Saturday, May 18, 2013

Did You Know?

Only 62 years old, 7 million people strong (less than Virginia), and smaller in size than New Jersey, surrounded by enemies, under constant threat and possessing almost no natural resources, and yet…
·      Relative to its population, Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth. It has absorbed 350% of its population in 60 years.
·      Israel is the only country in history to have revived an unspoken language.
·      Since the founding of the state, Israel has won more Nobel Prices per capita than any other country other than Switzerland. It has more laureates in real numbers than China, Mexico and Spain.
·      Israel has the 8th longest life expectancy (80.7 years), longer than the UK, US, and Germany
·      Israeli films were nominated three years in a row for the Academy Award's Best Foreign Film
                Israel is the only country that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees, even more remarkable -- in an area that's mainly desert.
                Over 90% of Israeli homes use solar energy for hot water, the highest percentage in the world.
                Israel will be the first country to host a national electric car network.
                Israel is ranked in the top five Cleantech countries of the world, and operates the world’s largest desalinization plant.
                Israeli companies are producing the largest solar energy production facility in the world.
Science & Technology
                Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, 63% more than the U.S. It also has the most physicians and engineers per capita.
                Israel's scientific research institutions are ranked 3rd in the world.
                Israel is ranked 2nd in space sciences.
                Israel produces the 3rd most scientific papers per capita, and the most in stem cell science.
                More Israeli patents are registered in the United States than from Russia, India and China combined (combined population 2.5 billion). It leads the world in patents for medical equipment.
                Israeli companies invented the drip irrigation system, discovered the world’s most used drug for multiple sclerosis, designed the Pentium NMX Chip technology and the Pentium 4 and Centrium microprocessors, created Instant Messenger (ICQ), and Israeli cows produce more milk per cow than any other in the world!
                Israel has the 3rd highest rate of entrepreneurship among women in the world.
                Israel has attracted the most venture capital investment per capita in the world, 30 times more than Europe
                In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world. In absolute numbers, Israel has more startups than any country other than the U.S.

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