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10 Fun Facts about the World
1. The largest desert in the world is the Sahara
Without a doubt, the Sahara desert is the world’s largest desert, covering a total area of 3.5 million square miles, equivalent to almost the size of the United States. This desert spans over 11 African countries, including Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Niger, and Sudan.
2. The highest mountain in the world is Mount Everest
Mount Everest is located in Nepal in the Himalayas and stands at an elevation of 8,848 metres (29,029 ft). It is the highest mountain in the world and has been the site of many daring adventures since the first recorded successful climb in 1953.
3. The longest river in the world is the Nile
The Nile is a 6,853-km-long (4,258-mile) river located in Egypt, Sudan, and Tanzania. It is the longest river in the world, with its source stemming back to Lake Victoria and its delta leading it to the Mediterranean Sea.
4. The deepest lake in the world is Lake Baikal
The deepest lake in the world, Lake Baikal, is located in Russia and has an astonishing depth of 1,642 meters (5,387 ft). It is also the world’s largest freshwater lake, containing more than 20% of the planet’s total supply.
5. The largest country in the world is Russia
Russia is the largest country in the world in terms of area, measuring a total of 17,098,242 km² (6,601,668 sq mi). In terms of population, however, it ranks 11th, with over 144 million people inhabiting the landmass.
6. The most-spoken language in the world is Chinese
Chinese is the most commonly spoken language, with over 1.3 billion native speakers by 2020. It is followed by other languages, such as Spanish, English, Hindi and Arabic.
7. The smallest country in the world is Vatican City
Vatican City is the world’s smallest country, measuring just 0.44 km² (0.17 mi²) in area and only having an estimated population of 800 people as of April 2019.
8. The oldest known living tree in the world is Prometheus
Prometheus is an ancient 4,862-year-old bristlecone pine located in the White Mountains of eastern California. It is considered to be the oldest living organism in the world and has been a significant source of knowledge about climate change.
9. The world’s longest hedge maze is the hedge maze of Longleat
10. The world’s biggest island is Greenland
Greenland is the world’s largest island, measuring over 2,166,086 km² (836,330 sq mi). It is located off the Atlantic Coast, in between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans and is part of the Kingdom of Denmark.