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What's unique about your country?

Use data to highlight a unique fact about your country. Share a photo as bonus!

In this task we are interested in "uniqueness" - you are free to define what unique means to you and your country. As you look through the data sources you found in the previous task, start looking for things that surprise you - that pick your attention and may be different from other countries - and that make your country unique.

Your task:
  • Tell us what is unique about your country
  • Write a comment below or post on your blog and link to it.
  • Use data to back up your claim
  • (Bonus) Share a picture that is related to your question or one that isn't related but shows how beautiful your country is. 

Task Discussion

  • Lee Meng said:

    I want to know more about my country, Taiwan, and I  have seen a nice picture describing some fact about Taiwan, the picture is posted on the site:

    And I was surprised that Taiwan has the highest density of convenience store per person in Asia, and perhaps in the world! 
    So I went into search, and found that in wikipedia, I got the Information I need:

    one convenience store per 2500 people in Taiwan, it's an amazing statics!

    on May 22, 2013, 10:11 p.m.
  • Pelle said:

    As expected (given the number of articles about the subject) the Dutch are the tallest people. The easiest source to use turned out to be wikipedia.

    An easy copy & sort of the data shows that the Dutch are the tallest. (of available data of 108 populations) Lucky for us the Dinaric Alps are not a country :-)


    It also turns out that the Dutch are still growing: men in the age group 15-25 report to be  0,5 cm taller than men in the age group 25-45 (183.0 vs 183.5) (source: Central Bureau of Statistics)

    Although these two will have to grow a little more:


    Reaching out



    on Feb. 21, 2013, 6:45 a.m.
  • Leonie McGlashan said:

    Australia is unique and beautiful because it has a solid public education system that is full of dedicated and passionate teachers.

    I'm interested in science education and found out that Australia has a high ranking for science education from the OECD PISA site. I also happily found out that there is no gender difference between males and females in Australia for science knowledge.

    on Nov. 9, 2012, 5:51 a.m.
  • April said:


    Hi.  I'm April Miller and I'm from the USA.  A unique feature about myself is that I have a rare genetic disorder called B.P.E.S. (blepharophimosis, ptosis, and epicanthus inversus syndrom.  See a picture of myself with my parents (Dad's a BPESer, also):


    I was curious about this condition's prevalence in the USA and how that would compare to global statistics.  Unfortunately, the google search engine had little information to offer.  Our condition is REALLY rare.

    Eventually I thought of this:  use Netvizz to import member information of my facebook "BPES" group into Gephi, sort by locale, and summarize in a chart:

    Facebook's "BPES" group is a closed group only available to individuals with BPES or their immediate family members (usually parents, occasionally spouses).  There are 255 members total (which shows the rarity of B.P.E.S.).  At first, I thought 146 members were from the USA exclusively (locale: en_US), which would mean we American BPESers dominate the group by a large margin.  Then I saw that one of my Canadian and another of my Kiwi personal facebook friends were listed under the en_US locale (so I changed this to "USA / Canada / NZ / Australia"). I have no way of knowing exactly in which country each group member resides since I am not personal facebook friends with each of them, but... this chart would indicate that the majority of group members at least use American English on facebook.

    That was a fun learning experience.  I learned lots about Netvizz and Gephi, although I must admit I still do not know a great deal about B.P.E.S. prevalence within the USA.

    B.P.E.S. Facebook Group:

    More information about B.P.E.S.:

    on Oct. 8, 2012, 10:18 p.m.
  • Mark Senn said:

    On September 15, 2012, I typed  "largest gross domestic product" into to find out the following.

    The United States has the largest gross domestic product of any nation.  It is roughly three times that of China.

    On the Wolfram Alpha output page click on "Sources" and then on "Country Data" and "Note" for information about source data used.

    on Sept. 15, 2012, 8:58 a.m.

    Philipp said:

    Hey Mark - Great suggestion to use Wolfram Alpha for data exploration. It's a brilliant tool for this kind of work. 

    on Dec. 7, 2012, 10:01 a.m. in reply to Mark Senn
  • Raul said:

    Among emerging countries Brazil is the unique ranked among the top five countries where the people spend more working days in the year to pay taxes. One hundred and fifty days.

    on Sept. 6, 2012, 1:32 p.m.
  • Jon Mason said:

    Dogs roam most countries on Earth. In Australia, they have been associated with indigenous fauna for over 3000 years 

    National Geographic has a good pic

    BUT - This task begs the question as to what data is.

    AND - Data doesn't necessarily prove anything & it isn't the be all & end all of evidence, either. It's easy to fabricate & falsify

    on Aug. 9, 2012, 1:48 a.m.
  • Pinky said:

    Obviously, America is known for its freedom! Ah. Yes. Freedom and obesity is the ticket here. Don't believe me? Here's a site dedicated to the greatness of America and McDonalds.

    But seriously, America is a great land full of variety and opportunity.

    ....and bacon sundae.

    on July 18, 2012, 12:10 a.m.
  • Joris Pekel said:


    As expected, the Netherlands has the most amount of people living on one square kilometer (492.6) compared to the other 27 EU countries. (Gibraltar and Monaco have a higher population density, but are no official EU countries. The second most populated country is Belgium with  with 359.8 people per km2

    On an international level there are as expected countries with a higher population density with Singapore as nr. 1 (7252.9)

    The European data was however for this task rather useless because it includes every province of Europe which makes it impossible to sort. I had to do it by looking at the worldwide dataset and just see that the Netherlands is the first EU country in the list. 

    on May 24, 2012, 9:12 a.m.

    Philipp said:

    Hey Joris - I love the photo. 20 people in one house. Wow!

    on May 24, 2012, 9:31 a.m. in reply to Joris Pekel