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16 Incredible Facts About Planet Earth

 The world is a huge place, full of diverse cultures, different living conditions and climates that vary from place to place. This gives rise to some fascinating facts that show just how diverse the world we live in can be, whether it be for better or for worse. Have a read through this article and see how many of the facts you already knew - some just might surprise you!
 
Most dangerous country in the world
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Honduras is the most dangerous country on earth, mainly thanks to an exorbitantly high murder rate that’s a by-product of the illegal drugs trade. The murder rate is 90.4 people for every 100,000, putting Honduras at almost twice the rate of the next-highest country.
Least dangerous country in the world
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Singapore is the safest place on earth with a murder rate of just 0.2 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Highest place in the world
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The world's highest place is Mount Everest in Nepal. It has a height of 29,029 ft. It takes around two months to reach its summit and Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first two people to have successfully done so, back in 1953.
Lowest place in the world
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The Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth, situated more than 400 meters below sea level. This sea is found on the borders of Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. 
Most densely populated country in the world
With a population of around 38,400 people packed into a mere 2.02 square kilometers of land, Monaco is the most densely-populated country in the world. There are more than 19,000 people per square kilometer. 
Least densely populated country in the world
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Mongolia is classified as the least densely populated country in the world, with only 2.8 million people occupying its 1.56 million km² of land. This means there's just 1.9 people per square kilometer. 
Driest place in the world
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The driest place on Earth is South America's Atacama Desert, when excluding the Polar Regions. The average rainfall here is only 15 mm annually. 
Wettest place in the world
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The annual rainfall of the Indian village Mawsynram is a staggering 11,872 mm, making it the wettest place on Earth.
 
Hottest place in the world
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Dasht-e Lut or the Lut Desert in Iran is the hottest place in the world. The desert spans 51,000km², and its sand has been measured at a temperature of 70.7 °C (159 °F). It’s so hot that temperatures have to be measured from space. 
Coldest place in the world
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The coldest place on Earth is Antarctica. Here, the temperatures range between -10 °C (in coastal areas) and -60 °C (in higher inland areas). 
Most endangered species in the world
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The Javan Rhino is the most endangered species in the world, and could become extinct in 30-40 years. They used to populate quite a large stretch of South-East Asia, but now there's less than 60 of them left.
Least endangered species on Earth
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Although this is very broad, research suggests that the many species of ants, when combined, add up to an estimated 100 trillion in population. They can be found all over the world except for Greenland, Iceland and Antarctica. 
Highest life expectancy in the world
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Japan is the country with the highest life expectancy in the world. Japanese babies born today are expected to live until they are 84 years of age.
Lowest life expectancy in the world
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With a life expectancy of just 50.1 years, Sierra Leone in Africa is the country with the lowest life expectancy in the world. 
Poorest country in the world
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The poorest country in the world is the Central African Republic. Here, the average yearly earning is $639. 80% of the country depends on subsistence farming of livestock to get by. 
Richest country in the world
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Qatar is the richest country on Earth, with an average annual income of $105,091.42. They are currently planning on spending $220 billion on the 2022 FIFA World Cup, in contrast to South Africa, which only spent $3.5 billion in 2010.
 
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