List of top international rankings by country

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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 AfghanistanLargest producer of opium, 65% of global opium poppy cultivation, 95% of world's market ($64 billion), with 2.9 million opium farmers[1][2][3]Drugs2002
 AfghanistanLargest producer of hashish[4][5]Drugs2010
 AfghanistanLargest producer of heroin, 380 tonnes of Heroin in annual production (≈90% of global production)[6][3]Drugs2012
 AfghanistanLargest source of refugees, continuously since 1980[7]Politics2013
 AfghanistanLowest electricity consumption per capita, 7.6 kWh per person per year [8]Energy2012
 AfghanistanLowest annual energy consumption per capita, 90 kgoe per person per yearEnergy2011
 AfghanistanHighest infant mortality rate, 119.41 deaths per 1000 live birthsDemographics2013
 AfghanistanHighest annual prevalence of opiates use, 2.65% of populationDrugs2009
 AfghanistanLargest recipient of foreign aid, $6,884,700,000 per yearEconomy2014
 AndorraMost tourist arrivals per capita, 22.5[9]Economy2011
 ArgentinaHighest central bank interest rate, 26.25%Finance2017
 ArgentinaLargest exporter of pears, 490,000 tonnes[10][11]Agriculture2009
 ArgentinaLargest exporter of vegetable oil, US$2,715,890,000[12]Agriculture2009
 ArgentinaHighest consumption of beef per capita, 65.2 kilograms / year[13]Consumption2006
 ArgentinaLargest exporter of soccer players, 2,204[14]Sports2010
 ArgentinaBest performance at Paddle Tennis World Championship (men), 9 gold medals, 12 total medalsSports2014
 ArgentinaBest performance at Paddle Tennis World Championship (women), 8 gold medals, 12 total medalsSports2014
 ArgentinaBest performance at Roller Hockey World Championship (women), 5 gold medals, 8 total medalsSports2014
 ArgentinaBest performance at World Polo Championship, 4 gold medals, 7 total medalsSports2015
 ArgentinaSouthernmost city in the world UshuaiaGeography2010
 AustraliaLargest wool producer, output of 475,000 tonsAgriculture2005
 AustraliaLargest uranium reserves, 1,673,000 tonsEnergy2009
 AustraliaLargest aluminium oxide producer, 18,312,000 tonsIndustry2006
 AustraliaLargest bauxite producer, 67,000,000 tonsIndustry2011
 AustraliaLargest lithium producer, 13,000 tonsIndustry2014
 AustraliaLargest titanium producer, 1,291,000 tonsIndustry2003
 AustraliaLargest zirconium producer, 426,000 tonsIndustry2005
 AustraliaLargest tantalum producer, 435 tons per annum, 53% of world productionIndustry2008
 AustraliaBest performance at Rugby League World Cups (men), 10 times winner (1957, 1968, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1988, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2013)Sports2014
 AustraliaWinner of most Cricket World Cups (men), 5 (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015)[15]Sports2015
 AustraliaWinner of most Women's Cricket World Cups, 6 (1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2005, 2013)Sports2013
 AustraliaMost successful team in ICC World Twenty20 (Women), 3-time champions (2010 and 2012, 2014)Sports2014
 AustraliaBest performance at ICF Canoe Polo World Championships (men), 3 gold medalsSports2009
 AustraliaBest performance at Netball World Championships, 10 times winnerSports2011
 AustraliaBest performance at World International Doubles Squash ChampionshipsSports2009
 AustraliaBest performance at World Team Squash Championships (men), 8 gold medalsSports2013
 AustraliaBest performance at World Team Squash Championships (women), 9 gold medalsSports2014
 AustraliaBest performance at Touch Football World CupsSports2009
 AustraliaBest performance at ITU Triathlon World Championships (women), 13 gold medals, 27 total medalsSports2014
 AustriaBest performance at FIS Alpine World Ski Championships (men), 44 gold medals, 120 total medalsSports2015
 AustriaBest performance at FIS Alpine World Ski Championships (women), 37 gold medals, 113 total medalsSports2015
 AustriaBest performance at FIS Ski Flying World Championships, 7 gold medals, 8 silver medals, 4 bronze medalsSports2014
 AzerbaijanLargest percentage of area covered with mud volcanoes[16]Geography2009
 BahamasHighest personal and economic freedoms according to State of World Liberty IndexEconomy2015
 BangladeshLargest percentage of cultivated land, 68.6%Agriculture
 BangladeshHighest importance of religion, (tied with Nigeria and Somalia)Demographics2009
 BelgiumBest performance at UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Men, 26 gold medals, 62 total medalsSports2015
 BelgiumBest performance at UCI Road World Championships (Men's Road Race), 26 gold medals, 48 total medalsSports2015
 BelgiumBest performance at Motocross World ChampionshipSports2015
 BelgiumLargest producer of chicory rootsAgriculture1992
 BhutanLargest average elevation, 3,280 mGeography2015
 BotswanaLowest environmental happiness according to Happy Planet Index, score of 22.6Environment
Quality of life
 BotswanaLargest Diamond Producer (two largest mines export 21.7 mil carats combined[17])Economy1999
 BrazilLargest citrus producer, output of 20,682,309 tonsAgriculture2007
 BrazilLargest orange producer, output of 35.6 million tonsAgriculture2013
 BrazilLargest dry bean producer, output of 3,800,000 tonsAgriculture2013
 BrazilLargest coffee producer, output of 2,249,010 tonsAgriculture2007
 BrazilLargest soybean producer, output of 90 million metric tonsAgriculture2014
 BrazilLargest sugarcane producer, output of 739,267,000 tonsAgriculture2013
 BrazilLargest sisal producer, output of 113,300 tonsAgriculture2007
 BrazilHighest government budget surplus, +US$77,300,000,000Finance2011
 BrazilLargest renewable freshwater resources, 8,233 km³/yearGeography2011
 BrazilLargest niobium producer, 58,000 tonsIndustry2011
 BrazilBest performance at FIFA World Cups, 5 times winner (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002), 2 times runner-up (1950, 1998)Sports2015
 BrazilWinner of most FIFA Club World Cups 4 (2000, 2005, 2006, 2012) (tied with Spain)Sports2015
 BrazilBest performance at FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, 13 times winner (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)Sports2015
 BrazilBest performance at FIFA Futsal World Cup, 5 times winner (1989, 1992, 1996, 2008, 2012)Sports2015
 BrazilBest performance at Beach Handball World Championships (men) , 4 gold medals, 5 total medalsSports2015
 BrazilBest performance at Beach Handball World Championships (women) , 3 gold medals, 5 total medalsSports2015
 BrazilBest performance at FIVB Volleyball World Leagues, 9 times winner, 5 times runner-upSports2015
 BrazilBest performance at FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, 11 gold medals, 29 total medalsSports2015
 BulgariaLargest rose oil producer, 70% of all oil in the world[18]Agriculture2011
 BulgariaLargest lavender oil producer[19]Agriculture2011
 BurundiHighest rate of urbanisation, +6.8% of urban population per yearDemographics2008
 BurundiLowest satisfaction with life according to Satisfaction with Life Index, 100Quality of life2006
 CambodiaLongest alphabet[20] It consists of 33 consonants, 23 vowels (that make 47 sounds) and 12 independent vowels.Education1995
 CameroonMost exploding lakes, 2Geography2018
 CanadaBest reputation[21]Demographics2015
 CanadaHighest opportunity ranking, 86.58Quality of Life2015
 CanadaLargest flax producer, output of 368,300 tonsAgriculture2011
 CanadaLargest canary seed producer, output of 117,300 tonsAgriculture2005
 CanadaLargest lentil producer, output of 1,880,500 tonsAgriculture2013
 CanadaLargest mustard seed producer, output of 154,500 tonnesAgriculture2013
 CanadaLargest canola producer, output of 17,960,000 metric tonsAgriculture2014
 CanadaLargest pea producer[22]Agriculture2011
 CanadaLargest producer of maple syrup, output of 14,890 cubic metresAgriculture1995
 CanadaLargest rapeseed producer, output of 15.4 million metric tonsAgriculture2012
 CanadaHighest average years in school (women), 15.0 yearsEducation2010
 CanadaLargest number of lakes, estimated to be at least 2 millionGeography0
 CanadaLargest water area, 891,163 km²[23]Geography2009
 CanadaLongest coastline, 243,792 km[24]Geography2009
 CanadaMost craters, 32[25]Geography2015
 CanadaLongest border, length of 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), shared with United StatesGeography0
 CanadaBest performance at Winter Olympics Ice Hockey (men), 9 gold medals, 21 total medalsSports2014
 CanadaBest performance at Winter Olympics Ice Hockey (women), 4 gold medals, 5 total medalsSports2014
 CanadaBest performance at World Curling Men's Championships, 34 gold medals, 50 total medalsSports2015
 CanadaBest performance at World Curling Women's Championships, 15 gold medals, 32 total medalsSports2015
 CanadaWinner of most Women's Ice Hockey World Championships, 10 times winnerSports2015
 CanadaTop position at Ice Hockey World Championships (men), 3690 pointsSports2015
 CanadaTop position at Ice Hockey World Championships (women), 3840 pointsSports2015
 CanadaMost ice hockey players, 721,504[26]Sports2015
 Central African RepublicLowest GDP (PPP) per capita, 607 Int. $ (IMF est.)Economy2014
 Central African RepublicLowest prosperity according to Legatum Prosperity IndexQuality of life2014
 ChadHighest child mortality rateDemographics2011
 ChadHighest maternal mortality ratioDemographics2011
 ChileLargest copper producer, 5,800,000 tonsIndustry2014
 ChileLargest lithium reserves, 7,500,000 tonsIndustry2014
 ChileLargest rhenium reserves tonsIndustry2005
 ChileLargest recorded earthquake 9.5Geology2011
 ChinaLargest salt producer, 70,000,000 tonsIndustry2012
 ChinaLargest sheep meat producerAgriculture2013
 ChinaHighest agricultural sector outputEconomy2014
 ChinaHighest industrial sector outputEconomy2014
 ChinaLargest police force, 1,600,000 officersEconomy2007
 ChinaLargest rice producer, output of 204,300,000 tonsAgriculture2012
 ChinaLargest wheat producer, output of 121.7 million metric tonsAgriculture2013
 ChinaLargest garlic producer, output of 20,000,000 tonsAgriculture2012
 ChinaLargest tangerine producer, output of 14,152,000 tonsAgriculture2007
 ChinaLargest peach and nectarine producer, output of 11,500,000 tonsAgriculture2011
 ChinaLargest plum and sloe producer, output of 5,372,899 tonsAgriculture2009
 ChinaLargest persimmon producer, output of 3,259,334 tonsAgriculture2011
 ChinaLargest tomato producer, output of 33,911,702 tonsAgriculture2008
 ChinaLargest watermelon producer, output of 70,000,000 tonsAgriculture2012
 ChinaLargest chestnut producer, output of 1,700,000 tonsAgriculture2011
 ChinaLargest walnut producer, output of 1,700,000 tonsAgriculture2012
 ChinaLargest peanut producer, output of 16,700,000 tonsAgriculture2012
 ChinaLargest eggplant producer, output of 28,800,000 tonsAgriculture2012
 ChinaLargest carrot and turnip producer, output of 16,906,000 tonsAgriculture2012
 ChinaLargest potato producer, output of 88.9 million metric tonsAgriculture2013
 ChinaLargest cabbage producer, output of 32,800,000 tonsAgriculture2012
 ChinaLargest cauliflowers and broccoli producer, output of 9,500,000 tonsAgriculture2012
 ChinaLargest spinach producer, output of 18,782,961 tonsAgriculture2011
 ChinaLargest lettuce and chicory producer, output of 13,500,000 tonsAgriculture2013
 ChinaLargest asparagus producer, output of 7,350,000 tonsAgriculture2012
 ChinaLargest onion and shallot producer, output of 20,817,295 tonsAgriculture2008
 ChinaLargest fish producer, output of 49,467,275 tonsAgriculture2005
 ChinaLargest aquatic plants producer, output of 11,163,675 tonsAgriculture2005
 ChinaLargest grape producer, output of 9,600,000 tonsAgriculture2012
 ChinaLargest honey producer, output of 436,000 tons[27]Agriculture2012
 ChinaLargest mushroom and truffle producer, output of 5,008,850 tonsAgriculture2011
 ChinaLargest cotton producer, output of 11,400,000 tonsAgriculture2005
 ChinaLargest silk producer, output of 290,003 tonsAgriculture2005
 ChinaLargest tea producer, output of 1,623,000 tonsAgriculture2011
 ChinaLargest tobacco producer, output of 2,298,800 tonsAgriculture2000
 ChinaLargest livestock of domestic sheep, 136,400,000 headsAgriculture2008
 ChinaLargest livestock of domestic pig, 425,600,000 headsAgriculture2007
 ChinaLargest pork (pig meat) producer, output of 56,096,000 tonAgriculture2013
 ChinaLargest rice consumer, 156.3 million metric tons per yearConsumption2009
 ChinaLargest car market, 23,722,890 vehicles[28]Consumption
 ChinaLargest population, 1,371,100,000Demographics2015 (July 23)
 ChinaLargest labour force, 797,600,000Demographics
 ChinaBest student performance in science according to Programme for International Student AssessmentDemographics
Quality of life
 ChinaLargest electricity consumer, 5,463,800,000,000 MW·h per yearConsumption
 ChinaLargest electricity producer, 5,649,500,000,000 GWhEnergy2014
 ChinaLargest wind power producer, 114,763 MWEnergy2014
 ChinaLargest renewable energy producer, 1,300 TW·h per yearEnergy2014
 ChinaLargest hydroelectricity producer, 652.05 TW·h per yearEnergy2009
 ChinaLargest coal producer, 3,650 million tonsEnergy
 ChinaLargest wind turbine producer[29]Energy
 ChinaLargest solar panel producer,[29]Energy
 ChinaLargest photovoltaics producer, output of 10,852 MW[29]Energy
 ChinaMost carbon dioxide emissions, 10,330,000,000 metric tonsEnvironment2013
 ChinaLargest forex reserves, $3,899,285,000,000Finance2014
 ChinaLargest exporter, $2,252,000,000,000[30]Finance2014
 ChinaHighest current account balance, $213,800,000,000Finance2012
 ChinaHighest elevation above the sea level, 8,848 m (29,029 ft) at Mount Everest (shared with Nepal)Geography2009
 ChinaLongest land border length, 22,117 km (22,147 km if Hong Kong and Macao, the two special administrative regions are counted)Geography2009
 ChinaMost countries bordered, 14 (16 if Hong Kong and Macao, the two special administrative regions are counted), the same number as with RussiaGeography2009
 ChinaLargest gold producer, 450 tonnes[31]Industry2014
 ChinaLargest aluminium producer, 23,300,000 tonsIndustry2014
 ChinaLargest antimony producer, 120,000 tonsIndustry2010
 ChinaLargest arsenic producerIndustry2012
 ChinaLargest bismuth producer, 7,600 tonsIndustry2014
 ChinaLargest cadmium producer, 3,000 tonsIndustry2005
 ChinaLargest cement producer, 2,480,000,000 tonsIndustry2013
 ChinaLargest fluorite producer, 3,000,000 tonsIndustry2006
 ChinaLargest iron producer, 1,500,000,000 tonsIndustry2014
 ChinaLargest manganese producer, 6,000,000 tonsIndustry2006
 ChinaLargest mercury producer, 1,150 tonsIndustry2005
 ChinaLargest tractor producer, vehiclesIndustry2010
 ChinaLargest pulp and paper producer, 99,300 tonsIndustry2011
 ChinaLargest steel producer, 822,698,000 tonsIndustry2014
 ChinaLargest steel producer, 543,748,000 tonsIndustry2009
 ChinaLargest strontium producer, 700,000 tonsIndustry2005
 ChinaLargest tin reserves, 1,500,000 tonsIndustry2011
 ChinaLargest tungsten producer, 52,000 tonsIndustry2011
 ChinaLargest zinc producer, 3,100,000 tonsIndustry2009
 ChinaLargest motor vehicle producer, 23,722,890 vehicles per yearIndustry
 ChinaLargest army by number of active troops, 2,285,000 troops[32]Military2005
 ChinaBest performance at women's badminton Uber Cup, 13 times winnerSports2014
 ChinaBest performance at World Badminton Championships, 58 gold medals wonSports2014
 ChinaBest performance at World Amateur Go Championship, 20 winsSports2014
 ChinaBest performance at World Table Tennis Championships, 35 team winsSports2009
 ChinaBest performance at World Weightlifting Championships (women), 159 gold medals, 266 total medalsSports2014
 ChinaHighest GDP (PPP)Economy2014
 ChinaHighest rate of execution per year, officially not least 1700 (estimated)[33][34]Demographics2009
 ChinaLeading surveillance society according to the Privacy International[35]Surveillance2007
 ChinaMost internet users, 618,110,314[36]Technology2013
 ChinaMost main line phones, 269,910,000[37]Technology2011
 ChinaMost mobile cellular phones, 1,276,660,000[38]Technology2014
 ChinaHighest International tourism expenditure, $164.9 billionTourism2014
 ChinaLargest total length of waterways, 110,000 kmTransport2011
 ChinaLargest total length of high-speed railways, 16,000 kmTransport2014
 ChinaLargest total length of controlled-access highways, 111,950 kmTransport2014
 ChinaLargest total length of rapid transit systems, 2255 kmTransport2014
 ChinaLongest subway tunnel section, Line 3, Guangzhou Metro, 60,400 m (198,163 ft)Structures2010
 ChinaTallest dam, Jinping-I Dam, 305 m (1,001 ft)Structures2014
 ChinaLongest bridge, Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge, 164,800 m (540,700 ft)Structures
 ChinaLongest building, Great Wall of China, 8,851.8 kmStructures
 ChinaMost books published per year (new titles and re-editions), 440,000Culture2013
 ChinaTop position at World Chess Rankings (women), top 10 players average Elo rating of 2496Sports2015
 ColombiaLargest emerald producerIndustry2009
 Costa RicaHighest environmental happiness according to Happy Planet Index, score of 76.1Environment
Quality of life
 Côte d'IvoireLargest cacao producer, output of 1,330,000 metric tonsAgriculture2005
 CubaLargest producer of Xanthosoma, output of 132,100 tonnesAgriculture2011
 CubaWinner of most Baseball World Cup (men), 25 gold medalsSports2011
 CubaBest performance at Boxing World Cup, 2 times winner (2006, 2008)Sports2008
 CubaWinner of most Volleyball World Cups (women), 4 (1989, 1991, 1995, 1999)Sports2011
 Czech RepublicHighest consumption of beer per capita, 148.6 litres / year[39]Consumption2012
 Czech RepublicHighest consumption of pure alcohol per capita, 14.1 litres / year[40]Consumption2015
 Czech RepublicLargest poppy seed producer, output of 12,814 tonnesAgriculture2012
 Democratic Republic of the CongoHighest percentage of population suffering from undernourishment, 75%Demographics2006
 Democratic Republic of CongoHighest poverty, 95.15% of population living under 2 dollar (PPP) a dayDemographics
 Democratic Republic of the CongoHighest energy intensity, 4746.3 toe per 1 million dollars of GDPEnergy2003
 Democratic Republic of the CongoLargest cobalt producer, 22,000 tonsIndustry2005
 DenmarkMost equal income distribution according to UN[41]Demographics
 DenmarkLeast corrupt country according to Transparency International[42]Politics2014
 DenmarkHighest minimum wage, 22,713 (Intl. dollars)Finance2008
 DenmarkLowest central bank interest rate (tied with Switzerland), -0.75%Finance2015
 DenmarkMost northernmost point on land, 83°40'N at Kaffeklubben Island,  GreenlandGeography2009
 DenmarkHighest E-readiness, 8.87 out of 10Technology2009
 DenmarkHighest satisfaction with life according to Satisfaction with Life Index, 273.4Quality of life2006
 DjiboutiHighest prevalence of females in population, 0.84 males per femaleDemographics2016
 EgyptLargest artichoke producer, output of 387,704 tonsAgriculture2012
 EgyptLargest date producer, output of 1,470,000 tonsAgriculture2012
 EgyptLargest importer of wheat, 9.5 million tonnes per year[43][44]Consumption2013
 EgyptMost heavily mined country, 23 million active mines[45]Military2013
 EritreaLowest ease of doing business, according to Ease of Doing Business IndexEconomy
 EstoniaLowest maternal death rateQuality of life2010
 EstoniaLargest shale oil producerEnergy IndustrySince before 1960
 EthiopiaEarliest human settlement, 195,000 years agoDemographics2010
 EthiopiaBest performance at World Cross Country Running Championships, 27 winsSports2009
 EthiopiaLowest Web Index score according to the World Wide Web Foundation, 0Technology2014
 EthiopiaLargest contributor to UN Peacekeeper ForceMilitary2017
 FijiBest performance at Rugby World Cup Sevens (men), 2 times winner (1997, 2005) (tied with New Zealand)Sports2013
 FinlandHighest consumption of coffee per capita, 11.4 kg / year[46]Consumption2008
 FinlandHighest consumption of milk per capita, 361.19 kg / year[47]Consumption2007
 FinlandBest environmental performance according to Environmental Performance Index, 90.88Environment2016
 FinlandMost stable country according to Failed States Index, score of 17.8Politics2015
 FinlandMost property rights according to International Property Rights Index, score of 8.5[48]Politics2014
 FinlandMost press freedom according to Freedom of the Press (report) and Press Freedom IndexPolitics2011
 FinlandBest performance at Drivers' World Rally Championship, 14 wins by 7 driversSports2014
 FinlandMost technologically advanced according to the UN's Technology Achievement Index, 0.744[49]Technology2001
 FinlandMost Olympic medals per capita. [50]Sports
 FranceLargest indigenous duck meat producer[51]Agriculture2005
 FranceLargest producer of pharmaceutical products[52]Industry2007
 FranceLargest exporter of perfume[53]Industry2007
 FranceLargest percentage of nuclear energy in total energy production, 76.9%Energy2014
 FranceLargest electricity exporter, 67,600 million kWhEnergy2007
 FranceBest performance at World Championships of Basque Pelota, 62 gold medals, 153 total medalsSports2010
 FranceBest performance at UCI BMX World Championships, 32 gold medals, 97 total medalsSports2017
 FranceBest performance at UCI Road World Championships (Women's Road Race), 10 gold medals, 17 total medalsSports2014
 FranceBest performance at UCI Track World Championships (cycling), 138 gold medals, 365 total medalsSports2015
 FranceBest performance at Endurance FIM World Championship (motorcycle racing)Sports2009
 FranceMost tourist visits per year, 83.7 millionTourism2014
 FranceLargest Exclusive Economic Zone, 11,691,000 km²Geography2017
 GambiaLeast militarized societyMilitary2010
 GermanyLargest rye producer, output of 3,893,000 metric tonsAgriculture2012
 GermanyLargest hop producer, output of 34,434 tonsAgriculture2012
 GermanyLargest net exports (balance of trade) country, 219,938 millions US$Finance2011
 GermanyLargest natural gas importer, 99,630,000,000 cu mConsumption
 GermanyLargest producer of lignite, 183,000,000 tonsEnergy
 GermanyLargest installed solar power capacity, 9,799 MWhEnergy2009
 East Germany
 West Germany
Most Winter Olympic medals, 128 gold medals, 358 total medals[54]Sports2014
 GermanyBest performance at FIBT World Championships (bobsleigh and skeleton), 54 gold medals, 146 total medalsSports2015
 GermanyBest performance at ICF Canoe Polo World Championships (women), 2 gold medals, 3 total medalsSports2013
 East Germany
 West Germany
Best performance at UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships, 89 gold medals, 226 total medalsSports2014
 GermanyBest performance at FEI World Equestrian Games, 34 gold medals, 83 total medalsSports2014
 GermanyBest performance at equestrian Dressage World Championship, 18 gold medalsSports2014
 GermanyBest performance at Show Jumping World Championships (equestrian), 9 gold medals, 17 total medalsSports2014
 East Germany
 West Germany
Best performance at Fistball World Cup (men), 10 gold medals, 14 total medalsSports2011
 GermanyBest performance at Fistball World Cup (women), 4 gold medals, 6 total medalsSports2014
 GermanyBest performance at Fistball World Games (men), 4 gold medals, 6 total medalsSports2009
 East Germany
 West Germany
Best performance at FIL World Luge Championships, 96 gold medals, 237 total medalsSports2015
 East Germany
 West Germany
Best performance at World Sprint Speed Skating Championships for Women, 19 gold medals, 42 total medalsSports2015
 GermanyBest performance at World Single Distance Championships for Women (speed skating), 35 gold medals, 74 total medalsSports2009
 Ghana Fastest growing economy Economy2011, 2018
 GreeceHighest consumption of olive oil per capita, 26.1 kg / year [55]Consumption-->
 GreeceLargest merchant marine fleet by deadweight tonnage, 17.8% [56][57]Transport-->
 GreeceHighest consumption of tobacco per capita, 4,313 cigarettes / year[58]Consumption2011
 GuineaLargest bauxite reserves, 7,400,000,000 tonsIndustry2010
 HaitiWorst industrial production decline, -8.00% (CIA World Factbook est.)[59]Industry2010
 HondurasHighest intentional homicide rate, 103 per 100,000 people per yearDemographics2008
 HungaryBest performance at FINA Water Polo World Cup (men), 3 times winner (1979, 1995, 1999), 3 times runner-up (1993, 2002, 2006)Sports2009
 IcelandHighest level of gender equality in the economy according to Global Gender Gap ReportDemographics
 IcelandHighest electricity consumption per capita, 3,152W per personConsumption
 IcelandHighest percentage of Internet users, 92%[60]Technology2009
 IcelandMost northernmost southernmost point on land, 63°17'N at Surtsey islandGeography2009
 IcelandMost peaceful country according to Global Peace IndexQuality of life2014
 IcelandHighest annual energy consumption per capita, 16882.5 kgoe per person per yearEnergy2011
 IndiaLargest number of multi-dimensionally poor, 612 million[61]Demographics2011
 IndiaHighest number of undernourished people, 230 million[62]Demographics2013
 IndiaLargest millet producer, output of 10,910,000 tonsAgriculture2013
 IndiaLargest banana producer, output of 24.9 million metric tonsAgriculture2012
 IndiaLargest Bean producerAgriculture2010
 IndiaLargest lemon and lime producer, output of 2,060,000 tonsAgriculture2007
 IndiaLargest mango producer, output of 15,250,000 tonsAgriculture2012
 IndiaLargest areca nut producer, output of 483,100 tonsAgriculture2006
 IndiaLargest spice producer, output of 1,525,000 tonsAgriculture2011
 IndiaLargest Mica producer, output of 60% of worldMineral2004
 IndiaLargest ginger producer, output of 703,000 tonsAgriculture2012
 IndiaLargest chickpea producer, output of 8,832,000 tonsAgriculture2013
 IndiaLargest milk producer, output of 110,040 tonsAgriculture2009
 IndiaLargest Goat milk production, output of 4,000,000 metric tonsAgriculture2008
 IndiaLargest Rice producer, output of 120,600,000 metric tonsAgriculture2015-2016
 IndiaLargest butter producer, output of 1,470,000 tonsAgriculture1997
 IndiaLargest jute producer, output of 1,924,326 tonsAgriculture2011
 IndiaLargest livestock of water buffalos, 97,700,000 headsAgriculture2004
 IndiaLargest fennel producer, output of 110,000 tonsAgriculture2008
 IndiaLargest total freshwater withdrawal, 645.84 km³/yearAgriculture
 IndiaLargest area of irrigated land, 558,080 km²Agriculture
 IndiaLargest tiger headcount, 2226 tigersEnvironment2014
 IndiaLargest Cow Stock, 281,700,000 cowsEnvironment2009
 IndiaLargest producer of films, 2961 films including 1288 feature films[63]Film Industry2010
 IndiaLargest electronic spam producer, 13.7%Technology2011
 IndiaLargest Hindu populationDemographics2005
 IndiaLargest Sikh populationDemographics2005
 IndiaLargest Jain populationDemographics2005
 IndiaHighest number of doctors graduatingDemographics2005
 IndiaHighest number of Phone usersCommunication2012
 IndiaLargest number of Post OfficeCommunication2016
 IndiaHighest Post OfficeCommunication2016
 IndiaHighest number of Facebook usersCommunication2017
 IndiaLongest Railway PlatformTransport2017
 IndiaBusiest Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji TerminusTransport2015
 IndiaLargest Electorate countryDemographics2015
 IndiaLargest Epic, MahabharatDemographics2015
 IndiaLargest importer of Defence EquipmentMilitary2016
 IndiaLargest DeltaGeography0
 IndiaLargest Solar PlantIndustry2015
 IndiaLargest River IslandGeography0
 IndiaLargest Bus FleetTransport2015
 IndiaHighest military base campMilitary2016
 IndiaHighest Cricket ground, at an altitude of 2,444 mSport2016
 IndiaLargest Bahá'í FaithDemographics0
 IndiaLargest Zoroastrian populationDemographics0
 IndiaHighest number of engineers graduatingDemographics2005
 IndiaLowest consumption of beer per capita, 2 LConsumption2005
 IndiaLargest Democracy, 1,270,000,000 people[64]Politics2014
 IndiaBest performance at Summer Olympics Field Hockey (men), 8 gold medals, 11 totalSports2015
 IndiaLargest area of cultivated land, 1,891,761 km²Agriculture
 IndiaLargest area of arable land, 1,753,694 km²Agriculture
 IndonesiaLargest archipelagic state in the world by area and populationGeography2010
 IndonesiaLargest island country in the worldGeography2010
 IndonesiaLargest cinnamon producer, output of 60,000 tonsAgriculture2005
 IndonesiaLargest clove producer, output of 110,000 tonsAgriculture2005
 IndonesiaLargest coconut producer, output of 18,300,000 tonsAgriculture2013
 IndonesiaLargest nutmeg producer, 75% world market sharesAgriculture2012
 IndonesiaLargest palm oil producer[65], output of 31,000,000 MTAgriculture2015
 IndonesiaLargest vanilla producer, output of 3,200 tonnesAgriculture2013
 IndonesiaLargest kapok producerAgriculture2012
 IndonesiaLargest area of permanent crops, 128,581 km²Agriculture
 IndonesiaCountries with the most number of mammal species[66]Biodiversity2004
 IndonesiaCountry with the most active volcanoes,Geography2005
 IndonesiaLargest islands by population, Java, 139,448,718Geography2014
 IndonesiaLargest island share by number of countries, Borneo (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia)Geography2010
 IndonesiaLargest island on an island, Samosir (North Sumatera)Geography2010
 IndonesiaLargest language without an official status anywhere (and thus the largest minority language), Javanese, 82,000,000Demographics2010
 IndonesiaMost trilingual country[67], 17.4% of total population (around 43 million people)Demographics2015
 IndonesiaLargest Muslim populationDemographics2005
 IndonesiaLargest Buddhist temple, BorobudurStructures2005
 IndonesiaBest performance at World Halal Tourism Awards[68], won 12 out of 16 awards in 2016Tourism2016
 IranLargest Islamic Banking Sector, valued at 235.5 billion US dollarsFinance2009
 IranLargest pistachio producer, output of 472,097 tons[69]Agriculture2012
 IranLargest saffron producer, 93.7% of world's total production[70]Agriculture2009
 IranLargest caviar producer[71]Agriculture2009
 IranLargest producer of stone fruits205,000 tonnes[69]Agriculture2012
 IranOldest Carpet in the World Pazyryk burials
 IranHottest surface temperature ever recorded, 70.7 °C (159 °F) recorded at Dasht-e Lut[72]Climate2005
 IranLargest Shia PopulationDemographics2016
 IranLocation with the highest natural background radiation, annual dose of 260 mSvGeography2010
 IranMost number of major earthquakes, 5.5+ Richter Magnitude[73]Geology2010
 IranMost accurate calendar in use, Iranian calendarGeophysics2013
 IranHighest ratio of female to male school enrollment,[74] 1.22 female per male studentEducation2005
 IranLargest number of former national capitals, 31 former capital citiesHistory2010
 IranLargest population of foreign refugees, Mostly Iraqi & Afghan refugees[75][76][77][78]Humanitarian1999
 IranLargest producer of turquoise[79][80]Industry2010
 IranLargest reserves of zinc[81][82][83]Industry2010
 IranLargest producer and exporter of handmade carpets[84][85][86]Industry2010
 IranFastest growth rate in science and technology, 1000% increase of science & technology output in nine years[87][88][89]Science2010
 IranLargest fleet of NGV, 3.50 million NGV in use[90]Transportation2013
 IraqHighest GDP (real) annual growth rate, 10.09% (CIA World Factbook est.)[91]Economy2016
 IraqMost terrorist activities in the worldPolitics2014
 IrelandMost Eurovision wins (7 between 1956 and 2012)Culture2015
 IrelandMost globalized country according to Globalization Index, score of 92.17Politics2014
 IsraelLowest depression below the sea level, -428 m at Dead Sea (shared with Jordan and State of Palestine)Geography2012
 IsraelLargest Jewish population 6,251,000Demographics2015
 IsraelHighest percentage of recycled water, 80%Environment2010
 IsraelThe world leader in the use of solar energy per capita, 3% of the primary national energy consumptionEnvironment2010
 IsraelLongest hours spent on social networks, 11.1 per person per monthTechnology2011
 IsraelHighest production of milk per cow, 12,240 kg per yearAgriculture2009
 IsraelHighest density of eco-friendly companies[92]Technology2011
 IsraelMost militarized societyMilitary2010
 ItalyLargest Wine Producer, output of 4,796,600 tonsIndustry2014
 ItalyLargest kiwifruit producer, output of 384,844 tonsAgriculture2012
 ItalyHighest number of World Heritage Sites, 51Culture2015
 ItalyBest performance at Karting World Championship, 21 winsSports2009
 ItalyBest performance at F1 Powerboat World Championship, 13 winsSports2008
 ItalyBest performance at FIL World Luge Natural Track Championships, 29 gold medals, 85 total medalsSports2011
 ItalyBest performance at World Championships of Ski Mountaineering, 5 times winner (2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014)Sports2014
 ItalyLargest feldspar producer, 4,700,000 tonnesIndustry2011
 JamaicaFastest man, Usain Bolt, 12.42 m/sSports2014
 JapanLowest commercial bank prime lending rate, 1.50%Finance2014
 JapanLargest net creditor nation Finance2014
 JapanHighest public debt as percentage of GDP, 226.1%Finance2012
 JapanBest performance at World Judo Championships, 121 gold medals, 287 total medalsSports2014
 JapanBest performance at Karate World Championships, 10 winsSports2009
 JapanBest performance at World Baseball Classic , 2 times winner (2006, 2009)Sports2013
 JapanBest performance at Women's Baseball World Cup, 4 times winner (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)Sports2014
 JapanMost patents granted, 274,791Technology2012
 JapanMost merchant ships owned, 3757Transport2008
 JapanLongest life expectancy , 84.6 yearsHealth2012
 JapanMost three-starred Michelin restaurants, 32Culture2012
 JordanLowest depression below the sea level, -428 m at Dead Sea (shared with Israel and State of Palestine)Geography2012
 KazakhstanLargest freshwater withdrawal per capita, 5,104 m³/yearAgriculture
 KazakhstanLargest uranium producer, 22,451 tonsEnergy
 KazakhstanLargest landlocked country, 2,724,900 km²Geography2013
 North KoreaLargest stadium, Rungrado 1st of May StadiumStructures1989
 North KoreaLowest public debt as percentage of GDP, 0.4%Finance2007
 North KoreaLowest level of economic freedom according to Index of Economic FreedomEconomy
 North KoreaLargest military budget as % of GDP, 22.9%Military2003
 North KoreaMost diesel submarines in operation, 70Military2011
 North KoreaMost active troops per population, 47.8 per 1000 peopleMilitary2012
 North KoreaLargest paramilitary, 5,889,000Military2012
 North KoreaSmallest nuclear arsenal, <10 nuclear weapons[93]Military2014
 North KoreaYoungest world leader currently in power, Kim Jong-un, at age 32Politics2015
 North KoreaLowest level of press freedom according to Freedom of the Press (report), 97/100Politics2015
 North KoreaLowest level of democracy according to Democracy Index, score of 1.08Politics2014
 North KoreaMost corrupt country according to Transparency International (tied with Somalia)[94]Politics2014
 South KoreaHighest percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds having a tertiary education degree at 63.82%Education2011
 South KoreaHighest percentage of graduates with a degree in natural sciences or engineering at 32%Education2012
 South KoreaBest performance in eighth grade math at Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study with a score of 613Education2011
 South KoreaBest performance in fourth grade science at Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study with a score of 587Education2011
 South KoreaHighest in Bloomberg Innovation IndexTechnology2014
 South KoreaHighest Global innovation performance at Innovation Union Scoreboard with a score of 0.740Technology2014
 South KoreaHighest Global innovation growth at Innovation Union Scoreboard at 6.0%Technology2014
 South KoreaHighest patent applications per GDP according to World Intellectual Property IndicatorsTechnology2012
 South KoreaHighest patent applications per million population according to World Intellectual Property IndicatorsTechnology2012
 South KoreaHighest application design counts per million population according to World Intellectual Property IndicatorsTechnology2012
 South KoreaMost patents in force, 2,962,000Technology2012
 South KoreaLargest shipbuilder, 2,310,000 Gross Tonnage, 41% of world's totalIndustry
 South KoreaHighest in ICT Development Index, with a score of 8.93Technology2015
 South KoreaHighest in 4G LTE penetration at 97%.Technology2015
 South KoreaFastest Internet connection speed at 25.3 MbpsTechnology2014
 South KoreaHighest percentage of users accessing the Internet from smartphones at 84.1%Technology2014
 South KoreaHighest number of IoT (Internet of Things) devices online at 37.9 devicesTechnology2015
 South KoreaHighest in UN e-Government Readiness Index, with a score of 0.9283Technology2011
 South KoreaHighest in Economist Intelligence Unit's Government Broadband Index with a score of 4.4Technology2011
 South KoreaHighest in mobile banking usage at 47%Technology2012
 South KoreaLowest obesity rate in the OECDHealth2009
 South KoreaHighest colorectal cancer 5-year survival rate at 72.8%Health2011
 South KoreaHighest cervical cancer 5-year survival rate at 76.8%Health2011
 South KoreaHighest spending on research and development per capita, 4.36% of GDPEconomy2012
 South KoreaLowest in Long-term unemployment rate at 0.01%Economy2012
 South KoreaHighest in average number of movies watched in cinemas at 4.12Culture2013
 South KoreaBest performance at Battle of the Year, 7 winsCulture2017
 South KoreaBest performance at World Short Track Speed Skating Team Championships (women), 12 gold medals, 20 total medalsSports2011
 South KoreaBest performance at World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships, 67 gold medals, 143 total medalsSports2017
 South KoreaBest performance at World Taekwondo Championships, 167 gold medals, 232 total medalsSports2017
 South KoreaBest performance at World Cyber GamesGame2011
 South KoreaLargest reserve force, 7,500,000Military2017
 KuwaitHighest current account balance as a percentage of GDP, 35.35%Finance2014
 LaosMost heavily bombed country in the world per capita [95]Military2016
 LebanonHighest annual population growth, 9.73%Demographics2013
 LebanonHighest net migration rate, 83.82 migrants per 1000 personsDemographics2014
 LesothoSmallest volume of carbon dioxide emissions, 18,000 metric tonsEnvironment2010
 LesothoLeast carbon dioxide emissions per capita[96]Environment2010
 LesothoHighest lowest point among all countries, 1400 mGeography2009
 LibyaWorst GDP (real) decline, -19.80% (CIA World Factbook est.)[91]Economy2014
 LibyaHottest air temperature ever recorded, 57.8 °C (136 °F)Climate1922
 LiechtensteinMost exports per capita, $122,193 per personFinance2011
 LiechtensteinSmallest double landlocked country, 160 km²Geography
 LuxembourgHighest ecological footprintEnvironment2017
 LuxembourgHighest consumption of wine per capita, 8.16 liters / yearConsumption2011
 LuxembourgLargest external debt per capita, $3,696,467Finance2014
 LuxembourgLargest external debt as percentage of GDP, 3443%Finance2014
 MadagascarLargest vanilla producer, output of 3,500 tonsAgriculture2012
 MadagascarHighest commercial bank prime lending rate, 61%Finance2014
 MalawiLowest GDP (nominal) per capitaEconomy2014
 MalaysiaTallest twin buildings, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 1483 ftStructures1998
 MaldivesLowest highest point among all countries, 2 m (7 ft)Geography2009
 MauritaniaLargest percentage of people in slavery, 4%[97]Demographics2014
 MexicoLargest avocado producer, output of 1,264,141 tonsAgriculture2011
 MexicoLargest silver producer, 5,400 tonsIndustry2013
 MexicoLargest producer of opuntiaAgriculture
 Mexico Largest exporter of flat screen televisions[98] Industry 2016
 Federated States of MicronesiaHighest coastline to area ratio, 8,706.553 m/km²Geography2009
 MoldovaLargest percentage of arable land, 54.52%Agriculture
 MoldovaHighest rate of deurbanisation, -1.5% of urban population per yearDemographics2008
 MoldovaHighest consumption of alcohol per capita, 18.22 litres / yearConsumption2011
 MonacoMost densely populated, 47,850 per km²Demographics2013 (December 31)
 MonacoHighest median age of population, 51.1 yearsDemographics2014
 MonacoHighest nominal Gross National Income per capita, $186,950Finance2008
 MongoliaLeast densely populated, 1.92 per km²Demographics2015
 MoroccoLargest phosphorus reserve, about 50 trillion metric tons of 67 trillion metric tons worldwide (about the 75% the world reserves)Industry2011
 MyanmarWorld's largest book, stands upright, set in stone, in the ground deck of Kuthodaw pagoda in Mandalay. It has 730 leaves and 1460 pages.Structure19th Century
 MyanmarLowest level of property rights according to International Property Rights Index, score of 2.5Politics2015
 NamibiaLeast equal income distributionDemographics
   NepalHighest elevation above the sea level, 8,848 m (29,029 ft) at Mount Everest (shared with China)Geography2009
 NetherlandsTallest people, both men (1.837 m) and women (1.693 m)Demographics2009
 NetherlandsLowest level of business corruption according to Bribe Payers Index, score of 8.8 (tied with Switzerland)Economy
 NetherlandsHighest proficiency in English as a second language according to EF English Proficiency Index, score of 71.45Demographics2017
 NetherlandsBest performance at Field hockey World Cup (women), 7 times winner (1974, 1978, 1983, 1986*, 1990, 2006, 2014*)Sports2014
 NetherlandsBest performance at Korfball World Championship, 8 times winnerSports2011
 NetherlandsBest performance at World Junior Speed Skating Championships, 28 gold medals, 76 total medalsSports2015
 NetherlandsBest performance at World Single Distance Championships for Men (speed skating), 34 gold medals, 82 total medalsSports2009
 NetherlandsBest performance at FINA Water Polo World Cup (women), 8 times winner (1980, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999)Sports2014
 New ZealandBest performance at Women's Rugby World Cups, 4 times winner (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)Sports2014
 New ZealandBest performance at Men's Rugby World Cups, 3 times winner (1987, 2011, 2015)Sports2016
 New ZealandBest performance at Rugby World Cup Sevens (men), 2 times winner (2001, 2013) (tied with Fiji)Sports2013
 New ZealandBest performance at Women's Rugby League World Cups, 3 times winner (2000, 2005, 2008)Sports2013
 New ZealandBest performance at Men's Softball World Championships, 6 times winner (1976, 1984, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2013)Sports2016
 NigerHighest birth rate, 46.84 births per 1000 personsDemographics2013
 NigerHighest fertility rate, 6.89 births per womanDemographics2014
 NigerLowest median age of population, 15.1 yearsDemographics2014
 NigerLowest Human Development Index (HDI), 0.337Quality of life2014
 NigerWorst situation with education according to Education Index, score of 0.198Demographics
Quality of life
 NigeriaLargest yam producer, output of 38,000,000 tonsAgriculture2012
 NigeriaLargest cassava producer, output of 41,565,000 tonsAgriculture2005
 NigeriaLargest taro producer, output of 4,400,000 tonsAgriculture2009
 NigeriaMost HIV/AIDS deaths, 210,000Demographics2013
 NigeriaHighest importance of religion, (tied with Bangladesh and Somalia)

The most winner of the FIFA Under 17 world cup.

 Northern CyprusLargest illuminated flag, 450 × 225 m2[99][100]Culture1974
 Northern CyprusOldest female paragliding fly, at the age of 104, from a 730 m (2,400 ft) peakSports2012
 NorwayMost generous country by GNI 1.07%, Total aid: US$5.58 billion [101]Economy2013
 NorwayHighest Human Development Index (HDI), 0.944Quality of life2014
 NorwayHighest prosperity according to Legatum Prosperity IndexQuality of life2014
 NorwayLongest road tunnel, Lærdal Tunnel, 24,510 m (80,413 ft)Structures2000
 NorwayHighest level of democracy according to Democracy Index, score of 9.93Politics2014
 NorwayBest performance at FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, 126 gold medals, 324 total medalsSports2015
 NorwayBest performance at World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Men, 36 gold medals, 98 total medalsSports2015
 PakistanHighest Perinatal Mortality Rate; 433,800 newborn baby deaths per year[102][103]Health2012
 PakistanBest performance at Field hockey World Cup (men), 4 times winner (1971, 1978, 1982, 1994)Sports2014
 PakistanMost number of British Open Squash champions (men), 30 championshipsSports2015
 PakistanWorld's highest paved road Structuresunknown
 PakistanGreatest number of World Open Squash champions (men), 14 championshipsSports2014
 PakistanMost active UN peacekeeping forceMilitary2015
 State of PalestineLowest depression below the sea level, -428 m at Dead Sea (shared with Jordan and Israel)Geography2012
 PanamaMost merchant ships registered, 6,323Transport2008
 Papua New GuineaHighest annual prevalence of cannabis use, 29.5% of populationDemographics1995
 Papua New GuineaMost languages spoken in a country, 820 languages[104]Demographics2005
 Papua New GuineaBest performance at Australian Football International Cup, 1-time winner (2008), 2 times runner-up (2002, 2005)Sports2008
 ParaguayBest performance at AMF Futsal World Cup, 3 times winner, 3 times runner-upSports2011
 PeruLargest quinoa producer, output of 41,200 metric tonsAgriculture2011
 PeruLargest maca producer, 4,589 tonsAgriculture2005
 PhilippinesLargest Abacá (Manila Hemp) producer[69]Agriculture2007
 PhilippinesLargest nickel producer, 330,000 tonsIndustry2012
 PhilippinesLargest business process outsourcing industry[105]Industry2010
 PhilippinesLargest indoor arena, Philippine ArenaStructures2015
 PhilippinesBest performance at World Cup of Pool, 3 times winner (2006, 2009 and 2013)Sports2013
 PhilippinesBest performance at Miss Tourism International, 4 times winner (2000, 2012, 2013 and 2017)Culture2017
 PhilippinesBest performance at Miss Earth, 4 times winner (2008, 2014, 2015 and 2017)Culture2017
 PhilippinesBest performance at World Championships of Performing Arts, with 58 gold, 99 silver and 48 bronze medals that made up a total of 205 medalsCulture2017
 PhilippinesMost number of editions that any country had hosted Miss Earth, with 15 times being a host country since its inception in 2001 up to now, with the exceptions of 2008 which was hosted by Vietnam & 2015 which was hosted by AustriaCulture2017
 PolandLargest triticale producer, output of 3.7 million metric tonsAgriculture2005
 PolandBest performance at motorcycle Speedway World Cup, 8 times winnerSports2017
 PortugalEarliest abolition of life imprisonment, 1884[106]Politics2016
 PortugalOldest operating bookshop, Chiado's Bertrand booksellers, open in 1732[107]Culture2010
 PortugalLargest cork producer, output of 17.7 metric tonsAgriculture2009
 QatarLowest death rate, 1.53 deaths per 1000 personsDemographics2014
 QatarHighest prevalence of males in population, 3.41 males per femaleDemographics2012
 QatarMost carbon dioxide emissions per capita, 44 metric tonsEnvironment2009
 QatarHighest GDP (PPP) per capita, 143,427 Int. $ (IMF est.)Economy2014
 Republic of the CongoLowest energy intensity, 30.5 toe per 1 million dollars of GDPEnergy2003
 Republic of the CongoHighest gross fixed investment as percentage of GDP, 51.9%Finance2012
 RomaniaHighest home ownership rate, 95.6%[108]Quality of life
 RomaniaBest performance at Mini-football European Championship, 5 gold medals (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)Sports2014
 RomaniaMost International Mathematical Olympiads hosted, 5 (1959, 1960, 1969, 1978, 1999)Education2014
 RomaniaMost participations at a World Women's Handball Championship, 21 (all)Sports
 RwandaHighest proportion of women in government, 56.3%Politics2013
 RussiaLargest barley producer, output of 15.4 million metric tonsAgriculture2013
 RussiaLargest buckwheat producer, output of 833,936 tonsAgriculture2013
 RussiaLargest oats producer, output of 4,027,000 metric tonsAgriculture2013
 RussiaLargest sugar beet producer, output of 47.6 million metric tonsAgriculture2011
 RussiaLargest currant and gooseberry producer, output of 463,500 tonsAgriculture2005
 RussiaLargest raspberry producer, output of 140,000 tonsAgriculture2011
 RussiaLargest vetches producer, output of 377,750 tons[109]Agriculture2008
 RussiaHighest crude divorce rate, 4.8 per 1000 populationDemographics2011
 RussiaLargest proven natural gas reserves, 48,700,000,000,000 m³Energy2013
 RussiaLargest natural gas exporter, 173,000,000,000 cu mEnergy2007
 RussiaLargest oil producer, 10,107,000 bbl/d (1,606,900 m3/d)[110]Energy
 RussiaLargest forest area, 7,762,602 km²Geography2011
 RussiaLargest land area, 17,075,200 km²[111]Geography2009
 RussiaLargest total area, 17,098,242 km²[112]Geography2009
 RussiaLargest EEZ continental shelf area, 3,817,843 km²Geography2009
 RussiaMost countries bordered, 14 (16 if Abkhazia and South Ossetia are counted), the same number as with ChinaGeography2009
 RussiaMost time zones (contiguous territory), 9Geography2009
 RussiaLargest diamond producer, 38,000,000 carats (7,600 kg)Industry2005
 RussiaLargest palladium producer, 143 tonsIndustry2005
 RussiaLargest nuclear arsenal, 5,200 / 8,800 active/total warheads (2005 est)[113]Military2009
 RussiaLargest tank army, 20,550 tanksMilitary2014
 RussiaMost corvettes in operation, 70Military2011
 RussiaBest performance at the World Sambo Championships, 58 gold medals, 99 total medalsSports2009
 RussiaMost television broadcast stations, 7,306Technology1998
 San MarinoMost motor vehicles per capita, 1263 per 1000 populationTransport
 Saudi ArabiaLargest oil exporter, 8,865,000 (bbl/day)[114]Energy2012
 Saudi ArabiaHighest military expenditure per capita, $6909 per person per yearMilitary2015
 Serbia and Montenegro
Winner of most Basketball World Championships, 5 times winner (tied with United States)Sports2014
 Serbia and Montenegro
Best performance at FINA World Water Polo Championship (men), 4 times winnerSports2013
 Sierra LeoneHighest industrial production growth rate, 88%Industry2013
 SingaporeLowest fertility rate, 0.8 births per womanDemographics2014
 SingaporeLowest infant mortality rate, 2.31 deaths per 1000 live birthsDemographics2009
 SingaporeBest student performance in mathematics according to Programme for International Student Assessment[115]Demographics
Quality of life
 SingaporeMost economic freedom according to Index of Economic Freedom, 89.4 pointsEconomy
 SingaporeMost trade freedom according to Global Enabling Trade Report, 5.9 pointsEconomy
 SingaporeEasiest business doing according to Ease of Doing Business IndexEconomy
 SingaporeHighest overall growth potential according to Global Dynamism Index[116]Economy
 SomaliaLargest livestock of camels, 7,000,000 headsAgriculture2003
 SomaliaMost corrupt country according to Transparency International (tied with North Korea)[42]Politics2014
 SomaliaHighest importance of religion, (tied with Bangladesh and Nigeria)Demographics2009
 South AfricaMost people living with HIV/AIDS, 6,300,000Demographics2013
 South AfricaLargest chromium producerIndustry2013
 South AfricaLargest mohair producerAgriculture2013
 South AfricaLargest platinum producer, 147 tonnesIndustry2010
 South SudanYoungest country, Established 2011History2013
 South SudanLowest literacy rate, 27% of populationDemographics
Quality of life
 South SudanMost unstable country according to Failed States Index, score of 114.5Politics2015
 SpainLargest olive producer, output of 7,820,060 tonsAgriculture2011
 SpainLargest carob producer, output of 40,000 tonsAgriculture2012
 SpainBest performance at Roller Hockey World Championship (men), 16 gold medals, 36 total medalsSports2015
 Sri LankaMost successful team in ICC World Twenty20 (Men)Sports2014
 Sri LankaMost suicide rateDemographics2015
 SudanLowest level of innovation according to Global Innovation Index, score of 0.4Technology2013
 SurinameHighest percent of forest area, 90.20%Geography2011
 SwazilandHighest HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate, 26.5 of populationDemographics2012
 SwazilandLowest overall life expectancy, 31.88 years[117]Demographics
Quality of life
 SwedenMost equal income distribution according to CIA World FactbookDemographics
 SwedenLowest importance of religionDemographics2009
 SwedenWinner of most Bandy World Championships for women, 8 (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2016, 2018)Sports2018
 SwedenBest performance at World Floorball ChampionshipSports2009
  SwitzerlandLowest level of business corruption according to Bribe Payers Index, score of 8.8 (tied with Netherlands)Economy
  SwitzerlandHighest economic competitiveness according to Global Competitiveness Report, score of 5.86Economy
  SwitzerlandLowest central bank interest rate, -0.75%Finance2015
  SwitzerlandBest performance at UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships, 9 gold medals, 21 total medalsSports2016
  SwitzerlandBest performance at Sidecarcross World ChampionshipSports2009
  SwitzerlandBest quality of life according to the Quality-of-life index, 8.22 out of 10[118]Quality of life2013
  SwitzerlandLongest railway tunnel, Gotthard Base Tunnel, 57,104 m (187,349 ft)Structures2016
 SyriaLeast peaceful nation according to Global Peace IndexMilitary
 SyriaLowest net migration rate per 1,000 population, -113.51[119]Demographics2014
 SyriaLowest population growth rate, -9.73[120]Demographics2014
 ThailandBusiest low-cost-carrier (LCC) airport, 22.5 million passengers[121]Transport2015
 ThailandBest performance at ISTAF (International Sepaktakraw Federation) (both men[122] and women[123])Sports2015
 ThailandBest performance at Miss International Queen, 4 times winner (2004, 2007, 2011 and 2017)[124]Culture2017
 ThailandLargest Buddhist population, 64,419,840 people or 93.20% of countryCulture2015
 Timor-LesteHighest tax rate as percentage of GDP, 69.1%Finance2015
 Timor-LesteLeast globalized country according to Globalization Index, score of 24.35Politics2013
 TurkeyLargest apricot producer, output of 795,768 tonnes [125]Agriculture2012
 TurkeyLargest cherry producer, output of 480,748 tonnes [125]Agriculture2012
 TurkeyLargest sour cherry producer, output of 187,941 tonnes [125]Agriculture2012
 TurkeyLargest fig producer, output of 274,535 tonnes [125]Agriculture2012
 TurkeyLargest hazelnut producer, output of 660,000 tonnes [125]Agriculture2012
 TurkeyLargest quince producer, output of 135,406 tonnes [125]Agriculture2012
 TurkeyLargest wheat flour exporter, output of 2.062,730 tons [126]Agriculture2011
 TurkeyHighest consumption of tea per capita, 6.87 kg (242 oz) [127]Consumption2014
 TurkeyLargest boron reserves and producer, output of 2500 tonnes.[128]Industry2012
 TurkeyMost generous country by GNI 0.21%, Total aid: US$1.6 billion [101]Economy2013
 TurkeyBiggest refugee hosting country with 3 million Syrian and Iraqi refugees [129][130]Demographics2015
 TuvaluSmallest number of immigrants, 141Demographics2015
 TuvaluLowest GDP (nominal), US$34 millionEconomy2016
 TuvaluLowest GDP (PPP), US$41 millionEconomy2017
 TuvaluLargest percentage of permanent crops, 66.67%Agriculture
 UkraineLargest sunflower seed producer, output of 10.1 million metric tonsAgriculture2014
 United Arab EmiratesLowest tax rate as percentage of GDP, 1.4%Finance2015
 United Arab EmiratesTallest building, Burj Khalifa, 2717 ftStructures2014
 United KingdomMost overseas territories/dependencies, the UK has 14 overseas territories and 3 crown dependencies.Politics2014
 United KingdomMost Open and Transparent Government Data, According to The World Wide Web Foundation's Open Data Barometer.[131]Politics2015
 United KingdomOldest current head of state, Elizabeth II, at age 91Politics2017
 United KingdomCity with highest non-food retail sales, London with a total spend of around £64.2 billionFinance2010
 United KingdomBusiest airport system by passenger traffic, London sees a total 146,685,710 passengers annually, through Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, City and Southend airports.[132]Transport2014
 United KingdomBusiest single runway, Gatwick Airport (LGW)Transport2014
 United KingdomBusiest 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).Transport2014
 United KingdomLargest enclosed rain-forest, the Eden Project near St AustellEnvironment2001
 United KingdomLongest guided busway by length in miles, Cambridgeshire Guided Busway - 16 milesTransport2011
 United KingdomThe largest television broadcaster, BBCTelevision2014
 United KingdomMost elements of the periodic table discovered, 23 of the 118 known elements were discovered by British scientists.[133]Science
 United KingdomLargest off-shore wind farm, London Array in the United Kingdom, producing 630 MW.Energy Industry2015
 United KingdomHighest 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 Industry2012
 United KingdomDeepest off-shore wind farm, The Beatrice Wind Farm is the deepest fixed-foundation wind farm at 45-metre water depth.Energy Industry2007
 United KingdomLargest exporter of off-shore generated wind power, the UK's wind farms combine to produce the greatest wind farm exports to foreign countriesEnergy Industry2012
 United KingdomLargest producer of alcoholic spirits, Diageo Plc. of London.Industry2010
 United KingdomMost valuable football club, Manchester UnitedSports2014
 United KingdomMost number of times the Olympic Games have been held in one city, London held Olympics 3 times: 1908, 1948, 2012Sports2012
 United KingdomBest performance at Eventing World Championship (equestrian), 9 gold medals, 23 total medalsSports2014
 United KingdomBest government website, won the Designs of the Year Award 2013Politics2013
 United KingdomMost Formula One Grand Prix wins, 266 by 19 driversSports2017
 United KingdomMost Formula One Grand Prix wins (constructors), 517 by 15 constructorsSports2017
 United KingdomBest performance at equestrian Mounted games, 26 wins (including separate England, Northern Ireland and Wales wins)Sports2017
 United KingdomBest performance at ITU Triathlon World Championships (men), 10 gold medals, 19 total medalsSports2017
 United KingdomThe highest-grossing film series (inflation adjusted), the James Bond film seriesCulture2014
 United KingdomOldest metro system, the Tube in London, opened in 1863[134]Transport1863
 United KingdomOldest currency, sterling, first used in 775AD[135]Economics754AD
 United KingdomLargest empire in history, covering over 33,700,000 km² and a quarter of the world's populationGeography, Politics1922
 United KingdomHas the longest-running and oldest surviving pageant in the world, Miss WorldCulture1952
 United StatesLargest producer of berries output of 2,074,000[69]Agriculture2012
 United StatesLargest corn (maize) producer, output of 361,100,000 tonsAgriculture2014
 United StatesHighest share of gold in total forex reserves, 74.9%Finance2017
 United StatesLargest sorghum producer, output of 12 million tonsAgriculture2008
 United StatesLargest grapefruit and pummelo producer, output of 1,580,000 tonsAgriculture2007
 United StatesLargest strawberry producer, output of 1,371,573 tonsAgriculture2014
 United StatesLargest almond producer, output of 1,410,000 tonsAgriculture2010
 United StatesLargest beef producer, output of 11,789,000 tonAgriculture2010
 United StatesLargest chicken (broiler) producer, output of 15,980,000 tonAgriculture2009
 United StatesLargest turkey meat producer, output of 5,567,000 tonAgriculture2009
 United StatesLargest livestock of horses, 9,500,000 headsAgriculture2008
 United StatesLargest electricity importer, 51,400 million kWhConsumption
 United StatesLargest natural gas consumer, 778,000,000,000 cu mConsumption
 United StatesLargest oil consumer, 18,840,000 bbl/d (2,995,000 m3/d)[136]Consumption
 United StatesLargest oil importer, 7,713,000 bbl/day[137]Consumption
 United StatesLargest consumer market, Annual market size of approximately US$11 trillionConsumption
 United StatesThe highest-grossing film series, the Marvel Cinematic Universe film seriesCulture2018
 United StatesHighest incarceration rate, 760 prisoners per 100000 people, totaling 2,310,984 prisonersDemographics2008
 United StatesMost privately owned firearms per capita, 88.8 per 100 population[138]Demographics2014
 United StatesMost privately owned firearms in total, 270 million[138]Demographics2007
 United StatesLargest number of immigrants, 46,627,102Demographics2015
 United StatesMost billionaires, 565Demographics
 United StatesNew York City is city with most billionaires, 103 billionairesDemographics Economy2015
 United StatesHighest GDP (nominal), 18,624,450Economy2016
 United StatesLargest Christian population, 240 millionDemographics2017
 United StatesHighest service sector outputEconomy2015
 United StatesLargest nuclear power producer, 101,351 MWhEnergy2016
 United StatesMost nuclear reactors for electricity generation, 100Energy2016
 United StatesLargest proven coal reserves, 237,295 million tonsEnergy2008
 United StatesLargest natural gas producer, 766,200,000,000 m³Energy
 United StatesLargest external debt, $18,624,000,000,000Finance2017
 United StatesLargest government budget revenues, $5,731,627,000,000Finance2016
 United StatesLargest government budget expenditures, $6,541,465,000,000Finance2016
 United StatesHighest government budget deficit, $-809,838,000,000Finance2016
 United StatesLargest official gold reserves, 8,133.5 tonsFinance2017
 United StatesLargest stock of foreign direct investment abroad, $4,854,000,000,000.00Finance2013
 United StatesLargest stock of received foreign direct investment, $3,648,000,000,000Finance2016
 United StatesLargest importer, $2,205,000,000,000Finance2016
 United StatesWorst current account balance, -$469,400,000,000Finance2016
 United StatesLargest bentonite producer, 4,620,000 tonsIndustry2006
 United StatesLargest cheese producer, 5,162,730 tonsAgriculture2011
 United StatesLargest cellulose producer, 47,047 tonsIndustry2009
 United StatesLargest arms exporter, $47,169,000,000Industry
 United StatesLargest military budget, $615,500,000,000Military2017
 United StatesMost aircraft carriers in operation, 11Military2017
 United StatesMost cruisers in operation, 22Military2017
 United StatesMost destroyers in operation, 65Military2017
 United StatesMost nuclear submarines in operation, 70Military2017
 United StatesLargest airforce, 4000 unitsMilitary2014
 United StatesMost science papers output, 3,049,662 journal papers published between 2001-2011[139]Science2011
 United StatesMost cited country, 48,862,100 citations between 2001-2011[140]Science2011
 United StatesMost 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)Sports2016
 United StatesMost Olympic medals, 1,118 gold, 2,804 totalSports2016
 United StatesMost Summer Olympic medals, 1,022 gold, 2,522 totalSports2016
 United StatesBest performance at American Football World Cup, 3 times winner (2007, 2011, 2015)Sports2015
 United StatesWinner of most Basketball World Championships for Women, 9 (1953, 1957, 1979, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2014)[141]Sports2014
 United StatesBest performance at World Aquatics Championships, 253 gold medals, 586 total medalsSports2017
 United StatesBest performance at World Championships in Athletics, 155 gold medals, 352 total medalsSports2017
 United StatesBest performance at World Backgammon Championship, 19 winsSports2017
 United StatesWinner of most Basketball World Championships, 5 times winner (tied with Serbia/Yugoslavia)Sports2014
 United StatesBest performance at FIFA Women's World Cups, 3 times winner (1991, 1999), (2015, 1 time runner-up (2011)Sports2015
 United StatesBest performance at WTBA World Tenpin Bowling Championships, (men) 30 gold medals, 73 total medalsSports2017
 United StatesBest performance at WTBA World Tenpin Bowling Championships, (women) 27 gold medals, 77 total medalsSports2017
 United StatesBest performance at Golf World Cup (men), 24 winsSports2016
 United StatesBest performance at World Lacrosse Championship (men), 9 times winnerSports2014
 United StatesBest performance at Women's Lacrosse World Cup, 8 times winnerSports2017
 United StatesBest performance at Racquetball World ChampionshipsSports2016
 United StatesBest performance at ISF Women's World Championship (softball), 10 gold medals, 14 total medalsSports2016
 United StatesBest performance at tennis Davis Cup (men), 32 team winsSports2017
 United StatesBest performance at tennis Fed Cup (women), 18 team winsSports2017
 United StatesBest performance at tennis Hopman Cup (mixed pairs), 6 team winsSports2018
 United StatesBest performance at FINA World Water Polo Championship (women), 5 times winnerSports2017
 United StatesBest performance at Basketball World Championships for Women, 9 gold medals, 12 total medalsSports2014
 United StatesHighest International tourism receipts, $177.2 billionTourism2014
 United StatesLongest total length of railways, 224,792 km[142]Transport2014
 United StatesLongest total length of roadways, 6,586,610 km[143]Transport2013
 United StatesMost airports, 13,513[144]Transport2013
 United StatesMost heliports, 5,287Transport2013
 United StatesLargest total length of pipelines, 2,225,032 kmTransport2013
 United StatesMost Soft power of any nationPolitics2014
 United StatesBest Performance at Miss Universe, 8 times Winner, 1954, 1956, 1960, 1967, 1980, 1995, 1997 & 2012Culture2014
 United StatesMost number of editions that any country had hosted Miss Universe, 35 times of being a host country, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017Culture2018
 UruguayMost southernmost northernmost point on land, 30°05'SGeography2009
 UzbekistanLargest double landlocked country, 447,400 km² (172,742 sq mi)Geography
  Vatican CitySmallest population, 839Demographics2012
  Vatican CityLargest percentage of immigrant population, 100%Demographics2015
  Vatican CitySmallest total area, 0,44 km²Geography2015
  Vatican CitySmallest landlocked country, 0,44 km²Geography2015
 VenezuelaLargest proven oil reserves, 302,250,000 bbl (48,054,000 m3)[145]Energy2016
 VenezuelaBest performance at Big Four Beauty Pageants (Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International, Miss Earth), 21 times winnerCulture2014
 VenezuelaHighest annual inflation rate, 96.3%Finance2015
 VietnamSmallest percentage of immigrant population, 0.0249%Demographics2005

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

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