So, you need to be convinced that Israel is an interesting place to visit and not just a suicide-bombers paradise somewhere in the Middle East? Well, we’d highly recommend browsing through this site for more, of course, or you could do worse than introduce yourself to these posts (the Top 10 interesting facts and More interesting facts about Israel) if you want to learn some interesting facts about the Holy Land and the people that inhabit it.
Here are even more facts about Israel that you probably weren’t aware of:
- Living in Israel means you’re going to grow old – the above average life expectancy in Israel is 82.2 years for women and 78.5 years for men.
- Israelis are slowly becoming a nation of wine lovers – there are now over 200 wineries in Israel producing red, white, vintage, and sparkling wines.
- Both Israeli women and men must serve in the IDF. But have you ever seen a cuter bunch of women recruits?
- 20% of Israel’s citizens are Muslim.
- Israel’s agricultural output over the past quarter century has increased sevenfold with hardly any increase in the amount of water used.
- Tourism to the capital Jerusalem hit record highs in 2008, despite the global economic downturn, with 1,354,300 tourists staying in its hotels. This is a 10% increase over 2007.
- Israelis are quite a generous lot – roughly 1 in 3 Israelis volunteer in their free time.
- Israel is one of few countries in the world to have itself a decent space program. It can design, build, launch and operate its own satellites.
- Israel is the only country in the world to have free trade agreements with the US, Mexico and Canada as well as the European Union and the European Free Trade Association, at the same time.
- The bane of every system administrator, the “Firewall” was invented by Check Point, an Israeli company now known the world over for its information security products.
- The average palm tree produces 17kg of dates a year. Israeli palm trees produce over ten times as much – an average 182kg a year!
- Ladies, you might know and love your Epilady, but did you know this hair removal device was patented in Israel? First week on the market it shipped a million units worldwide!