In the United States, in the 1980s, there were about 162 million telephones, or 74 phones for every 100 Americans.
Most Americans use the phone at least once every day. Only the tiny European country of Monaco has a higher rate of telephone ownership.
But telephone use is hardly a way of life in the Arabian nation of North Yemen, which has the lowest rate of phone ownership in the world.
Yemen’s 7 million people owned only about 5,000 telephones, or one phone for every 1,400 people!