The European Union has 28 member countries, and much like snowflakes, they’re all special in their own way. Every country excels at something.
Austria: Lowest Unemployment
During 2014, Austria had the lowest unemployment rate at an average of 4.9%.
Belgium: Most Recycling
Belgians ranked best at recycling packaged waste.
Bulgaria: Cheapest Electricity
Bulgaria has the cheapest electricity in Europe. It is the place to be if you never shut off the lights after leaving the room.
Croatia: Least Noisy Housing
Croatians get the most peace and quiet, with only 10% reporting they suffer from hearing noise at home.
Cyprus: Best at Handling Euro Coins and Notes
A whopping 78% of Cypriots said they have no problem distinguishing and handling euro coins, and 91% said they could distinguish and handle euro notes.
Czech Republic: Most Boozed Country
The Czech Republic has the highest per capita beer consumption in the world, at a yearly rate of 148.6 litres.
Denmark: Most Dancing and Singing
35% of Danes report having danced in the past 12 months, and 38% report having sung.
Estonia: Least Wasteful
Belgians might recycle more than anyone else, but the good people of Estonia are the least wasteful.
Finland: Most Tourists
Finland is rightly the tourism capital of Europe. During the past year, 88.5% of Finns have taken an overnight trip for personal tourism.
France: Lowest Obesity Rate
It’s hard to believe a country that was founded on soft cheese, baguettes, and surrendering could have the lowest obesity rates in Europe — but it’s true.
Germany: Happiest with Employment
The most highly populated country in the EU, Germany, still manages to have enough jobs to go around.
Greece: Lowest Rate of Tuberculosis
Greece has a rate of only 5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Hungary: Least Illegal Spending
Everybody pays for things that don’t get taxed sometimes but this happens very little in Hungary.
Ireland: Fewest Divorces
Ireland has the lowest divorce rate and also the highest fertility rate.
Italy: Highest Life Expectancy
The life expectancy for an Italian is 82.03 years.
Latvia: Giving Gifts to Public Officials
67% of Latvians figure, “Why wait for Christmas or a birthday — public officials deserve recognition year-round!” Here, public officials are given gifts even if they fix only a pot hole.
Lithuania: Most Secondary School Graduates
93.4% of Lithuanians complete secondary school.
Luxembourg: Highest Foreign Language Proficiency
The average student in Luxembourg learns 2.5 foreign languages in school. By adulthood, 61% of the population can speak three different foreign languages at a conversational level.
Malta: Most Optimistic About Future
Maltese are the people who always remain optimistic about future.
Netherlands: Most People Who’ve Quit Smoking
Smoking is a gigantic public health problem in Europe, but fortunately, 30% of the Dutch have already quit smoking.
Poland: Biggest Producer of Apples
Poland produces more than 3 million tonnes of apples per year.
Portugal: Highest Cork Production
Nearly half of the world’s cork supply comes from Portugal (about 49.6%).
Romania: Lowest Cocaine Use
Romanians are not very interested in using cocaine.
Slovakia: Most Work Experience with Robots
More Slovakians reported having experience of working with a robot either at home or at school.
Slovenia: Fewest Teen Moms
Slovenia has the lowest incidence of teen moms.
Spain: Most Popular Erasmus Destination
What are most people looking for when they study abroad? Warm weather, nice beaches, and an excellent cuisine. Spain checks all the boxes.
Sweden: Most Internet Users
94.8% of Swedes have Internet access.
UK: Lowest Homicide Rate
The UK actually has the lowest homicide rate at only 0.3 per 100,000 inhabitants.