Interesting Facts About Israel
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Interesting Record-Breaking Facts About Israel
- The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, at 423 meters or 1,388 feet below sea level.
- The Sea of Galilee is the lowest freshwater lake on earth, at 209 meters or 700 feet below sea level.
- The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem is the oldest, continuously used cemetery in the world. The first recorded burials are from the First Temple period 3,000 years ago and burials continue there until today.
- Jericho is the oldest continously inhabited city in the world, with the first settlement there dating back 11,000 years ago to the year 9,000 BCE.
Interesting Facts About Israel - Technology
- Israel is the leading country using solar water heating per capita. Almost 90% of Israeli homes heat their water with solar heating sytems, as mandated by law for all homes except high towers who lack adequate roof space for the solar panels. Using sunlight to generate hot water saves Israel 3% of its national energy costs, estimated at more than 2 million barrels of oil saved.
- Israel is in the Middle East which is one of the driest regions in the world, but Israel no longer worries about drought or water shortages. Why? Because desalinated water is the source of almost half of the nation's water and should provide 70% within a decade. Israel has the largest and cheapest desalination plants in the world, thanks to improved engineering of desalination technology.
- The first cellular phone was developed at the Motorola facility in Israel.
- Voice mail was first developed in Israel.
- Intel's Pentium-4 and Centrino processors were developed in Israel.
- The first messenger technology was developed in Israel for AOL and ICQ.
Miscellaneous Interesting Facts about Israel
- Land of Milk and Honey. Israeli dairy cows are the most productive in the world. An average Israeli cow produces about 25,500 pounds of milk per year. The runner up is the average American cow at 19,000 pounds, followed by Canada at 17,000 pounds, Europe at 14,000 pounds in Europe and Australia at 10,000 pounds per year.
- Millions of people in the world today speak Hebrew, the vibrant national language of Israel. It is the only documented case of the revival of a 'dead' language (like Latin) which had only been used only for prayers and studying for nearly a thousand years.
Interesting Facts About Israel -
Economics and Business
- Israel has more startups per capita than any other country in the world. In flat numbers, Israel has the second highest concentration worldwide of technology startups after Silicon Valley in the United States. Often called the 'startup nation,' there are over 3,000 high-tech and start-ups in Israel.
- Israel has the largest amount of companies listed in NASDAQ besides the U.S. and Canada.
- Flower Power. Tiny Israel provides 5% of the world's flowers. On a typical Valentine's Day, Israel send 60 million flowers to Europe, 245 million red roses are exported every year. Israel's main competitor in the flower business are in Africa because of their weather conditions, space and cheap labor, but Israel's advantage is its reliance on innovation, both in terms of agritechnology and marketing.
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