Spain: leader in cocaine use and organ donations
Alex Dunham · 5 Nov 2013, 11:34
Published: 05 Nov 2013 11:34 GMT+01:00
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The fact that Spain is a nation of hedonists is no secret, but to many outsiders the extent to which many Spaniards are willing to pursue these guilty pleasures is relatively unknown.
Spain is the European country where cocaine is most widely consumed, the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) announced in 2011.
More than three percent of Spaniards aged between 15 and 64 snort the white powder, compared to 2.4 percent of Brits and 2.2 percent of Italians.
"It's easier to get cocaine than to get a library card," Gustavo Rodriguez, a 31-year-old business student, told the LA Times in April.
Spain remains the main gateway into Europe for cocaine and hashish even though drug busts are now an almost daily occurrence.
DogHouse Diaries’ map is based on statistics gathered from official sources such as the UN, the World Bank and Guinness World Records.
Swedes lead the way for atheism, Germans for almost winning the Football World Cup and Romanians for having the fastest Internet connexions.
In the British Isles, Ireland’s number one position for quality of life is in stark contrast to the UK’s label as a leader for fascist movements.
Outside Europe, Mongolia is a world leader in velociraptor bones, Venezuela in Miss Universe champions and Niger for making babies.
DogHouse Diaries’ map has since updated Spain’s claim to fame as being top for organ transplants, a considerably more positive point than being the world’s biggest cocaine snorters.
Spain has the highest organ donation rate in the world with 35.1 effective donors per million people.