Saturday, November 19, 2005

Some Stats About The World

Did you know that...

... India's population is set to grow by 500 million in the next 50 years
... More than half the population of Uganda is under 15
... GDP per head in the United States is more than 400 times that in Ethiopia
... The cities with the highest quality of life are Zurich, Geneva, Vancouver and Vienna
... The countries with most refugees are Pakistan, Iran and Germany
... The countries with the most asylum seekers are the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Germany
... The euro area exports nearly one and a half times more than the United States
... Japan has a current account surplus of over $136bn compared with America's deficit of over $530bn
... Zimbabwe has the world's highest inflation rate; Libya the lowest
... Bangladesh, Haiti and Nigeria are the countries perceived to be most corrupt
... Environmental sustainability is highest in Finland, Norway, Uruguay and lowest in North Korea and Taiwan
... Office rents in London are the highest in the world
... Employment costs for a production worker are highest in Denmark, Norway and Germany
... More than 90% of business software in Vietnam and China is pirated
... Germany has three times more vehicles per km of road than the UK
... Malawi has the highest rate of people injured or killed on the roads
... Life expectancy in Swaziland is under 30

(Source: The Economist, Pocket World in Figures, 2005, I got myself an Economist subscription and got this very interesting booklet as a welcome gift.)


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