List of top international rankings by country

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This list of top international rankings by country includes global-scale lists of countries with rankings (this list only contains sovereign states), sorted by country that is placed top or bottom in the respective ranking.

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Country Statistic Field Date
 Afghanistan Largest producer of opium, 95% of world's market ($64 billion), with 2.9 million opium farmers[1][2] Drugs 2008
 Afghanistan Largest producer of cannabis, up to 3,500 tonnes of hashish in annual production[3][4] Drugs 2010
 Afghanistan Largest producer of heroin, 380 tonnes of Heroin in annual production (~90% of global production)[5][6] Drugs 2012
 Afghanistan Largest source of refugees, continuously since 1980[7] Politics 2013
 Afghanistan Lowest electricity consumption per capita, 7.6 kWh per person per year [8] Energy 2012
 Afghanistan Lowest annual energy consumption per capita, 90 kgoe per person per year Energy 2011
 Afghanistan Highest infant mortality rate, 119.41 deaths per 1000 live births Demographics 2013
 Afghanistan Highest annual prevalence of opiates use, 2.65% of population Drugs 2009
 Afghanistan Largest recipient of foreign aid, $6,884,700,000 per year Economy 2014
 Afghanistan Worst place to grow old as per United Nations/HelpAge International Global AgeWatch Index[9][10] Society 2014
 Andorra Most tourist arrivals per capita, 22.5[11] Economy 2011
 Argentina Largest exporter of pears, 490,000 tonnes[12][13] Agriculture 2009
 Argentina Largest exporter of vegetable oil, US$2,715,890,000[14] Agriculture 2009
 Argentina Highest consumption of beef per capita, 65.2 kilograms / year[15] Consumption 2006
 Argentina Largest exporter of soccer players, 2,204[16] Sports 2010
 Argentina Best performance at Paddle Tennis World Championship (men), 9 gold medals, 12 total medals Sports 2014
 Argentina Best performance at Paddle Tennis World Championship (women), 8 gold medals, 12 total medals Sports 2014
 Argentina Best performance at Roller Hockey World Championship (women), 5 gold medals, 8 total medals Sports 2014
 Argentina Best performance at World Polo Championship, 4 gold medals, 7 total medals Sports 2015
 Australia Largest wool producer, output of 475,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 Australia Largest sheep meat producer Agriculture 2005
 Australia Largest uranium reserves, 1,673,000 tons Energy 2009
 Australia Largest aluminium oxide producer, 18,312,000 tons Industry 2006
 Australia Largest bauxite producer, 67,000,000 tons Industry 2011
 Australia Largest lithium producer, 13,000 tons Industry 2014
 Australia Largest titanium producer, 1,291,000 tons Industry 2003
 Australia Largest zirconium producer, 426,000 tons Industry 2005
 Australia Largest tantalum producer, 435 tons per annum, 53% of world production Industry 2008
 Australia Best performance at Rugby League World Cups (men), 10 times winner (1957, 1968, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1988, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2013) Sports 2014
 Australia Winner of most Cricket World Cups (men), 5 (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015)[17] Sports 2015
 Australia Winner of most Women's Cricket World Cups, 6 (1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2005, 2013) Sports 2013
 Australia Most successful team in ICC World Twenty20 (Women), 3 time champions (2010 and 2012, 2014) Sports 2014
 Australia Best performance at ICF Canoe Polo World Championships (men), 3 gold medals Sports 2009
 Australia Best performance at Netball World Championships, 10 times winner Sports 2011
 Australia Best performance at World International Doubles Squash Championships Sports 2009
 Australia Best performance at World Team Squash Championships (men), 8 gold medals Sports 2013
 Australia Best performance at World Team Squash Championships (women), 9 gold medals Sports 2014
 Australia Best performance at Touch Football World Cups Sports 2009
 Australia Best performance at ITU Triathlon World Championships (women), 13 gold medals, 27 total medals Sports 2014
 Austria Best performance at FIS Alpine World Ski Championships (men), 44 gold medals, 120 total medals Sports 2015
 Austria Best performance at FIS Alpine World Ski Championships (women), 37 gold medals, 113 total medals Sports 2015
 Austria Best performance at FIS Ski Flying World Championships, 7 gold medals, 8 silver medals, 4 bronze medals Sports 2014
 Azerbaijan Largest percentage of area covered with mud volcanoes[18] Geography 2009
 Bahamas Highest personal and economic freedoms according to State of World Liberty Index Economy 2015
 Bangladesh Largest percentage of cultivated land, 68.6% Agriculture
Geography
2011
 Bangladesh Largest contributor to UN Peacekeeper Force Military 2013
 Bangladesh Highest importance of religion, (tied with Nigeria and Somalia) Demographics 2009
 Belgium Best performance at UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Men, 26 gold medals, 62 total medals Sports 2015
 Belgium Best performance at UCI Road World Championships (Men's Road Race), 26 gold medals, 48 total medals Sports 2015
 Belgium Best performance at Motocross World Championship Sports 2015
 Belgium Largest producer of chicory roots Agriculture 1992
 Botswana Lowest environmental happiness according to Happy Planet Index, score of 22.6 Environment
Quality of life
2012
 Botswana Largest Diamond Producer (two largest mines export 21.7 mil carats combined[19]) Economy 1999
 Brazil Largest citrus producer, output of 20,682,309 tons Agriculture 2007
 Brazil Largest orange producer, output of 35.6 million tons Agriculture 2013
 Brazil Largest dry bean producer, output of 3,800,000 tons Agriculture 2013
 Brazil Largest coffee producer, output of 2,249,010 tons Agriculture 2007
 Brazil Largest soybean producer, output of 90 million metric tons Agriculture 2014
 Brazil Largest sugarcane producer, output of 739,267,000 tons Agriculture 2013
 Brazil Largest sisal producer, output of 113,300 tons Agriculture 2007
 Brazil Largest pineapple producer, output of 2,206,000 metric tons[20] Agriculture 2009
 Brazil Highest government budget surplus, +US$77,300,000,000 Finance 2011
 Brazil Largest renewable freshwater resources, 8,233 km³/year Geography 2011
 Brazil Largest niobium producer, 58,000 tons Industry 2011
 Brazil Best performance at FIFA World Cups, 5 times winner (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002), 2 times runner-up (1950, 1998) Sports 2015
 Brazil Winner of most FIFA Club World Cups 4 (2000, 2005, 2006, 2012) Sports 2014
 Brazil Best performance at FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, 13 times winner (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) Sports 2015
 Brazil Best performance at FIFA Futsal World Cup, 5 times winner (1989, 1992, 1996, 2008, 2012) Sports 2015
 Brazil Best performance at Beach Handball World Championships (men) , 4 gold medals, 5 total medals Sports 2015
 Brazil Best performance at Beach Handball World Championships (women) , 3 gold medals, 5 total medals Sports 2015
 Brazil Best performance at FIVB World Leagues, 9 times winner, 5 times runner-up Sports 2015
 Brazil Best performance at FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, 11 gold medals, 29 total medals Sports 2015
 Bulgaria Largest rose oil producer, 70% of all oil in the world[21] Agriculture 2011
 Bulgaria Largest lavender oil producer[22] Agriculture 2011
 Burundi Highest rate of urbanisation, +6.8% of urban population per year Demographics 2008
 Burundi Lowest satisfaction with life according to Satisfaction with Life Index, 100 Quality of life 2006
 Cambodia Longest alphabet[23] It consists of 33 consonants, 23 vowels (that make 47 sounds) and 12 independent vowels. Education 1995
 Canada Largest flax producer, output of 368,300 tons Agriculture 2011
 Canada Largest canary seed producer, output of 117,300 tons Agriculture 2005
 Canada Largest lentil producer, output of 1,880,500 tons Agriculture 2013
 Canada Largest producer of maple syrup, output of 14,890 cubic metres Agriculture 1995
 Canada Largest rapeseed producer, output of 15.4 million metric tons Agriculture 2012
 Canada Largest water area, 891,163 km²[24] Geography 2009
 Canada Longest coastline, 243,792 km[25] Geography 2009
 Canada Best performance at World Curling Men's Championships, 34 gold medals, 50 total medals Sports 2015
 Canada Best performance at World Curling Women's Championships, 15 gold medals, 32 total medals Sports 2015
 Canada Winner of most Women's Ice Hockey World Championships, 10 times winner Sports 2015
 Central African Republic Lowest GDP (PPP) per capita, 607 Int. $ (IMF est.) Economy 2014
 Central African Republic Lowest prosperity according to Legatum Prosperity Index Quality of life 2014
 Chad Highest child mortality rate Demographics 2011
 Chad Highest maternal mortality ratio Demographics 2011
 Chile Largest copper producer, 5,800,000 tons Industry 2014
 Chile Largest lithium reserves, 7,500,000 tons Industry 2014
 Chile Largest rhenium reserves tons Industry 2005
 Chile Largest recorded earthquake 9.5 Geology 2011
 China Largest salt producer, 70,000,000 tons Industry 2012
 China Highest agricultural sector output Economy 2014
 China Highest industrial sector output Economy 2014
 China Largest police force, 1,600,000 officers Economy 2007
 China Largest rice producer, output of 204,300,000 tons Agriculture 2012
 China Largest wheat producer, output of 121.7 million metric tons Agriculture 2013
 China Largest garlic producer, output of 20,000,000 tons Agriculture 2012
 China Largest tangerine producer, output of 14,152,000 tons Agriculture 2007
 China Largest peach and nectarine producer, output of 11,500,000 tons Agriculture 2011
 China Largest plum and sloe producer, output of 5,372,899 tons Agriculture 2009
 China Largest persimmon producer, output of 3,259,334 tons Agriculture 2011
 China Largest tomato producer, output of 33,911,702 tons Agriculture 2008
 China Largest watermelon producer, output of 70,000,000 tons Agriculture 2012
 China Largest chestnut producer, output of 1,700,000 tons Agriculture 2011
 China Largest walnut producer, output of 1,700,000 tons Agriculture 2012
 China Largest peanut producer, output of 16,700,000 tons Agriculture 2012
 China Largest eggplant producer, output of 28,800,000 tons Agriculture 2012
 China Largest carrot and turnip producer, output of 16,906,000 tons Agriculture 2012
 China Largest potato producer, output of 88.9 million metric tons Agriculture 2013
 China Largest cabbage producer, output of 32,800,000 tons Agriculture 2012
 China Largest cauliflowers and broccoli producer, output of 9,500,000 tons Agriculture 2012
 China Largest spinach producer, output of 18,782,961 tons Agriculture 2011
 China Largest lettuce and chicory producer, output of 13,500,000 tons Agriculture 2013
 China Largest asparagus producer, output of 7,350,000 tons Agriculture 2012
 China Largest onion and shallot producer, output of 20,817,295 tons Agriculture 2008
 China Largest fish producer, output of 49,467,275 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest aquatic plants producer, output of 11,163,675 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest grape producer, output of 9,600,000 tons Agriculture 2012
 China Largest honey producer, output of 436,000 tons[26] Agriculture 2012
 China Largest mushroom and truffle producer, output of 5,008,850 tons Agriculture 2011
 China Largest cotton producer, output of 11,400,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest silk producer, output of 290,003 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest tea producer, output of 1,623,000 million tons Agriculture 2011
 China Largest tobacco producer, output of 2,298,800 tons Agriculture 2000
 China Largest livestock of domestic sheep, 136,400,000 heads Agriculture 2008
 China Largest livestock of domestic pig, 425,600,000 heads Agriculture 2007
 China Largest pork (pig meat) producer, output of 56,096,000 ton Agriculture 2013
 China Largest rice consumer, 156.3 million metric tons per year Consumption 2009
 China Largest car market, 23,722,890 vehicles[27] Consumption
Transport
2014
 China Largest population, 1,371,100,000 Demographics 2015 (July 23)
 China Largest labour force, 797,600,000 Demographics
Economy
2013
 China Best student performance in science according to Programme for International Student Assessment Demographics
Quality of life
2012
 China Largest electricity consumer, 5,463,800,000,000 MW·h per year Consumption
Energy
2014
 China Largest electricity producer, 5,649,500,000,000 GWh Energy 2014
 China Largest wind power producer, 114,763 MW Energy 2014
 China Largest renewable energy producer, 1,300 TW·h per year Energy 2014
 China Largest hydroelectricity producer, 652.05 TW·h per year Energy 2009
 China Largest coal producer, 3,650 million tons Energy
Industry
2012
 China Largest wind turbine producer[28] Energy
Industry
2009
 China Largest solar panel producer,[28] Energy
Industry
2009
 China Largest photovoltaics producer, output of 10,852 MW[28] Energy
Industry
2010
 China Most carbon dioxide emissions, 10,330,000,000 metric tons Environment 2013
 China Largest forex reserves, $3,899,285,000,000 Finance 2014
 China Largest exporter, $2,252,000,000,000[29] Finance 2014
 China Highest current account balance, $213,800,000,000 Finance 2012
 China Highest elevation above the sea level, 8,848 m (29,029 ft) at Mount Everest (shared with Nepal) Geography 2009
 China Longest land border length, 22,117 km (22,147 km if Hong Kong and Macao, the two special administrative regions are counted) Geography 2009
 China Most countries bordered, 14 (16 if Hong Kong and Macao, the two special administrative regions are counted), the same number as with Russia Geography 2009
 China Largest gold producer, 450 tonnes[30] Industry 2014
 China Largest aluminium producer, 23,300,000 tons Industry 2014
 China Largest antimony producer, 120,000 tons Industry 2010
 China Largest arsenic producer Industry 2012
 China Largest bismuth producer, 7,600 tons Industry 2014
 China Largest cadmium producer, 3,000 tons Industry 2005
 China Largest cement producer, 2,480,000,000 tons Industry 2013
 China Largest fluorite producer, 3,000,000 tons Industry 2006
 China Largest iron producer, 1,500,000,000 tons Industry 2014
 China Largest manganese producer, 6,000,000 tons Industry 2006
 China Largest mercury producer, 1,150 tons Industry 2005
 China Largest tractor producer, vehicles Industry 2010
 China Largest pulp and paper producer, 99,300 tons Industry 2011
 China Largest steel producer, 822,698,000 tons Industry 2014
 China Largest steel producer, 543,748,000 tons Industry 2009
 China Largest strontium producer, 700,000 tons Industry 2005
 China Largest tin reserves, 1,500,000 tons Industry 2011
 China Largest tungsten producer, 52,000 tons Industry 2011
 China Largest zinc producer, 3,100,000 tons Industry 2009
 China Largest motor vehicle producer, 23,722,890 vehicles per year Industry
Transport
2014
 China Largest army by number of active troops, 2,285,000 troops[31] Military 2005
 China Best performance at women's badminton Uber Cup, 13 times winner Sports 2014
 China Best performance at World Badminton Championships, 58 gold medals won Sports 2014
 China Best performance at World Amateur Go Championship, 20 wins Sports 2014
 China Best performance at World Table Tennis Championships, 35 team wins Sports 2009
 China Best performance at World Weightlifting Championships (women), 159 gold medals, 266 total medals Sports 2014
 China Highest GDP (PPP) Economy 2014
 China Highest rate of execution per year,officially not released.at least 1700 (estimated)[32][33] Demographics 2009
 China Leading surveillance society according to the Privacy International[34] Surveillance 2007
 China Most internet users, 618,110,314[35] Technology 2013
 China Most main line phones, 269,910,000[36] Technology 2011
 China Most mobile cellular phones, 1,276,660,000[37] Technology 2014
 China Highest International tourism expenditure, $164.9 billion Tourism 2014
 China Largest total length of waterways, 110,000 km Transport 2011
 China Largest total length of high-speed railways, 6,003 km Transport 2009
 China Largest total length of controlled-access highways, 84,946 km Transport 2011
 China Largest total length of rapid transit systems, 1879.6 km Transport 2006
 China Longest bridge, Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge, 164,800 m (540,700 ft) Structures
Transport
2011
 China Longest building, Great Wall of China, 8,851.8 km Structures
 China Most books published per year (new titles and re-editions), 440,000 Culture 2013
 China Top position at World Chess Rankings (women), top 10 players average Elo rating of 2496 Sports 2015
 Colombia Largest emerald producer Industry 2009
 Costa Rica Highest environmental happiness according to Happy Planet Index, score of 76.1 Environment
Quality of life
2009
 Côte d'Ivoire Largest cacao producer, output of 1,330,000 metric tons Agriculture 2005
 Cuba Largest producer of Xanthosoma, output of 132,100 tonnes Agriculture 2011
 Cuba Winner of most Baseball World Cup (men), 25 gold medals Sports 2011
 Cuba Best performance at Boxing World Cup, 2 times winner (2006, 2008) Sports 2008
 Cuba Winner of most Volleyball World Cups (women), 4 (1989, 1991, 1995, 1999) Sports 2011
 Czech Republic Highest consumption of beer per capita, 148.6 litres / year[38] Consumption 2012
 Czech Republic Largest poppy seed producer, output of 12,814 tonnes Agriculture 2012
 Democratic Republic of the Congo Highest percentage of population suffering from undernourishment, 75% Demographics 2006
 Democratic Republic of Congo Highest poverty, 95.15% of population living under 2 dollar (PPP) a day Demographics
Economy
2010
 Democratic Republic of the Congo Highest energy intensity, 4746.3 toe per 1 million dollars of GDP Energy 2003
 Democratic Republic of the Congo Largest cobalt producer, 22,000 tons Industry 2005
 Denmark Most equal income distribution according to UN[39] Demographics
Economy
1997
 Denmark Least corrupt country according to Transparency International[40] Politics 2014
 Denmark Highest minimum wage, 22,713 (Intl. dollars) Finance 2008
 Denmark Lowest central bank interest rate (tied with Switzerland), -0.75% Finance 2015
 Denmark Most northernmost point on land, 83°40'N at Kaffeklubben Island,  Greenland Geography 2009
 Denmark Highest E-readiness, 8.87 out of 10 Technology 2009
 Denmark Highest in ICT Development Index, with a score of 8.86 Technology 2013
 Denmark Best knowledge of English according to EF English Proficiency Index Demographics
Economy
Education
2014
 Denmark Highest satisfaction with life according to Satisfaction with Life Index, 273.4 Quality of life 2006
 Egypt Largest artichoke producer, output of 387,704 tons Agriculture 2012
 Egypt Largest date producer, output of 1,470,000 tons Agriculture 2012
 Egypt Largest importer of wheat, 9.5 million tonnes per year[41][42] Consumption 2013
 Egypt Most heavily mined country, 23 million active mines[43] Military 2013
 Eritrea Lowest average weight per person Health 2012
 Eritrea Lowest ease of doing business, according to Ease of Doing Business Index Economy
Politics
2015
 Estonia Lowest maternal death rate Quality of life 2010
 Estonia Lowest importance of religion Demographics 2009
 Estonia Highest prevalence of females in population, 0.84 males per female Demographics 2009
 Estonia Largest shale oil producer Energy Industry Since before 1960
 Ethiopia Earliest human settlement, 195,000 years ago Demographics 2010
 Ethiopia Best performance at World Cross Country Running Championships, 27 wins Sports 2009
 Ethiopia Lowest Web Index score according to the World Wide Web Foundation, 0 Technology 2014
 Fiji Best performance at Rugby World Cup Sevens (men), 2 times winner (1997, 2005) (tied with New Zealand) Sports 2013
 Finland Highest consumption of coffee per capita, 11.4 kg / year[44] Consumption 2008
 Finland Highest consumption of milk per capita, 361.19 kg / year[45] Consumption 2007
 Finland Most stable country according to Failed States Index, score of 17.8 Politics 2015
 Finland Most property rights according to International Property Rights Index, score of 8.5[46] Politics 2014
 Finland Most press freedom according to Freedom of the Press (report) Politics 2011
 Finland Most freedom of press according to Press Freedom Index Politics 2014
 Finland Best performance at Drivers' World Rally Championship, 14 wins by 7 drivers Sports 2014
 Finland Most technologically advanced according to the UN's Technology Achievement Index, 0.744[47] Technology 2001
 Finland Most Olympic medals per capita. [48] Sports
 France Largest indigenous duck meat producer[49] Agriculture 2005
 France Largest wine producer, output of 5,286,414 tons Agriculture 2011
 France Largest producer of pharmaceutical products[50] Industry 2007
 France Largest exporter of perfume[51] Industry 2007
 France Largest percentage of nuclear energy in total energy production, 76.9% Energy 2014
 France Largest electricity exporter, 67,600 million kWh Energy 2007
 France Most time zones (overseas territories included), 12 Geography 2009
 France Best performance at World Championships of Basque Pelota, 62 gold medals, 153 total medals Sports 2010
 France Best performance at UCI Road World Championships (Women's Road Race), 10 gold medals, 17 total medals Sports 2014
 France Best performance at UCI Track World Championships (cycling), 138 gold medals, 365 total medals Sports 2015
 France Best performance at Endurance FIM World Championship (motorcycle racing) Sports 2009
 France Most tourist visits per year, 83.7 million Tourism 2014
 Gambia Least militarized society Military 2010
 Germany Largest rye producer, output of 3,893,000 metric tons Agriculture 2012
 Germany Largest hop producer, output of 34,434 tons Agriculture 2012
 Germany Largest net exports (balance of trade) country, 219,938 millions US$ Finance 2011
 Germany Largest natural gas importer, 99,630,000,000 cu m Consumption
Energy
2010
 Germany Largest producer of lignite, 183,000,000 tons Energy
Industry
2013
 Germany Largest installed solar power capacity, 9,799 MWh Energy 2009
 Germany
 East Germany
 West Germany
Most Winter Olympic medals, 128 gold medals, 358 total medals[52] Sports 2014
 Germany Best performance at FIBT World Championships (bobsleigh and skeleton), 54 gold medals, 146 total medals Sports 2015
 Germany Best performance at ICF Canoe Polo World Championships (women), 2 gold medals, 3 total medals Sports 2013
 Germany
 East Germany
 West Germany
Best performance at ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, 198 gold medals, 464 total medals Sports 2014
 Germany
 East Germany
 West Germany
Best performance at ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, 95 gold medals, 265 total medals Sports 2014
 Germany Best performance at UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Women, 4 gold medals, 11 total medals Sports 2015
 Germany
 East Germany
 West Germany
Best performance at UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships, 89 gold medals, 226 total medals Sports 2014
 Germany Best performance at FEI World Equestrian Games, 34 gold medals, 83 total medals Sports 2014
 Germany Best performance at equestrian Dressage World Championship, 18 gold medals Sports 2014
 Germany Best performance at Show Jumping World Championships (equestrian), 9 gold medals, 17 total medals Sports 2014
 Germany
 East Germany
 West Germany
Best performance at Fistball World Cup (men), 10 gold medals, 14 total medals Sports 2011
 Germany Best performance at Fistball World Cup (women), 4 gold medals, 6 total medals Sports 2014
 Germany Best performance at Fistball World Games (men), 4 gold medals, 6 total medals Sports 2009
 Germany
 East Germany
 West Germany
Best performance at FIL World Luge Championships, 96 gold medals, 237 total medals Sports 2015
 Germany
 East Germany
 West Germany
Best performance at World Sprint Speed Skating Championships for Women, 19 gold medals, 42 total medals Sports 2015
 Germany Best performance at World Single Distance Championships for Women (speed skating), 35 gold medals, 74 total medals Sports 2009
 Greece Highest consumption of olive oil per capita, 26.1 kg / year [53] Consumption -->
 Greece Highest consumption of tobacco per capita, 4,313 cigarettes / year[54] Consumption 2011
 Greece Highest share of gold in total forex reserves, 74.9% Finance 2015
 Guinea Largest bauxite reserves, 7,400,000,000 tons Industry 2010
 Haiti Worst industrial production decline, -8.00% (CIA World Factbook est.)[55] Industry 2010
 Honduras Highest intentional homicide rate, 58 per 100000 people per year Demographics 2008
 Hungary Best performance at FINA Water Polo World Cup (men), 3 times winner (1979, 1995, 1999), 3 times runner-up (1993, 2002, 2006) Sports 2009
 Iceland Highest level of gender equality in the economy according to Global Gender Gap Report Demographics
Economy
2014
 Iceland Highest electricity consumption per capita, 3,152W per person Consumption
Energy
2005
 Iceland Highest percentage of Internet users, 92%[56] Technology 2009
 Iceland Most northernmost southernmost point on land, 63°17'N at Surtsey island Geography 2009
 Iceland Most peaceful country according to Global Peace Index Quality of life 2014
 Iceland Highest annual energy consumption per capita, 16882.5 kgoe per person per year Energy 2011
 India Largest number of multi-dimensionally poor, 612 million[57] Demographics 2011
 India Highest number of undernourished people, 230 million[58] Demographics 2013
 India Largest millet producer, output of 10,910,000 tons Agriculture 2013
 India Largest banana producer, output of 24.9 million metric tons Agriculture 2012
 India Largest lemon and lime producer, output of 2,060,000 tons[59] Agriculture 2007
 India Largest mango producer, output of 15,250,000 tons Agriculture 2012
 India Largest areca nut producer, output of 483,100 tons Agriculture 2006
 India Largest spice producer, output of 1,525,000 tons Agriculture 2011
 India Largest Mica producer, output of 60% of world Mineral 2004
 India Largest ginger producer, output of 703,000 tons Agriculture 2012
 India Largest chickpea producer, output of 8,832,000 tons Agriculture 2013
 India Largest milk producer, output of 110,040 tons Agriculture 2009
 India Largest butter producer, output of 1,470,000 tons Agriculture 1997
 India Largest jute producer, output of 1,924,326 tons Agriculture 2011
 India Largest livestock of water buffalos, 97,700,000 heads Agriculture 2004
 India Largest fennel producer, output of 110,000 tons Agriculture 2008
 India Largest total freshwater withdrawal, 645.84 km³/year Agriculture
Consumption
2000
 India Largest area of irrigated land, 558,080 km² Agriculture
Geography
2003
 India Largest tiger headcount, 2226 tigers Environment 2014
 India Largest producer of films, 2961 films including 1288 feature films[60] Film Industry 2010
 India Largest electronic spam producer, 13.7% Technology 2011
 India Largest Hindu population Demographics 2005
 India Largest Sikh population Demographics 2005
 India Highest number of doctors graduating Demographics 2005
 India Highest number of engineers graduating Demographics 2005
 India Lowest consumption of beer per capita, 2 L Consumption 2005
 India Largest Democracy, 1,270,000,000 people[61] Politics 2014
 India Most successful team in ICC World Twenty20 (men), (2007) Sports 2015
 India Best performance at Summer Olympics Field Hockey (men), 8 gold medals, 11 total Sports 2015
 Indonesia Largest cinnamon producer, output of 60,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 Indonesia Largest clove producer, output of 110,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 Indonesia Largest coconut producer, output of 18,300,000 tons Agriculture 2013
 Indonesia Largest area of permanent crops, 128,581 km² Agriculture
Geography
2005
 Indonesia Largest islands by population, Java, 139,448,718 Geography 2014
 Indonesia Largest island share by number of countries, Borneo (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia) Geography 2010
 Indonesia Largest island on an island, Samosir (North Sumatera) Geography 2010
 Indonesia Largest language without an official status anywhere (and thus the largest minority language), Javanese, 82,000,000 Demographics 2010
 Indonesia Largest Muslim population Demographics 2005
 Indonesia Largest Buddhist temple, Borobudur Structures 2005
 Iran Largest Islamic Banking Sector, valued at 235.5 billion US dollars Banking 2009
 Iran Largest pistachio producer, output of 472,097 tons[62] Agriculture 2012
 Iran Largest saffron producer, 93.7% of world's total production[63] Agriculture 2009
 Iran Largest caviar producer[64] Agriculture 2009
 Iran Largest producer of stone fruits205,000 tonnes[62] Agriculture 2012
 Iran Largest producer of Berberis[65] Agriculture 2009
 Iran Hottest surface temperature ever recorded, 70.7 °C (159 °F) recorded at Dasht-e Lut[66] Climate 2005
 Iran Highest rate of brain drain Demographics 2003
 Iran Largest Shia Population Demographics 2012
 Iran Location with the highest natural background radiation, annual dose of 260 mSv Geography 2010
 Iran Most number of major earthquakes, 5.5+ Richter Magnitude[67] Geology 2010
 Iran Most accurate calendar in use, Iranian calendar Geophysics 2013
 Iran Highest ratio of female to male school enrollment,[68] 1.22 female per male student Education 2005
 Iran Largest number of former national capitals, 31 former capital cities History 2010
 Iran Largest population of foreign refugees, Mostly Iraqi & Afghan refugees[69][70][71][72] Humanitarian 1999
 Iran Largest producer of Turquoise[73][74] Industry 2010
 Iran Largest reserves of Zinc[75][76][77] Industry 2010
 Iran Largest producer and exporter of handmade carpets[78][79][80] Industry 2010
 Iran Fastest growth rate in science and technology, 1000% increase of science & technology output in nine years[81][82][83] Science 2010
 Iran Largest fleet of NGV, 3.50 million NGV in use[84] Transportation 2013
 Iraq Most terrorist activities in the world Politics 2014
 Ireland Most Eurovision wins (7 between 1956 and 2012) Culture 2015
 Ireland Most globalized country according to Globalization Index, score of 92.17 Politics 2014
 Israel Lowest depression below the sea level, -428 m at Dead Sea (shared with Jordan) Geography 2012
 Israel Largest Jewish population 6,251,000 Demographics 2015
 Israel Highest percentage of recycled water, 80% Environment 2010
 Israel The world leader in the use of solar energy per capita, 3% of the primary national energy consumption Environment 2010
 Israel Longest hours spent on social networks, 11.1 per person per month Technology 2011
 Israel Highest production of milk per cow, 12,240 kg per year Agriculture 2009
 Israel Highest density of eco-friendly companies[85] Technology 2011
 Israel Most militarized society Military 2010
 Italy Largest kiwifruit producer, output of 384,844 tons Agriculture 2012
 Italy Highest number of World Heritage Sites, 51 Culture 2015
 Italy Best performance at Karting World Championship, 21 wins Sports 2009
 Italy Best performance at F1 Powerboat World Championship, 13 wins Sports 2008
 Italy Best performance at FIL World Luge Natural Track Championships, 29 gold medals, 85 total medals Sports 2011
 Italy Best performance at World Championships of Ski Mountaineering, 5 times winner (2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014) Sports 2014
 Italy Largest feldspar producer, 4,700,000 tonnes Industry 2011
 Japan Lowest commercial bank prime lending rate, 1.50% Finance 2014
 Japan Largest net creditor nation Finance 2014
 Japan Highest public debt as percentage of GDP, 226.1% Finance 2012
 Japan Best performance at World Judo Championships, 121 gold medals, 287 total medals Sports 2014
 Japan Best performance at Karate World Championships, 10 wins Sports 2009
 Japan Best performance at World Baseball Classic , 2 times winner (2006, 2009) Sports 2013
 Japan Best performance at Women's Baseball World Cup, 4 times winner (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014) Sports 2014
 Japan Most patents granted, 274,791 Technology 2012
 Japan Most merchant ships owned, 3757 Transport 2008
 Japan Longest life expectancy , 84.6 years Health 2012
 Japan Most three-starred Michelin restaurants, 32 Culture 2012
 Jordan Lowest depression below the sea level, -428 m at Dead Sea (shared with Israel) Geography 2012
 Kazakhstan Largest freshwater withdrawal per capita, 5,104 m³/year Agriculture
Consumption
2000
 Kazakhstan Largest uranium producer, 22,451 tons Energy
Industry
2013
 Kazakhstan Largest landlocked country, 2,724,900 km² Geography 2013
 North Korea Lowest public debt as percentage of GDP, 0.4% Finance 2007
 North Korea Lowest level of economic freedom according to Index of Economic Freedom Economy
Politics
2015
 North Korea Largest military budget as % of GDP, 22.9% Military 2003
 North Korea Most diesel submarines in operation, 70 Military 2011
 North Korea Most active troops per population, 47.8 per 1000 people Military 2012
 North Korea Largest paramilitary, 5,889,000 Military 2012
 North Korea Smallest nuclear arsenal, <10 nuclear weapons[86] Military 2014
 North Korea Youngest world leader currently in power, Kim Jong-un, at age 32 Politics 2015
 North Korea Lowest level of press freedom according to Freedom of the Press (report), 97/100 Politics 2015
 North Korea Lowest level of democracy according to Democracy Index, score of 1.08 Politics 2014
 North Korea Most corrupt country according to Transparency International (tied with Somalia)[87] Politics 2014
 South Korea Highest percentage of 25-34 year olds having a tertiary education degree at 63.82% Education 2011
 South Korea Best performance in eighth grade math at Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study with a score of 613 Education 2011
 South Korea Best performance in fourth grade science at Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study with a score of 587 Education 2011
 South Korea Highest in Bloomberg Innovation Index Technology 2014
 South Korea Highest Global innovation performance at Innovation Union Scoreboard with a score of 0.740 Technology 2014
 South Korea Highest Global innovation growth at Innovation Union Scoreboard at 6.0% Technology 2014
 South Korea Highest patent applications per GDP according to World Intellectual Property Indicators Technology 2012
 South Korea Highest patent applications per million population according to World Intellectual Property Indicators Technology 2012
 South Korea Highest application design counts per million population according to World Intellectual Property Indicators Technology 2012
 South Korea Most patents in force, 2,962,000 Technology 2012
 South Korea Largest shipbuilder, 2,310,000 Gross Tonnage, 41% of world's total Industry
Transport
2015
 South Korea Highest in 4G LTE penetration at 62% Technology 2013
 South Korea Fastest Internet connection speed at 25.3 Mbps Technology 2014
 South Korea Highest in UN e-Government Readiness Index, with a score of 0.9283 Technology 2011
 South Korea Highest in Economist Intelligence Unit's Government Broadband Index with a score of 4.4 Technology 2011
 South Korea Highest in mobile banking usage at 47% Technology 2012
 South Korea Lowest obesity rate in the OECD Health 2009
 South Korea Highest colorectal cancer 5-year survival rate at 72.8% Health 2011
 South Korea Highest cervical cancer 5-year survival rate at 76.8% Health 2011
 South Korea Highest spending on research and development per capita, 4.36% of GDP Economy 2012
 South Korea Lowest in Long-term unemployment rate at 0.01% Economy 2012
 South Korea Highest in average number of movies watched in cinemas at 4.12 Culture 2013
 South Korea Best performance at Battle of the Year, 6 wins Culture 2010
 South Korea Best performance at World Short Track Speed Skating Team Championships (women), 12 gold medals, 20 total medals Sports 2011
 South Korea Best performance at World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships, 29 gold medals, 66 total medals Sports 2009
 South Korea Best performance at World Taekwondo Championships, 162 gold medals, 222 total medals Sports 2015
 South Korea Best performance at World Cyber Games Game 2011
 Kuwait Highest current account balance as a percentage of GDP, 35.35% Finance 2014
 Lebanon Highest annual population growth, 9.73% Demographics 2013
 Lebanon Highest net migration rate, 83.82 migrants per 1000 persons Demographics 2014
 Lesotho Smallest volume of carbon dioxide emissions, 18,000 metric tons Environment 2010
 Lesotho Least carbon dioxide emissions per capita[88] Environment 2010
 Lesotho Highest lowest point among all countries, 1400 m Geography 2009
 Libya Worst GDP (real) decline, -19.80% (CIA World Factbook est.)[89] Economy 2014
 Libya Hottest air temperature ever recorded, 57.8 °C (136 °F) Climate 1922
 Liechtenstein Most exports per capita, $122,193 per person Finance 2011
 Liechtenstein Smallest double landlocked country, 160 km² Geography
 Luxembourg Highest consumption of wine per capita, 8.16 liters / year Consumption 2011
 Luxembourg Largest external debt per capita, $3,696,467 Finance 2014
 Luxembourg Largest external debt as percentage of GDP, 3443% Finance 2014
 Madagascar Largest vanilla producer, output of 3,500 tons Agriculture 2012
 Madagascar Highest commercial bank prime lending rate, 61% Finance 2014
 Malawi Lowest GDP (nominal) per capita Economy 2014
 Malaysia Tallest twin buildings, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 1483 ft Structures 1998
 Maldives Lowest highest point among all countries, 2 m (7 ft) Geography 2009
 Mexico Largest avocado producer, output of 1,264,141 tons Agriculture 2011
 Mexico Largest silver producer, 5,400 tons Industry 2013
 Mexico Largest producer of opuntia Agriculture
 Federated States of Micronesia Highest coastline to area ratio, 8,706.553 m/km² Geography 2009
 Moldova Largest percentage of arable land, 54.52% Agriculture
Geography
2011
 Moldova Highest rate of deurbanisation, -1.5% of urban population per year Demographics 2008
 Moldova Highest consumption of alcohol per capita, 18.22 litres / year Consumption 2011
 Monaco Most densely populated, 47,850 per km² Demographics 2013 (December 31)
 Monaco Highest median age of population, 51.1 years Demographics 2014
 Monaco Highest nominal Gross National Income per capita, $186,950 Finance 2008
 Mongolia Least densely populated, 1.92 per km² Demographics 2015
 Morocco Largest phosphorus reserve, about 50 trillion metric tons of 67 trillion metric tons worldwide (about the 75% the world reserves) Industry 2011
 Namibia Least equal income distribution Demographics
Economy
2003
   Nepal Highest elevation above the sea level, 8,848 m (29,029 ft) at Mount Everest (shared with China) Geography 2009
 Netherlands Tallest people, both men (1.837 m) and women (1.693 m) Demographics 2009
 Netherlands Lowest level of business corruption according to Bribe Payers Index, score of 8.8 (tied with Switzerland) Economy
Politics
2011
 Netherlands Best performance at Field hockey World Cup (women), 7 times winner (1974, 1978, 1983, 1986*, 1990, 2006, 2014*) Sports 2014
 Netherlands Best performance at Korfball World Championship, 8 times winner Sports 2011
 Netherlands Best performance at World Junior Speed Skating Championships, 28 gold medals, 76 total medals Sports 2015
 Netherlands Best performance at World Single Distance Championships for Men (speed skating), 34 gold medals, 82 total medals Sports 2009
 Netherlands Best performance at FINA Water Polo World Cup (women), 8 times winner (1980, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999) Sports 2014
 New Zealand Best performance at Women's Rugby World Cups, 4 times winner (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010) Sports 2014
 New Zealand Best performance at Rugby World Cup Sevens (men), 2 times winner (2001, 2013) (tied with Fiji) Sports 2013
 New Zealand Best performance at Women's Rugby League World Cups, 3 times winner (2000, 2005, 2008) Sports 2013
 Niger Highest birth rate, 46.84 births per 1000 persons Demographics 2013
 Niger Highest fertility rate, 6.89 births per woman Demographics 2014
 Niger Lowest median age of population, 15.1 years Demographics 2014
 Niger Lowest Human Development Index (HDI), 0.337 Quality of life 2014
 Niger Worst situation with education according to Education Index, score of 0.198 Demographics
Quality of life
2013
 Nigeria Largest yam producer, output of 38,000,000 tons Agriculture 2012
 Nigeria Largest cassava producer, output of 41,565,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 Nigeria Largest taro producer, output of 4,400,000 tons Agriculture 2009
 Nigeria Most HIV/AIDS deaths, 210,000 Demographics 2013
 Nigeria Highest importance of religion, (tied with Bangladesh and Somalia) Demographics 2009
 Northern Cyprus Largest illuminated flag, 450 × 225 m2[90][91] Culture 1974
 Northern Cyprus Oldest female paragliding fly, at the age of 104, from a 730 m (2,400 ft) peak Sports 2012
 Norway Most generous country by GNI 1.07%, Total aid: US$5.58 billion [92] Economy 2013
 Norway Highest Human Development Index (HDI), 0.944 Quality of life 2014
 Norway Highest prosperity according to Legatum Prosperity Index Quality of life 2014
 Norway Highest level of democracy according to Democracy Index, score of 9.93 Politics 2014
 Norway Best performance at FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, 126 gold medals, 324 total medals Sports 2015
 Norway Best performance at World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Men, 36 gold medals, 98 total medals Sports 2015
 Pakistan Biggest refugee hosting country with 2.6 million Syrian refugees [93][94] Demographics 2015
 Pakistan Highest annual deflation, -12.96% Finance 2014
 Pakistan Highest Perinatal Mortality Rate; 433,800 newborn baby deaths per year[95][96] Health 2012
 Pakistan Best performance at Field hockey World Cup (men), 4 times winner (1971, 1978, 1982, 1994) Sports 2014
 Pakistan Most number of British Open Squash champions (men), 30 championships Sports 2015
 Pakistan Greatest number of World Open Squash champions (men), 14 championships Sports 2014
 Panama Most merchant ships registered, 6,323 Transport 2008
 Papua New Guinea Highest annual prevalence of cannabis use, 29.5% of population Demographics 1995
 Papua New Guinea Most languages spoken in a country, 820 languages[97] Demographics 2005
 Papua New Guinea Best performance at Australian Football International Cup, 1 time winner (2008), 2 times runner-up (2002, 2005) Sports 2008
 Paraguay Best performance at AMF Futsal World Cup, 3 times winner, 3 times runner-up Sports 2011
 Peru Largest quinoa producer, output of 41,200 metric tons Agriculture 2011
 Peru Largest maca producer, 4,589 tons Agriculture 2005
 Philippines Largest Abacá (Manila Hemp) producer[62] Agriculture 2007
 Philippines Largest nickel producer, 330,000 tons Industry 2012
 Philippines Largest business process outsourcing industry[98] Industry 2010
 Philippines Largest indoor arena, Philippine Arena Structure 2015
 Philippines Best performance at World Cup of Pool, 3 times winner (2006, 2009 and 2013) Sports 2013
 Philippines Best performance at World Championships of Performing Arts, 10 times winner ( 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, (2)2013 and (2)2014) Culture 2014
 Philippines Best performance at Miss Tourism International, 3 times winner (2000, 2012 and 2013) Culture 2014
 Philippines Best proficiency in Business English according to GlobalEnglish [99] Demographics
Economy
Education
2013
 Poland Largest triticale producer, output of 3.7 million metric tons Agriculture 2005
 Poland Best performance at motorcycle Speedway World Cup, 6 times winner Sports 2015
 Portugal Earliest and longest of the modern colonial empires, 584 years (from 1415 to 1999) Politics 2014
 Portugal Largest cork producer, output of 17.7 metric tons Agriculture 2009
 Portugal Best driving road, Peso da Régua to Pinhão road, Avis driving ratio: 11,3:1[100] Structures
Tourism
2015
 Qatar Most carbon dioxide emissions per capita, 44 metric tons Environment 2009
 Qatar Highest GDP (PPP) per capita, 143,427 Int. $ (IMF est.) Economy 2014
 Republic of the Congo Lowest energy intensity, 30.5 toe per 1 million dollars of GDP Energy 2003
 Republic of the Congo Highest gross fixed investment as percentage of GDP, 51.9% Finance 2012
 Romania Highest home ownership rate, 95.6%[101] Quality of life
Demographics
2013
 Romania Best performance at Mini-football European Championship, 5 gold medals (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) Sports 2014
 Romania Most International Mathematical Olympiads hosted, 5 (1959, 1960, 1969, 1978, 1999) Education 2014
 Romania Most participations at a World Women's Handball Championship, 21 (all) Sports
 Rwanda Highest proportion of women in government, 56.3% Politics 2013
 Russia Largest barley producer, output of 15.4 million metric tons Agriculture 2013
 Russia Largest buckwheat producer, output of 833,936 tons Agriculture 2013
 Russia Largest oats producer, output of 4,027,000 metric tons Agriculture 2013
 Russia Largest sugar beet producer, output of 47.6 million metric tons Agriculture 2011
 Russia Largest currant and gooseberry producer, output of 463,500 tons Agriculture 2005
 Russia Largest raspberry producer, output of 140,000 tons Agriculture 2011
 Russia Largest vetches producer, output of 377,750 tons[102] Agriculture 2008
 Russia Highest crude divorce rate, 4.8 per 1000 population Demographics 2011
 Russia Largest proven natural gas reserves, 48,700,000,000,000 m³ Energy 2013
 Russia Largest natural gas exporter, 173,000,000,000 cu m Energy 2007
 Russia Largest oil producer, 10,107,000 bbl/d (1,606,900 m3/d)[103] Energy
Industry
2015
 Russia Largest forest area, 7,762,602 km² Geography 2011
 Russia Largest land area, 17,075,200 km²[104] Geography 2009
 Russia Largest total area, 17,098,242 km²[105] Geography 2009
 Russia Largest EEZ continental shelf area, 3,817,843 km² Geography 2009
 Russia Most countries bordered, 14 (16 if Abkhazia and South Ossetia are counted), the same number as with China Geography 2009
 Russia Most time zones (contiguous territory), 9 Geography 2009
 Russia Largest diamond producer, 38,000,000 carats (7,600 kg) Industry 2005
 Russia Largest palladium producer, 143 tons Industry 2005
 Russia Largest nuclear arsenal, 5,200 / 8,800 active/total warheads (2005 est)[106] Military 2009
 Russia Largest tank army, 20,550 tanks Military 2014
 Russia Most corvettes in operation, 70 Military 2011
 Russia Top position at World Chess Rankings (men), top 10 players average Elo rating of 2744 Sports 2015
 Russia Best performance at the World Sambo Championships, 58 gold medals, 99 total medals Sports 2009
 Russia Most television broadcast stations, 7,306 Technology 1998
 Russia
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Winner of most Bandy World Championships for men, 23 (1957, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015) Sports 2015
 Russia
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Most World Chess Champions, 10 Sports 2009
 Russia
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Best performance at FIE World Championships in Fencing, 137 gold medals, 298 total medals Sports 2015
 Russia
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Best performance at World Figure Skating Championships, 76 gold medals, 189 total medals Sports 2015
 Russia
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Best performance at World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, 139 gold medals, 344 total medals Sports 2014
 Russia
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Best performance at World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, 27 gold medals, 68 total medals Sports 2014
 Russia
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Best performance at gymnastics at the Summer Olympics, 81 gold medals Sports 2012
 Russia
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Best performance at gymnastics Trampoline World Championships, 85 gold medals Sports 2014
 Russia
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Best performance at World Women's Handball Championship, 7 gold medals, 10 total medals Sports 2013
 Russia
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Winner of most Ice Hockey World Championships (men), 30 times winner Sports 2013
 Russia
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Best performance at Team Ice Racing World Championship, 26 times winner Sports 2009
 Russia
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Best performance at World Shooting Championships, 307 gold medals, 656 total medals Sports 2009
 Russia
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Best performance at World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Women, 24 gold medals, 69 total medals Sports 2015
 Russia
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Best performance at World Sprint Speed Skating Championships for Men, 12 gold medals, 26 total medals Sports 2015
 Russia
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Winner of most Summer Olympic Volleyball Tournaments (men), 4 (1964, 1968, 1980, 2012) Sports 2012
 Russia
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Winner of most Summer Olympic Volleyball Tournaments (women), 4 (1968, 1972, 1980, 1988) Sports 2012
 Russia
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Winner of most Volleyball World Championships (men), 6 (1949, 1952, 1960, 1962, 1978, 1982) Sports 2014
 Russia
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Winner of most Volleyball World Championships (women), 7 (1952, 1956, 1960, 1970, 1990, 2006, 2010) Sports 2014
 Russia
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Winner of most Volleyball World Cups (men), 6 (1965, 1977, 1981, 1991, 1999, 2011) Sports 2011
 Russia
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Best performance at Canoeing at the Summer Olympics, 31 gold medals, 62 total medals Sports 2012
 Russia
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Best performance at World Weightlifting Championships (men), 350 gold medals, 746 total medals Sports 2007
 Russia
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Best performance at Summer Olympics Weightlifting, 47 gold medals, 92 total medals Sports 2012
 Russia
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Best performance at FILA Wrestling World Championships, 64 times winner in three team tournaments Sports 2009
 Russia
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Best performance at Summer Olympics Wrestling, 105 gold medals, 185 total Sports 2012
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Longest total human spaceflight time by country, over 20,000 person-days Technology 2010
 San Marino Most motor vehicles per capita, 1263 per 1000 population Transport
Consumption
2010
 Saudi Arabia Largest oil exporter, 8,865,000 (bbl/day)[107] Energy 2012
 Serbia
 Serbia and Montenegro
 Yugoslavia
Winner of most Basketball World Championships, 5 times winner (tied with United States) Sports 2014
 Serbia
 Serbia and Montenegro
 Yugoslavia
Best performance at FINA World Water Polo Championship (men), 4 times winner Sports 2013
 Sierra Leone Highest industrial production growth rate, 88% Industry 2013
 Singapore Lowest fertility rate, 0.8 births per woman Demographics 2014
 Singapore Lowest infant mortality rate, 2.31 deaths per 1000 live births Demographics 2009
 Singapore Most economic freedom according to Index of Economic Freedom, 89.4 points Economy
Politics
2015
 Singapore Most trade freedom according to Global Enabling Trade Report, 5.9 points Economy
Politics
2014
 Singapore Easiest business doing according to Ease of Doing Business Index Economy
Politics
2015
 Somalia Largest livestock of camels, 7,000,000 heads Agriculture 2003
 Somalia Most corrupt country according to Transparency International (tied with North Korea)[40] Politics 2014
 Somalia Highest importance of religion, (tied with Bangladesh and Nigeria) Demographics 2009
 South Africa Most people living with HIV/AIDS, 6,300,000 Demographics 2013
 South Africa Largest chromium producer Industry 2013
 South Africa Largest mohair producer Agriculture 2013
 South Africa Largest platinum producer, 147 tonnes Industry 2010
 South Africa Highest death rate, 17.36 deaths per 1000 persons Demographics 2013
 South Sudan Youngest country, Established 2011 History 2013
 South Sudan Lowest literacy rate, 27% of population Demographics
Quality of life
2009
 South Sudan Most unstable country according to Failed States Index, score of 114.5 Politics 2015
 Spain Largest olive producer, output of 7,820,060 tons Agriculture 2011
 Spain Largest carob producer, output of 40,000 tons Agriculture 2012
 Spain Best performance at Roller Hockey World Championship (men), 16 gold medals, 36 total medals Sports 2015
 Sri Lanka Largest Cinnamon Exporter and Producer, 90% of world production Agriculture 2011
 Sri Lanka Most successful team in ICC World Twenty20 (Men) Sports 2014
 Sudan Lowest level of innovation according to Global Innovation Index, score of 0.4 Technology 2013
 Suriname Highest percent of forest area, 90.20% Geography 2011
 Swaziland Highest HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate, 26.5 of population Demographics 2012
 Swaziland Lowest overall life expectancy, 31.88 years[108] Demographics
Quality of life
2009
 Sweden Most equal income distribution according to CIA World Factbook Demographics
Economy
2005
 Sweden Winner of most Bandy World Championships for women, 6 (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012) Sports 2014
 Sweden Best performance at World Floorball Championship Sports 2009
  Switzerland Lowest level of business corruption according to Bribe Payers Index, score of 8.8 (tied with Netherlands) Economy
Politics
2011
  Switzerland Highest economic competitiveness according to Global Competitiveness Report, score of 5.80 Economy
Politics
2015
  Switzerland Best environmental performance according to Environmental Performance Index, 87.67 Environment 2014
  Switzerland Lowest central bank interest rate (tied with Denmark), -0.75% Finance 2015
  Switzerland Best performance at UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships, 8 gold medals, 20 total medals Sports 2015
  Switzerland Best performance at Sidecarcross World Championship Sports 2009
  Switzerland Highest tourist competitiveness according to Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, 5.68 Tourism 2009
  Switzerland Best quality of life according to the Quality-of-life index, 8.22 out of 10[109] Quality of life 2013
 Syria Least peaceful nation according to Global Peace Index Military
Politics
2014
 Syria Lowest net migration rate per 1,000 population, -113.51[110] Demographics 2014
 Syria Lowest population growth rate, -9.73[111] Demographics 2013
 Taiwan Best student performance in mathematics according to Programme for International Student Assessment[112] Demographics
Quality of life
2006
 Timor-Leste Highest tax rate as percentage of GDP, 69.1% Finance 2015
 Timor-Leste Least globalized country according to Globalization Index, score of 24.35 Politics 2013
 Turkey Largest apricot producer, output of 795,768 tonnes [113] Agriculture 2012
 Turkey Largest cherry and sour cherry producer, output of 480,748 tonnes [113] Agriculture 2012
 Turkey Largest sour cherry producer, output of 187,941 tonnes [113] Agriculture 2012
 Turkey Largest fig producer, output of 274,535 tonnes [113] Agriculture 2012
 Turkey Largest hazelnut producer, output of 660,000 tonnes [113] Agriculture 2012
 Turkey Largest quince producer, output of 135,406 tonnes [113] Agriculture 2012
 Turkey Largest wheat flour exporter, output of 2.062,730 tons [114] Agriculture 2011
 Turkey Highest consumption of tea per capita, 6.87 kg (242 oz) [115] Consumption 2014
 Turkey Largest boron reserves and producer, output of 2500 tonnes.[116] Industry 2012
 Turkmenistan Highest GDP (real) annual growth rate, 10.30% (CIA World Factbook est.)[89] Economy 2014
 Tuvalu Smallest number of immigrants, 148 Demographics 2013
 Tuvalu Lowest GDP (nominal), US$38 million Economy 2014
 Tuvalu Lowest GDP (PPP), US$4 million Economy 2014
 Tuvalu Largest percentage of permanent crops, 66.67% Agriculture
Geography
2005
 Ukraine Largest sunflower seed producer, output of 8.39 million metric tons Agriculture 2012
 Ukraine Highest central bank interest rate, 30.00% Finance 2015
 United Arab Emirates Lowest death rate, 0.9 deaths per 1000 persons Demographics 2011
 United Arab Emirates Highest prevalence of males in population, 2.19 males per female Demographics 2009
 United Arab Emirates Highest ecological footprint Environment 2009
 United Arab Emirates Lowest tax rate as percentage of GDP, 1.4% Finance 2015
 United Arab Emirates Highest military expenditure per capita, $2653 per person per year Military 2009
 United Arab Emirates Tallest building, Burj Khalifa, 2717 ft Structures 2014
 United Kingdom Most overseas territories/dependencies, the UK has 14 overseas territories and 3 crown dependencies. Politics 2014
 United Kingdom Most Open and Transparent Government, According to The World Wide Web Foundation's Open Data Barometer.[117] Politics 2015
 United Kingdom City with highest non-food retail sales, London with a total spend of around £64.2 billion Finance 2010
 United Kingdom Busiest airport system by passenger traffic, London sees a total 146,685,710 passengers annually, through Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, City and Southend airports.[118] Transport 2014
 United Kingdom Busiest single runway, Gatwick Airport (LGW) Transport 2014
 United Kingdom Busiest train station, Clapham Junction railway station, in London, by station by daily rail traffic (one train every 13 seconds at peak times; one train every 30 seconds at off-peak times). Transport 2014
 United Kingdom Largest enclosed rain-forest, the Eden Project near St Austell Environment 2001
 United Kingdom Longest guided busway by length in miles, Cambridgeshire Guided Busway - 16 miles Transport 2011
 United Kingdom The largest television broadcaster, BBC Television 2014
 United Kingdom Most elements of the periodic table discovered, 23 of the 118 known elements were discovered by British scientists.[119] Science
 United Kingdom Largest off-shore wind farm, London Array in the United Kingdom, producing 630 MW. Energy Industry 2015
 United Kingdom Highest producing off-shore wind farm, the biggest producer of wind energy is the Greater Gabbard wind farm. In 2012 it produced 1,195 GigaWatt-hours (GWh). Energy Industry 2012
 United Kingdom Deepest off-shore wind farm, The Beatrice Wind Farm is the deepest fixed-foundation wind farm at 45-metre water depth. Energy Industry 2007
 United Kingdom Largest exporter of off-shore generated wind power, the UKs wind farms combine to produce the greatest wind farm exports to foreign countries Energy Industry 2012
 United Kingdom Largest producer of alcoholic spirits, Diageo Plc. of London. Industry 2010
 United Kingdom Most valuable football club, Manchester United Sports 2014
 United Kingdom Most number of times the Olympic Games have been held in one city, London held Olympics 3 times: 1908, 1948, 2012 Sports 2012
 United Kingdom Best performance at Eventing World Championship (equestrian), 9 gold medals, 21 total medals Sports 2010
 United Kingdom Best government website, GOV.uk won the Designs of the Year Award 2013 Politics 2013
 United Kingdom Most visited city, London with 15.6 million visitors. Tourism 2006
 United Kingdom Most Formula One Grand Prix wins, 243 by 19 drivers Sports 2015
 United Kingdom Most Formula One Grand Prix wins (constructors), 520 by 16 constructors Sports 2009
 United Kingdom Best performance at equestrian Mounted games, 22 wins (including separate England and Wales wins) Sports 2009
 United Kingdom Best performance at ITU Triathlon World Championships (men), 10 gold medals, 18 total medals Sports 2014
 United Kingdom Most books published per year per capita[120] Culture 2006
 United Kingdom The highest grossing film series (inflation adjusted), the James Bond film series Culture 2014
 United Kingdom Oldest metro system, the Tube in London, opened in 1863[121] Transport 1863
 United Kingdom Oldest currency, sterling, first used in 775AD[122] Economics 775AD
 United States Largest producer of berries output of 2,074,000[62] Agriculture 2012
 United States Largest corn (maize) producer, output of 353,699,441 tons Agriculture 2013
 United States Largest sorghum producer, output of 12 million tons Agriculture 2008
 United States Largest grapefruit and pummelo producer, output of 1,580,000 tons Agriculture 2007
 United States Largest strawberry producer, output of 1,312,960 tons Agriculture 2011
 United States Largest almond producer, output of 1,410,000 tons Agriculture 2010
 United States Largest beef producer, output of 11,789,000 ton Agriculture 2010
 United States Largest chicken (broiler) producer, output of 15,980,000 ton Agriculture 2009
 United States Largest turkey meat producer, output of 5,567,000 ton Agriculture 2009
 United States Largest livestock of horses, 9,500,000 heads Agriculture 2008
 United States Largest area of cultivated land, 1,669,302 km² Agriculture
Geography
2005
 United States Largest area of arable land, 1,650,062 km² Agriculture
Geography
2005
 United States Largest electricity importer, 51,400 million kWh Consumption
Energy
2007
 United States Largest natural gas consumer, 689,900,000,000 cu m Consumption
Energy
2011
 United States Largest oil consumer, 18,840,000 bbl/d (2,995,000 m3/d)[123] Consumption
Energy
2011
 United States Largest oil importer, 7,713,000 bbl/day[124] Consumption
Energy
2013
 United States Largest consumer market, Annual market size of approximately US$10 trillion Consumption
Household
2013
 United States The highest grossing film series, the Marvel Cinematic Universe film series Culture 2015
 United States Highest incarceration rate, 760 prisoners per 100000 people, totaling 2,310,984 prisoners Demographics 2008
 United States Most privately owned firearms per capita, 88.8 per 100 population[125] Demographics 2014
 United States Most privately owned firearms in total, 270 million[125] Demographics 2007
 United States Largest number of immigrants, 45,785,090 Demographics 2013
 United States Most billionaires, 1,764 Demographics
Economy
2015
 United States New York City is city with most billionaires, 103 billionaires Demographics Economy 2014
 United States Highest GDP (nominal), 17,418,925 Economy 2014
 United States Highest service sector output Economy 2014
 United States Largest nuclear power producer, 101,119 MWh Energy 2008
 United States Most nuclear reactors for electricity generation, 100 Energy 2014
 United States Largest proven coal reserves, 237,295 million tons Energy 2008
 United States Largest natural gas producer, 681,400,000,000 m³ Energy
Industry
2012
 United States Largest external debt, $18,540,448,667,000 Finance 2015
 United States Largest government budget revenues, $3,001,721,000,000 Finance 2014
 United States Largest government budget expenditures, $3,650,526,000,000 Finance 2014
 United States Highest government budget deficit, $-648,805,000,000 Finance 2014
 United States Largest official gold reserves, 8,133.5 tons Finance 2015
 United States Largest stock of foreign direct investment abroad, $4,854,000,000,000.00 Finance 2013
 United States Largest stock of received foreign direct investment, $2,815,000,000,000 Finance 2013
 United States Largest importer, $2,380,000,000,000 Finance 2014
 United States Worst current account balance, -$784,775,000,000 Finance 2011
 United States Largest Exclusive Economic Zone, 11,351,000 km2 Geography 2015
 United States Largest bentonite producer, 4,620,000 tons Industry 2006
 United States Largest cheese producer, 5,162,730 tons Agriculture 2011
 United States Largest cellulose producer, 47,047 tons Industry 2009
 United States Largest arms exporter, $10,194,000,000 Industry
Military
2014
 United States Largest military budget, $581,000,000,000 Military 2014
 United States Most aircraft carriers in operation, 10 Military 2015
 United States Most cruisers in operation, 22 Military 2014
 United States Most destroyers in operation, 62 Military 2014
 United States Most nuclear submarines in operation, 71 Military 2014
 United States Largest airforce, 4000 units Military 2014
 United States Most science papers output, 2,798,448 journal papers published between 1998-2008[126] Science 2008
 United States Most cited country, 35,368,367 citations between 1993-2003[127] Science 2004
 United States Most Olympic Games hosted, 8 (1904 Summer Olympics, 1932 Summer Olympics, 1984 Summer Olympics, 1996 Summer Olympics, 1932 Winter Olympics, 1960 Winter Olympics, 1980 Winter Olympics, 2002 Winter Olympics) Sports 2012
 United States Most Olympic medals, 1,072 gold, 2,680 total Sports 2015
 United States Most Summer Olympic medals, 976 gold, 2,399 total Sports 2015
 United States Best performance at American Football World Cup, 3 times winner (2007, 2011, 2015) Sports 2015
 United States Winner of most Basketball World Championships for Women, 9 (1953, 1957, 1979, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2014)[128] Sports 2014
 United States Best performance at World Aquatics Championships, 214 gold medals, 499 total medals Sports 2013
 United States Best performance at World Championships in Athletics, 138 gold medals, 300 total medals Sports 2013
 United States Best performance at World Backgammon Championship, 19 wins Sports Sports 2014
 United States Winner of most Basketball World Championships, 5 times winner (tied with Serbia/Yugoslavia) Sports 2014
 United States Best performance at FIFA Women's World Cups, 3 times winner (1991, 1999), (2015, 1 time runner-up (2011) Sports 2015
 United States Best performance at WTBA World Tenpin Bowling Championships, (women) 23 gold medals, 67 total medals Sports 2014
 United States Best performance at UCI BMX World Championships, 24 gold medals, 70 total medals Sports 2014
 United States Best performance at Golf World Cup (men), 24 wins Sports 2013
 United States Best performance at World Lacrosse Championship (men), 9 times winner Sports 2014
 United States Best performance at Women's Lacrosse World Cup, 7 times winner Sports 2013
 United States Best performance at Racquetball World Championships Sports 2009
 United States Best performance at ISF Women's World Championship (softball), 9 gold medals, 13 total medals Sports 2014
 United States Best performance at tennis Davis Cup (men), 32 team wins Sports 2014
 United States Best performance at tennis Fed Cup (women), 17 team wins Sports 2014
 United States Best performance at tennis Hopman Cup (mixed pairs), 6 team wins Sports 2015
 United States Best performance at FINA World Water Polo Championship (women), 3 times winner Sports 2013
 United States Best performance at Basketball World Championships for Women, 9 gold medals, 12 total medals Sports 2014
 United States Highest International tourism receipts, $177.2 billion Tourism 2014
 United States Longest total length of railways, 224,792 km[129] Transport 2014
 United States Longest total length of roadways, 6,586,610 km[130] Transport 2013
 United States Most airports, 15,095[131] Transport 2005
 United States Most heliports, 2,575 Transport 2010
 United States Largest total length of pipelines, 2,225,032 km Transport 2013
 United States Most Soft power of any nation Politics 2014
 Uruguay Most southernmost northernmost point on land, 30°05'S Geography 2009
 Uzbekistan Largest double landlocked country, 447,400 km² (172,742 sq mi) Geography
  Vatican City Smallest population, 839 Demographics 2012
  Vatican City Largest percentage of immigrant population, 100% Demographics 2015
  Vatican City Smallest total area, 0,44 km² Geography 2015
  Vatican City Smallest landlocked country, 0,44 km² Geography 2015
 Venezuela Largest proven oil reserves, 297,740,000,000 bbl (4.7337×1010 m3)[132] Energy 2014
 Venezuela Best performance at Big Four Beauty Pageants (Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International, Miss Earth), 21 times winner Culture 2014
 Venezuela Lowest level of property rights according to International Property Rights Index, score of 3.2[46] Politics 2014
 Venezuela Highest annual inflation rate, 96.3% Finance 2015
 Vietnam Smallest percentage of immigrant population, 0.0249% Demographics 2005
 Vietnam Largest reserve force, 3,000,000 Military 2012
 Zimbabwe Highest unemployment rate, 70% of population Demographics
Economy
2011
 Zimbabwe Oldest world leader currently in power, Robert Mugabe, at age 91 Politics 2015

The following fully recognized countries have no entries in the above list:

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