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Everything you ever wanted to know about Israel at 71

PHOTO: The 70th anniversary Independence Day ceremony at Mount Herzl, Jerusalem, on April 18, 2018. Photograph by Hadas Parush/FLASH90

As Israel celebrates its 71st anniversary, ISRAEL21c brings you a captivating statistical snapshot of this exceptional nation

By ISRAEL21c Employees

As night time falls on Might 8, 2019, Israel will kick off its 71st birthday celebration in the regular Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) fashion with cookouts, aerobatic exhibits, silly string, torch-lighting ceremonies and festive fireworks throughout the nation.

In only seven many years, Israel has confirmed it’s attainable to do the unattainable at residence and abroad, whether or not greening deserts with world-leading technological knowhow, rescuing individuals in distress in distant lands, or sending the smallest-ever spacecraft to the moon.

The record of Israeli accomplishments is actually staggering, especially considering the large amount of assets that have to be devoted to defense alone.

Last yr, ISRAEL21c brought you a timeline, “70 Years of Israeli achievement,” and a implausible companion movie, “70 Years of Israeli Milestones in 165 Seconds.”

Now we’ve delved into the statistics to current a fun and interesting by-the-numbers image of Israel at 71.

Who we’re

As of Might 2019, Israel’s population is 9,009,000. About 74.2% are Jews, 21% Muslim or Christian Arabs, and the remaining non-Arab Christians and others. (Central Bureau of Statistics)

Residents aged Zero-20 comprise 43% of Israel’s inhabitants. The most important group inside that class is 5- to 14-year-olds (18%). The latter class is largest in Jerusalem, making up 21% of its inhabitants. (Statistical Yearbook of Jerusalem)

Jerusalem is Israel’s most populous city, with about 883,000 residents. Tel Aviv-Yafo (Jaffa) is available in second (439,000) and Haifa third (280,000). (Statistical Yearbook of Jerusalem)

In Tel Aviv, the most important inhabitants phase by age is 35-44 (about 17%), while in Haifa the 2 highest inhabitants groups are ages 5-14 and 35-44 (12% every). (Statistical Yearbook of Jerusalem)

The most typical household identify in Israel is Cohen (one in 50 individuals). Agbaria is the most typical surname amongst Muslims, Khoury among Christians and Halabi amongst Druze. (Central Bureau of Statistics)

The most typical first names for boys in Israel are Muhammad, Yosef, Ariel, Omer, Adam, David, Daniel, Lavi, Eitan and Uri. The preferred names for women are Tamar, Abigail, Miriam, Sarah, Adele, Yael, Noa, Shira, Noya and Lia. (Population and Immigration Authority, 2017-2018)

We’re a high-tech superpower

Israel has the very best number of startups per capita on the earth. (2018 International Startup Ecosystem Report)

Israel hosts about 8,200 lively high-tech corporations. (IVC Research Middle)

30 Israeli venture capital funds raised $2.55 billion in 2018, the most important sum ever raised by Israeli VCs and 69% more than in 2017. (IVC)

Israel ranks fifth general on the 2019 Bloomberg Innovation Index, shifting up from #10 in 2018. In the R&D Intensity category, Israel ranks #1.

Israel’s expenditure on research and improvement (R&D) as a proportion of its GDP (four.21%) is the very best on the earth. (OECD)

Israel ranks #2 among prime 10 nations for scientific research, based mostly on the variety of scientific research papers launched, the number of patents registered, the share of GDP spent on R&D and the number of researchers per 1,000 individuals. (RS Elements)

More than 350 multinational firms have R&D centers in Israel, together with IBM, Intel, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Merck, HP Indigo, J&J, GE, Siemens, Qualcomm, Utilized Materials and Samsung. Israel has the world’s highest per capita variety of such centers. (IVC, Ministry of Financial system and Business)

Every year, about 1,400 startups are based in Israel and some 800 shut down. (Israel Innovation Authority)

13 Israeli-founded corporations with headquarters or improvement workplaces in Israel are “unicorns,” privately held startups valued at $1 billion or extra: Payoneer, Taboola, Outbrain, Gett, Infinidat, ironSource, eToro, OrCam, Lemonade, Fiverr, JFrog, WalkMe and By way of. (TechAviv)

Probably the most lucrative acquisition of an Israeli firm happened in 2017, when Intel bought Jerusalem-based Mobileye for $15.3 billion.

Intel is making the largest-ever company funding in Israel: An $11 billion production plant deliberate in Kiryat Gat.

Intel, which employs about 12,800 Israelis in five facilities throughout the country, is probably the most lively overseas company investor in Israel, putting $435 million into more than 90 Israeli corporations — $120 million in 2018 alone. (IVC, Intel Capital Israel)

We’re healthy, completely happy and long-lived

Israel has the lowest fee of diet-related deaths on the planet. (International Burden of Disease Research, Institute of Well being Metrics and Analysis)

Israel ranks fifth on the planet for healthy longevity and 11th on the planet for general happiness. (2018 United Nations World Happiness Report)

Common life expectancy for Israeli males is 80.7, and 84.6 for ladies, as of 2017. (Central Bureau of Statistics)

Israel ranks 10th on the 2019 Bloomberg Healthiest Nation Index.

88.6% of Israelis say they are pleased with their lives. (Central Bureau of Statistics)

85% of Israelis over the age of 20 really feel protected strolling alone at the hours of darkness in their residential space. (Central Bureau of Statistics)

We’re a tree, fruit and veggie empire

In 1948, about 2% of Israel was coated in timber. Now it’s up to around 8.5%. Since its institution in 1901, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish Nationwide fund (KKL-JNF) has planted more than 240 million timber in Israel.

Israel is among the only nations on the earth that ended the 20th century with more timber than it had at the beginning. (KKL-JNF)

As of the top of 2018, each Israeli has access annually to a mean 152 kilograms of fruit and 154kg of greens. (Central Bureau of Statistics)

In 2017, the main crops produced in Israel have been potatoes, tomatoes, carrots and peppers on the vegetable aspect; and bananas, apples, avocados and grapes on the fruit front. (Central Bureau of Statistics)

Citrus fruit is Israel’s largest agricultural export, adding up to $230 million in 2017. The value of all Israel’s recent and processed agricultural exports was about $2.2 billion in 2016. (Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Improvement)

We’ve got a flourishing tourism business

In 2018, Israel welcomed a record-breaking four,120,800 million incoming tourists.

The Western Wall in Jerusalem is the most-visited vacationer website, followed by other websites in Jerusalem’s Previous Metropolis: the Jewish Quarter, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, By way of Dolorosa, Mount of Olives and the Tower of David Museum. Outdoors Jerusalem, the preferred tourist sites are Masada, the Church of the Annunciation, Tel Aviv Port, Capernaum and Caesarea. (Ministry of Tourism)

In 2018, virtually half of all Israelis (4.1 million) traveled abroad – 2.2 million of them as soon as, and 1.9 million twice or more. (Central Bureau of Statistics)

The Israel Lodge Association lists 370 member lodges, encompassing a complete of 54,864 rooms. This number does not embrace tons of of small boutique resorts and bed-and-breakfasts (tzimmers) throughout Israel.

The costliest lodge rooms in Israel are the Noble Suite at Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem and the Presidential Suite at the Ritz Carlton Herzliya, each roughly $5,000 per night time in excessive season.

We make investments heavily in water desalination and conservation

Israeli households, business and agriculture eat 2.1 billion cubic meters of water yearly. (Mekorot Nationwide Water Service)

Israel recycles 87% of its wastewater for agriculture, rather more than some other nation on the earth. Some 31% of irrigation water originates from wastewater handled at more than 150 crops. (Mekorot)

Sixty to 80% of Israel’s municipal water, adjusted in accordance to season and real-time demand, flows from giant coastal desal crops in Sorek, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Palmachim and Hadera. (Mekorot)

Sorek is the most important seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant on the planet. The 100,000-square-meter facility can produce 624,000 cubic meters of water day by day — 20% of home water consumption. (IDE Applied sciences)

We know the birds and the bees

As of 2019, Israel counts some 545 resident species of birds. (Israeli Birding Portal)

Yearly some 500 million birds of 150 to 200 species migrate across Israel in their twice-yearly pilgrimage to and from hotter climes in March and November.

Israel has about 500 beekeepers with a complete of 110,000 hives. (Israeli Honey Board)

Israel’s annual honey yield is about three,000 tons.

About 1,600 tons of honey is consumed by Israelis every Rosh Hashana to symbolize the hope of a sweet Jewish New Yr forward. (Israeli Honey Board)

We’re terribly properly educated

Twelve Israelis have been awarded Nobel prizes: S.Y. Agnon, Menachem Start, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin, Daniel Kahneman, Aaron Ciechanover, Avram Hershko, Robert Aumann, Ada Yonath, Dan Shechtman, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel.

Israel has the very best number of engineers and scientists per capita. (Ministry of Overseas Affairs)

Israel ranks third among OECD nations for the % of its inhabitants that has attained greater schooling and fifth for its complete expenditure on instructional institutions as a proportion of GDP. (Ministry of Overseas Affairs)

Israel boasts a literacy degree of 97.eight% of residents above the age of 15. (Ministry of Overseas Affairs)

Israel is house to 66 institutions of higher schooling: Seven analysis universities, one open university, 23 teacher-training schools, 21 educational schools and 14 personal schools. (Ministry of Overseas Affairs)

A small Israeli-Arab village in the Lower Galilee has one of many highest numbers of docs per capita on the earth.

Tel Aviv trivia

Coastal Tel Aviv-Yafo boasts many distinctions aside from being the guts of Israel’s startup tradition.

Tel Aviv is the world’s 10th costliest metropolis, tied with Los Angeles. (The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Worldwide Value of Dwelling Survey)

Tel Aviv is Israel’s costliest residential area. The typical worth of owner-occupied dwellings was ₪2,176,700 ($610,053) within the second quarter of 2018 (GlobalPropertyGuide) and 68 flats priced at over ₪5 million ($1.three million) have been bought in Tel Aviv in the course of the first half of 2018 (

Time Out of London ranks Tel Aviv the perfect metropolis in the Center East.

There are 13 beaches along Tel Aviv-Yafo’s coastline, visited by some eight.5 million individuals yearly. (Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality)

Tel Aviv has the very best number of pet canine per capita on the planet, at one pooch per every 17 residents. (Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality)

Tel Aviv has been referred to as the world’s prime vacation spot for vegan vacationers (Every day Meal) and vegan capital of the world (The Unbiased). The very best concentration of vegan eating places is within the Florentin neighborhood.

Of the 21 Israeli residents listed on the Forbes 2019 World Billionaires listing, many stay in Tel Aviv — including the wealthiest Israeli man, Roman Abramovich (who was listed by Forbes as Russian though he acquired Israeli citizenship in 2018) and Shari Arison, the richest lady in Israel.

Random superior factoids

Israel has more than 230 museums, believed to be extra museums per capita than another country on the earth. (CNN Travel)

Israel shipped $61.9 billion value of goods across the globe in 2018. The highest five exports are gems and valuable metals (24% of complete exports), electrical machinery and gear (13.8%), prescription drugs (9.1%), optical, technical and medical apparatus (8.6%) and machinery together with computers (7.eight%). (World’s Prime Exports)

There are extra vegans (5%) and vegetarians (eight%) per capita in Israel than anyplace else on the earth.

In 2017, Israel hosted the world’s largest animal rights march, drawing some 30,000 activists. (PETA)

Day by day, Osem produces one million luggage of Bamba, Israel’s top-selling snack. Surveys present that 90% of Israeli households buy Bamba regularly.

Israel has gained nine Olympic medals since 1952: one gold in sailing, one silver in judo, and 7 bronze (four in judo, two in crusing and one in canoeing).

Israeli rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram set a world report with a rating of 20.65 factors within the golf equipment occasion at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Problem Cup Championship in 2018.

Guinness World Data certified in April 2019 that Isaak Hayik of Or Yehuda, Israel, is the oldest soccer player on the earth.

A brand new Guinness World Document was set for most people utilizing virtual actuality shows at the identical time, when Israeli company Mobileye made a presentation to 1,867 enterprise leaders at the 2017 YPO Edge convention in Vancouver, Canada.

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