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Web-only Exclusives
November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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March 31, 2000 VOL. 26 NO. 12

The Bottom Line
Ranked by Inflation CPI

Country Inflation CPI GDP growth Per-capita GDP (PPP) Per-capita GNP (nom.) Population (millions) Population growth Exports 12 months Curr. acct. balance Reserves excl. gold Savings % of GDP People per tel. Life expectancy People per doctor Infant mortality
Hong Kong -5.3% 8.7% $21,830 $24,716 6.9 2.3% $173b. $2.3b. $96.3b. 31% 1.5 79 772 4
Macau -3.0% -4.3% $17,500 $15,311 0.4 2.0% $2.2b. $2.3b. $2.3b. 28% 1.7 76 495 6
Vietnam -1.2% 4.0% $1,755 $310 80.3 2.3% $9.3b. -$1.1b. $2.1b. 21% 38.8 68 2,298 29
Japan -0.9% 0.0% $23,480 $30,340 127.0 0.3% $389b. $107.0b. $292.0b. 30% 1.5 80 522 4
Saudi Arabia -0.6% 1.5% $10,265 $6,410 20.9 2.8% $39.8b. -$12.9b. $16.2b. 30% 7.0 70 698 21
Cambodia -0.5% 0.0% $1,240 $270 11.0 2.5% $0.8b. -$0.2b. $0.4b. 11% 435.0 53 9,523 103
Indonesia 0.4% 5.8% $2,940 $460 209.4 1.6% $49.5b. $4.7b. $26.3b. 31% 37.0 65 6,786 47
New Zealand 0.5% 4.0% $17,025 $13,020 3.8 1.0% $12.5b. -$3.4b. $4.5b. 23% 1.4 77 321 7
China 0.7% 6.5% $3,275 $783 1,275.0 1.0% $195b. $29.3b. $154.7b. 42% 14.4 71 1,034 31
Taiwan 0.9% 6.8% $17,495 $12,040 22.1 1.0% $122b. $5.9b. $106.2b. 25% 1.9 75 807 4
Thailand 0.9% 6.5% $6,020 $1,850 62.6 1.5% $56.7b. $11.2b. $31.1b. 31% 12.1 69 4,361 26
France 1.4% 3.2% $23,030 $24,335 59.3 0.5% $297b. $39.6b. $38.1b. 21% 1.5 78 320 5
South Korea 1.4% 12.3% $12,445 $6,810 47.1 0.9% $150b. $23.5b. $76.7b. 42% 2.1 72 855 8
Malaysia 1.5% 10.6% $7,370 $3,092 23.0 2.4% $76.9b. $12.5b. $33.4b. 44% 5.1 72 1,477 8
Singapore 1.5% 7.1% $27,740 $21,828 3.9 0.7% $115b. $17.9b. $77.2b. 52% 2.0 77 667 3
Switzerland 1.6% 3.0% $26,420 $37,145 7.2 0.6% $93.9b. $25.5b. $30.4b. 27% 1.1 78 585 5
Australia 1.8% 4.3% $20,770 $18,784 19.1 1.2% $54.3b. -$22.1b. $19.6b. 21% 1.5 78 400 5
Germany 1.8% 1.2% $22,140 $25,910 82.6 0.3% $541b. -$18.0b. $59.6b. 23% 1.8 76 286 5
Fiji 1.9% -2.2% $3,580 $2,219 0.8 1.5% $0.4b. -$0.05b. $0.4b. 8% 8.9 73 2,080 20
Britain 2.0% 2.9% $20,890 $23,405 59.1 0.3% $262b. -$18.1b. $30.1b. 15% 1.9 77 581 6
Brunei 2.0% 1.0% $20,100 $20,400 0.3 3.2% $2.3b. $0.8b. $20.0b. 35% 3.8 76 1,133 8
South Africa 2.2% 1.7% $7,660 $3,096 43.5 2.2% $27.6b. -$0.9b. $6.4b. 17% 6.9 65 1,750 48
Italy 2.4% 0.8% $20,840 $20,115 57.8 0.2% $232b. $12.3b. $21.2b. 22% 1.9 78 195 6
Canada 2.7% 4.7% $24,870 $19,270 30.6 0.9% $225b. -$2.9b. $28.8b. 21% 1.3 79 446 6
Maldives 2.7% 6.8% $3,395 $1,167 0.3 3.0% $0.1b. -$0.02b. $0.1b. 11% 14.2 67 5,330 55
Philippines 3.0% 4.6% $3,380 $907 75.8 2.3% $35.2b. $6.1b. $12.6b. 19% 27.0 67 1,016 35
Egypt 3.2% 5.3% $3,075 $1,319 65.5 2.2% $4.4b. -$2.6b. $15.0b. 12% 16.6 65 1,316 40
U.S. 3.2% 6.9% $31,469 $31,395 274.6 1.0% $683b. -$338.9b. $60.5b. 17% 1.3 77 387 7
Pakistan 3.4% 5.3% $1,570 $492 138.6 2.6% $8.3b. -$1.8b. $1.5b. 16% 51.0 63 2,000 88
Sri Lanka 4.2% 5.3% $2,625 $827 19.1 1.2% $4.7b. -$0.3b. $1.8b. 19% 35.2 73 3,935 14
India 4.4% 6.0% $1,760 $436 1,000.0 1.9% $35.6b. -$4.4b. $32.0b. 24% 45.5 62 2,165 71
Mongolia 4.4% 3.5% $1,520 $396 2.5 1.7% $0.5b. -$0.1b. $0.1b. 27% 26.7 65 364 52
Bangladesh 5.5% 4.2% $1,040 $289 130.0 2.2% $5.1b. -$0.2b. $1.5b. 8% 336.5 58 12,500 75
Nepal 6.4% 1.9% $1,100 $225 23.4 2.3% $0.5b. -$0.1b. $0.8b. 13% 117.8 57 12,612 81
Kenya 7.9% 0.8% $1,135 $370 32.2 3.4% $2.0b. -$0.4b. $0.7b. 13% 62.7 59 9,851 50
Brazil 8.4% 3.1% $6,400 $4,710 165.9 1.9% $48.5b. -$23.0b. $38.4b. 18% 8.3 68 847 34
Nigeria 9.7% 2.3% $930 $340 110.6 2.9% $9.0b. -$4.2b. $4.1b. 24% 257.8 53 5,882 77
Bhutan 10.0% 5.8% $1,570 $450 0.8 2.3% $0.1b. -$0.05b. $0.3b. 30% 96.9 61 4,255 122
Mexico 10.5% 5.2% $8,420 $4,305 98.2 1.9% $139b. -$14.2b. $31.1b. 26% 7.6 74 578 26
Myanmar 11.5% 5.0% $1,200 $765 48.9 2.1% $1.2b. -$0.4b. $0.3b. 15% 194.1 60 12,500 79
Afghanistan 14.0% 6.0% $720 $150 21.9 1.9% $0.2b. -$0.1b. $0.2b. 10% 390.0 45 7,358 164
P. N. Guinea 18.2% 2.5% $2,700 $1,005 4.4 2.3% $1.8b. -$0.03b. $0.1b. 28% 49.0 57 12,500 53
Iran 19.3% 1.7% $5,545 $2,500 68.5 3.4% $13.0b. -$1.9b. $5.0b. 30% 8.9 70 3,140 32
Russia 36.7% 5.6% $4,310 $1,876 147.2 -0.1% $69.9b. $21.1b. $8.5b. 25% 5.1 68 220 17
Turkey 69.7% -2.0% $6,655 $2,820 65.5 2.1% $28.3b. $3.9b. $22.7b. 18% 4.0 68 955 62
Laos 86.7% 4.0% $1,325 $258 5.4 2.9% $0.4b. -$0.2b. $0.1b. 12% 181.5 53 4,381 91
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.
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