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Cool facts about Israel

  • 32nd largest economy in the world (by nominal GDP)
  • Among the most educated countries in the world.
  • Highest standard of living in the Middle East
  • One of the highest life expectancies in the world.
  • 2018 Israel ranked 11th in the UNs World Happiness Report.
  • Only 1/6 of 1% of the land mass of the Middle East.
  • Israel is about the size of New Jersey.
  • ¼ of the workforce holds university degrees (3rd in the world). 12% hold advanced degrees
  • 3rd highest rate of entrepreneurship. Highest rate among women and people over 55 in the world..
  • Only country in the world entering 21st century with a net gain in trees!
  • Highest concentration (along with Silicon Valley) of high-tech companies (more than 3,500).
  • One of the highest percentages of number of home computers per capita.
  • Major tech developments: first cell phones, AOL Instant Messenger, Windows NT operating system, Pentium MMX Chip, Centrino processors, voicemail technology.
  • 4th largest air force in the world (after US, Russia and China)
  • Glue on Israeli stamps is kosher!
  • Israel spends more money for security than any other country in the world.
  • All Israelis have to go through mandatory military service after high school. 3 yrs for boys and 2 yrs for girls. It is the only country in the world to draft women.
  • In many Israeli bus stops you’ll find a tzedakah box (for charitable gifts)
  • In past 25 yrs, agricultural output has increased 7-fold, yet water usage is the same.
  • Einstein was once offered, and declined the presidency of Israel.
  • Underweight models are banned in Israel to fight against anorexia.
  • Every year, 1000 letters arrive in Jerusalem addressed to God.
  • 2,000 yr old seeds were discovered in 1963 in an ancient jar in Israel. 2005 they were planted and a tree that had been extinct for 1800 yrs now lives.
  • On the “Jewish Calendar”, the workweek is Sunday to Thursday.
  • Many things - shops and restaurants shut down on Friday afternoon for the Sabbath

Official languages

Hebrew, Arabic

Monetary unit

New Israeli Sheqel (NIS). 1 USD equals about 3.6 NIS

Life Expectancy at birth

Male: 80.7 yrs

Female: 84.6 yrs

Literacy percentage

Male: 98.5%

Female: 95.9%

GNI per capita
(US $)

(2017) $37,270

Visiting Israel

Israel is a unique and awesome country, definitely worth visiting. Partying and modern attractions in Tel Aviv, beautiful beaches, mountains, waterfall hikes, spas, deserts, nature trails, religious and ancient artifacts, multi-cultural open society, amazing architectural finds from Babylonian, Roman, Greek, Ottoman, and Crusader eras.

For more information and facts about Israel, visit the Ministry of Tourism’s Go Israel website.

For arranging tours and visits, and packing lists, please visit Scopia Tours - the official travel agency for FIMA

Federation of Israeli Martial Arts
Netanya city at sunset, sea coast. Israel.