For such a young country, Israel is proud of many achievements and fun facts that will surprise many.

Israel is known to many as that small country in the Middle East often associated with wars and camels. Frequently, we hear questions like: Do you have electricity all over the country? Is it all desert? Will I have WiFi access there? Is it safe to travel in Israel? And many more questions which for those of us who lived in or have visited Israel, know that these ideas and presumptions are far from Israel’s actuality and can even seem quite funny.

For such a young country, Israel is proud of many achievements and fun facts that will surprise many. Its unique human diversity originates from many different cultures. You would never believe that so many different people were destined to live together in a very small and crowded piece of land, but it has led those people to come up with creative ideas to survive and flourish.

Israel recently celebrated its 70th anniversary, so here they are, 70 fun facts that will surprise you, just kidding…it’s only 5:

1. There are over 100 sushi restaurants in Tel Aviv making it the city with the most sushi restaurants per capita after Tokyo and NYC.

Over the past few years Israel has become a revolutionary culinary capital. Boasting several high-class boutique restaurants in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and more, each serves a fusion of typical Israeli food and flavors from around the world. Definitely worth trying and oh so yummy.

2. When Golda Meir became Prime Minister of Israel in 1969, she was only the third woman elected to lead a country in the modern world.

For a country located in the Middle East, Israel, the only democracy, is extremely advanced in its progress towards women’s rights and gay rights. No wonder Israel is named the gay capital of the Middle East by Out Magazine.  

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3. Israel has 137 official beaches (but only 170 miles of coastline).

The warm weather of Israel will make you want to spend most of your time at the beach and you definitely have options. Make sure to bring plenty of bathing suits and sunscreen (you’ll need it!)

4. Israel has two official languages: Hebrew and Arabic.

Visiting Israel will expose you to diverse cultures, languages and people. Despite the perception of a continues conflict, learning and understanding the co-existence in Israel is a must. 

5. The Sea of Galilee — located 131 miles below sea level — is the lowest freshwater lake in the world (and the largest in Israel). The Dead Sea is the lowest place on Earth. Period.

Israel has it all despite being about the size of New Jersey. Mountains, deserts, lakes and the saltiest sea where you can float as much as you want and come out feeling smooth as a baby’s bottom. In only a few hours’ drive you will feel like you have visited the whole world (and have radiant and glorious skin while doing so).

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So, what are you waiting for?

Pack your bags and let us surprise you and show you the Israel you didn’t know existed.

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