWh

Consumption
Energy

2011

China

Largest wind power producer, 75,564 MWh

Energy

2012

China

Largest renewable energy producer, 797,4 TW·h per year

Energy

2011

China

Largest hydroelectricity producer, 585.2 TW·h per year

Energy

2007

China

Largest coal producer, 3,240 million tons

Energy
Industry

2010

China

Largest wind turbine producer[32]

Energy
Industry

2009

China

Largest solar panel producer,[32]

Energy
Industry

2009

China

Largest photovoltaics producer, output of 10,852 MW[32]

Energy
Industry

2010

China

Most carbon dioxide emissions, 6,103,493,000 metric tons

Environment

2006

China

Largest forex reserves, $3,312,000,000,000

Finance

2012

China

Largest exporter, $1,200,000,000,000[33]

Finance

2009

China

Highest current account balance, $371,833,000,000

Finance

2007

China

Highest elevation above the sea level, 8,848 m (29,029 ft) at Mount Everest (shared with Nepal)

Geography

2009

China

Longest land border length, 22,117 km (22,147 km if Hong Kong and Macao, the two special administrative regions are counted)

Geography

2009

China

Most countries bordered, 14 (16 if Hong Kong and Macao, the two special administrative regions are counted), the same number as with Russia

Geography

2009

China

Largest gold producer, 276 tonnes[34]

Industry

2007

China

Largest aluminium producer, 5,896,000 tons

Industry

2006

China

Largest antimony producer, 126,000 tons

Industry

2005

China

Largest arsenic producer

Industry

2006

China

Largest bismuth producer, 1,900 tons

Industry

2006

China

Largest cadmium producer, 3,000 tons

Industry

2005

China

Largest cement producer, 1,800,000,000 tons

Industry

2010

China

Largest fluorite producer, 3,000,000 tons

Industry

2006

China

Largest iron producer, 588,000,000 tons

Industry

2006

China

Largest manganese producer, 6,000,000 tons

Industry

2006

China

Largest mercury producer, 1,150 tons

Industry

2005

China

Largest mica producer, 89,000 tons

Industry

2005

China

Largest motor vehicle producer, 19,271,808 vehicles per year

Industry
Transport

2012

China

Largest tractor producer, vehicles

Industry

2010

China

Largest shipbuilder, 67,000,000 Gross Tonnage, 45% of world's total

Industry
Transport

2012

China

Largest pulp and paper producer, 92,599 tons

Industry

2010

China

Largest steel producer, 683,000,000 tons

Industry

2011

China

Largest steel producer, 543,748,000 tons

Industry

2009

China

Largest strontium producer, 700,000 tons

Industry

2005

China

Largest tin producer, 120,000 tons

Industry

2005

China

Largest tin reserves, 1,700,000 tons

Industry

2006

China

Largest tungsten producer, 46,900 tons

Industry

2005

China

Largest zinc producer, 3,500,000 tons

Industry

2010

China

Largest army by number of active troops, 2.25 million troops[35]

Military

2005

China

Best performance at women's badminton Uber Cup, 11 times winner

Sports

2009

China

Best performance at World Badminton Championships, 43 gold medals won

Sports

2009

China

Best performance at World Amateur Go Championship, 18 wins

Sports

2009

China

Best performance at World Table Tennis Championships, 35 team wins

Sports

2009

China

Best performance at World Weightlifting Championships (women), 314 gold medals, 423 total medals

Sports

2007

China

Highest rate of execution per year,officially not released.at least 1700 (estimated)[36][37]

Demographics

2009

China

Leading surveillance society according to the Privacy International[38]

Surveillance

2007

China

Most internet users, 298,000,000[39]

Technology

2009

China

Most main line phones, 368,000,000[40]

Technology

2006

China

Most mobile cellular phones, 703,000,000[41]

Technology

2009

China

Largest total length of waterways, 110,000 km

Transport

2008

China

Largest total length of high-speed railways, 6,003 km

Transport

2009

China

Largest total length of controlled-access highways, 84,946 km

Transport

2011

China

Largest total length of rapid transit systems, 1879.6 km

Transport

2006

China

Top position at World Chess Rankings (women), top 10 players average Elo rating of 2494

Sports

2014

Colombia

Largest emerald producer

Industry

2009

Cook Islands

Lowest population growth rate, -3.07[42]

Demographics

2013

Costa Rica

Highest environmental happiness according to Happy Planet Index, score of 76.1

Environment
Quality of life

2009

Côte d'Ivoire

Largest cacao producer, output of 1,330,000 metric tons

Agriculture

2005

Cuba

Largest producer of Xanthosoma, output of 132,100 tonnes

Agriculture

2011

Cuba

Winner of most Baseball World Cup (men), 25 gold medals

Sports

2009

Cuba

Best performance at Boxing World Cup, 2 times winner (2006, 2008)

Sports

2008

Cuba

Winner of most Volleyball World Cups (women), 4 (1989, 1991, 1995, 1999)

Sports

2009

Czech Republic

Highest consumption of beer per capita, 132 litres / year[43]

Consumption

2010

Czech Republic

Largest poppy seed producer, output of 12,814 tonnes

Agriculture

2012

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Highest percentage of population suffering from undernourishment, 75%

Demographics

2006

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Lowest GDP (PPP) per capita, 349 Int. $ (IMF est.)

Economy

2011

Democratic Republic of Congo

Highest poverty, 95.15% of population living under 2 dollar (PPP) a day

Demographics
Economy

2010

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Highest energy intensity, 4746.3 toe per 1 million dollars of GDP

Energy

2003

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Largest cobalt producer, 22,000 tons

Industry

2005

Denmark

Most equal income distribution according to UN[44]

Demographics
Economy

1997

Denmark

Least corrupt country according to Transparency International (tied with New Zealand)[45]

Politics

2013

Denmark

Highest minimum wage, 22,713 (Intl. dollars)

Finance

2008

Denmark

Most northernmost point on land, 83°40'N at Kaffeklubben Island,   Greenland

Geography

2009

Denmark

Highest E-readiness, 8.87 out of 10

Technology

2009

Denmark

Highest satisfaction with life according to Satisfaction with Life Index, 273.4

Quality of life

2006

Egypt

Largest date producer, output of 1,313,690 tons

Agriculture

2011

Egypt

Largest importer of wheat, 9.5 million tonnes per year[46][47]

Consumption

2013

Egypt

Most heavily mined country, 23 million active mines[48]

Military

2013

Eritrea

Lowest average weight per person

Health

2012

Estonia

Lowest maternal death rate

Quality of life

2010

Estonia

Highest personal and economic freedoms according to State of World Liberty Index

Economy

2006

Estonia

Lowest importance of religion

Demographics

2009

Estonia

Highest prevalence of females in population, 0.84 males per female

Demographics

2009

Estonia

Largest shale oil producer

Energy Industry

Since before 1960

Ethiopia

Earliest human settlement, 195,000 years ago

Demographics

2010

Ethiopia

Best performance at World Cross Country Running Championships, 27 wins

Sports

2009

Fiji

Best performance at Rugby World Cup Sevens (men), 2 times winner (1997, 2005)

Sports

2008

Finland

Highest consumption of coffee per capita, 11.4 kg / year[49]

Consumption

2008

Finland

Highest consumption of milk per capita, 361.19 kg / year[50]

Consumption

2007

Finland

Best student performance in science according to Programme for International Student Assessment

Demographics
Quality of life

2006

Finland

Most stable country according to Failed States Index, score of 19.7

Politics

2011

Finland

Most property rights according to International Property Rights Index, score of 8.6[26]

Politics

2013

Finland

Most press freedom according to Freedom of the Press (report)

Politics

2011

Finland

Highest prosperity according to Legatum Prosperity Index

Quality of life

2009

Finland

Best performance at Drivers' World Rally Championship, 14 wins by 7 drivers

Sports

2009

Finland

Most technologically advanced according to the UN's Technology Achievement Index, 0.744[51]

Technology

2001

Finland

Most Olympic medals per capita. [52]

Sports


France

Largest sugar beet producer, output of 29 million metric tons

Agriculture

2005

France

Largest indigenous duck meat producer[53]

Agriculture

2005

France

Largest producer of pharmaceutical products[54]

Industry

2007

France

Largest exporter of perfume[55]

Industry

2007

France

Largest percentage of nuclear energy in total energy production, 76.2%

Energy

2008

France

Largest electricity exporter, 67,600 million kWh

Energy

2007

France

Most time zones (overseas territories included), 12

Geography

2009

France

Best performance at World Championships of Basque Pelota, 58 gold medals, 140 total medals

Sports

2009

France

Best performance at UCI Road World Championships (Women's Road Race), 9 gold medals, 15 total medals

Sports

2009

France

Best performance at Endurance FIM World Championship (motorcycle racing)

Sports

2009

France

Most tourist visits per year, 81.9 million

Tourism

2007

Gambia

Least militarized society

Military

2010

Germany

Largest hop producer, output of 34,438 tons

Agriculture

2005

Germany

Largest net exports (balance of trade) country, 217,000 millions US$

Finance

2010

Germany

Largest producer of lignite, 175,400,000 tons

Energy
Industry

2001

Germany

Largest installed solar power capacity, 9,799 MWh

Energy

2009

Germany

Most Winter Olympic medals, 128 gold medals, 358 total medals[56]

Sports

2010

Germany

Best performance at FIBT World Championships (bobsleigh and skeleton), 58 gold medals, 146 total medals

Sports

2009

Germany

Best performance at ICF Canoe Polo World Championships (women), 3 gold medals, 7 total medals

Sports

2009

Germany

Best performance at ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, 171 gold medals, 406 total medals

Sports

2009

Germany

Best performance at ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, 92 gold medals, 252 total medals

Sports

2009

Germany

Best performance at UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Women, 4 gold medals, 10 total medals

Sports

2009

Germany

Best performance at UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships, 79 gold medals, 201 total medals

Sports

2009

Germany

Best performance at FEI World Equestrian Games, 25 gold medals, 58 total medals

Sports

2009

Germany

Best performance at equestrian Dressage World Championship, 18 gold medals

Sports

2009

Germany

Best performance at Show Jumping World Championships (equestrian), 8 gold medals, 16 total medals

Sports

2009

Germany

Best performance at Fistball World Cup (men), 9 gold medals, 13 total medals

Sports

2009

Germany

Best performance at Fistball World Cup (women), 3 gold medals, 4 total medals

Sports

2009

Germany

Best performance at Fistball World Games (men), 4 gold medals, 6 total medals

Sports

2009

Germany

Best performance at FIFA Women's World Cups, 2 times winner (2003, 2007), 1 time runner-up (1995)

Sports

2008

Germany

Best performance at FIL World Luge Championships, 85 gold medals, 215 total medals

Sports

2009

Germany

Best performance at World Sprint Speed Skating Championships for Women, 19 gold medals, 41 total medals

Sports

2009

Germany

Best performance at World Single Distance Championships for Women (speed skating), 35 gold medals, 74 total medals

Sports

2009

Germany

Most Soft power of any nation

Politics

2013

Greece

Highest consumption of olive oil per capita, 26.1 kg / year [57]

Consumption

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Greece

Highest consumption of tobacco per capita, 4,313 cigarettes / year[58]

Consumption

2011

Guinea

Largest bauxite reserves, 7,400,000,000 tons

Industry

2008

Haiti

Lowest level of property rights according to International Property Rights Index, score of 3.4 (tied withVenezuela, Libya & Burundi)[26]

Politics

2013

Honduras

Highest intentional homicide rate, 58 per 100000 people per year

Demographics

2008

Hungary

Best performance at FINA Water Polo World Cup (men), 3 times winner (1979, 1995, 1999), 3 times runner-up (1993, 2002, 2006)

Sports

2009

Iceland

Best environmental performance according to Environmental Performance Index, 93.5

Environment

2010

Iceland

Highest electricity consumption per capita, 3,152W per person

Consumption
Energy

2005

Iceland

Highest percentage of Internet users, 92%[59]

Technology

2009

Iceland

Most freedom of press according to Press Freedom Index

Politics

2010

Iceland

Most northernmost southernmost point on land, 63°17'N at Surtsey island

Geography

2009

Iceland

Most peaceful country according to Global Peace Index

Quality of life

2011

Iceland

Highest annual energy consumption per capita, 16882.5 kgoe per person per year

Energy

2011

India

Largest number of multi-dimensionally poor, 612 million[60]

Demographics

2011

India

Highest number of undernourished people, 230 million[61]

Demographics

2013

India

Largest millet producer, output of 10,610,000 tons

Agriculture

2007

India

Largest banana producer, output of 21.77 million metric tons

Agriculture

2007

India

Largest lemon and lime producer, output of 2,629,200 tons[62]

Agriculture

2007

India

Largest mango producer, output of 13,501,000 tons

Agriculture

2007

India

Largest areca nut producer, output of 483,100 tons

Agriculture

2006

India

Largest spice producer, output of 1,600,000 tons

Agriculture

2004

India

Largest ginger producer, output of 420,000 tons

Agriculture

2008

India

Largest chickpea producer, output of 5,970,000 tons

Agriculture

2008

India

Largest lentil producer, output of 1,400,000 tons

Agriculture

2007

India

Largest milk producer, output of 110,040 tons

Agriculture

2009

India

Largest butter producer, output of 1,470,000 tons

Agriculture

1997

India

Largest jute producer, output of 1,924,326 tons

Agriculture

2011

India

Largest livestock of water buffalos, 97,700,000 heads

Agriculture

2004

India

Largest fennel producer, output of 110,000 tons

Agriculture

2008

India

Largest total freshwater withdrawal, 645.84 km³/year

Agriculture
Consumption

2000

India

Largest area of irrigated land, 558,080 km²

Agriculture
Geography

2003

India

Largest tiger headcount, 3750 tigers

Environment

1990

India

Largest producer of films in the world, 2961 films including 1288 feature films[63]

Film Industry

2010

India

Largest police force, 5,776,500 officers

Economy

2009

India

Largest electronic spam producer, 13.9%

Technology

2011

India

Largest Hindu population in the world

Demographics

2005

India

Largest Sikh population in the world

Demographics

2005

India

Lowest consumption of beer per capita, 2 L

Consumption

2005

Indonesia

Largest cinnamon producer, output of 60,000 tons

Agriculture

2005

Indonesia

Largest clove producer, output of 110,000 tons

Agriculture

2005

Indonesia

Largest area of permanent crops, 128,581 km²

Agriculture
Geography

2005

Indonesia

Largest islands by population, Java, 132,941,000

Geography

2010

Indonesia

Best performance at men's badminton Thomas Cup, 13 times winner

Sports

2009

Indonesia

Largest Muslim population in the world

Demographics

2005

Iran

Largest pistachio producer, output of 230,000 tons[64]

Agriculture

2007

Iran

Largest saffron producer, 93.7% of world's total production[65]

Agriculture

2009

Iran

Largest caviar producer[66]

Agriculture

2009

Iran

Largest producer of berries[64]

Agriculture

2007

Iran

Largest producer of stone fruits[64]

Agriculture

2007

Iran

Largest producer of Berberis[67]

Agriculture

2009

Iran

Hottest surface temperature ever recorded, 70.7 °C (159 °F) recorded at Dasht-e Lut[68]

Climate

2005

Iran

Highest rate of brain drain in the world

Demographics

2003

Iran

Largest Shia Population in the world

Demographics

2012

Iran

Location with the highest natural background radiation, annual dose of 260 mSv

Geography

2010

Iran

Most number of major earthquakes, 5.5+ Richter Magnitude[69]

Geology

2010

Iran

Most accurate calendar in use, Iranian calendar

Geophysics

2013

Iran

Highest ratio of female to male school enrollment,[70] 1.22 female per male student

Education

2005

Iran

Largest number of former national capitals, 31 former capital cities

History

2010

Iran

Host to the world's largest population of foreign refugees, Mostly Iraqi & Afghan refugees[71][72][73][74]

Humanitarian

1999

Iran

Largest producer of Turquoise[75][76]

Industry

2010

Iran

Largest reserves of Zinc[77][78][79]

Industry

2010

Iran

World's largest producer and exporter of handmade carpets[80][81][82]

Industry

2010

Iran

World's fastest growth rate in science and technology, 1000% increase of science & technology output in nine years[83][84][85]

Science

2010

Iran

World's largest fleet of NGV, 2.86 million NGV in use[86]

Transportation

2011

Iraq

Most terrorist activities in the world

Politics

2012

Ireland

Best quality of life according to the Quality-of-life index, 8.333 out of 10[87]

Quality of life

2005

Ireland

Most Eurovision wins (7 between 1956 and 2012)

Culture

2012

Israel

Lowest depression below the sea level, -427 m at Dead Sea (shared with Jordan)

Geography

2012

Israel

Largest Jewish population ,6,045,900

Demographics

2013

Israel

Highest spending on research and development per capita, 4.2% of GDP

Economy

2011

Israel

Highest percentage of recycled water, 80%

Environment

2010

Israel

Longest hours spent on social networks, 11.1 per person per month

Technology

2011

Israel

Highest production of milk per cow, 12,240 kg per year

Agriculture

2009

Israel

Highest density of eco-friendly companies[88]

Technology

2011

Israel

Most militarized society

Military

2010

Italy

Largest grape producer, output of 8,519,418 tons

Agriculture

2008

Italy

Largest wine producer, output of 8,519,418 tons

Agriculture

2005

Italy

Largest kiwifruit producer, output of 415,050 tons

Agriculture

2005

Italy

Largest artichoke producer, output of 469,980 tons

Agriculture

2005

Italy

Highest number of World Heritage Sites, 47

Culture

2012

Italy

Best performance at Karting World Championship, 21 wins

Sports

2009

Italy

Best performance at F1 Powerboat World Championship, 13 wins

Sports

2008

Italy

Best performance at FIL World Luge Natural Track Championships, 27 gold medals, 80 total medals

Sports

2009

Italy

Best performance at World Championships of Ski Mountaineering, 2 times winner (2006, 2008)

Sports

2009

Italy

Largest feldspar producer, 4,700,000 tonnes

Industry

2011

Japan

Lowest central bank interest rate, 0.10%

Finance

2011

Japan

Lowest commercial bank prime lending rate, 1.48%

Finance

2011

Japan

Best performance at American Football World Cup, 2 times winner (1999, 2003)

Sports

2009

Japan

Best performance at World Judo Championships, 97 gold medals, 229 total medals

Sports

2009

Japan

Best performance at Karate World Championships, 10 wins

Sports

2009

Japan

Most patents granted, 185,827

Technology

2007

Japan

Most patents in force, 1,613,776

Technology

2007

Japan

Most merchant ships owned, 3757

Transport

2008

Jordan

Lowest depression below the sea level, -427 m at Dead Sea (shared with Israel)

Geography

2012

Kazakhstan

Largest uranium producer, 17,803 tons

Energy
Industry

2010

Kazakhstan

Largest landlocked country, 2,724,900 km²

Geography

2013

Kiribati

Smallest volume of carbon dioxide emissions, 29,000 metric tons

Environment

2006

Lesotho

Least carbon dioxide emissions per capita[89]

Environment

2010

Liechtenstein

Smallest double landlocked country, 160 km2

Geography


North Korea

Lowest level of economic freedom according to Index of Economic Freedom

Economy
Politics

2009

North Korea

Largest military budget as % of GDP, 22.9%

Military

2003

North Korea

Most diesel submarines in operation, 62

Military


North Korea

Largest reserve force, 4,700,000

Military

2006

North Korea

Most active troops per population, 46 per 1000 people

Military

2006

North Korea

Smallest nuclear arsenal, <10 nuclear weapons[90]

Military

2013

North Korea

Youngest World Leader Currently in Power, Kim Jong-un, at age 31

Politics

2014

North Korea

Lowest level of press freedom according to Freedom of the Press (report)

Politics

2009

North Korea

Lowest level of democracy according to Democracy Index, score of 0.86

Politics

2008

North Korea

Most corrupt country according to Transparency International (tied with Somalia and Afghanistan)[7]

Politics

2013

South Korea

Highest percentage of 25-34 year olds having a tertiary education degree at 63.82%

Education

2011

South Korea

Best performance in eighth grade math at Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study with a score of 613

Education

2011

South Korea

Best performance in fourth grade science at Trends in International Mathematics and Science Studywith a score of 587

Education

2011

South Korea

Highest in Bloomberg's Global Innovation Quotient

Technology

2014

South Korea

Highest Global innovation performance at Innovation Union Scoreboard with a score of 0.740

Technology

2014

South Korea

Highest Global innovation growth at Innovation Union Scoreboard at 6.0%

Technology

2014

South Korea

Highest patent applications per GDP according to World Intellectual Property Indicators

Technology

2012

South Korea

Highest patent applications per million population according to World Intellectual Property Indicators

Technology

2012

South Korea

Highest application design counts per million population according to World Intellectual Property Indicators

Technology

2012

South Korea

Highest patent applications per GDP according to World Intellectual Property Indicators

Technology

2012

South Korea

Highest in 4G LTE penetration at 62%

Technology

2013

South Korea

World's fastest Internet connection speed at 21.9 Mbps

Technology

2013

South Korea

Highest in ICT Development Index, with a score of 8.56

Technology

2011

South Korea

Highest in UN e-Government Readiness Index, with a score of 0.9283

Technology

2011

South Korea

Highest in Economist Intelligence Unit's Government Broadband Index with a score of 4.4

Technology

2011

South Korea

Highest in mobile banking usage at 47%

Technology

2012

South Korea

Lowest obesity rate in the OECD

Health

2009

South Korea

Highest colorectal cancer 5-year survival rate at 72.8%

Health

2011

South Korea

Highest cervical cancer 5-year survival rate at 76.8%

Health

2011

South Korea

Lowest in Long-term unemployment rate at 0.01%

Economy

2012

South Korea

Highest in average number of movies watched in cinemas at 4.12

Culture

2013

South Korea

Best performance at Battle of the Year, 6 wins

Culture

2010

South Korea

Best performance at World Short Track Speed Skating Team Championships, 12 gold medals, 30 total medals

Sports

2009

South Korea

Best performance at World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships, 29 gold medals, 66 total medals

Sports

2009

South Korea

Best performance at World Taekwondo Championships, 142 gold medals, 186 total medals

Sports

2009

South Korea

Best performance at World Cyber Games

Game

2011

Kuwait

Highest-valued currency unit, Kuwaiti dinar (KWD; 1 KWD = US$3.72953, US$1 = 0.26813 KWD)

Economy


Lesotho

Highest lowest point among all countries, 1400 m

Geography

2009

Luxembourg

Highest consumption of wine per capita, 8.16 liters / year

Consumption

2011

Libya

Hottest air temperature ever recorded, 57.8 °C (136 °F)

Climate

1922

Libya

Lowest level of property rights according to International Property Rights Index, score of 3.4 (tied withVenezuela, Haiti & Burundi)[26]

Politics

2013

Madagascar

Largest vanilla producer, output of 6,200 tons

Agriculture

2006

Madagascar

Highest commercial bank prime lending rate, 52.5%

Finance

2011

Maldives

Highest annual population growth, 5.57%

Demographics

2008

Maldives

Lowest highest point among all countries, 2 m (7 ft)

Geography

2009

Mali

Highest fertility rate, 7.34 births per woman

Demographics

2008

Mauritania

Highest nominal GDP year to year growth rate, 31.27%

Economy

2012

Mexico

Largest avocado producer, output of 1,021,520 tons

Agriculture

2005

Mexico

Largest silver producer, 4,500 tons

Industry

2011

Mexico

Largest producer of opuntia

Agriculture


Federated States of Micronesia

Worst net migration rate, -21.03 migrants per 1000 persons

Demographics

2009

Federated States of Micronesia

Highest coastline to area ratio, 8,706.553 m/km²

Geography

2009

Federated States of Micronesia

Highest percent of forest area, 90.31%

Geography

2007

Moldova

Largest percentage of arable land, 54.52%

Agriculture
Geography

2011

Moldova

Highest rate of deurbanisation, -1.5% of urban population per year

Demographics

2008

Moldova

Highest consumption of alcohol per capita, 18.22 litres / year

Consumption

2011

Monaco

Highest overall life expectancy, 89.68 years[91]

Demographics
Quality of life

2012 est.

Monaco

Most densely populated, 23,660 per km²

Demographics

2004

Monaco

Highest median age of population, 45.7 years

Demographics

2008

Monaco

Largest external debt per capita, $540,000

Finance

2000

Monaco

Largest external debt as percentage of GDP, 1843.70%

Finance

2000

Monaco

Highest nominal Gross National Income per capita, $203,900

Finance

2008

Mongolia

Least densely populated, 1.7 per km²

Demographics

2004

Montenegro

Largest annual population decline, -0.93%

Demographics

2008

Morocco

Largest phosphorus reserve, about 50 trillion metric tons of 67 trillion metric tons worldwide (about the 75% the world reserves)

Industry

2011

Namibia

Least equal income distribution

Demographics
Economy

2003

Nepal

Highest elevation above the sea level, 8,848 m (29,029 ft) at Mount Everest (shared with China)

Geography

2009

Netherlands

Tallest people, both men (1.837 m) and women (1.693 m)

Demographics

2009

Netherlands

Best performance at Field hockey World Cup (women), 6 times winner (1974, 1978, 1983, 1986*, 1990, 2006)

Sports

2009

Netherlands

Best performance at Korfball World Championship, 7 times winner

Sports

2007

Netherlands

Best performance at World Junior Speed Skating Championships, 22 gold medals, 62 total medals

Sports

2009

Netherlands

Best performance at World Single Distance Championships for Men (speed skating), 34 gold medals, 82 total medals

Sports

2009

Netherlands

Best performance at FINA Water Polo World Cup (women), 8 times winner (1980, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999)

Sports

2009

New Zealand

Least corrupt country according to Transparency International (tied with Denmark)[7]

Politics

2013

New Zealand

Best performance at Women's Rugby World Cups, 3 times winner (1998, 2002, 2006)

Sports

2006

New Zealand

Best performance at Women's Rugby League World Cups, 3 times winner (2000, 2005, 2008)

Sports

2008

New Zealand

Best performance at Men's Rugby Union World Cups, 2 times winner (1987, 2011)

Sports

2008

New Zealand

Best performance in Men's Rugby 7s World Seriess

Sports

2008

Niger

Highest birth rate, 51.60 births per 1000 persons

Demographics

2009

Niger

Lowest Human Development Index (HDI), 0.340

Quality of life

2007

Nigeria

Largest yam producer, output of 34,000,000 tons

Agriculture

2005

Nigeria

Largest cassava producer, output of 41,565,000 tons

Agriculture

2005

Nigeria

Largest taro producer, output of 4,000,000 tons

Agriculture

2005

Norway

Highest level of gender equality in the economy according to Global Gender Gap Report

Demographics
Economy

2008

Norway

Highest government budget surplus, +US$37,300,000,000

Finance

2009

Norway

Highest Human Development Index (HDI), 0.971

Quality of life

2007

Norway

Best performance at the Winter Olympics, 107 gold medals, 303 total medals

Sports

2010

Norway

Best performance at FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, 107 gold medals, 285 total medals

Sports

2009

Norway

Best performance at World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Men, 36 gold medals, 97 total medals

Sports

2009

Oman

Lowest public debt as percentage of GDP, 2.40%

Finance

2008

Pakistan

Highest Perinatal Mortality Rate; 433,800 newborn baby deaths per year[92][93]

Health

2012

Pakistan

Best performance at Field hockey World Cup (men), 4 times winner (1971, 1978, 1982, 1994)

Sports

2010

Pakistan

Most number of British Open Squash champions (men), 30 championships

Sports

2010

Pakistan

Greatest number of World Open Squash champions (men), 14 championships

Sports

2010

Panama

Most merchant ships registered, 6,323

Transport

2008

Papua New Guinea

Highest annual prevalence of cannabis use, 29.5% of population

Demographics

1995

Papua New Guinea

Most languages spoken in a country, 820 languages[94]

Demographics

2005

Papua New Guinea

Best performance at Australian Football International Cup, 1 time winner (2008), 2 times runner-up (2002, 2005)

Sports

2008

Paraguay

Best performance at AMF Futsal World Cup, 3 times winner, 3 times runner-up

Sports

2007

Paraguay

Highest consumption of tea per capita, 11 kg (88 oz) / year

Consumption

2009

Peru

Largest quinoa producer, output of 32,600 metric tons

Agriculture

2005

Peru

Largest maca producer, 4,589 tons

Industry

2005

Philippines

Largest Abacá (Manila Hemp) producer[64]

Agriculture

2007

Philippines

Largest coconut producer, output of 19,500,000 tons

Agriculture

2008

Philippines

Largest pineapple producer, output of 2,169,230 metric tons[95]

Agriculture

2010

Philippines

Largest business process outsourcing industry[96]

Industry

2010

Philippines

Best performance at World Cup of Pool, 3 times winner (2006, 2009 and 2013)

Sports

2013

Philippines

Best performance at Miss Tourism International, 3 times winner (2000,2012 and 2013) [97]

Culture

2013

Poland

Largest ribes producer[98]

Agriculture

2010

Poland

Largest triticale producer, output of 3.7 million metric tons

Agriculture

2005

Poland

Best performance at motorcycle Speedway World Cup, 3 times winner

Sports

2009

Portugal

Highest share of gold in total forex reserves, 92.8%

Finance

2009

Portugal

Best performance at Roller Hockey World Championship (men), 15 gold medals, 36 total medals

Sports

2009

Portugal

Largest cork producer, output of 17.7 metric tons

Agriculture

2009

Qatar

Most carbon dioxide emissions per capita, 56.2 metric tons

Environment

2006

Qatar

Highest GDP (PPP) per capita, 85,868 Int. $ (IMF est.)

Economy

2008

Qatar

Highest industrial production growth rate, 27.10%

Industry

2010

Qatar

Highest net migration rate, 40.62 migrants per 1000 persons

Demographics

2012

Republic of the Congo

Lowest energy intensity, 30.5 toe per 1 million dollars of GDP

Energy

2003

Romania

Best performance at Mini-football European Championship, 4 gold medals (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

Sports

2014

Romania

Most International Mathematical Olympiads hosted, 5 (1959, 1960, 1969, 1978, 1999)

Education

2014

Romania

Most participations at a World Women's Handball Championship, 21 (all)

Sports


Rwanda

Highest proportion of women in government, 56%

Politics

2013

Russia

Largest barley producer, output of 15.7 million metric tons

Agriculture

2007

Russia

Largest buckwheat producer, output of 1 004 850 tons

Agriculture

2007

Russia

Largest oats producer, output of 5.1 million metric tons

Agriculture

2005

Russia

Largest rye producer, output of 3.6 million metric tons

Agriculture

2005

Russia

Largest currant and gooseberry producer, output of 463,500 tons

Agriculture

2005

Russia

Largest raspberry producer, output of 110,000 tons

Agriculture

2004

Russia

Largest vetches producer, output of 377,750 tons[99]

Agriculture

2008

Russia

Highest crude divorce rate, 4.42 per 1000 population

Demographics

2004

Russia

Moscow is city with most billionaires, 79 billionaires with combined wealth of $375.3 billion

Demographics Economy

2012

Russia

Largest proven natural gas reserves, 44,650,000,000,000 m³

Energy

2008

Russia

Largest natural gas producer, 654,000,000,000 m³

Energy
Industry

2007

Russia

Largest natural gas exporter, 173,000,000,000 cu m

Energy

2007

Russia

Largest oil producer, 9,980,000 bbl/d (1,587,000 m3/d)[100]

Energy
Industry

2009

Russia

Largest forest area, 8,087,900 km²

Geography

2007

Russia

Largest land area, 17,075,200 km²[101]

Geography

2009

Russia

Largest total area, 17,098,242 km²[102]

Geography

2009

Russia

Largest EEZ continental shelf area, 3,817,843 km2

Geography

2009

Russia

Most countries bordered, 14 (16 if Abkhazia and South Ossetia are counted), the same number as with China

Geography

2009

Russia

Most time zones (contiguous territory), 9

Geography

2009

Russia

Largest asbestos producer, 925,000 tons

Industry

2005

Russia

Largest diamond producer, 38,000,000 carats (7,600 kg)

Industry

2005

Russia

Largest nickel producer, 300,000 tons

Industry

2005

Russia

Largest palladium producer, 143 tons

Industry

2005

Russia

Largest nuclear arsenal, 5,200 / 8,800 active/total warheads (2005 est)[103]

Military

2009

Russia

Largest tank army, 22,800 tanks

Military


Russia

Most corvettes in operation, 85

Military


Russia

Top position at World Chess Rankings (men), top 10 players average Elo rating of 2746

Sports

2014

Russia

Best performance at the World Sambo Championships, 58 gold medals, 99 total medals

Sports

2009

Russia

Most television broadcast stations, 7,306

Technology

1998

Russia
USSR

Winner of most Bandy World Championships for men, 22 (1957, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014)

Sports

2009

Russia
USSR

Most World Chess Champions, 10

Sports

2009

Russia
USSR

Best performance at UCI Track World Championships, Women (cycling), 48 gold medals, 111 total medals

Sports

2009

Russia
USSR

Best performance at FIE World Championships in Fencing, 121 gold medals, 257 total medals

Sports

2009

Russia
USSR

Best performance at World Figure Skating Championships, 74 gold medals, 178 total medals

Sports

2009

Russia
USSR

Best performance at World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, 140 gold medals, 341 total medals

Sports

2009

Russia
USSR

Best performance at World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, 23 gold medals, 58 total medals

Sports

2009

Russia
USSR

Best performance at gymnastics at the Summer Olympics, 81 gold medals

Sports

2012

Russia
USSR

Best performance at gymnastics Trampoline World Championships, 21 gold medals

Sports

2009

Russia
USSR

Best performance at World Women's Handball Championship, 7 gold medals, 10 total medals

Sports

2009

Russia
USSR

Winner of most Ice Hockey World Championships (men), 25 times winner

Sports

2009

Russia
USSR

Best performance at Team Ice Racing World Championship, 26 times winner

Sports

2009

Russia
USSR

Best performance at World Shooting Championships, 307 gold medals, 656 total medals

Sports

2009

Russia
USSR

Best performance at World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Women, 24 gold medals, 69 total medals

Sports

2009

Russia
USSR

Best performance at World Sprint Speed Skating Championships for Men, 11 gold medals, 24 total medals

Sports

2009

Russia
USSR

Winner of most Summer Olympic Volleyball Tournaments (men), 4 (1964, 1968, 1980, 2012)

Sports

2012

Russia
USSR

Winner of most Summer Olympic Volleyball Tournaments (women), 4 (1968, 1972, 1980, 1988)

Sports

1988

Russia
USSR

Winner of most Volleyball World Championships (men), 6 (1949, 1952, 1960, 1962, 1978, 1982)

Sports

2006

Russia
USSR

Winner of most Volleyball World Championships (women), 7 (1952, 1956, 1960, 1970, 1990, 2006, 2010)

Sports

2010

Russia
USSR

Winner of most Volleyball World Cups (men), 6 (1965, 1977, 1981, 1991, 1999, 2011)

Sports

2011

Russia
USSR

Best performance at Canoeing at the Summer Olympics, 31 gold medals, 62 total medals

Sports

2012

Russia
USSR

Best performance at World Weightlifting Championships (men), 350 gold medals, 746 total medals

Sports

2007

Russia
USSR

Best performance at Summer Olympics Weightlifting, 42 gold medals, 83 total medals

Sports

2004

Russia
USSR

Best performance at FILA Wrestling World Championships, 64 times winner in three team tournaments

Sports

2009

Russia
USSR

Best performance at Summer Olympics Wrestling, 87 gold medals, 167 total

Sports

2012

Russia
USSR

Longest total human spaceflight time by country, over 20,000 person-days

Technology

2010

San Marino

Highest annual deflation, -3.50%

Finance

2008

San Marino

Most motor vehicles per capita, 1263 per 1000 population

Transport
Consumption

2010

Saudi Arabia

Largest oil exporter, 8,200,000 (bbl/day)[104]

Energy

2007

Serbia
Serbia and Montenegro
Yugoslavia

Winner of most Basketball World Championships, 5 (1970, 1978, 1990, 1998, 2002)[105]

Sports

2006

Serbia
Serbia and Montenegro
Yugoslavia

Best performance at FINA World Water Polo Championship (men), 4 times winner

Sports

2009

Singapore

Lowest fertility rate, 1.08 births per woman

Demographics

2008

Singapore

Lowest infant mortality rate, 2.31 deaths per 1000 live births

Demographics

2009

Singapore

Most economic freedom according to Index of Economic Freedom, 87.1 points

Economy
Politics

2009

Singapore

Most trade freedom according to Global Enabling Trade Report, 5.71 points

Economy
Politics

2008

Singapore

Easiest business doing according to Ease of Doing Business Index

Economy
Politics

2009

Singapore

Highest gross fixed investment as percentage of GDP, 45.00%

Finance

2008

Singapore

Most exports per capita, $49,100 per person

Finance

2005

Somalia

Largest livestock of camels, 7,000,000 heads

Agriculture

2003

Somalia

Most unstable country according to Failed States Index, score of 114.7

Politics

2009

Somalia

Most corrupt country according to Transparency International (tied with North Korea and Afghanistan)[45]

Politics

2013

Somalia

Lowest GDP (nominal) per capita

Economy

2011

South Africa

Most people living with HIV/AIDS, 5,600,000

Demographics

2003

South Africa

Most HIV/AIDS deaths, 350,000

Demographics

2007

South Africa

Largest chromium producer

Industry

2000

South Africa

Largest mohair producer

Industry


South Africa

Largest platinum producer, 168 tonnes

Industry

2005

South Africa

Highest death rate, 17.23 deaths per 1000 persons

Demographics

2012

South Sudan

Youngest country in the world, Established 2011

History

2013

South Sudan

Lowest literacy rate, 27% of population

Demographics
Quality of life

2009

Spain

Largest olive producer, output of 6,160,100 tons

Agriculture

2003

Spain

Largest carob producer, output of 70,000 tons

Agriculture

2006

Spain

Best performance at Roller Hockey World Championship (women), 4 gold medals, 7 total medals

Sports

2009

Sri Lanka

Largest Tea Exporter, 318.47 million kilograms

Agriculture

2008

Sri Lanka

Largest Cinnamon Exporter and Producer, 90% of world production

Agriculture

2011

Sri Lanka

Most successful team in ICC World Twenty20 (Men)

Sports

2014

Sudan

Lowest level of innovation according to Global Innovation Index, score of 0.4

Technology

2012

Swaziland

Highest HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate, 26.01 of population

Demographics

2008

Swaziland

Lowest overall life expectancy, 31.88 years[91]

Demographics
Quality of life

2009

Sweden

Most equal income distribution according to CIA World Factbook

Demographics
Economy

2005

Sweden

Best knowledge of English according to EF English Proficiency Index

Demographics
Economy
Education

2013

Sweden

Highest level of democracy according to Democracy Index, score of 9.88

Politics

2008

Sweden

Best place to grow old as per United Nations/HelpAge International Global AgeWatch Index[10][11]

Society

2013

Sweden

Winner of most Bandy World Championships for women, 6 (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012)

Sports

2009

Sweden

Best performance at WTBA World Tenpin Bowling Championships, (men) 18 gold medals, 38 total medals

Sports

2009

Sweden

Best performance at World Floorball Championship

Sports

2009

Sweden

Best performance at World Men's Handball Championship, 4 gold medals, 11 total medals

Sports

2009

Sweden

Best performance at World Synchronized Skating Championships, 5 gold medals, 10 total medals

Sports

2009

Sweden

Highest Web Index score according to the World Wide Web Foundation, 100

Technology

2012

Switzerland

Lowest level of business corruption according to Bribe Payers Index, score of 7.81

Economy
Politics

2006

Switzerland

Highest economic competitiveness according to Global Competitiveness Report, score of 5.60

Economy
Politics

2009

Switzerland

Best performance at UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships, 5 gold medals, 12 total medals

Sports

2009

Switzerland

Best performance at Sidecarcross World Championship

Sports

2009

Switzerland

Highest tourist competitiveness according to Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, 5.68

Tourism

2009

Taiwan

Best student performance in mathematics according to Programme for International Student Assessment[106]

Demographics
Quality of life

2006

Timor-Leste

Highest tax rate as percentage of GDP, 109.7%

Finance

2009

Timor-Leste

Highest current account balance as a percentage of GDP, 44.52%

Finance

2008

Turkey

Largest apricot producer, output of 795,768 tonnes [107]

Agriculture

2012

Turkey

Largest cherry producer, output of 480,748 tonnes [107]

Agriculture

2012

Turkey

Largest sour cherry producer, output of 187,941 tonnes [107]

Agriculture

2012

Turkey

Largest fig producer, output of 274,535 tonnes [107]

Agriculture

2012

Turkey

Largest hazelnut producer, output of 660,000 tonnes [107]

Agriculture

2012

Turkey

Largest quince producer, output of 135,406 tonnes [107]

Agriculture

2012

Turkey

Largest wheat flour exporter, output of 2.062,730 tons [108]

Agriculture

2011

Turkey

Highest consumption of tea per capita, 13.8 kg (490 oz) [109]

Consumption

2013

Turkey

Largest boron reserves and producer, output of 2500 tonnes.[110]

Industry

2012

Turkmenistan

Largest freshwater withdrawal per capita, 5,104 m³/year

Agriculture
Consumption

2000

Tuvalu

Smallest number of immigrants, 300

Demographics

2005

Tuvalu

Lowest GDP (nominal), US$14.94 million

Economy

2008

Tuvalu

Lowest GDP (PPP), US$15 million

Economy

2008

Tuvalu

Worst current account balance as a percentage of GDP, -78.17%

Finance

2008

Tuvalu

Largest percentage of permanent crops, 66.67%

Agriculture
Geography

2005

Tuvalu

Largest percentage of permanent crops area, 66.67%

Agriculture
Geography

2005

Uganda

Largest plantain producer, output of 9,045,000 tons

Agriculture

2005

Uganda

Lowest median age of population, 15 years

Demographics

2008

Ukraine

Largest sunflower seed producer, output of 8.39 million metric tons

Agriculture

2012

United Arab Emirates

Lowest death rate, 2.11 deaths per 1000 persons

Demographics

2009

United Arab Emirates

Highest prevalence of males in population, 2.19 males per female

Demographics

2009

United Arab Emirates

Highest ecological footprint

Environment

2009

United Arab Emirates

Lowest tax rate as percentage of GDP, 1.4%

Finance

2009

United Arab Emirates

Highest military expenditure per capita, $2653 per person per year

Military

2009

United Arab Emirates

Tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, 2717 ft

structures

2014

United Kingdom

Largest Empire in history, 33.2 million km2 by land area.

Politics


United Kingdom

Most overseas territories/dependencies, Britain has 14 overseas territories and 3 crown dependencies.

Politics

2014

United Kingdom

First country to abandon the gold standard, Britain adopted the gold standard in 1717 by the suggestion of the then master of the mint, Sir Isaac Newton and left due to large gold outflows in 1931.[111][112]

Finance

1931

United Kingdom

Highest non-food retail sales of any city in the world, London with a total spend of around £64.2 billion

Finance

2010

United Kingdom

The busiest airport system by passenger traffic, London sees a total 134,997,486 passengers annually, through Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, City and Southend airports.[113]

Transport

2011

United Kingdom

Busiest Single Runway, Gatwick Airport (LGW)

Transport

2014

United Kingdom

The first metro system, the London Underground, first opened as an 'underground railway' in 1863, and truly achieved metro status in 1890 with the opening of its first electrified underground line.[114]

Transport

1863

United Kingdom

The first public railway, the Surrey Iron Railway, linked the towns of Wandsworth and Croydon via Mitcham on the south of the Thames.[115][116]

Transport

1803

United Kingdom

Largest Solar-Powered Bridge, Blackfriars station bridge, generates 900,000 kWh per annum, across 4400 solar panels, capable of making 80,000 cups of tea per day.[117]

Transport

2014

United Kingdom

The first electric digital programmable computer, Colossus computer was developed for British code breakers during World War II to help in deciphering of German codes.

Technology

1943

United Kingdom

First industrialised country, the Industrial Revolution began in The United Kingdom

History

1760

United Kingdom

Longest guided busway in the world by length in miles, Cambridgeshire Guided Busway - 16 miles

Transport

2011

United Kingdom

The largest television broadcaster, BBC

Television

2014

United Kingdom

The first television broadcaster, BBC

Television

1936

United Kingdom

First ever emergency telephone number, 999

Technology

1937

United Kingdom

Most elements of the periodic table discovered, 23 of the 118 known elements were discovered by British scientists.[118]

Science


United Kingdom

The oldest university in the English speaking world, The University of Oxford, teaching has existed in Oxford in some form from 1096.[119]

Education

1096

United Kingdom

Largest off-shore wind farm, London Array in the United Kingdom is the largest offshore wind farm in the world at 630 MW.

Energy Industry

2012

United Kingdom

Highest producing off-shore wind farm, the biggest producer of wind energy is the Greater Gabbard wind farm. In 2012 it produced 1,195 GigaWatt-hours (GWh).

Energy Industry

2012

United Kingdom

Deepest off-shore wind farm, The Beatrice Wind Farm is the deepest fixed-foundation wind farm at 45-metre water depth.

Energy Industry

2007

United Kingdom

Largest exporter of off-shore generated wind power, the UKs wind farms combine to produce the greatest wind farm exports to foreign countries

Energy Industry

2012

United Kingdom

Largest producer of alcoholic spirits, Diageo Plc. of London is the world's largest producer of alcoholic spirits.

Industry


United Kingdom

Most valuable football club in the world, Manchester United

Sports

2014

United Kingdom

Most amount of times the Olympic Games have been held in one city, London held Olympics 3 times: 1908, 1948, 2012

Sports

2012

United Kingdom

Best performance at Eventing World Championship (equestrian), 8 gold medals, 19 total medals

Sports

2009

United Kingdom

Best government website in the world, GOV.uk won the Designs of the Year Award 2013

Politics

2013

United Kingdom

The oldest independent air force, The Royal Air Force is the oldest independent air force in the world.

Military

1918

United Kingdom

The first carrier landing of a jet aircraft, Performed by a De Havilland Vampire in 1945.

Military

1945

United Kingdom

The first carrier take-off of a jet aircraft, Performed by a De Havilland Vampire in 1945.

Military

1945

United Kingdom

Most visited city, London with 15.6 million visitors.

Tourism

2006

United Kingdom

Most Formula One Grand Prix wins, 208 by 19 drivers

Sports

2009

United Kingdom

Most Formula One Grand Prix wins (constructors), 494 by 12 constructors

Sports

2009

United Kingdom

Best performance at equestrian Mounted games, 22 wins (including separate England and Wales wins)

Sports

2009

United Kingdom

Best performance at ITU Triathlon World Championships (men), 8 gold medals, 13 total medals

Sports

2009

United Kingdom

Most books published per year per capita[120]

Culture

2006

United Kingdom

The highest grossing film series, the Harry Potter film series

Culture

2014

United Kingdom

The highest grossing film series (inflation adjusted), the James Bond film series

Culture

2014

United Kingdom

The first film series to gross over a billion int'l$, the James Bond film series

Culture

2014

United States

Largest corn (maize) producer, output of 332,092,180 tons

Agriculture

2007

United States

Largest sorghum producer, output of 9.8 million tons

Agriculture

2005

United States

Largest grapefruit and pummelo producer, output of 1,580,000 tons

Agriculture

2007

United States

Largest strawberry producer, output of 1,115,000 tons

Agriculture

2007

United States

Largest soybean producer, output of 87.7 million metric tons

Agriculture

2006

United States

Largest almond producer, output of 715,620 tons

Agriculture

2005

United States

Largest beef producer, output of 11,816,000 ton

Agriculture

2009

United States

Largest chicken (broiler) producer, output of 15,980,000 ton

Agriculture

2009

United States

Largest turkey meat producer, output of 5,567,000 ton

Agriculture

2009

United States

Largest area of cultivated land, 1,669,302 km²

Agriculture
Geography

2005

United States

Largest area of arable land, 1,650,062 km²

Agriculture
Geography

2005

United States

Largest electricity importer, 51,400 million kWh

Consumption
Energy

2007

United States

Largest natural gas consumer, 652,900,000,000 cu m

Consumption
Energy

2007

United States

Largest natural gas importer, 130,300,000,000 cu m

Consumption
Energy

2007

United States

Largest oil consumer, 20,680,000 bbl/d (3,288,000 m3/d)[121]

Consumption
Energy

2007

United States

Largest oil importer, 13,710,000 bbl/day[122]

Consumption
Energy

2005

United States

Largest consumer market, Annual market size of approximately US$10 trillion

Consumption
Household

2008

United States

Most books published per year (new titles), 275,232

Culture

2008

United States

Highest incarceration rate, 760 prisoners per 100000 people, totaling 2,310,984 prisoners

Demographics

2008

United States

Most privately owned firearms per capita, 90 per 100 population[123]

Demographics

2007

United States

Most privately owned firearms in total, 270 million[123]

Demographics

2007

United States

Largest number of immigrants, 38,355,000

Demographics

2005

United States

Most billionaires, 359

Demographics
Economy

2009

United States

Highest GDP (nominal), 16,799,700

Economy

2013

United States

Highest GDP (PPP), 16,799,700

Economy

2013

United States

Highest service sector output

Economy

2012

United States

Largest nuclear power producer, 101,119 MWh

Energy

2008

United States

Most nuclear reactors for electricity generation, 104

Energy

2008

United States

Largest proven coal reserves, 246,643 million tons

Energy

2006

United States

Largest external debt, $16,700,000,000,000

Finance

2013

United States

Largest government budget revenues, $2,524,000,000,000

Finance

2008

United States

Largest government budget expenditures, $2,979,000,000,000

Finance

2008

United States

Highest government budget deficit, $-455,000,000,000

Finance

2008

United States

Largest official gold reserves, 8,133.5 tons

Finance

2009

United States

Largest stock of foreign direct investment abroad, $2,751,000,000,000.00

Finance

2008

United States

Largest stock of received foreign direct investment, $2,220,000,000,000

Finance

2008

United States

Largest importer, $2,190,000,000,000

Finance

2008

United States

Worst current account balance, -$664,125,000,000

Finance

2007

United States

Largest Exclusive Economic Zone, 11,351,000 km2

Geography

2009

United States

Largest bentonite producer, 4,620,000 tons

Industry

2006

United States

Largest cheese producer, 4,275,000 tons

Industry

2006

United States

Largest cellulose producer, 47,047 tons

Industry

2009

United States

Largest arms exporter, $7,454,000,000

Industry
Military

2007

United States

Largest military budget, $ 518,100,000,000

Military

2005

United States

Most aircraft carriers in operation, 11

Military

2009

United States

Most cruisers in operation, 22

Military


United States

Most destroyers in operation, 53

Military


United States

Most nuclear submarines in operation, 71

Military


United States

Largest airforce, 4000 units

Military


United States

Most science papers output, 2,798,448 journal papers published between 1998-2008[124]

Science

2008

United States

Most cited country, 35,368,367 citations between 1993-2003[125]

Science

2004

United States

Most Olympic Games hosted, 8 (1904 Summer Olympics, 1932 Summer Olympics, 1984 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics, 1932 Winter Olympics, 1960 Winter Olympics, 1980 Winter Olympics, 2002 Winter Olympics)

Sports

2008

United States

Most Olympic medals, 1017 gold, 2551 total

Sports

2010

United States

Most Summer Olympic medals, 2298 total, 930 gold

Sports

2008

United States

Winner of most Basketball World Championships for Women, 7 (1953, 1957, 1979, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002)[126]

Sports

2006

United States

Best performance at World Aquatics Championships, 182 gold medals, 434 total medals

Sports

2009

United States

Best performance at World Championships in Athletics, 120 gold medals, 250 total medals

Sports

2009

United States

Best performance at World Backgammon Championship, 18 wins

Sports

2009

United States

Best performance at Women's Baseball World Cup, 2 times winner (2004, 2006)

Sports

2008

United States

Best performance at WTBA World Tenpin Bowling Championships, (women) 16 gold medals, 51 total medals

Sports

2009

United States

Best performance at UCI BMX World Championships, 24 gold medals, 69 total medals

Sports

2009

United States

Best performance at Golf World Cup (men), 23 wins

Sports

2009

United States

Best performance at World Lacrosse Championship (men), 8 times winner

Sports

2009

United States

Best performance at Women's Lacrosse World Cup, 6 times winner

Sports

2009

United States

Best performance at Racquetball World Championships

Sports

2009

United States

Best performance at ISF Women's World Championship (softball), 8 gold medals, 10 total medals

Sports

2009

United States

Best performance at tennis Davis Cup (men), 32 team wins

Sports

2009

United States

Best performance at tennis Fed Cup (women), 17 team wins

Sports

2009

United States

Best performance at tennis Hopman Cup (mixed pairs), 5 team wins

Sports

2009

United States

Best performance at FINA World Water Polo Championship (women), 3 times winner

Sports

2009

United States

Highest International tourism receipts, $116.3 billion

Tourism

2003

United States

Longest total length of railways, 227,736 km[127]

Transport

2003

United States

Longest total length of roadways, 6,407,637 km[128]

Transport

2004

United States

Most airports, 15,095[129]

Transport

2005

United States

Most heliports, 2,575

Transport

2010

United States

Largest total length of pipelines, 793,285 km

Transport

2006

Uruguay

Most southernmost northernmost point on land, 30°05'S

Geography

2009

Uzbekistan

Largest double landlocked country, 447,400 km2 (172,742 sq mi)

Geography


Vatican City

Smallest population, 800

Demographics

2008

Vatican City

Largest percentage of immigrant population, 100%

Demographics

2005

Vatican City

Smallest total area, 0,44 km²

Geography

2009

Vatican City

Smallest landlocked country, 0,44 km²

Geography

2013

Venezuela

Largest proven oil reserves, 296,500,000,000 bbl (4.714×1010 m3)[130]

Energy

2010

Venezuela

Best performance at Big Four Beauty Pageants (Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International, Miss Earth), 19 times winner

Culture

2011

Venezuela

Lowest level of property rights according to International Property Rights Index, score of 3.4 (tied withHaiti, Libya & Burundi)[26]

Politics

2013

Vietnam

Smallest percentage of immigrant population, 0.0249%

Demographics

2005

Vietnam

Largest paramilitary, 5,080,000

Military

2006

Yemen

Lowest Web Index score according to the World Wide Web Foundation, 0

Technology

2012

Zimbabwe

Highest unemployment rate, 70% of population

Demographics
Economy

2009

Zimbabwe

Worst GDP (real) decline, -14.10% (CIA World Factbook est.)[20]

Economy

2008

Zimbabwe

Highest central bank interest rate, 975.00%

Finance

2007

Zimbabwe

Highest public debt as percentage of GDP, 241.20%

Finance

2008

Zimbabwe

Worst industrial production decline, -14.70% (CIA World Factbook est.)[131]

Industry

2008