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February 25, 2000 VOL. 26 NO. 7

The Bottom Line
Ranked by People per Television

Country People per TV GDP growth Per-capita GDP (PPP) Per-capita GNP (nominal) Population (m.) Pop. growth % Inflation Exports Current account balance Reserves Foreign debt People per phone Life expectancy Calorie intake
U.S. 1.2 5.8% $31,469 $31,395 274.6 1.0% 2.7% $679b. -$301.2b. $61.3b. $814.0b. 1.3 77 3,671
Japan 1.4 0.9% $23,480 $30,340 127.0 0.3% -1.1% $389b. $110.8b. $271.6b. 1.5 80 2,956
Canada 1.5 4.2% $24,870 $19,270 30.6 0.9% 2.6% $225b. -$4.4b. $28.8b. $237.0b. 1.3 79 3,482
Australia 1.6 3.9% $20,770 $18,784 19.1 1.2% 1.8% $54.3b. -$22.1b. $20.8b. $156.2b. 1.5 78 3,216
France 1.7 3.0% $23,030 $24,335 59.3 0.5% 1.2% $297b. $39.6b. $38.1b. $45.0b. 1.5 78 3,465
Germany 1.8 1.2% $22,140 $25,910 82.6 0.3% 1.6% $541b. -$18.0b. $58.7b. 1.8 76 3,522
New Zealand 1.9 4.0% $17,025 $13,020 3.8 1.0% 0.5% $12.5b. -$3.4b. $4.1b. $54.1b. 1.4 77 3,362
Italy 2.1 0.8% $20,840 $20,115 57.8 0.2% 2.1% $243b. $18.8b. $21.2b. $20.9b. 1.9 78 3,504
Britain 2.2 2.7% $20,890 $23,405 59.1 0.3% 1.8% $262b. -$18.1b. $30.1b. 1.9 77 3,149
Switzerland 2.3 1.6% $26,420 $37,145 7.2 0.6% 1.6% $93.9b. $25.5b. $36.5b. 1.1 78 3,562
Russia 2.5 1.4% $4,310 $1,876 147.2 -0.1% 36.7% $72.3b. $20.7b. $8.5b. $120.5b. 5.1 68 3,300
Singapore 2.6 8.2% $27,740 $21,828 3.9 0.7% 1.4% $115b. $17.9b. $77.2b. 2.0 77 3,198
South Korea 2.9 12.3% $12,445 $6,810 47.1 0.9% 1.6% $147b. $26.7b. $76.7b. $140.9b. 2.1 72 3,298
Hong Kong 3.0 4.5% $21,830 $24,716 6.9 2.3% -4.0% $173b. $2.3b. $96.3b. 1.5 79 3,144
Brunei 3.1 1.0% $20,100 $20,400 0.3 3.2% 2.0% $2.3b. $0.8b. $20.0b. 3.8 76 2,837
Taiwan 3.1 5.1% $17,495 $12,040 22.1 1.0% 0.1% $118b. $5.1b. $106.2b. 1.9 75 3,036
Turkey 3.5 -2.0% $6,655 $2,820 65.5 2.1% 68.9% $30.2b. $3.9b. $24.0b. $73.6b. 4.0 68 3,429
Brazil 3.6 3.1% $6,400 $4,710 165.9 1.9% 8.4% $47.0b. -$25.7b. $36.7b. $179.0b. 8.3 68 2,824
Macau 3.6 -4.3% $17,500 $15,311 0.4 2.0% -3.0% $2.2b. $2.3b. $2.3b. 1.7 76 2,162
China 3.7 6.5% $3,275 $783 1,275.0 1.0% -0.9% $195b. $29.3b. $154.0b. $148.8b. 14.4 71 2,703
Saudi Arabia 3.8 1.5% $10,265 $6,410 20.9 2.8% -1.4% $39.8b. -$12.9b. $8.2b. $16.7b. 7.0 70 2,874
Mexico 4.0 4.6% $8,420 $4,305 98.2 1.9% 12.3% $137b. -$14.2b. $31.1b. $165.7b. 7.6 74 3,181
Thailand 4.4 3.5% $6,020 $1,850 62.6 1.5% 0.5% $56.7b. $11.2b. $33.0b. $77.4b. 12.1 69 2,443
Malaysia 4.7 8.1% $7,370 $3,092 23.0 2.4% 2.5% $76.9b. $9.2b. $29.9b. $43.6b. 5.1 72 2,884
Vietnam 6.1 4.0% $1,755 $310 80.3 2.3% 1.4% $9.3b. -$1.1b. $2.1b. $21.6b. 38.8 68 2,250
Indonesia 6.8 0.5% $2,940 $460 209.4 1.6% 0.4% $49.5b. $4.4b. $26.3b. $138.0b. 37.0 65 2,750
Iran 6.8 1.7% $5,545 $2,500 68.5 3.4% 20.8% $13.0b. -$1.9b. $5.0b. $20.6b. 8.9 70 3,181
Philippines 7.9 4.6% $3,380 $907 75.8 2.3% 2.6% $35.0b. $5.4b. $12.6b. $48.6b. 27.0 67 2,452
South Africa 8.0 1.7% $7,660 $3,096 43.5 2.2% 2.2% $27.6b. -$0.9b. $5.9b. $17.2b. 6.9 65 3,122
Egypt 8.6 5.3% $3,075 $1,319 65.5 2.2% 2.4% $4.4b. -$2.6b. $15.9b. $34.1b. 16.6 65 3,336
Fiji 11.1 -2.2% $3,930 $2,219 0.8 1.5% 1.9% $0.4b. -$0.05b. $0.4b. $0.2b. 8.9 73 3,092
P. N. Guinea 11.2 2.5% $2,540 $1,005 4.4 2.3% 14.2% $1.8b. -$0.03b. $0.1b. $2.3b. 49.0 57 2,609
Sri Lanka 12.0 5.3% $2,625 $827 19.1 1.2% 5.4% $4.7b. -$0.3b. $1.8b. $7.6b. 35.2 73 2,286
India 14.5 6.0% $1,760 $436 1,000.0 1.9% 0.9% $35.6b. -$4.3b. $31.3b. $95.3b. 45.5 62 2,243
Pakistan 15.4 5.3% $1,570 $492 138.6 2.6% 3.8% $8.3b. -$1.8b. $1.5b. $29.7b. 51.0 63 2,377
Mongolia 17.3 3.5% $1,520 $396 2.5 1.7% 4.4% $0.5b. -$0.1b. $0.1b. $0.7b. 26.7 65 2,479
Nigeria 17.5 2.3% $930 $340 110.6 2.9% 9.7% $9.0b. -$4.2b. $4.1b. $35.0b. 257.8 53 2,312
Maldives 25.4 6.8% $3,395 $1,167 0.3 3.0% 2.7% $0.1b. -$0.02b. $0.1b. $0.1b. 14.2 67 2,416
Kenya 40.0 0.8% $1,135 $370 32.2 3.4% 7.9% $2.0b. -$0.4b. $0.7b. $7.4b. 62.7 59 2,163
Afghanistan 83.3 6.0% $720 $150 21.9 1.9% 14.0% $0.2b. -$0.1b. $0.2b. $5.4b. 390.0 45 1,710
Laos 101.0 4.0% $1,325 $258 5.4 2.9% 121.1% $0.4b. -$0.2b. $0.1b. $2.2b. 181.5 53 2,630
Cambodia 115.5 0.0% $1,350 $270 11.0 2.5% 2.9% $0.8b. -$0.2b. $0.4b. $2.2b. 435.0 53 2,021
Myanmar 142.9 5.0% $1,200 $765 48.9 2.1% 12.4% $1.2b. -$0.4b. $0.3b. $5.1b. 194.1 60 2,598
Bangladesh 143.2 4.2% $1,040 $289 130.0 2.2% 5.5% $5.1b. -$0.2b. $1.5b. $16.4b. 336.5 58 2,100
Bhutan 175.4 5.8% $1,570 $450 0.8 2.3% 10.0% $0.1b. -$0.05b. $0.3b. $0.2b. 96.9 61 2,058
Nepal 185.2 1.9% $1,100 $225 23.4 2.3% 6.4% $0.5b. -$0.1b. $0.8b. $2.4b. 117.8 57 2,246
These figures are the latest available from national and multilateral sources (telephone data from Intl. Telecom. Union). These statistics will appear only occasionally: GDP (PPP), savings, foreign debt, literacy rate, urban population, people per doctor, infant mortality, people per TV and calorie intake. Gross domestic product (GDP) is the value of all goods and services produced in one year. Purchasing Power Parity (PPP, based on World Bank ratios) takes into account price differences between countries, for a more accurate measure of national wealth. Gross National Product (GNP) is GDP plus payments from abroad from investments and labor, minus similar payments to foreigners.
*Net Foreign Debt



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