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Astonishing Human Records

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The Guinness Book of World Records is celebrating its 60th anniversary ithis year, and to honor that tradition we’ve rounded up the world’s most astonishing records.

36 OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
The most spoken languages

Communicating with your fellow countrymen, can be quite hard in Bolivia. The Plurinational State of Bolivia, with its more than 10 million inhabitants, has 36 official languages including Spanish and several dozen indigenous languages, such as Quechua, Aymara or Tupi Guarani. 

270 SQUARE FEET
The smallest country

The Principality of Sealand is a micronation off the coast of Suffolk, England, and is, with its 270 square feet of livable space, considered the world’s tiniest nation. The island is governed by the Bates family as a constitutional monarchy - it has a national flag, an anthem, as well as its own currency - and for its rare visitors, a passport stamp. 

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Carnaval

The carnival of Barranquilla is one of the largest and oldest in the world

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140 LBS. OF MEAT, PER CAPITA, PER YEAR
The biggest beef eaters

Uruguay holds the record for per capita consumption of meat, especially beef - nowhere in the world do people consume more. The Uruguayans overtook their Argentinian neighbours and won the title fight of being the ultimate “kings of flesh”.

71.1% OVERWEIGHT INHABITANTS
The most obese nation

Nauru, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, is the country with the most overweight people in the world. According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) latest estimate, 94.5% of the population are overweight. The average body weight is 220 lbs. and one in three people suffer from diabetes. The reason? The import of Western food replaced their former diet based on fish and fresh fruit.

4 HOURS AND 53 MINUTES PER DAY
The highest TV consumption

The US-American population are the most loyal to their TV shows with a daily average of nearly 5 hours of TV consumption. They are followed by the Italian couch potatoes with an average of half an hour per day … 

21 days
The most public holidays

The Indians know how to party. With 21 public holidays, India leads the list of National Holidays in 2015, followed by Colombia and the Philipines with 18 days. We recommend moving to India if you need a break from work. 

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516 POLICE OFFICERS
The safest country in the world 

The Principality of Monaco is not only the world’s second smallest country, but also the world’s safest. The microstate has 516 officers and nearly 200 security cameras for a population of 33,800 inhabitants, making it the safest country in the world. 

17.2 % OF THE POPULATION ARE MILLIONAIRES
Highest density of millionaires

Singapore is known as the home of millionaires - the island state has the highest percentage of millionaires with slightly more than 17% - or one in six - households being considered as millionaires. According to the BCG, the republic, with its more than 5 million inhabitants, also houses the most number of super-rich households (with a private fortune of more than $100 million). By the way, the typical profile of an average Singapore multimillionaire is male, 66 years old, married with 3 children … 

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84 YEARS
The highest life expectancy

Japan tops the global life expectancy league with an average of 84 years. If you are a Japanese woman, you can prepare yourself to live a long life: the average Japanese woman lives to 87 years. Iceland is also at the top of the scale with an average male life expectancy of 81 years. 

IQ OF 107
The smartest people

An IQ of 107 is average in Hong Kong. The population of this special administrative region of China is ranked highly in mathematics and science, and academic success plays an important role in the population’s lives, with students spending their free time enrolling in extracurricular crash courses called “Cram Schools” to improve their grades. 

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