26 interesting facts about the Dominican Republic
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The most interesting facts about the Dominican Republic, from cars that appear to roll uphill to fossils preserved in amber

25 interesting facts about Morocco
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The most interesting facts about Morocco, including a town that’s painted blue, goats that climb trees and the world’s oldest university.

26 interesting facts about Tanzania
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From Africa’s highest mountain to some of the world’s most remarkable wildlife, these are the most interesting facts about Tanzania.

25 interesting facts about Sudan
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Home to the longest river in the world and over 200 pyramids – more than Egypt – these are the most interesting facts about Sudan.

24 interesting facts about East Timor (Timor-Leste)
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The most interesting facts about East Timor (Timor-Leste) from the first new nation of the 21st century to the world’s most biodiverse waters.

27 interesting facts about Syria
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The most interesting facts about Syria, from one of the oldest civilisations on Earth to one of the world’s most dangerous countries.

28 interesting facts about Equatorial Guinea
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The most interesting facts about Equatorial Guinea, from one of the world’s wettest places to a corrupt dictator with a playboy son.

31 interesting facts about North Korea
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The most interesting facts about North Korea, from “three generations of punishment” to a metro system that doubles as a nuclear bunker.

26 interesting facts about South Korea
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The most interesting facts about South Korea, from a sex-themed park called Jeju Love Land to one of YouTube’s most-watched videos.

26 interesting facts about Eritrea
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Ancient ruins, a tank graveyard and one of the oldest human skeletons, these are the most interesting facts about Eritrea.

21 countries that don’t have an army
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We take a look at the world’s 21 countries that don’t have an army, from tiny island nations to states who abolished their militaries.

48 most powerful cities in the world
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A global ranking of the most powerful cities in the world, according to the Mori Memorial Foundation’s latest Global Power City Index.

Safest cities in the world – ranked
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Ranking the safest cities in the world, according to the latest Safe Cities Index report from The Economist Intelligence Unit.

Countries with the highest minimum wage
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A ranking of OECD countries with the highest minimum wage, measured by hourly and annual wage, using the latest available data from the OECD.

24 interesting facts about the Gambia
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The most interesting facts about the Gambia, from washing in a sacred crocodile-infested pool to using marbles to vote in elections.

26 interesting facts about Gabon
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The most interesting facts about Gabon, from “the land of the surfing hippos” and “Africa’s Last Eden” to 400,000 years of history.

27 interesting facts about Sierra Leone
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The most interesting facts about Sierra Leone, from a history intertwined with slavery to a giant cotton tree in its capital city.

24 interesting facts about Grenada
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The most interesting facts about Grenada, from the world’s first underwater sculpture park to the local legend of a bottomless lake.

Countries that drink the most alcohol – ranked
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A global ranking of countries that drink the most alcohol, measured by alcohol consumption per capita, using the latest available data.

24 interesting facts about Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire)
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The most interesting facts about Ivory Coast – or Côte d’Ivoire – from the “Paris of West Africa” to the largest church in the world.

30 interesting facts about Trinidad and Tobago
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The most interesting facts about Trinidad and Tobago, from the world’s hottest chilli pepper to the first black winner of Miss Universe.

32 interesting facts about Afghanistan
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The most interesting facts about Afghanistan, from persistent instability and conflict to a country that is rich in history and culture.

What were the countries along the Silk Road?
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We take a look at the countries along the Silk Road, the ancient network of trade routes that connected China with the West.

23 interesting facts about Guinea
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The most interesting facts about Guinea, from Africa’s first million-selling single to chimpanzees who use tools to chop fruit.

25 interesting facts about Saint Lucia
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The most interesting facts about Saint Lucia, from the world’s only drive-in volcano to the sole country named specifically after a woman.

30 interesting facts about Mozambique
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From idyllic islands to the only country to have all five vowels in its name, these are the most interesting facts about Mozambique.

30 interesting facts about the Philippines
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The most interesting facts about the Philippines, from a world-record for breastfeeding to the Selfie Capital of the World.

27 interesting facts about Uganda
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The most interesting facts about Uganda, from an array of natural wonders to the “Butcher of Uganda” at the centre of a dark history.

28 interesting facts about Cuba
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The most interesting facts about Cuba, from its infamous leftist revolution to the bee hummingbird – the world’s smallest bird.

27 interesting facts about Niger
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The most interesting facts about Niger include its very own dinosaur – the Nigersaurus – and the world’s highest mud-brick minaret.

26 interesting facts about Malaysia
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The most interesting facts about Malaysia include its megadiverse flora and fauna and the largest roundabout in the world.

28 interesting facts about Chad
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One of the world’s least developed countries and a fierce beauty pageant for men, these are the most interesting facts about Chad.

Human Development Index (HDI) – country rankings
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A ranking of the world’s most developed countries using the latest Human Development Index (HDI).

Heaviest smokers in the world
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A global ranking of the heaviest smokers in the world, measured by the number of cigarettes smoked per person per year.

26 interesting facts about Lebanon
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The most interesting facts about Lebanon, from one of the world’s oldest countries to a capital city once known as the “Paris of the East”.

The longest beach in the world
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The longest beach in the world is located in Bangladesh. Cox’s Bazar boasts up to 125km of unbroken sandy beach.

25 interesting facts about Togo
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The most interesting facts about Togo include once being known as the “The Slave Coast” and having its first president assassinated.

25 interesting facts about South Sudan
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The most interesting facts about South Sudan, from Africa’s newest nation and decades of conflict to “mega-herds” of migrating wildlife.

The last country in the world to abolish slavery
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In 1981, Mauritania became the last country in the world to abolish slavery. But the West African nation still has a long way to go.

The tallest flagpole in the world
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The tallest flagpole in the world is the Jeddah Flagpole, located in Saudi Arabia. Erected in 2014, the flagpole stands 171m (561ft) high.

28 interesting facts about Tajikistan
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The most interesting facts about Tajikistan, from the world’s second-highest road, the Pamir Highway, to a capital city called Monday.

25 interesting facts about Jamaica
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The most interesting facts about Jamaica, from the world’s fastest human to a religious movement that worships a former Ethiopian emperor.

26 interesting facts about Mauritania
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The most interesting facts about Mauritania, from the last country in the world to abolish slavery to the world’s longest train.

26 interesting facts about Vietnam
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The most interesting facts about Vietnam, from outstanding natural beauty to one of the most deadly conflicts in history.

27 interesting facts about Nigeria
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The most interesting facts about Nigeria, from the twins capital of the world to Nollywood – the world’s second-largest film industry.

25 interesting facts about Libya
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The most interesting facts about Libya, from an ancient crossroads of civilisations to bizarre natural phenomena in the Sahara Desert.

24 interesting facts about Tunisia
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The most interesting facts about Tunisia, from the northernmost point of Africa to triggering a wave of revolutions across the Arab World.

27 interesting facts about Turkmenistan
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The most interesting facts about Turkmenistan, from a president nicknamed “The Turkmenator” to a fire pit called the “Door to Hell”.

25 interesting facts about Liberia
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The most interesting facts about Liberia, from Africa’s oldest republic to pygmy hippos known as “water cows”.

34 interesting facts about Yemen
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The most interesting facts about Yemen, from the origins of mocha coffee to a rare species of tree grown from the blood of a dragon.

25 interesting facts about Dominica
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The most interesting facts about Dominica, from a frog known as the “mountain chicken” to the world’s second-largest boiling lake.

25 interesting facts about Zambia
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The most interesting facts about Zambia, from the world’s largest curtain of falling water to near-blind rats that can sense magnetic fields.

24 interesting facts about Rwanda
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The most interesting facts about Rwanda, from the Land of a Thousand Hills to one for the world’s most gender-equal countries.

Countries that spend the most on health – ranked
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A global ranking of expenditures on health per capita expressed in international dollars at purchasing power parity (PPP).

25 interesting facts about Barbados
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The most interesting facts about Barbados, from the world’s oldest rum to the home of Rihanna and some of the world’s best cricketers.

Best countries for gender equality – ranked
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The best countries for gender equality, measured by the relative gaps between women and men across society.

31 interesting facts about Saudi Arabia
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Interesting facts about Saudi Arabia, from the birthplace of Islam and a dangerous driving stunt known as “sidewalk skiing”.

25 interesting facts about Mali
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From the richest man who has ever lived to the world’s largest mud-brick structure, these are the most interesting facts about Mali.

Worst countries for air pollution – ranked
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A global ranking of the worst countries for air pollution, measured by the number of deaths per 100,000 people of a given country.

28 facts about the Democratic Republic of Congo
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From rich flora and fauna to a tragic history, these are the most interesting facts about the Democratic Republic of Congo.

World’s hungriest countries – ranked
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A global ranking of the world’s hungriest countries, using the latest report from the Global Hunger Index (GHI).

23 interesting facts about the Central African Republic
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From the world’s hungriest country to superb star-gazing, these are the most interesting facts about the Central African Republic.

Countries ranked by life expectancy
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Countries ranked by life expectancy at birth, measured by years, using the latest available data from the World Bank.

25 interesting facts about Burkina Faso
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Home to the “African Che Guevara” and one of the world’s youngest populations, these are the most interesting facts about Burkina Faso.

Countries ranked by net migration
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Countries ranked by net migration, measured by net total of migrants during a five-year period, using the latest data from the World Bank.

32 interesting facts about Kazakhstan
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From a sport with a headless goat to a rich history of space exploration, these are the most interesting facts about Kazakhstan.

27 interesting facts about Qatar
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The most interesting facts about Qatar, from the world’s richest country to a giant teddy bear and a dedicated falconry market.

30 interesting facts about Senegal
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The most interesting facts about Senegal, from killer hippopotamuses, Africa’s Mecca and Africa’s tallest statue.

25 interesting facts about Malawi
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The most interesting facts about Malawi, from one of the planet’s largest and deepest lakes to selling the presidential jet to raise funds.

26 interesting facts about Kuwait
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The most interesting facts about Kuwait, from remote control camel racing to one of the richest populations in the world.

Countries with the highest fertility rates – ranked
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A global index of countries with the highest fertility rates, measured by total births per woman, using the latest data from the UN.

Countries ranked by freedom of press
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Countries ranked by freedom of press, using the latest evaluation of the level of freedom available to journalists around the world.

21 interesting facts about Benin
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The most interesting facts about Benin, from the “Venice of Africa” and reverence for snakes, to the largest intact eco-system in West Africa.

25 interesting facts about Samoa
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The most interesting facts about Samoa, from jumping back and forth over the International Dateline to the origins of tattoos.

29 interesting facts about Iran
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From one of the world’s oldest continuous civilisations to the nose job capital of the world, these are the most interesting facts about Iran.

22 interesting facts about the Marshall Islands
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The most interesting facts about the Marshall Islands, from hosting dozens of nuclear weapons tests to the world’s largest shark sanctuary.

Largest countries by area – ranked
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A global ranking of CO2 emissions by country, measured by metric tons per capita, using the latest data available from the World Bank.

27 interesting facts about Brunei
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The most interesting facts about Brunei, from the world’s biggest palace to the monument built for the billionth barrel of oil.

24 interesting facts about Burundi
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The most interesting facts about Burundi, from a man-eating crocodile called Gustave to a tragic history of genocide and war.

29 interesting facts about the Solomon Islands
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The most interesting facts about the Solomon Islands, from an island named after US President Kennedy to a giant rat that fell from a tree.

World’s most obese countries – ranked
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A global ranking of the world’s most obese countries, drawing on the latest data available from the World Health Organisation.

Countries by murder rate – ranked
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A global index of countries by murder rate, measured by intentional homicides per 100,000 people, using the latest UN data.

CO2 emissions by country – ranked
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A global ranking of CO2 emissions by country, measured by metric tons per capita, using the latest data available from the World Bank.

24 interesting facts about Haiti
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The most interesting facts about Haiti, from the world’s first black-led republic to the birth of a unique religion and the origin of zombies.

29 interesting facts about Indonesia
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The most interesting facts about Indonesia, from the world’s smelliest plant to the largest packet of instant noodles ever created.

26 interesting facts about Cameroon
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The most interesting facts about Cameroon, from a poisonous lake to the world’s largest frog that builds its own ponds using rocks.

21 interesting facts about Bahrain
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From the mysterious Tree of Life to the world’s largest underwater theme park, these are the most interesting facts about Bahrain.

23 interesting facts about Laos
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The most interesting facts about Laos, from a tragic history, one of the world’s last communist states and a collection of over 2,100 stone jars.

25 interesting facts about Micronesia (country)
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The most interesting facts about Micronesia, from giant crabs, a colour-blind island and the world’s longest-running humanitarian airlift.

24 interesting facts about Palau
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The most interesting facts about Palau, from millions of harmless jellyfish to stone monoliths known as the ‘Easter Island of Micronesia’.

24 interesting facts about Uzbekistan
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The most interesting facts about Uzbekistan, from one of the planet’s worst environmental disasters to the crossroad of the world’s cultures.

23 interesting facts about Nauru
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No capital city and a devastating phosphate mine are just two of the most interesting facts about Nauru, one of the world’s smallest countries.

24 interesting facts about Vanuatu
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Interesting facts about Vanuatu include bungee jumping, worshipping a British prince and being one of the world’s happiest nations.

23 interesting facts about Tuvalu
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No ATMs and no army are just two of the most interesting facts about Tuvalu, one of the smallest and least visited countries in the world.

22 interesting facts about Angola
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Africa’s richest woman, a rediscovered antelope and an immense waterfall are among the most interesting facts about Angola.

24 interesting facts about Kiribati
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From nuclear tests and vanishing islands to the first country to see in the New Year, these are the most interesting facts about Kiribati.

25 interesting facts about Papua New Guinea
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The most interesting facts about Papua New Guinea include isolated tribes, the world’s first gardeners, cannibalism and a poisonous bird.

27 interesting facts about Bangladesh
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From the world’s longest beach to the most densely populated country, these are the most interesting facts about Bangladesh.

25 interesting facts about Guatemala
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The most interesting facts about Guatemala include a rich indigenous culture and one of the most important sites in Mayan civilisation.

26 interesting facts about Honduras
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The most interesting facts about Honduras include the magnificent Mesoamerican Reef, ancient Mayan ruins and the 100-hour “football war”.

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