Israel at 63: Some Facts

H/T Love of the Land and Rebecca M.

Here’s a glimpse into what the modern Jewish state has achieved in only 63 years.

Demographics 
Israel has only 2% of the population of the Middle East. 

Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees per capita in the world.

Israel has the most independent and free Arabic press in the Middle East.  

Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation in the world – by a large margin. 

Israel has the highest number of PhD’s per capita in the world. 

Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation in the world, per capita. 

Israel is the only country in the Middle East where the Christian population has grown over the last 50 years. 

Israel is the only country in the Middle East where Christians, Muslims and Jews are all free to vote. 

Israel is the only country in the Middle East where women enjoy full political rights.                                                                                                                                   

Economics and Hi-Tech 
Israel has the largest number of startup companies per capita in the world. 

Israel is the world’s largest wholesale diamond center. 

Israel has the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies outside of the US and Canada. 

The cell phone was developed in Israel at Motorola’s largest development center. 

Voice Mail technology was developed in Israel . 

The first anti-virus software for computers was developed in Israel in 1979. 

Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed in Israel by Microsoft. 

Both the Pentium-4 and Centrino processors were entirely designed, developed and produced in Israel. 

Culture
Hebrew is the only case of a dead national language being revived in all of world history.

Israel has more museums per capita than any other nation in the world. 

Israel has more orchestras per capita than any other nation in the world. 

Israel publishes more books per capita than any other nation in the world.

Geography
Israel is only 1/6 of 1% of the land mass of the Middle East

Israel is the only nation in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees.

The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem is the oldest continually used cemetery in the world.

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English lyrics:

As long as the Jewish spirit is yearning deep in the heart,
With eyes turned toward the East, looking toward Zion,
Then our hope – the two-thousand-year-old hope – will not be lost:
To be a free people in our land,
The land of Zion and Jerusalem.

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