Some interesting World facts
First the hottest, coldest, wettest and driest places on Earth.
Hottest Place – Danakil Depression, Ethiopia, where the annual average temperature is 34.4°C. The average daily maximum temperature during the same period was 41.1 °C. However, on July 10, 1913 weather instruments measured 56.7°C in Death Valley, California, but this was a peak temperature, not an average.
Coldest Place – At the Plateau Station, Antarctica, the annual average temperature is -56.7°C. The coldest one-off temperature was -93.2 °C, recorded on 10 August, 2010 again in Antarctica.
Wettest Place – This is Assam in India, where the annual average rainfall is 11,873 mm (nearly 39 inches of rain per month).
Driest Place – The Atacama Desert, Chile, has negligible rainfall on an annual basis. There are parts of the desert which it is believed have received no rainfall whatsoever for hundreds of years. Which is, perhaps, surprising as this is a coastal area.
The most populated countries in the World, based on the number of people per square kilometre, are possibly not what you might expect:
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And, by way of contrast, those with the lowest density of people per square kilometre:
And now, the World’s largest countries, by area:
Russia 17,075,400 sq km
Canada 9,330,970 sq km
China 9,326,410 sq km
USA 9,166,600 sq km
Brazil 8,456,510 sq km
Australia 7,617,930 sq km
India 2,973,190 sq km
Argentina 2,736,690 sq km
Kazakhstan 2,717,300 sq km
And the smallest countries, again by area:
Vatican City 0.44 sq km
Monaco 1.95 sq km
Nauru 21.20 sq km
Tuvalu 26.00 sq km
San Marino 61.00 sq km
Liechtenstein 160.00 sq km
Marshall Islands 181.00 sq km
Seychelles 270.00 sq km
Maldives 300.00 sq km
St. Kitts and Nevis 360.00 sq km
The oldest countries in the World, and when they were formed:
San Marino 301 AD
France 486 AD
Bulgaria 632 AD
Denmark 950 AD
Portugal 1143 AD
Andorra 1278 AD
Switzerland 1291 AD
The most widely spoken languages:
Chinese (Mandarin) More than 1 billion
English 512 million
Hindi 501 million
Spanish 399 million
Russian 285 million
Arabic 265 million
Bengali 245 million
Portuguese 196 million
Malay-Indonesian 140 million
Japanese 125 million
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The population of the World is estimated at 7.14 billion people of which 19.1% live in China and 17.4% in India.
Did you know that the surface of our planet is 70.9% water?
Sources/credits: www.worldatlas.com / wikipedia.org / Google translate
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