The European Union has 28 member countries, and much like snowflakes, they’re all special in their own way. You already know what each country is worst at. Well, every country excels at something, too -- and to that end, we found one thing every EU nation is the best at... even if it's having the most experience working with robots.
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Originally, it looked like Belgium was going to reign as "Most Van Damme." But alas, Time Cop is pretty much Hollywood-only these days. Instead, Belgians ranked best at recycling packaged waste. They may not be burning their trash like the Swedes, but Belgians sure do know what to do with those boxes they get from Amazon.
A whopping 78% of Cypriots said they have no problem distinguishing and handling euro coins, and 91% said they could distinguish and handle euro notes. Which makes a ton of sense, seeing how big of a tax haven the country is. Cyprus is more than willing to help you handle your dough.
Out of all the things to be best at, the Czech Republic has the coolest bragging rights. Czechs have the highest per capita beer consumption in the world, at a yearly rate of 148.6 liters per capita. And all this in a country without sororities or fraternities.
Here's a sleeper statistic: 35% of Danes report having danced in the past 12 months, and 38% report having sung. If you were to lay odds on which countries did these most frequently, Greece would be a 2:1 favorite, Italy at 5:1, and Denmark would be 400:1. Thanks for being good at everything, Denmark.
Belgians might recycle more than anyone else, but the good people of Estonia are the least wasteful altogether. Just imagine Estonia as your neighbor who squirrels away old lawnmower parts, only to figure out how to get your broken down car running again with them in six months.
Finland: Tourism capital of Europe. It's true. Well, in terms of residents who actually go on trips, seeing how 88.5% of Finns have taken an overnight trip for personal tourism in the past 12 months. That's gotta be some kind of record.
It’s hard to believe a country that was founded on soft cheese, baguettes, and surrendering could have the lowest obesity rates in Europe -- but it's true. Perhaps France just had eating well down to a science before junk food really came into the picture.
Everybody pays for things that don’t get taxed sometimes, like when you pay a babysitter, buy from a lemonade stand, or decide it’s easier to just hire henchmen and pay them in sacks of money with "$$$" printed on the side. Some countries do a lot of off the record economic activity (**cough** **cough** Italy), and others, such as Hungary, reportedly do very little.
The life expectancy for an Italian is 82.03 years, with two major exceptions: Mario and Luigi's lifespan depends on the prevalence of Super Mushrooms, and is inversely correlated to the number of Goombas and Hammer Bros.
Latvians are so generous, 67% of them figure, "Why wait for Christmas or a birthday -- public officials deserve recognition year-round!" ...or public officials are just really corrupt and require at least a bundt cake to get any pot hole fixed.
The average student in Luxembourg learns 2.5 foreign languages in school, which is kinda weird, because what does half a language look like… Esperanto? But by adulthood, 61% of the population can speak three different foreign languages at a conversational level. Here's the thing: the country has three official languages, and so much money, Luxembourgers can afford to learn another language before they go on vacation.
If your country had a dog that looked like this named after it, you'd be pretty optimistic, too. In reality, though, Malta has a kickass unemployment rate, which is less than half of any of its Mediterranean neighbors.
Smoking is a gigantic public health problem in Europe, but fortunately, 30% of the Dutch have already quit smoking tobacco cigarettes. However, there may be a thing or two still available to smoke in Amsterdam.
This is a real statistic someone tracks. More Slovakians reported having previously worked with a robot either at home or at school. Maybe "The Jetsons" actually takes place in Slovakia, and not the future. Or maybe Slovakia is the future...
Perhaps it's because of excellent access to birth control, or because young Slovenians are too busy studying German to have sex, but the country has the lowest incidence of teen moms. Not to be confused with "Teen Mom," which airs on MTV Czech in Slovakia.
There have been a lot of high-profile British murderers: Jack the Ripper, Harold Shipman, Voldemort. But the UK actually has the lowest homicide rate at only 0.3 per 100,000 inhabitants. Those Brits… so polite.