Top 10 interesting facts about Israel

street art tourOK, so we know quite a bit about Israel; the places to go, the food to eat and the beaches to visit. But here are a few more interesting facts about the Holy Land that you probably weren’t aware of. Yes, yes, hidden behind the BBC and CNN headlines there’s just so much more…

1. Israel is only 1/6 of 1% of the landmass of the Middle East.

2. 24% of Israel’s workforce holds university degrees – ranking third in the industrialized world, after the United States and Holland – and 12% hold advanced degrees.

3. Israel has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship – and the highest rate among women and among people over 55 – in the world.

4. Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees.

5. With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and start-ups, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world (apart from the Silicon Valley).

6. Israel has one of the the highest percentages in the world of home computers per capita.

7. Israel has been at the forefront of some of the major technological advances in recent years, including: some of the development for the very first cell phone was believed to have been done in Israel by Motorola (which has its largest development center in Israel), most of the Windows NT operating system was developed by Microsoft-Israel, the Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel, and voice mail technology was also developed in Israel.

8. Israeli bank notes have brail on them so the blind can identify them.

9. Israel has the fourth largest air force in the world (after the U.S, Russia and China), including an aerial arsenal of over 250 F-16’s.

10. The glue on Israeli stamps is kosher.

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