Amazing facts you didn’t know about Israel


Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians, and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem. Within its Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Israel’s financial hub, Tel Aviv, is known for its Bauhaus architecture and beaches.

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Amazing facts about Israel are as:

  1. There are over 100 sushi restaurants in Tel Aviv making it the city with the most sushi restaurants per capita after Tokyo and NYC.
  2. It was the first country to ban underweight models.
  3. Israeli banknotes have braille markings on them.
  4. The country won the Eurovision song competition three times. The last time they won, they were represented by a transgender pop star, Dana International. The only other time that’s happened is this year’s winner, Conchita Wurst, from Austria.
  5. Israelis consume the third most amount of vegetables and sweets in the world.
  6. When Golda Meir became prime minister of Israel in 1969, she was only the third woman elected to lead a country in the modern world.
  7. The largest known dog cemetery in the ancient world was unearthed in Ashkelon.
  8. There’s a rollerblading party that happens every Tuesday night in Tel Aviv.
  9. Out Magazine named Israel the gay capital of the Middle East.
  10. The country has the most Bauhaus buildings in the world.


  1. It has 137 official beaches (but only 273 km of coastline).
  2. In regards to its population, has the highest ratio of college degrees.
  3. The same goes for the ratio of its museums and startup companies.
  4. It has more museums per capita than any other country in the world.
  5. The country has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship in the world. It has the highest rate of entrepreneurship among women and people over 55 in the world.
  6. Motorola developed the cell phone in Israel.
  7. The first antivirus software for computers was created in Israel in 1979.
  8. With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and start-ups, It has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world (apart from the Silicon Valley).
  9. Most of the Windows NT operating system was developed by Microsoft-Israel
  10. The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.


  1. Voice mail technology was also developed in Israel.
  2. Four young Israelis developed the technology for AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ.
  3. It has two official languages: Hebrew and Arabic.
  4. It is the only country to revive an unspoken language and establish it as its national tongue. Languages spoken in Israel include Marathi, northern Uzbek and Aramaic.
  5. Israel published more books translated from other languages than any other nation in the world.
  6. The city of Beersheba has the highest number of chess grandmasters per capita in the world.
  7. Is one of only two countries that began the 21st century with a net gain in the number of its trees.
  8. The opening scene of the Al Pacino film The Insider was shot in Israel.
  9. Haifa’s Carmelit transport system is one of the smallest subway systems in the world, with four carriages and a track of just 1.8 km.
  10. Is one of only three democracies in the world without a codified constitution. The other two are New Zealand and Britain.


  1. The Sea of Galilee — located .212 km below sea level — is the lowest freshwater lake in the world (and the largest in Israel).
  2. The Dead Sea in a country is the lowest point on earth, at 1,315 feet below sea level at its lowest point. People can easily float in the Dead Sea due to its unusually high salt concentration. It’s almost impossible to dive into it.
  3. Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives is the world’s oldest continuously used cemetery.
  4. El Al, Israel’s national airline, set the world record for the most passengers on a commercial flight.
  5. The world’s largest pepper was grown in Israel’s Moshav Ein Yahav, as recorded by The Guinness Book of World Records in 2013.
  6. Life expectancy at birth in Israel is at 82 years (two years more than the OECD average).
  7. Eilat and the Hula Valley Reserve are some of the best bird-watching sites in the world
  8. Israel’s national bird is the hoopoe.
  9. Heart tissue regeneration is possible in the U.S. thanks to Israeli stem-cell technology.
  10. A cooking oil developed in Israel is capable of breaking up cholesterol and other blood fats.


  1. An Israeli company has developed the world’s first jellyfish repellent.
  2. It is one of only nine countries in the world that can launch its own satellites into space.
  3. Yityish Aynaw became Israel’s first Ethiopian Miss Israel in 2013.
  4. Israeli scientists have discovered the cause of chronic bad breath and an easy way to fix it!
  5. More than 44% of all lawyers registered are women.
  6. The country chose its first woman president of the Supreme Court, Dorit Beinisch, who served from 2006-2012.
  7. It has the world’s second highest per capita of new books.
  8. In many Israeli bus stops, you can find a box for tzedakah (charitable giving).
  9. A group of Israeli artists has started bus stop libraries that are available free of charge to commuters traveling across Israel.
  10. Some buses and stations around Israel bear the inscription “You shall rise before the aged and show deference to the old” — a quote from Leviticus intended to encourage courtesy among passengers.


  1. Israel’s national flower is the Cyclamen persicum.
  2. Last Valentine’s Day, 60 million Israeli flowers were sent to Europe for sale.
  3. Israel is only 1/6 of 1% of the landmass of the Middle East (Israel is roughly half the size of Lake Michigan).
  4. Israel’s population has reached 8 million as of Independence Day 2013!
  5. It is the only liberal democracy in the middle east.
  6. Israeli cows produce more milk per cow than almost any country in the world, vying only with South Korea.
  7. With peanuts introduced to their diets earlier (mostly in the form of the snack, Bamba), babies in Israel are 10 times less likely to suffer from a peanut allergy than Jewish children in the UK.
  8. The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers TV series was produced by Israeli Haim Saban.
  9. In 1966, Shai Agnon became Israel’s first recipient of a Nobel Prize — for literature.
  10. There are more than 40 kosher McDonald’s in Israel. The only one outside the Jewish state is in Buenos Aires.


  1. In 1992, experienced such severe snow that several centimeters fell in the Negev desert.
  2. Benjamin Netanyahu’s office spent 10,000 shekels on ice cream last year, according to his 2012 budget report.
  3. The World Centre of the Bahai faith is located in the Israeli cities of Acre and Haifa.
  4. According to the latest figures available, the most popular name for Israeli babies — both boys and girls — is Noam.
  5. Israeli inventor Rafi Yoeli is currently building the world’s first flying car.


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