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Below is a table of statistically superlative countries under particular criteria and in various fields. Only the general statistical records are reflected here. For the records related to specific natural or artificial single objects, located or produced within a territory of a certain country, see the List of statistically superlative objects by country.

Country Achievement Field Date
 Afghanistan Largest illegal opium producer, 95% of world's market ($64 billion), with 2.9 million opium farmers[1][2] Illicit Drugs 2008
 Andorra Highest overall life expectancy, 83.53 years[3] Demographics
Quality of life
2009
 Andorra Most tourist arrivals per capita, 121[4] Economy 2008
 Angola Highest infant mortality rate, 180.21 deaths per 1000 live births Demographics 2009
 Angola Highest industrial production growth rate, 14.30% (CIA World Factbook est.)[5] Industry 2008
 Argentina Largest exporter of pears, 490,000 tonnes[6][7] Agriculture 2009
 Argentina Largest exporter of vegetable oil, $2,715,890 thousand USD[8] Agriculture 2009
 Argentina Highest consumption of beef per capita, 65.2 kilograms / year[9] Consumption 2006
 Argentina Best performance at Paddle Tennis World Championship (men), 7 gold medals, 9 total medals Sports 2009
 Argentina Best performance at Paddle Tennis World Championship (women), 7 gold medals, 9 total medals Sports 2009
 Australia Largest wool producer, output of 475,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 Australia Largest sheep meat producer Agriculture 2005
 Australia Largest uranium reserves, 1,243,000 tons Energy 2007
 Australia Largest aluminium oxide producer, 18,312,000 tons Industry 2006
 Australia Largest bauxite producer, 63,000,000 tons Industry 2008
 Australia Largest titanium producer, 1,291,000 tons Industry 2003
 Australia Largest zirconium producer, 426,000 tons Industry 2005
 Australia Best performance at Rugby World Cups (men), 2 times winner (1991, 1999), 1 time runner-up (2003) Sports 2008
 Australia Best performance at Rugby League World Cups (men), 9 times winner (1957, 1968, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1988, 1992, 1995, 2000) Sports 2008
 Australia Winner of most Cricket World Cups (men), 4 (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007)[10] Sports 2007
 Australia Winner of most Women's Cricket World Cups, 5 (1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2005) Sports 2009
 Australia Best performance at ICF Canoe Polo World Championships (men), 3 gold medals Sports 2009
 Australia Best performance at Netball World Championshipss, 9 times winner Sports 2009
 Australia Best performance at World International Doubles Squash Championships Sports 2009
 Australia Best performance at World Team Squash Championships Sports 2009
 Australia Best performance at Touch Football World Cups Sports 2009
 Australia Best performance at ITU Triathlon World Championships (women), 11 gold medals, 26 total medals Sports 2009
 Austria Best performance at FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, 74 gold medals, 233 total medals Sports 2009
 Austria Best performance at FIS Ski Flying World Championships, 5 gold medals, 7 silver medals, 3 bronze medals Sports 2009
 Azerbaijan Highest nominal GDP year to year growth rate, 48.23% Economy 2008
 Bangladesh Largest percentage of arable land, 55.39% Agriculture
Geography
2005
 Bangladesh Lowest annual energy consumption per capita, 160.9 kgoe per person per year Energy 2003
 Bangladesh Lowest level of property rights according to International Property Rights Index, score of 2.9 Politics 2008
 Bangladesh Most female heads of government, 16 years and first women head-of-government to follow another Politics As of 2010
 Bangladesh More NGOs than any country in the world, 20,000 Society 2005
 Belgium Most globalized country according to Globalization Index, score of 91.96 Politics 2007
 Belgium Best performance at UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Men, 25 gold medals, 52 total medals Sports 2009
 Belgium Best performance at UCI Road World Championships (Men's Road Race), 25 gold medals, 47 total medals Sports 2009
 Belgium Best performance at Motocross World Championship Sports 2009
 Bhutan Highest GDP (real) annual growth rate, 21.40% (CIA World Factbook est.)[11] Economy 2008
 Brazil Largest citrus producer, output of 20,682,309 tons Agriculture 2007
 Brazil Largest orange producer, output of 17.8 million tons Agriculture 2005
 Brazil Largest dry bean producer, output of 3,330,435 tons Agriculture 2008
 Brazil Largest coffee producer, output of 2,249,010 tons Agriculture 2007
 Brazil Largest sugarcane producer, output of 514,079,729 tons Agriculture 2008
 Brazil Largest sisal producer, output of 113,300 tons Agriculture 2007
 Brazil Largest number of isolated tribes, 67[12] Demographics 2009
 Brazil Greatest biodiversity, with most known species of plants (55,000), freshwater fish (3000) and mammals (over 520)[13] Environment 2010
 Brazil Largest renewable freshwater resources, 8,233 km³/year Geography 2000
 Brazil Largest niobium producer, 40,000 tons Industry 2007
 Brazil Largest thorium reserves, 606,000 tons Industry 2001
 Brazil Winner of most FIFA World Cups, 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)[14] Sports 2006
 Brazil Winner of most FIFA Club World Cups, 3 (2000, 2005, 2006) Sports 2008
 Brazil Best performance at FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, 12 times winner (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008) Sports 2008
 Brazil Best performance at FIFA Futsal World Cup, 4 times winner (1989, 1992, 1996, 2008) Sports 2008
 Brazil Best performance at Beach Handball World Championships, 2 gold medals, 4 total medals Sports 2008
 Brazil Best performance at Beach Volleyball World Championships, 7 gold medals, 19 total medals Sports 2008
 Brazil Best performance at World Polo Championship, 3 times winner (1995, 2001, 2004), 2 times runner-up (1998, 2008) Sports 2008
 Brazil Largest electronic spam producer, 7.7 trillion messages per year Technology 2007
 Burkina Faso Worst situation with education according to Education Index, score of 0.274 Demographics
Quality of life
2009
 Burkina Faso Lowest literacy rate, 23.6% of population Demographics
Quality of life
2009
 Burundi Highest rate of urbanisation, +6.8% of urban population per year Demographics 2008
 Burundi Lowest GDP (nominal) per capita Economy 2007
 Burundi Least globalized country according to Globalization Index, score of 25.75 Politics 2007
 Burundi Lowest satisfaction with life according to Satisfaction with Life Index, 100 Quality of life 2006
 Canada Largest flax producer, output of 633,500 tons Agriculture 2007
 Canada Largest canary seed producer, output of 117,300 tons Agriculture 2005
 Canada Largest uranium producer, 9,862 tons Energy
Industry
2006
 Canada Largest water area, 891,163 km²[15] Geography 2009
 Canada Longest coastline, 243,792 km[16] Geography 2009
 Canada Most years attaining the highest Human Development Index (HDI), 10 out of 19 years Quality of life 2009
 Canada Best performance at World Curling Men's Championships, 31 gold medals, 45 total medals Sports 2009
 Canada Best performance at World Curling Women's Championships, 15 gold medals, 26 total medals Sports 2009
 Canada Winner of most Women's Ice Hockey World Championships, 9 times winner Sports 2009
 Central African Republic Least easy business doing according to Ease of Doing Business Index Economy
Politics
2009
 Chile Largest copper mine producer, 5,360,800 tons Industry 2006
 Chile Largest iodine producer, 15,346 tons Industry 2005
 Chile Largest lithium producer, 12,000 tons Industry 2008
 Chile Largest lithium reserves, 300,000 tons Industry 2008
 Chile Largest rhenium producer tons Industry 2005
 Chile Largest rhenium reserves tons Industry 2005
 China Largest rice producer, output of 182,042,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest wheat producer, output of 109.9 million metric tons Agriculture 2007
 China Largest fruit and vegetable producer, output of 506,634,000 tons Agriculture 2004
 China Largest apple producer, output of 26,065,500 tons Agriculture 2006
 China Largest garlic producer, output of 12,088,000 tons Agriculture 2008
 China Largest pear and quince producer, output of 11,537,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest tangerine producer, output of 14,152,000 tons Agriculture 2007
 China Largest peach and nectarine producer, output of 6,030,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest plum and sloe producer, output of 4,635,500 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest persimmon producer, output of 1,987,000 tons Agriculture 2006
 China Largest tomato producer, output of 32,540,040 tons Agriculture 2006
 China Largest watermelon producer, output of 69,315,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest chestnut producer, output of 825,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest walnut producer, output of 499,070 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest peanut producer, output of 13,090,000 tons Agriculture 2008
 China Largest eggplant producer, output of 18,033,000 tons Agriculture 2008
 China Largest carrot and turnip producer, output of 8,395,500 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest potato producer, output of 70 million metric tons Agriculture 2006
 China Largest cabbage producer, output of 36,335,000 tons Agriculture 2008
 China Largest cauliflowers and broccoli producer, output of 8,585,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest spinach producer, output of 11,011,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest lettuce and chicory producer, output of 11,005,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest asparagus producer, output of 5,906,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest onion and shallot producer, output of 17,793,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest cucumber and gherkin producer, output of 26,000,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest fish producer, output of 49,467,275 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest aquatic plants producer, output of 11,163,675 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest honey producer, output of 298,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest mushroom and truffle producer, output of 1,410,540 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest cotton producer, output of 11,400,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest silk producer, output of 290,003 tons Agriculture 2005
 China Largest rapeseed producer, output of 10.3 million metric tons Agriculture 2007
 China Largest tea producer, output of 1,183,502 million tons Agriculture 2007
 China Largest tobacco producer, output of 2,298,800 tons Agriculture 2000
 China Largest livestock of domestic sheep, 157,900,000 heads Agriculture 2004
 China Largest livestock of domestic pig, 488,800,000 heads Agriculture 2005
 China Largest livestock of mules, 4,194,000 heads Agriculture 2003
 China Largest livestock of donkeys, 8,499,000 heads Agriculture 2003
 China Largest livestock of horses, 8,088,000 heads Agriculture 2003
 China Largest rice consumer, 135 million metric tons per year Consumption 2004
 China Largest car market, 13.64 million vehicles[17] Consumption
Transport
2009
 China Largest population, 1,315,844,000[18] Demographics 2006
 China Largest labour force, 807,700,000 Demographics
Economy
2008
 China Largest renewable energy producer, 576.1 TW·h per year Energy 2006
 China Largest hydroelectricity producer, 585.2 TW·h per year Energy 2007
 China Largest coal producer, 2,536.7 million tons Energy
Industry
2007
 China Largest wind turbine producer[19] Energy
Industry
2009
 China Largest solar panel producer[19] Energy
Industry
2009
 China Most carbon dioxide emissions, 6,103,493,000 metric tons Environment 2006
 China Largest forex reserves, $2,273,000,000,000 Finance 2009
 China Largest exporter, $1,200,000,000,000[20] Finance 2009
 China Highest current account balance, $371,833,000,000 Finance 2007
 China Highest elevation above the sea level, 8,848 m (29,029 ft) at Mount Everest (shared with Nepal) Geography 2009
 China Longest land border length, 22,117 km (22,147 km if Hong Kong and Macao, the two special administrative regions are counted) Geography 2009
 China Most countries bordered, 14 (16 if Hong Kong and Macao, the two special administrative regions are counted), the same number as with Russia Geography 2009
 China Largest gold producer, 276 tonnes[21] Industry 2007
 China Largest aluminium producer, 5,896,000 tons Industry 2006
 China Largest antimony producer, 126,000 tons Industry 2005
 China Largest arsenic producer Industry 2006
 China Largest bismuth producer, 1,900 tons Industry 2006
 China Largest cadmium producer, 3,000 tons Industry 2005
 China Largest cement producer, 1,038,000,000 tons Industry 2005
 China Largest fluorite producer, 3,000,000 tons Industry 2006
 China Largest iron producer, 588,000,000 tons Industry 2006
 China Largest manganese producer, 6,000,000 tons Industry 2006
 China Largest mercury producer, 1,150 tons Industry 2005
 China Largest mica producer, 89,000 tons Industry 2005
 China Largest steel producer, 500,500,000 tons Industry 2008
 China Largest stroncium producer, 700,000 tons Industry 2005
 China Largest tin producer, 120,000 tons Industry 2005
 China Largest tin reserves, 1,700,000 tons Industry 2006
 China Largest tungsten producer, 46,900 tons Industry 2005
 China Largest zinc producer, 2,600,000 tons Industry 2006
 China Largest motor vehicle producer, 13,790,000 vehicles[22] Industry
Transport
2009
 China Largest army by number of active troops, 2.25 million troops[23] Military 2005
 China Largest police force, 1,780,000 officers Military 2010
 China Most frigates in operation, 49 Military
 China Best performance at women's badminton Uber Cup, 11 times winner Sports 2009
 China Best performance at World Badminton Championships, 43 gold medals won Sports 2009
 China Best performance at World Amateur Go Championship, 18 wins Sports 2009
 China Best performance at World Table Tennis Championships, 35 team wins Sports 2009
 China Best performance at World Weightlifting Championships (women), 314 gold medals, 423 total medals Sports 2007
 China Leading surveillance society (Endemic surveillance society)[24] Surveillance 2007
 China Most internet users, 298,000,000[25] Technology 2009
 China Most main line phones, 368,000,000[26] Technology 2006
 China Most mobile cellular phones, 703,000,000[27] Technology 2009
 China Largest total length of waterways, 110,000 km Transport 2008
 China Largest total length of high-speed railways, 6,003 km Transport 2009
 Republic of the Congo Lowest energy intensity, 30.5 toe per 1 million dollars of GDP Energy 2003
 Colombia Largest emerald producer Industry 2009
 Costa Rica Highest environmental happiness according to Happy Planet Index, score of 76.1 Environment
Quality of life
2009
 Côte d'Ivoire Largest cacao producer, output of 1,330,000 metric tons Agriculture 2005
 Cuba Winner of most Baseball World Cup (men), 25 gold medals Sports 2009
 Cuba Best performance at Boxing World Cup, 2 times winner (2006, 2008) Sports 2008
 Cuba Winner of most Volleyball World Cups (women), 4 (1989, 1991, 1995, 1999) Sports 2009
 Czech Republic Highest consumption of beer per capita, 156.9 liters / year[28] Consumption 2004
 Democratic Republic of the Congo Highest percentage of population suffering from undernourishment, 75% Demographics 2006
 Democratic Republic of the Congo Highest energy intensity, 4746.3 toe per 1 million dollars of GDP Energy 2003
 Democratic Republic of the Congo Largest cobalt producer, 22,000 tons Industry 2005
 Denmark Most equal income distribution according to UN [29] Demographics
Economy
1997
 Denmark Highest minimum wage, 22,713 (Intl. dollars) Finance 2008
 Denmark Most northernmost point on land, 83°40'N at Kaffeklubben Island,  Greenland Geography 2009
 Denmark Highest satisfaction with life according to Satisfaction with Life Index, 273.4 Quality of life 2006
 Egypt Largest date producer, output of 1,313,690 tons Agriculture 2007
 Estonia Highest prevalence of females in population, 0.84 males per female Demographics 2009
 Ethiopia Best performance at World Cross Country Running Championships, 27 wins Sports 2009
 Fiji Best performance at Rugby World Cup Sevens (men), 2 times winner (1997, 2005) Sports 2008
 Finland Highest consumption of coffee per capita, 11.4 kg / year[30] Consumption
 Finland Best student performance in science Demographics
Quality of life
2006
 Finland Most property rights according to International Property Rights Index, score of 8.6 Politics 2008
 Finland Highest prosperity according to Legatum Prosperity Index Quality of life 2009
 Finland Best performance at Drivers' World Rally Championship, 14 wins by 7 drivers Sports 2009
 Finland Most technologically advanced according to the UN's Technology Achievement Index, 0.744[31] Technology 2001
 France Largest sugar beet producer, output of 29 million metric tons Agriculture 2005
 France Largest indigenous duck meat producer[32] Agriculture 2005
 France Largest producer of pharmaceutical products[33] Industry 2007
 France Largest exporter of perfume[34] Industry 2007
 France Highest consumption of wine per capita, 55.85 liters / year[35] Consumption
 France Largest percentage of nuclear energy in total energy production, 76.2% Energy 2008
 France Largest electricity exporter, 67,600 million kWh Energy 2007
 France Most time zones (overseas territories included), 12 Geography 2009
 France Best performance at World Championships of Basque Pelota, 58 gold medals, 140 total medals Sports 2009
 France Best performance at UCI Road World Championships (Women's Road Race), 9 gold medals, 15 total medals Sports 2009
 France Best performance at Endurance FIM World Championship (motorcycle racing) Sports 2009
 France Most tourist visits per year, 81.9 million Tourism 2007
 Germany Largest hop producer, output of 34,438 tons Agriculture 2005
 Germany Most Winter Olympic medals, 128 gold medals, 358 total medals[36] Sports 2010
 Germany Best performance at FIBT World Championships (bobsleigh and skeleton), 58 gold medals, 146 total medals Sports 2009
 Germany Best performance at ICF Canoe Polo World Championships (women), 3 gold medals, 7 total medals Sports 2009
 Germany Best performance at ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, 171 gold medals, 406 total medals Sports 2009
 Germany Best performance at ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, 92 gold medals, 252 total medals Sports 2009
 Germany Best performance at UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Women, 4 gold medals, 10 total medals Sports 2009
 Germany Best performance at UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships, 79 gold medals, 201 total medals Sports 2009
 Germany Best performance at FEI World Equestrian Games, 25 gold medals, 58 total medals Sports 2009
 Germany Best performance at equestrian Dressage World Championship, 18 gold medals Sports 2009
 Germany Best performance at Show Jumping World Championships (equestrian), 8 gold medals, 16 total medals Sports 2009
 Germany Best performance at Fistball World Cup (men), 9 gold medals, 13 total medals Sports 2009
 Germany Best performance at Fistball World Cup (women), 3 gold medals, 4 total medals Sports 2009
 Germany Best performance at Fistball World Games (men), 4 gold medals, 6 total medals Sports 2009
 Germany Best performance at FIFA Women's World Cups, 2 times winner (2003, 2007), 1 time runner-up (1995) Sports 2008
 Germany Best performance at FIL World Luge Championships, 85 gold medals, 215 total medals Sports 2009
 Germany Best performance at World Sprint Speed Skating Championships for Women, 19 gold medals, 41 total medals Sports 2009
 Germany Best performance at World Single Distance Championships for Women (speed skating), 35 gold medals, 74 total medals Sports 2009
 Greece Highest consumption of olive oil per capita, 26.1 kg / year [37] Consumption
 Greece Highest consumption of tobacco per capita, 4,313 cigarettes / year [38] Consumption
 Greece Highest share of gold in total forex reserves, 92.8% Finance 2009
 Guinea Largest bauxite reserves, 7,400,000,000 tons Industry 2008
 Honduras Highest intentional homicide rate, 58 per 100000 people per year Demographics 2008
 Hungary Best performance at FINA Water Polo World Cup (men), 3 times winner (1979, 1995, 1999), 3 times runner-up (1993, 2002, 2006) Sports 2009
 Iceland Highest electricity consumption per capita, 3,152W per person Consumption
Energy
2005
 Iceland Most northernmost southernmost point on land, 63°17'N at Surtsey island Geography 2009
 Iceland Highest percentage of Internet users, 92%[39] Technology 2009
 Iceland Most press freedom according to Freedom of the Press (report) Politics 2009
 India Largest millet producer, output of 10,610,000 tons Agriculture 2007
 India Largest banana producer, output of 21.77 million metric tons Agriculture 2007
 India Largest lemon and lime producer, output of 2,060,000 tons Agriculture 2007
 India Largest mango producer, output of 13,501,000 tons Agriculture 2007
 India Largest areca nut producer, output of 483,100 tons Agriculture 2006
 India Largest spice producer, output of 1,600,000 tons Agriculture 2004
 India Largest ginger producer, output of 420,000 tons Agriculture 2008
 India Largest chickpea producer, output of 5,970,000 tons Agriculture 2008
 India Largest lentil producer, output of 1,400,000 tons Agriculture 2007
 India Largest jute producer, output of 2,140,000 tons Agriculture 2008
 India Largest milk producer, output of 59,210,000 tons Agriculture 2007
 India Largest livestock of water buffalos, 97,700,000 heads Agriculture 2004
 India Largest total freshwater withdrawal, 645.84 km³/year Agriculture
Consumption
2000
 India Largest area of irrigated land, 558,080 km² Agriculture
Geography
2003
 India Largest number of hungry people in the world[40] Demographics 2009
 India Largest tiger headcount, 3750 tigers Environment 1990
 India Largest number of people who defecate in the open, 665 million[41] Society 2009
 India Largest number of poor people in the world[42] Society 2009
 Indonesia Largest palm oil producer, output of 15,900,000 tons Agriculture 2006
 Indonesia Largest cinammon producer, output of 60,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 Indonesia Largest clove producer, output of 110,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 Indonesia Largest area of permanent crops, 128,581 km² Agriculture
Geography
2005
 Indonesia Largest number of ethnic groups, at least 330 Demographics 1945
 Indonesia Most islands, 17,508 Georgraphy 2000
 Indonesia Best performance at men's badminton Thomas Cup, 13 times winner Sports 2009
 Iran Largest pistachio producer, output of 230,000 tons[43] Agriculture 2007
 Iran Largest saffron producer, 93.7% of world's total production[44] Agriculture 2009
 Iran Largest caviar producer [45] Agriculture 2009
 Iran Largest producer of berries[46] Agriculture 2007
 Iran Largest producer of stone fruits[47] Agriculture 2007
 Iran Largest producer of Berberis[48] Agriculture 2009
 Iran Largest importer of wheat[49][50][51] Consumption 2009
 Iran Highest rate of brain drain in the world Demographics 2003
 Iran Highest ratio of female to male school enrollment[52], 1.22 female per male student Demographics 2005
 Iran Highest annual prevalence of opiates use, 2.8% of population Demographics 1999
 Iran Location with the highest natural background radiation, annual dose of 260 mSv Geography 2010
 Iran Most number of major earthquakes, 5.5+ Richter Magnitude[53] Geology 2010
 Iran Most accurate calendar in use, Iranian calendar Geophysics 2010
 Iran Largest number of former national capitals, 30 former capital cities History 2010
 Iran World's oldest country, Established ~3200 BC History 2010
 Iran Host to the world's largest population of foreign refugees, Mostly Iraqi & Afghan refugees[54][55][56][57] Humanitarian 1999
 Iran Largest producer of Turquoise[58][59] Industry 2010
 Iran Largest reserves of Zinc[60][61][62] Industry 2010
 Iran World's largest producer and exporter of handmade carpets[63][64][65] Industry 2010
 Iran World's fastest growth rate in science and technology, 1000% increase of scientific output in nine years[66][67] Science 2010
 Iraq Least peaceful according to Global Peace Index Military
Politics
2009
 Ireland Best quality of life, 8.333 out of 10[68] Quality of life 2005
 Ireland Most Eurovision wins, 7[69] Entertainment 2009
 Israel Lowest depression below the sea level, -418 m at Dead Sea (shared with Jordan) Geography 2009
 Italy Largest grape producer, output of 8,519,418 tons Agriculture 2008
 Italy Largest wine producer, output of 8,519,418 tons Agriculture 2005
 Italy Largest kiwifruit producer, output of 415,050 tons Agriculture 2005
 Italy Largest artichoke producer, output of 469,980 tons Agriculture 2005
 Italy Highest number of World Heritage Sites, 44 Culture 2009
 Italy Best performance at FIVB World Leagues, 8 times winner, 3 times runner-up Sports 2008
 Italy Best performance at Karting World Championship, 21 wins Sports 2009
 Italy Best performance at F1 Powerboat World Championship, 13 wins Sports 2008
 Italy Best performance at FIL World Luge Natural Track Championships, 27 gold medals, 80 total medals Sports 2009
 Italy Best performance at World Championships of Ski Mountaineering, 2 times winner (2006, 2008) Sports 2009
 Japan Lowest birth rate, 7.64 births per 1000 persons Demographics 2009
 Japan Lowest central bank interest rate, 0.10% Finance 2008
 Japan Lowest commercial bank prime lending rate, 1.68% Finance 2008
 Japan Best performance at American Football World Cup, 2 times winner (1999, 2003) Sports 2009
 Japan Best performance at World Judo Championships, 97 gold medals, 229 total medals Sports 2009
 Japan Best performance at Karate World Championships, 10 wins Sports 2009
 Japan Most patents granted, 185,827 Technology 2007
 Japan Most patents in force, 1,613,776 Technology 2007
 Japan Most merchant ships owned, 3757 Transport 2008
 Jordan Lowest depression below the sea level, -418 m at Dead Sea (shared with Israel) Geography 2009
 Kiribati Smallest volume of carbon dioxide emissions, 29,000 metric tons Environment 2006
 North Korea Lowest level of economic freedom according to Index of Economic Freedom Economy
Politics
2009
 North Korea Largest military budget as % of GDP, 22.9% Military 2003
 North Korea Most diesel submarines in operation, 62 Military
 North Korea Largest reserve force, 4,700,000 Military 2006
 North Korea Most active troops per population, 46 per 1000 people Military 2006
 North Korea Lowest level of press freedom according to Freedom of the Press (report) Politics 2009
 North Korea Lowest level of democracy according to Democracy Index, score of 0.86 Politics 2008
 South Korea Best student performance in reading Demographics
Quality of life
2006
 South Korea Largest shipbuilder, 12,400,000 Gross Tonnage Industry
Transport
2008
 South Korea Best performance at World Short Track Speed Skating Team Championships, 12 gold medals, 30 total medals Sports 2009
 South Korea Best performance at World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships, 29 gold medals, 66 total medals Sports 2009
 South Korea Best performance at World Taekwondo Championships, 142 gold medals, 186 total medals Sports 2009
 South Korea Highest Digital Opportunity Index, the score of 0.80 Technology 2007
 South Korea Most heliports, 516[70] Transport 2009
 Kuwait Highest-valued currency unit, Kuwaiti dinar (KWD; 1 KWD = 3.72953 USD, 1 USD = 0.26813 KWD) Economy
 Lesotho Highest lowest point among all countries, 1400 m Geography 2009
 Liechtenstein Highest GDP (nominal) per capita, $145,734 (CIA World Factbook est.) Economy 2007
 Liechtenstein Highest GDP (PPP) per capita, 118,000 Int. $ (CIA World Factbook est.) Economy 2007
 Lithuania Highest suicide rate, 38.6 per 100,000 people per year Demographics 2005
 Luxembourg Highest consumption of alcohol per capita, 15.56 litres / year Consumption 2008
 Luxembourg Highest GDP (nominal) per capita, $113,044 (IMF est.), $111,182 (World Bank est.) Economy 2008
 Luxembourg Highest GDP (PPP) per capita, 78,559 Int. $ (World Bank est.) Economy 2008
 Madagascar Largest vanilla producer, output of 6,200 tons Agriculture 2006
 Maldives Highest annual population growth, 5.57% Demographics 2008
 Maldives Lowest highest point among all countries, 2 m (7 ft) Geography 2009
 Mali Highest fertility rate, 7.34 births per woman Demographics 2008
 Mauritius Most compact measured in circular ratio, 0.81425 Geography 2009
 Mexico Largest avocado producer, output of 1,021,520 tons Agriculture 2005
 Micronesia Worst net migration rate, -21.03 migrants per 1000 persons Demographics 2009
 Micronesia Highest coastline to area ratio, 8,706.553 m/km² Geography 2009
 Micronesia Highest percent of forest area, 90.31% Geography 2007
 Moldova Highest rate of deurbanisation, -1.5% of urban population per year Demographics 2008
 Monaco Most densely populated, 23,660 per km² Demographics 2004
 Monaco Highest median age of population, 45.7 years Demographics 2008
 Monaco Largest external debt per capita, $540,000 Finance 2000
 Monaco Largest external debt as percentage of GDP, 1843.70% Finance 2000
 Mongolia Least densely populated, 1.7 per km² Demographics 2004
 Montenegro Largest annual population decline, -0.93% Demographics 2008
 Namibia Least equal income distribution Demographics
Economy
2003
 Nepal Highest elevation above the sea level, 8,848 m (29,029 ft) at Mount Everest (shared with China) Geography 2009
 Netherlands Best performance at Field hockey World Cup (women), 6 times winner (1974, 1978, 1983, 1986*, 1990, 2006) Sports 2009
 Netherlands Best performance at Korfball World Championship, 7 times winner Sports 2007
 Netherlands Best performance at World Junior Speed Skating Championships, 22 gold medals, 62 total medals Sports 2009
 Netherlands Best performance at World Single Distance Championships for Men (speed skating), 34 gold medals, 82 total medals Sports 2009
 Netherlands Best performance at FINA Water Polo World Cup (women), 8 times winner (1980, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999) Sports 2009
 New Zealand Most peaceful according to Global Peace Index Military
Politics
2009
 New Zealand Best performance at Women's Rugby World Cups, 3 times winner (1998, 2002, 2006) Sports 2006
 New Zealand Best performance at Women's Rugby League World Cups, 3 times winner (2000, 2005, 2008) Sports 2008
 Niger Highest birth rate, 51.60 births per 1000 persons Demographics 2009
 Niger Lowest Human Development Index (HDI), 0.340 Quality of life 2007
 Nigeria Largest yam producer, output of 34,000,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 Nigeria Largest cassava producer, output of 41,565,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 Nigeria Largest taro producer, output of 4,000,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 Norway Highest level of gender equality in the economy according to Global Gender Gap Report Demographics
Economy
2008
 Norway Highest Human Development Index (HDI), 0.971 Quality of life 2007
 Norway Most stable country according to Failed States Index, score of 18.3 Politics 2009
 Norway Best performance at FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, 99 gold medals, 265 total medals Sports 2009
 Norway Best performance at World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Men, 36 gold medals, 95 total medals Sports 2009
 Oman Lowest public debt as percentage of GDP, 2.40% Finance 2008
 Pakistan Largest contributor to UN peacekeeper forces, 10,626 peacekeepers Military
Politics
2009
 Pakistan Best performance at Field hockey World Cup (men), 4 times winner (1971, 1978, 1982, 1994) Sports 2009
 Panama Most merchant ships registered, 6,323 Transport 2008
 Papua New Guinea Highest annual prevalence of cannabis use, 29.5% of population Demographics 1995
 Papua New Guinea Best performance at Australian Football International Cup, 1 time winner (2008), 2 times runner-up (2002, 2005) Sports 2008
 Peru Largest quinoa producer, output of 32,600 metric tons Agriculture 2005
 Peru Largest silver producer, 3,193 tons Industry 2005
 Philippines Largest Abacá (Manila Hemp) producer[71] Agriculture 2007
 Philippines Largest coconut producer, output of 17,000,000 tons Agriculture 2008
 Philippines Best performance at World Cup of Pool, 2 times winner (2006, 2009) Sports 2009
 Poland Largest triticale producer, output of 3.7 million metric tons Agriculture 2005
 Poland Best performance at motorcycle Speedway World Cup, 3 times winner Sports 2009
 Portugal Best performance at Roller Hockey World Championship (men), 15 gold medals, 36 total medals Sports 2009
 Qatar Most carbon dioxide emissions per capita, 56.2 metric tons Environment 2006
 Qatar Highest GDP (PPP) per capita, 85,868 Int. $ (IMF est.) Economy 2008
 Qatar Highest annual energy consumption per capita, 21395.8 kgoe per person per year Energy 2003
 Russia Largest barley producer, output of 15.7 million metric tons Agriculture 2007
 Russia Largest buckwheat producer, output of 1 004 850 tons Agriculture 2007
 Russia Largest oats producer, output of 5.1 million metric tons Agriculture 2005
 Russia Largest rye producer, output of 3.6 million metric tons Agriculture 2005
 Russia Largest sunflower seed producer, output of 6.3 million metric tons Agriculture 2005
 Russia Largest currant and gooseberry producer, output of 463,500 tons Agriculture 2005
 Russia Largest raspberry producer, output of 110,000 tons Agriculture 2004
 Russia Largest vetches producer, output of 377,750 tons[72] Agriculture 2008
 Russia Largest livestock of domesticated reindeer, about two-thirds of the world's[73] Agriculture 2007
 Russia Highest crude divorce rate, 4.42 per 1000 population Demographics 2004
 Russia Largest proven natural gas reserves, 44,650,000,000,000 m³ Energy 2008
 Russia Largest natural gas producer, 654,000,000,000 m³ Energy
Industry
2007
 Russia Largest natural gas exporter, 173,000,000,000 cu m Energy 2007
 Russia Largest oil producer, 9,980,000 bbl/day [74] Energy
Industry
2009
 Russia Largest forest area, 8,087,900 km² Geography 2007
 Russia Largest land area, 17,075,200 km²[75] Geography 2009
 Russia Largest total area, 17,098,242 km²[76] Geography 2009
 Russia Largest EEZ continental shelf area, 3,817,843 km2 Geography 2009
 Russia Largest unfrozen freshwater reserves, approximately one-quarter of the world's[77] Geography 2010
 Russia Most countries bordered, 14 (16 if Abkhazia and South Ossetia are counted), the same number as with China Geography 2009
 Russia Most time zones (contiguous territory), 11 Geography 2009
 Russia Largest asbestos producer, 925,000 tons Industry 2005
 Russia Largest diamond producer, 38,000,000 carats Industry 2005
 Russia Largest nickel producer, 300,000 tons Industry 2005
 Russia Largest palladium producer, 143 tons Industry 2005
 Russia Largest nuclear arsenal, 5,200 / 8,800 active/total warheads (2005 est)[78] Military 2009
 Russia Largest tank army, 22,800 tanks Military
 Russia Most corvettes in operation, 85 Military
 Russia Top position at World Chess Rankings (men), top 10 players average score of 2724 Sports 2009
 Russia Top position at World Chess Rankings (women), top 10 players average score of 2469 Sports 2009
 Russia Most television broadcast stations, 7,306 Technology 1998
 Russia Most space launches per year, 32[79] Technology 2009
 Russia Largest total length of electrified railways, over 44,000 km[80] Transport 2009
 Russia
 USSR
Winner of most Bandy World Championships (men), 19 (1957, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008) Sports 2009
 Russia
 USSR
Most World Chess Champions, 10 Sports 2009
 Russia
 USSR
Best performance at UCI Track World Championships, Women (cycling), 48 gold medals, 111 total medals Sports 2009
 Russia
 USSR
Best performance at FIE World Championships in Fencing, 121 gold medals, 257 total medals Sports 2009
 Russia
 USSR
Best performance at World Figure Skating Championships, 74 gold medals, 178 total medals Sports 2009
 Russia
 USSR
Best performance at World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, 138 gold medals, 333 total medals Sports 2009
 Russia
 USSR
Best performance at World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, 23 gold medals, 58 total medals Sports 2009
 Russia
 USSR
Best performance at gymnastics Trampoline World Championships, 21 gold medals Sports 2009
 Russia
 USSR
Best performance at World Women's Handball Championship, 7 gold medals, 10 total medals Sports 2009
 Russia
 USSR
Winner of most Ice Hockey World Championships (men), 25 times winner Sports 2009
 Russia
 USSR
Best performance at Team Ice Racing World Championship, 26 times winner Sports 2009
 Russia
 USSR
Best performance at World Shooting Championships, 307 gold medals, 656 total medals Sports 2009
 Russia
 USSR
Best performance at World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Women, 24 gold medals, 69 total medals Sports 2009
 Russia
 USSR
Best performance at World Sprint Speed Skating Championships for Men, 11 gold medals, 24 total medals Sports 2009
 Russia
 USSR
Winner of most Volleyball World Championships (men), 6 (1949, 1952, 1960, 1962, 1978, 1982) Sports 2006
 Russia
 USSR
Winner of most Volleyball World Championships (women), 6 (1952, 1956, 1960, 1970, 1990, 2006) Sports 2006
 Russia
 USSR
Winner of most Volleyball World Cups (men), 5 (1965, 1977, 1981, 1991, 1999) Sports 2009
 Russia
 USSR
Best performance at World Weightlifting Championships (men), 350 gold medals, 746 total medals Sports 2007
 Russia
 USSR
Best performance at FILA Wrestling World Championships, 64 times winner in three team tournaments Sports 2009
 San Marino Highest annual deflation, -3.50% Finance 2008
 Saudi Arabia Largest proven oil reserves, 264,300,000,000 bbl [81] Energy 2008
 Saudi Arabia Largest oil exporter, 8,200,000 (bbl\day)[82] Energy 2007
 Saudi Arabia Highest government budget surplus, +157,000,000,000 USD Finance 2008
 Serbia
 Serbia and Montenegro
 Yugoslavia
Winner of most Basketball World Championships, 5 (1970, 1978, 1990, 1998, 2002)[83] Sports 2006
 Serbia
 Serbia and Montenegro
 Yugoslavia
Best performance at FINA World Water Polo Championship (men), 4 times winner Sports 2009
 Singapore Lowest fertility rate, 1.08 births per woman Demographics 2008
 Singapore Lowest infant mortality rate, 2.31 deaths per 1000 live births Demographics 2009
 Singapore Most economic freedom according to Index of Economic Freedom, 87.1 points Economy
Politics
2009
 Singapore Most trade freedom according to Global Enabling Trade Report, 5.71 points Economy
Politics
2008
 Singapore Easiest business doing according to Ease of Doing Business Index Economy
Politics
2009
 Singapore Highest gross fixed investment as percentage of GDP, 45.00% Finance 2008
 Singapore Most exports per capita, $49,100 per person Finance 2005
 Singapore Highest level of innovation according to Global Innovation Index, score of 2.26 Technology 2009
 Somalia Largest livestock of camels, 7,000,000 heads Agriculture 2003
 Somalia Most unstable country according to Failed States Index, score of 114.7 Politics 2009
 South Africa Most people living with HIV/AIDS, 5,700,000 Demographics 2003
 South Africa Most HIV/AIDS deaths, 350,000 Demographics 2007
 South Africa Largest chromium producer Industry 2000
 South Africa Largest platinium producer, 168 tonnes Industry 2005
 South Africa Largest rhodium producer, 60% of world production[84] Industry
 Spain Largest olive producer, output of 6,160,100 tons Agriculture 2003
 Spain Largest carob producer, output of 70,000 tons Agriculture 2006
 Spain Best performance at Roller Hockey World Championship (women), 4 gold medals, 7 total medals Sports 2009
 Swaziland Highest death rate, 30.83 deaths per 1000 persons Demographics 2009
 Swaziland Highest HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate, 26.01 of population Demographics 2008
 Swaziland Lowest overall life expectancy, 31.88 years[85] Demographics
Quality of life
2009
 Sweden Most equal income distribution according to CIA World Factbook Demographics
Economy
2005
 Sweden Highest level of democracy according to Democracy Index, score of 9.88 Politics 2008
 Sweden Highest e-Government readiness, score of 0.9157 Politics
Technology
2008
 Sweden Winner of most Bandy World Championships (women), 4 (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008) Sports 2009
 Sweden Best performance at WTBA World Tenpin Bowling Championships, (men) 18 gold medals, 38 total medals Sports 2009
 Sweden Best performance at World Floorball Championship Sports 2009
 Sweden Best performance at World Men's Handball Championship, 4 gold medals, 11 total medals Sports 2009
 Sweden Best performance at World Synchronized Skating Championships, 5 gold medals, 10 total medals Sports 2009
 Switzerland Lowest level of business corruption according to Bribe Payers Index, score of 7.81 Economy
Politics
2006
 Switzerland Highest economic competitiveness according to Global Competitiveness Report, score of 5.60 Economy
Politics
2009
 Switzerland Best environmental performance according to Environmental Performance Index, 95.5 Environment 2008
 Switzerland Highest impact country, 13.24 average citations per paper, 1993-2003[86] Science 2004
 Switzerland Best performance at UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships, 5 gold medals, 12 total medals Sports 2009
 Switzerland Best performance at Sidecarcross World Championship Sports 2009
 Switzerland Highest tourist competitiveness according to Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, 5.68 Tourism 2009
 Syria Largest fennel producer, output of 115,000 tons Agriculture 2008
 Taiwan Best student performance in mathematics[87] Demographics
Quality of life
2006
 Tanzania Highest poverty, 96.6% of population living under 2 dollar (PPP) a day Demographics
Economy
2006
 Thailand Largest Rice Exporter[88] Agriculture 2009
 Timor-Leste Highest tax rate as percentage of GDP, 109.7% Finance 2009
 Timor-Leste Highest current account balance as a percentage of GDP, 44.52% Finance 2008
 Turkey Largest apricot producer, output of 390,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 Turkey Largest cherry producer, output of 398,100 tons Agriculture 2005
 Turkey Largest fig producer, output of 280,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 Turkey Largest hazelnut producer, output of 500,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 Turkey Highest consumption of tea per capita, 2.5 kg (88 oz) / year [89] Consumption
 Turkey Largest feldspar producer, 2,500,000 tons Industry 2006
 Turkmenistan Largest freshwater withdrawal per capita, 5,104 m³/year Agriculture
Consumption
2000
 Tuvalu Smallest number of immigrants, 300 Demographics 2005
 Tuvalu Lowest GDP (nominal), 14.94 million USD Economy 2008
 Tuvalu Lowest GDP (PPP), 15 million USD Economy 2008
 Tuvalu Worst current account balance as a percentage of GDP, -78.17% Finance 2008
 Tuvalu Largest percentage of cultivated land, 66.67% Agriculture
Geography
2005
 Tuvalu Largest percentage of permanent crops area, 66.67% Agriculture
Geography
2005
 Uganda Largest plantain producer, output of 9,045,000 tons Agriculture 2005
 Uganda Lowest median age of population, 15 years Demographics 2008
 United Arab Emirates Lowest death rate, 2.11 deaths per 1000 persons Demographics 2009
 United Arab Emirates Highest net migration rate, 22.98 migrants per 1000 persons Demographics 2009
 United Arab Emirates Highest prevalence of males in population, 2.19 males per female Demographics 2009
 United Arab Emirates Highest ecological footprint Environment 2009
 United Arab Emirates Lowest tax rate as percentage of GDP, 1.4% Finance 2009
 United Kingdom Most books published per year (new titles), 206,000 Culture 2005
 United Kingdom Best performance at Eventing World Championship (equestrian), 8 gold medals, 19 total medals Sports 2009
 United Kingdom Most Formula One Grand Prix wins, 208 by 19 drivers Sports 2009
 United Kingdom Most Formula One Grand Prix wins (constructors), 494 by 12 constructors Sports 2009
 United Kingdom Best performance at equestrian Mounted games, 22 wins (including separate England and Wales wins) Sports 2009
 United Kingdom Best performance at ITU Triathlon World Championships (men), 8 gold medals, 13 total medals Sports 2009
 United Kingdom Worst Western democracy at protecting individual privacy[90] Surveillance 2006
 United States Largest maize producer, output of 332,092,180 tons Agriculture 2007
 United States Largest sorghum producer, output of 9.8 million tons Agriculture 2005
 United States Largest grapefruit and pummelo producer, output of 1,580,000 tons Agriculture 2007
 United States Largest strawberry producer, output of 1,115,000 tons Agriculture 2007
 United States Largest soybean producer, output of 87.7 million metric tons Agriculture 2006
 United States Largest almond producer, output of 715,620 tons Agriculture 2005
 United States Largest area of cultivated land, 1,669,302 km² Agriculture
Geography
2005
 United States Largest area of arable land, 1,650,062 km² Agriculture
Geography
2005
 United States Largest electricity consumer, 3,816,000,000 MWh/year Consumption
Energy
2005
 United States Largest electricity importer, 51,400 million kWh Consumption
Energy
2007
 United States Largest natural gas consumer, 652,900,000,000 cu m Consumption
Energy
2007
 United States Largest natural gas importer, 130,300,000,000 cu m Consumption
Energy
2007
 United States Largest oil consumer, 20,680,000 bbl/day [91] Consumption
Energy
2007
 United States Largest oil importer, 13,710,000 bbl\day[92] Consumption
Energy
2005
 United States Highest annual prevalence of cocaine use, 2.8% of population Demographics 2004
 United States Highest incarceration rate, 760 prisoners per 100000 people Demographics 2008
 United States Most people in prison, 2,310,984 prisoners Demographics 2008
 United States Highest level of gun ownership, 90 guns per 100 residents Demographics 2007
 United States Largest number of immigrants, 38,355,000 Demographics 2005
 United States Most billionaires, 359 Demographics
Economy
2009
 United States Highest GDP (nominal) Economy 2008
 United States Highest GDP (PPP) Economy 2008
 United States Most startup companies[93] Economy
 United States Largest electricity producer, 4,367,874,939,000 kWh Energy 2007
 United States Largest wind power producer, 25,237 MWh Energy 2008
 United States Largest nuclear power producer, 101,119 MWh Energy 2008
 United States Most nuclear reactors for electricity generation, 104 Energy 2008
 United States Largest proven coal reserves, 246,643 million tons Energy 2006
 United States Largest external debt, $13,773,000,000,000 Finance 2009
 United States Largest government budget revenues, $2,524,000,000,000 Finance 2008
 United States Largest government budget expenditures, $2,979,000,000,000 Finance 2008
 United States Highest government budget deficit, $-455,000,000,000 Finance 2008
 United States Largest official gold reserves, 8,133.5 tons Finance 2009
 United States Largest stock of foreign direct investment abroad, $2,751,000,000,000.00 Finance 2008
 United States Largest stock of received foreign direct investment, $2,220,000,000,000 Finance 2008
 United States Largest importer, $2,190,000,000,000 Finance 2008
 United States Worst current account balance, -$664,125,000,000 Finance 2007
 United States Largest Exclusive Economic Zone, 11,351,000 km2 Geography 2009
 United States Largest bentonite producer, 4,620,000 tons Industry 2006
 United States Largest molybdenum producer, 58,900 tons Industry 2005
 United States Largest salt producer, 46,500,000 tons Industry 2006
 United States Largest military budget, $ 518,100,000,000[94] Military 2005
 United States Largest arms exporter, $7,454,000,000 Industry
Military
2007
 United States Most aircraft carriers in operation, 11 Military 2009
 United States Most cruisers in operation, 22 Military
 United States Most destroyers in operation, 53 Military
 United States Most nuclear submarines in operation, 71 Military
 United States Largest airforce, 2604 units Military
 United States Highest science papers output, 2,798,448 journal papers published between 1998-2008[95] Science 2008
 United States Most cited country, 35,368,367 citations between 1993-2003[96] Science 2004
 United States Most 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) Sports 2008
 United States Most Olympic medals, 1017 gold, 2551 total Sports 2010
 United States Most Summer Olympic medals, 2298 total, 930 gold Sports 2008
 United States Winner of most Basketball World Championships for Women, 7 (1953, 1957, 1979, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002)[97] Sports 2006
 United States Best performance at World Aquatics Championships, 182 gold medals, 434 total medals Sports 2009
 United States Best performance at World Championships in Athletics, 120 gold medals, 250 total medals Sports 2009
 United States Best performance at World Backgammon Championship, 18 wins Sports 2009
 United States Best performance at Women's Baseball World Cup, 2 times winner (2004, 2006) Sports 2008
 United States Best performance at WTBA World Tenpin Bowling Championships, (women) 16 gold medals, 51 total medals Sports 2009
 United States Best performance at UCI BMX World Championships, 24 gold medals, 69 total medals Sports 2009
 United States Best performance at Golf World Cup (men), 23 wins Sports 2009
 United States Best performance at World Lacrosse Championship (men), 8 times winner Sports 2009
 United States Best performance at Women's Lacrosse World Cup, 6 times winner Sports 2009
 United States Best performance at Racquetball World Championships Sports 2009
 United States Best performance at ISF Women's World Championship (softball), 8 gold medals, 10 total medals Sports 2009
 United States Best performance at tennis Davis Cup (men), 32 team wins Sports 2009
 United States Best performance at tennis Fed Cup (women), 17 team wins Sports 2009
 United States Best performance at tennis Hopman Cup (mixed pairs), 5 team wins Sports 2009
 United States Best performance at FINA World Water Polo Championship (women), 3 times winner Sports 2009
 United States Highest E-readiness, 8.95 out of 10 Technology 2008
 United States Longest total length of railways, 227,736 km[98] Transport 2003
 United States Longest total length of roadways, 6,407,637 km[99] Transport 2004
 United States Most airports, 15,095[100] Transport 2005
 United States Largest total length of pipelines, 793,285 km Transport 2006
 United States Largest total length of rapid transit systems, 1224.9 km Transport 2008
 United States Most motor vehicles per capita, 765 per 1000 population Transport
Consumption
2009
 Uruguay Most southernmost northernmost point on land, 30°05'S Geography 2009
 Vatican City Smallest population, 800 Demographics 2008
 Vatican City Largest percentage of immigrant population, 100% Demographics 2005
 Vatican City Smallest total area, 0,44 km² Geography 2009
 Vietnam Smallest percentage of immigrant population, 0.0249% Demographics 2005
 Vietnam Largest paramilitary, 5,080,000 Military 2006
 Yemen Lowest prosperity according to Legatum Prosperity Index Quality of life 2008
 Zimbabwe Highest unemployment rate, 90% of population Demographics
Economy
2009
 Zimbabwe Lowest GDP (PPP) per capita, 200 Int. $ (CIA World Factbook est.) Economy 2008
 Zimbabwe Worst GDP (real) decline, -14.10% (CIA World Factbook est.)[101] Economy 2008
 Zimbabwe Lowest environmental happiness according to Happy Planet Index, score of 16.6 Environment
Quality of life
2009
 Zimbabwe Highest annual inflation rate, 11,200,000.00% Finance 2008
 Zimbabwe Highest central bank interest rate, 975.00% Finance 2007
 Zimbabwe Highest commercial bank prime lending rate, 578.96% Finance 2007
 Zimbabwe Highest public debt as percentage of GDP, 241.20% Finance 2008
 Zimbabwe Worst industrial production decline, -14.70% (CIA World Factbook est.)[102] Industry 2008
 Zimbabwe Lowest level of innovation according to Global Innovation Index, score of -1.63 Technology 2009

The following fully recognized countries currently miss from the table above:

See also

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