1. Israel has the highest number of Nobel Prize winner per capita
The Nobel Prize Committees have honored twelve Israelis since Shmuel Yosef Agnon became the first laureate in 1966. Therefore, more than the United States, France, and Germany.
2. People should show up three hours in advance at Tel Aviv’s Airport
Tel Aviv’s airport, Ben Gurion, is known for its demanding security measure. It is one of the most secure airports worldwide. At the airport, a person will question you even before going into the airport or the check-in counter. Additionally, there is a security sticker system for judging how much of a threat you are and thorough the following interviews or searchings should be. All in all, it takes a lot of time.
3. Israel has the highest relative immigration rate
The country has the highest immigration relative immigration rate, absorbing 350% of its population in six decades.
4. Israeli working week starts on Sundays and ends on Thursdays
In Israel, the working week begins Sunday morning. Many offices are open Friday mornings but close early or the Jewish holiday. During this time, businesses and public transportation are closed.
5. The country has two official languages: Hebrew and Arabic
The Israeli population is linguistically and culturally diverse. Almost the entire population speaks Hebrew. Approximately one-fifth of the population speaks Arabic.
6. Over 20% of the population smokes
Smoking is allowed nearly everywhere, excluding public transportation, indoor shopping centers, and museums. Smoking is one of the leading causes of death in Israel and kills up to half the smokers.
7. Israel banned underweight models in 2013
Models in Israel have to maintain a BMI of 18.5 or higher to stay employed. Otherwise, they are not allowed to appear on catwalks or advertisements. Further, it also required that ads print a disclaimer if they digitally altered the models.
8. Technology Startup World
Israel is one of the most active countries in the technology startup world, with hundreds of new companies looking for the best idea in the field. You can check out our previous post about the startup scene in Israel for more information.
9. Beautiful Beaches
The country possesses more than 130 beaches, of which 92 by the Mediterranian Sea. These beaches are known for their clear blue water along fours distinct bodies of water around Israel: the Mediterranian Sea, the Dead Sea, the Red Sea, and the Lake Kinneret.
10. Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv was ranked the 9th most expensive city in the world. New York, in comparison, was ranked 13th. Singapore remains the world’s most expensive city for the fifth consecutive year, with Paris, Zurich and Hong Kong following closely behind.