Monday, January 16, 2012

9 Offbeat Countries

This is a list of countries that are not like other countries. Some countries are specific for its natural beauties, some by the demographic characteristics, some by tourist visits...Were taken into account only the sovereign countries.

1. Country With More Than 3 Million Lakes - Canada
Peyto Lake in Canada  photo source
Canada has an extremely large number of lakes. More than 60 percent of the world's lakes are in Canada, this is because of the deranged drainage system that dominates the country. Canada has a huge number of lakes (the exact total number is unknown). Part of the reason is that Canada has at least 3 million lakes and in some regions, there are as many as 30 lakes for every 100 sq km (39 sq mi).

2. Country That Lies on More Than 17.500 Islands - Indonesia
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Indonesia consists of more than 17,500 islands with a total coastline of 81,350 km (50,549 miles). Around 6,000 of these are inhabited. The largest islands are Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi, Bali, Lombok and Flores. This country contains 10-15 percent of the world's coral reefs.

3. "Country Desert" - Libya
Libyan Desert  photo source
Country with the highest percentage of desert is Libya (99%). The Libyan Desert, which covers most of Libya, is one of the most arid places on earth. In some places, decades may pass without rain, and even in the highlands rainfall seldom happens, once every 5–10 years.

4. Least Densely Populated Country - Mongolia
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The country with the world's lowest population density is Mongolia with a population density of approximately 4,4 people per square mile (1,7 people/sq km). Mongolia's 2.5 million people occupy over 600,000 square miles of land (about 1,560,000 sq km). Most of that population is in urban areas, since development in Mongolia's vast deserts and grazing lands is hindered in part by drought and dust storms, leaving those parts of the country nearly as empty as they were in Genghis Khan's time.

5. "Country in the Jungle" - Suriname
The Central Suriname Nature Reserve  photo source
The estimated forest area is 14.8 million hectares (57 000 sq mi), which is 91% of the total land area (16.3 million hectares or 63 000 sq mi). Suriname's extensive forest cover and low population, about 400,000 concentrated in the capital and coastal cities, give it one of the lowest deforestation rates in the world. Only 5 percent of the population lives in the rainforest; this includes indigenous peoples and six tribes of Maroons-descendants of escaped slaves who recreated forest communities centuries ago and today retain their traditional West African style.

6. Fastest-Disappearing Nation - Ukraine
The country with the highest decrease in the natural birth rate is Ukraine, with a natural decrease of 0.8% each year. Ukraine is expected to lose 28% of their population between now and 2050 (from 46.8 million now to 33.4 million in 2050).

7. Country Below Sea Level - Netherlands
More than half of the Netherlands sits below sea level, and if a massive storm were to break through the dunes, Rotterdam would be inundated in 24 hours.  photo source
Today, approximately 27 percent of the Netherlands is actually below sea level. This area is home to over 60 percent of the country's population of 15.8 million people. The Netherlands, which is approximately the size of the U.S. states Connecticut and Massachusetts combined, has an approximate average elevation of 11 meters (36 feet). The Netherlands ties Lemmefjord, Denmark for claim to the lowest point in Western Europe - Prince Alexander Polder lies at 23 feet (7 meters) below sea level.

8. Least Visited Country  - Tuvalu
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This is the fourth smallest country in the world. Tuvalu is located halfway between Australia and Hawaii, and it's predicted to be the first country to vanish beneath the waves when global warming pushes sea-levels high enough. It's also very difficult to get to - you're looking at sporadic, expensive flights from Fiji. Tuvalu has a grand total of 1,100 tourists a year.

9. Country-Continent - Australia
Olgas, Northern Territory, Australia  photo source
Australia is the only country in the world which covers a whole continent, every other continent has more than one country. It is the only country that is also a continent, and the only continent that is also a country. It is the sixth largest country in the world with a total area of 7,686,850 sq km (2,967,909 sq. mi), making it slightly smaller than the contiguous 48 states of the United States and 31.5 times larger than the United Kingdom.
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  1. Where is Brazil?
    The Country that the Wrong is the Right, and the Right is the Wrong?
    I'm Brazilian and I know what I'm talking about!

  2. I guess you're wrong CJ. All right?

  3. "Australia is the only country in the world which covers a whole continent, every other continent has more than one country."

    The continent isn´t form only by Australia! So the continent has more than 1 country!
    New Zealand is other country! And altough are some differents opinions, we can also say that are others 12 countries in Oceania!

  4. Bony Portmore applies in Ukraine.


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