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OCTOBER 20, 2000 VOL. 26 NO.41 | SEARCH ASIAWEEK

The Bottom Line
Ranked By GDP growth

country GDP growth Per-capita GDP (PPP) Per-capita GNP (nom.) POP(m.) POP.growth.% Inflation Exports Curr. acct. Reserves Savings/GDP Pple/Phone Life Expect. Pple/Dr Infant Mort.
Hong Kong 10.8% $20,485 $23,597 7.0 2.3% -2.7% $189b. $9.2b. $96.3b. 30% 1.5 79 772 4
South Korea 9.6% $14,806 $8,581 47.1 0.9% 3.9% $167b. $13.9b. $91.3b. 34% 2.1 72 855 8
Malaysia 8.8% $8,513 $3,248 23.0 2.4% 1.5% $88.0b. $12.6b. $33.4b. 47% 5.0 72 1,477 8
China 8.3% $3,291 $783 1,275.0 1.0% 0.3% $219b. $15.7b. $158.0b. 39% 11.6 71 1,034 31
Singapore 8.0% $25,353 $22,710 3.9 0.7% 1.6% $127b. $20.7b. $78.1b. 50% 2.0 78 667 3
Fiji 7.8% $4,536 $2,219 0.8 1.5% -1.0% $0.5b. -$0.05b. $0.4b. 8% 8.9 73 2,080 20
Mexico 7.6% $7,930 $4,838 98.2 1.9% 9.1% $154b. -$14.8b. $31.9b. 26% 7.6 74 578 26
India 7.2% $2,167 $436 1,000.0 1.9% 5.2% $39.8b. -$4.2b. $33.8b. 22% 45.5 62 2,165 71
Maldives 6.8% $3,545 $1,167 0.3 3.0% 2.6% $0.1b. -$0.06b. $0.1b. 11% 12.5 67 5,330 55
Russia 6.7% $6,339 $1,235 147.2 -0.1% 20.2% $88.5b. $31.5b. $20.0b. 25% 5.1 68 220 17
Thailand 6.6% $5,757 $1,949 62.6 1.5% 2.2% $63.5b. $11.0b. $31.1b. 33% 12.1 69 4,361 26
Sri Lanka 6.3% $3,105 $827 19.1 1.2% 9.9% $4.7b. -$0.3b. $1.4b. 19% 27.6 73 3,935 14
Afghanistan 6.0% $720 $150 21.9 1.9% 14.0% $0.2b. -$0.1b. $0.2b. 10% 390.0 46 7,358 164
Bhutan 6.0% $1,762 $510 0.8 2.3% 9.2% $0.1b. -$0.1b. $0.3b. 38% 66.5 61 4,255 122
Turkey 5.8% $6,126 $2,820 65.5 2.1% 53.2% $30.0b. -$5.5b. $24.6b. 18% 4.0 68 955 62
U.S. 5.6% $33,872 $33,799 274.6 1.0% 3.4% $730b. -$393.5b. $56.0b. 17% 1.3 77 387 7
Taiwan 5.4% $17,495 $13,248 22.1 0.8% 1.8% $130b. $6.1b. $113.1b. 26% 1.8 75 807 4
Canada 5.3% $24,482 $20,242 30.6 0.9% 2.5% $254b. $2.2b. $30.5b. 21% 1.3 79 446 6
Egypt 5.3% $3,303 $1,390 65.5 2.2% 2.8% $5.7b. -$1.5b. $14.0b. 12% 16.6 65 1,316 40
Australia 4.7% $23,145 $20,142 19.1 1.2% 3.2% $58.5b. -$20.9b. $16.0b. 21% 1.5 78 400 5
Myanmar 4.5% $1,200 $765 48.9 2.1% 3.6% $1.2b. -$0.4b. $0.3b. 12% 194.1 60 12,500 79
New Zealand 4.5% $17,947 $13,020 3.8 1.0% 2.0% $13.1b. -$4.5b. $3.4b. 23% 1.4 77 321 7
Pakistan 4.5% $1,774 $492 138.6 2.6% 5.1% $8.5b. -$1.8b. $1.4b. 15% 49.0 63 2,000 88
Philippines 4.5% $3,622 $1,046 75.8 2.0% 4.6% $37.5b. $8.0b. $14.1b. 15% 27.0 68 1,016 35
Bangladesh 4.4% $1,410 $299 130.0 2.2% 3.8% $5.5b. -$0.3b. $1.6b. 19% 336.5 60 4,650 75
Indonesia 4.1% $2,685 $617 209.4 1.6% 6.1% $55.4b. $6.2b. $26.3b. 26% 34.4 65 6,786 47
Cambodia 4.0% $1,286 $270 11.0 2.5% -3.3% $1.0b. -$0.1b. $0.5b. 4% 397.1 53 9,523 103
Laos 4.0% $1,726 $263 5.4 2.9% 86.7% $0.4b. -$0.2b. $0.1b. 12% 153.6 53 4,381 91
Vietnam 4.0% $1,755 $370 80.3 2.3% -1.2% $10.0b. $0.7b. $2.1b. 25% 38.8 68 2,298 29
Brazil 3.9% $6,418 $4,710 165.9 1.9% 7.0% $52.6b. -$23.8b. $29.3b. 18% 6.6 68 847 34
P. N. Guinea 3.9% $2,468 $800 4.4 2.3% 13.2% $1.9b. $0.09b. $0.2b. 29% 49.0 57 12,500 53
Switzerland 3.8% $26,420 $37,145 7.2 0.6% 2.3% $93.9b. $29.2b. $30.4b. 27% 1.1 79 585 5
Mongolia 3.5% $1,496 $396 2.5 1.7% 4.4% $0.5b. -$0.1b. $0.2b. 19% 24.2 65 364 52
France 3.4% $21,897 $24,018 59.3 0.5% 1.8% $292b. $36.7b. $38.5b. 21% 1.5 78 320 5
Nepal 3.3% $1,219 $225 23.4 2.3% 1.8% $0.6b. -$0.06b. $1.0b. 11% 112.9 57 12,612 81
Britain 3.1% $20,890 $24,770 59.1 0.3% 3.0% $277b. -$17.5b. $28.3b. 15% 1.9 77 581 6
Germany 3.1% $22,623 $25,488 82.6 0.3% 2.5% $541b. -$21.1b. $61.7b. 23% 1.8 76 286 5
Iran 2.6% $5,178 $2,500 68.5 3.4% 19.3% $16.2b. -$1.9b. $5.0b. 30% 8.2 70 3,140 32
Italy 2.6% $20,850 $20,115 57.8 0.1% 2.7% $232b. -$1.6b. $25.5b. 22% 1.9 78 195 6
Brunei 2.5% $20,100 $20,400 0.3 3.2% 1.0% $2.6b. $0.8b. $20.0b. 35% 3.8 76 1,133 8
South Africa 2.5% $8,503 $2,979 43.5 2.2% 5.1% $29.2b. -$0.8b. $6.4b. 17% 6.9 65 1,750 48
Nigeria 2.3% $930 $340 110.6 2.9% -1.7% $12.9b. $0.5b. $4.1b. 24% 257.8 53 5,882 77
Kenya 1.8% $975 $325 32.2 3.4% 6.6% $2.0b. -$0.4b. $0.8b. 13% 62.7 59 9,851 50
Japan 1.0% $23,780 $34,715 126.8 0.3% -0.8% $442b. $117.5b. $338.1b. 30% 1.5 80 522 4
Saudi Arabia 0.5% $10,265 $6,648 20.9 2.8% -0.5% $48.5b. -$1.7b. $16.8b. 30% 7.0 70 698 21
Macau -2.9% $17,500 $14,145 0.4 2.0% -1.5% $2.2b. $2.3b. $2.3b. 28% 1.5 76 495 6
Infant mortality is the number of deaths under age one per 1,000 live births
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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