Israel’s 68th Independence Day and 8 facts on Israel

Independence Day is a national Israeli holiday, following Yom Hazikaron, the Remembrance Day for the fallen of Israel’s wars and for terror victims. It is a bitter-sweet day for those who lost a loved one, but it shows the uniqueness of Jewish people, in their ability to move from sorrow to joy and being proud of their country. It’s 2016 and time to celebrate this beautiful country, small but strong and a great travelling destination, so here are 8 reasons why you should:

1.      Israel has the highest percentage of home computers per capita in the world so there is no need to worry about missing tweets during your visit in Israel.
2.      At least 500 million birds of 200 different species fly across Israel each spring and autumn. The birds cross the country to and from Africa, Europe and Asia. You can travel around Israel, enjoy the views and do some birdwatching in Eilat region, Dead Sea area, Bet Shean Valley and the Hula Valley.
3.      Israel is the 100th smallest country in the world, just ahead of El Salvador.
4.      The Sea of Galilee — located .212 km below sea level — is the lowest freshwater lake in the world.
5.      With 3,500 high-technology companies and startups in its territory, Israel has the highest concentration of high-technology companies in the world, placed to Silicon Valley.
6.       Israel is the only country in the Middle East where women enjoy full political rights.
7.      Although Israel is a very small country, when it comes to Nobel Prize winners, it has an impressive showing: 10 winners in its 64 year history. In 1966, Shai Agnon was the first Israeli to win a Nobel Prize in Literature.
8.    Israel’s desert region, the Negev was just rated as the second best region in the world to visit in 2013 by Lonely Planet.