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Pocket World in Figures 2012

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New edition of this annual bestseller of fascinating facts and figures about the world we live in. The 2012 edition of this perennial favourite has been completely updated, revised and expanded with many new features. Full of facts and figures about the world today - on subjects as diverse as geography, population and demographics, business, finance and the economy, transport, tourism and the environment, society, culture and crime - it is a mine of fascinating data that will both inform and entertain. Where else would you discover that: the advanced economies account for 69 per cent of the world’s GDP but only 15 per cent of its population; China’s current account surplus is $426 billion; America’s current account deficit is $706 billion; the Portuguese and Swiss buy the most wine per head, the Finns and Australians the most alcohol; married women in the UK are the third highest users of modern methods of contraception after China and Norway; over 1 per cent of the population of Zimbabwe is dying each year from AIDS; more than 30 per cent of men and women in America are obese; close to half of Swedes live alone; Qataris consume two and a half times as much energy per head as Americans; and, China emits over 6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, America more than 5.7 billion tonnes and Russia more than 1.5 billion tonnes. With rankings on more than 200 topics, data on more than 180 countries, detailed profiles of more than 65 of the world’s major economies, and special profiles on the Euro area, "The Economist Pocket World in Figures" is always eagerly awaited by its many thousands of fans. No one who wants to be well-informed can afford to be without this new edition.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Notes
  6. Abbreviations
  7. Part I World Rankings
    1. Countries: natural facts
      1. Countries: the largest
      2. Mountains: the highest
      3. Rivers: the longest
      4. Deserts: the largest
      5. Lakes: the largest
      6. Islands: the largest
    2. Population: size and growth
      1. Largest populations 2009
      2. Largest populations 2050
      3. Fastest growing populations
      4. Slowest growing populations
    3. Population: matters of breeding and sex
      1. Highest and lowest crude birth rates
      2. Highest teenage births
      3. Highest and lowest fertility rates
      4. Highest and lowest males per 100 females
    4. Population: age
      1. Highest and lowest median age
      2. Highest and lowest population density
    5. City living
      1. Biggest cities
      2. Highest and lowest % urban population
      3. City-liveability index
    6. Migration
      1. Biggest immigrant populations
      2. Most immigrants as % of population
      3. Biggest emigrant populations
      4. Most emigrants as % of population
    7. Refugees and asylum seekers
      1. Largest refugee nationalities
      2. Countries with largest refugee populations
      3. Asylum applications by origin
      4. Asylum applications in industrialised countries
    8. The world economy
      1. Biggest economies
      2. Biggest economies by purchasing power
      3. Regional GDP
      4. Regional purchasing power
      5. Regional population
      6. Regional international trade
    9. Living standards
      1. Highest and lowest GDP per head
      2. Highest and lowest purchasing power per head
    10. The quality of life
      1. Highest human development index
      2. Lowest human development index
      3. Inequality-adjusted human development index
      4. Highest and lowest Gini coefficient
      5. Economic freedom index
    11. Economic growth
      1. Highest economic growth
      2. Lowest economic growth
      3. Highest services growth
      4. Lowest services growth
    12. Trading places
      1. Biggest exporters
      2. Most and least trade dependent
      3. Biggest traders of goods
      4. Biggest earners from services and income
    13. Balance of payments: current account
      1. Largest surpluses
      2. Largest deficits
      3. Largest surpluses as % of GDP
      4. Largest deficits as % of GDP
      5. Official reserves
      6. Gold reserves
      7. Workers’ remittances
    14. Exchange rates
      1. Big Mac index
    15. Public finance
      1. Government debt
      2. Government spending
      3. Tax revenue
    16. Democracy
      1. Most and least democratic
      2. Most seats in lower chamber
      3. Highest proportion of women in lower chamber
    17. Inflation
      1. Highest and lowest consumer price inflation
      2. Commodity prices: change
      3. House prices: change
    18. Debt
      1. Highest foreign debt
      2. Highest foreign debt burden
      3. Highest debt service ratio
    19. Aid
      1. Largest recipients
      2. Largest donors
    20. Industry and services
      1. Largest industrial output
      2. Highest and lowest growth in industrial output
      3. Largest manufacturing output
      4. Largest services output
    21. Agriculture
      1. Largest agricultural output
      2. Most economically dependent on agriculture
      3. Least economically dependent on agriculture
      4. Highest growth
      5. Lowest growth
      6. Biggest producers: cereals, meat, fruit, vegetables
    22. Commodities
      1. Leading producers and consumers of: wheat
      2. rice
      3. sugar
      4. coarse grains
      5. tea
      6. coffee
      7. cocoa
      8. copper
      9. lead
      10. zinc
      11. tin
      12. nickel
      13. aluminium
      14. precious metals
      15. rubber
      16. raw wool
      17. cotton
      18. major oil seeds
      19. oil
      20. natural gas
      21. coal
      22. Oil reserves
    23. Energy
      1. Largest producers
      2. Largest consumers
      3. Most and least energy efficient
      4. Highest and lowest net importers
      5. Largest consumption per head
      6. Sources of electricity
    24. Workers of the world
      1. Highest % of population in labour force
      2. Most male workforce
      3. Most female workforce
      4. Lowest % of population in labour force
      5. Highest rate of unemployment
    25. The business world
      1. Global competitiveness
      2. The business environment
    26. Business creativity and research
      1. Innovation index
      2. Technological readiness index
      3. Highest and lowest brain drains
      4. R&D expenditure
      5. Patents granted and in force
    27. Business costs and FDI
      1. Office occupation costs
      2. Minimum wage
      3. Foreign direct investment
    28. Business red tape, corruption and piracy
      1. Days to register a new company
      2. Corruption perceptions index
      3. Business software piracy
    29. Businesses and banks
      1. Largest non-bank businesses
      2. Largest banks
      3. Central bank staff
    30. Stockmarkets
      1. Largest market capitalisation
      2. Largest gains in global stockmarkets
      3. Highest growth in value traded
      4. Highest growth in number of listed companies
    31. Transport: roads and cars
      1. Longest road networks
      2. Densest road networks
      3. Most crowded road networks
      4. Most car journeys
      5. Highest car ownership
      6. Lowest car ownership
      7. Car production
      8. Car registrations
    32. Transport: planes and trains
      1. Most air travel
      2. Busiest airports
      3. Longest railway networks
      4. Most rail passengers
      5. Most rail freight
    33. Transport: shipping
      1. Largest merchant fleets
      2. Largest maritime traders
    34. Tourism
      1. Most tourist arrivals
      2. Biggest tourist spenders
      3. Largest tourist receipts
    35. Education
      1. Highest and lowest primary enrolment
      2. Highest secondary enrolment
      3. Highest tertiary enrolment
      4. Least literate
      5. Top universities
      6. Highest and lowest education spending
    36. Life expectancy
      1. Highest life expectancy
      2. Highest male life expectancy
      3. Highest female life expectancy
      4. Lowest life expectancy
      5. Lowest male life expectancy
      6. Lowest female life expectancy
    37. Death rates and infant mortality
      1. Highest death rates
      2. Highest infant mortality
      3. Lowest death rates
      4. Lowest infant mortality
    38. Death and disease
      1. Diabetes
      2. Heart disease
      3. Cancer Tuberculosis
      4. Measles and DPT immunisation
      5. HIV/AIDS prevalence and deaths
    39. Health
      1. Highest health spending
      2. Lowest health spending
      3. Highest population per doctor
      4. Lowest population per doctor
      5. Most hospital beds
      6. Highest obesity in men and women
    40. Marriage and divorce
      1. Highest marriage rates
      2. Lowest marriage rates
      3. Highest divorce rates
      4. Lowest divorce rates
    41. Households, living costs – and giving
      1. Biggest households
      2. Single occupation households
      3. Households with six or more occupants
      4. Highest and lowest cost of living
      5. Most giving
    42. Telephones, computers and broadband
      1. Telephone
      2. Mobile telephone
      3. Computer Broadband
    43. The internet and music
      1. Internet hosts
      2. Music sales
      3. Facebook users
      4. Internet users
    44. Cinema and films
      1. Cinema attendances
      2. Top Oscar winners
    45. The press
      1. Daily newspapers
      2. Press freedom
    46. Nobel prize winners
      1. Peace
      2. Economics
      3. Literature
      4. Medicine
      5. Physics
      6. Chemistry
    47. Olympics
      1. Summer winners 1896–2008
      2. Winter winners 1956–2010
    48. Drinking and smoking
      1. Beer drinkers
      2. Wine drinkers
      3. Alcoholic drinks
      4. Smokers
    49. Crime and punishment
      1. Police
      2. Robberies
      3. Prisoners
    50. Stars…
      1. Space missions
      2. Space vehicle launches
    51. … and Wars
      1. Defence spending
      2. Armed forces
    52. Environment
      1. Biggest emitters of carbon dioxide
      2. Largest amount of carbon dioxide emitted per person
      3. Biggest in creases and decreases in carbon dioxide emissions
      4. Biggest emitters of carbon dioxide per $ of GDP
      5. Largest forested areas Most forested area as % of land
      6. Fastest rates of deforestation and forestation
      7. Highest and lowest Happy Planet Index
      8. Biggest ecological footprint
  8. Part II Country Profiles
    1. Algeria
    2. Argentina
    3. Australia
    4. Austria
    5. Bangladesh
    6. Belgium
    7. Brazil
    8. Bulgaria
    9. Cameroon
    10. Canada
    11. Chile
    12. China
    13. Colombia
    14. Côte d’Ivoire
    15. Czech Republic
    16. Denmark
    17. Egypt
    18. Estonia
    19. Finland
    20. France
    21. Germany
    22. Greece
    23. Hong Kong
    24. Hungary
    25. India
    26. Indonesia
    27. Iran
    28. Ireland
    29. Israel
    30. Italy
    31. Japan
    32. Kenya
    33. Latvia
    34. Lithuania
    35. Malaysia
    36. Mexico
    37. Morocco
    38. Netherlands
    39. New Zealand
    40. Nigeria
    41. Norway
    42. Pakistan
    43. Peru
    44. Philippines
    45. Poland
    46. Portugal
    47. Romania
    48. Russia
    49. Saudi Arabia
    50. Singapore
    51. Slovakia
    52. Slovenia
    53. South Africa
    54. South Korea
    55. Spain
    56. Sweden
    57. Switzerland
    58. Taiwan
    59. Thailand
    60. Turkey
    61. Ukraine
    62. United Arab Emirates
    63. United Kingdom
    64. United States
    65. Venezuela
    66. Vietnam
    67. Zimbabwe
    68. Euro area
    69. World
  9. Glossary
  10. List of countries
  11. Sources