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OCTOBER 27, 2000 VOL. 26 NO.42 | SEARCH ASIAWEEK

The Bottom Line
Ranked By Inflation CPI

country
Inflation
GDP growth
Per-capita GDP (PPP)
Per-capita GNP (nom.)
POP(m.)
POP. growth.%
Exports
Curr. acct.
Reserves
Foreign Debt
Pple/Phone
Life expect.
Net users per 10,000 pop.
People/ TV
Cambodia -3.3% 4.0% $1,286 $270 11.0 2.5% $1.0b. -$0.1b. $0.5b. $2.2b. 397.1 53 3.6 115.5
Hong Kong -2.7% 10.8% $20,485 $23,597 7.0 2.3% $189b. $9.2b. $96.3b. 1.5 79 2,477.1 3.0
Nigeria -1.7% 2.3% $930 $340 110.6 2.9% $12.9b. $0.5b. $4.1b. $35.0b. 257.8 53 0.8 17.5
Vietnam -1.2% 4.0% $1,755 $370 80.3 2.3% $10.0b. $0.7b. $2.1b. $21.6b. 38.8 68 12.5 6.1
Fiji -1.0% 7.8% $4,536 $2,219 0.8 1.5% $0.5b. -$0.05b. $0.4b. $0.2b. 8.9 73 62.5 11.1
Macau -1.0% -2.9% $17,500 $14,145 0.4 2.0% $2.2b. $2.3b. $2.3b. 1.5 76 1,000.0 3.6
Japan -0.8% 1.0% $23,780 $34,715 126.8 0.3% $442b. $117.5b. $338.1b. 1.5 80 1,672.7 1.4
Saudi Arabia -0.5% 0.5% $10,265 $6,648 20.9 2.8% $48.5b. -$1.7b. $16.8b. $16.7b. 7.0 70 9.6 3.8
China 0.3% 8.2% $3,291 $783 1,275.0 1.0% $240b. $15.7b. $160.1b. $147.6b. 11.6 71 69.8 3.7
Brunei 1.0% 2.5% $20,100 $20,400 0.3 3.2% $2.6b. $0.8b. $20.0b. 3.8 76 833.3 3.1
Malaysia 1.5% 8.8% $8,513 $3,248 23.0 2.4% $88.0b. $12.6b. $33.4b. $40.9b. 5.0 72 652.2 4.7
Singapore 1.6% 10.2% $25,353 $22,710 3.9 0.7% $127b. $20.7b. $78.1b. 2.0 78 4,738.2 2.6
France 1.8% 3.4% $21,897 $24,018 59.3 0.5% $292b. $36.7b. $38.5b. $45.0b. 1.5 78 1,517.7 1.7
Nepal 1.8% 3.3% $1,219 $225 23.4 2.3% $0.6b. -$0.06b. $1.0b. $2.4b. 112.9 57 15.0 185.2
Taiwan 1.8% 5.4% $17,495 $13,248 22.1 0.8% $130b. $6.1b. $113.1b. 1.8 75 2,167.4 3.1
Thailand 2.0% 6.6% $5,757 $1,949 62.6 1.5% $63.5b. $11.0b. $31.1b. $70.3b. 12.1 69 159.7 4.4
Switzerland 2.3% 3.8% $26,420 $37,145 7.2 0.6% $93.9b. $29.2b. $30.4b. 1.1 79 2,361.1 2.3
Canada 2.5% 5.3% $24,482 $20,242 30.6 0.9% $254b. $2.2b. $30.5b. $237.0b. 1.3 79 4,339.9 1.5
Germany 2.5% 3.1% $22,623 $25,488 82.6 0.3% $541b. -$21.1b. $61.7b. 1.8 76 1,924.9 1.8
Maldives 2.6% 6.8% $3,545 $1,167 0.3 3.0% $0.1b. -$0.06b. $0.1b. $0.1b. 12.5 67 50.0 25.4
Italy 2.7% 2.6% $20,850 $20,115 57.8 0.1% $232b. -$1.6b. $25.5b. $20.9b. 1.9 78 1,609.0 2.1
Egypt 2.8% 5.3% $3,303 $1,390 65.5 2.2% $5.7b. -$1.5b. $14.0b. $34.1b. 16.6 65 67.2 8.6
New Zealand 3.0% 4.5% $17,947 $13,020 3.8 1.0% $13.1b. -$4.5b. $3.4b. $54.7b. 1.4 77 1,842.1 1.9
Australia 3.2% 4.7% $23,145 $20,142 19.1 1.2% $58.5b. -$20.9b. $16.0b. $156.2b. 1.5 78 3,581.2 1.6
Britain 3.3% 3.2% $20,890 $24,770 59.1 0.3% $277b. -$17.5b. $28.3b. 1.9 77 2,656.5 2.2
U.S. 3.3% 5.6% $33,872 $33,799 274.6 1.0% $730b. -$393.5b. $56.0b. $814.0b. 1.3 77 4,501.1 1.2
Myanmar 3.6% 4.5% $1,200 $765 48.9 2.1% $1.2b. -$0.4b. $0.3b. $5.1b. 194.1 60 0.1 142.9
Bangladesh 3.8% 4.4% $1,410 $299 130.0 2.2% $5.5b. -$0.3b. $1.6b. $16.4b. 336.5 60 2.3 143.2
South Korea 3.9% 9.6% $14,806 $8,581 47.1 0.9% $167b. $13.9b. $91.3b. $141.5b. 2.1 72 2,123.1 2.9
Mongolia 4.4% 3.5% $1,496 $396 2.5 1.7% $0.5b. -$0.1b. $0.2b. $0.7b. 24.2 65 4.8 17.3
Philippines 4.6% 4.5% $3,622 $1,046 75.8 2.0% $37.5b. $8.0b. $14.1b. $52.2b. 27.0 68 66.0 7.9
Pakistan 5.1% 4.5% $1,774 $492 138.6 2.6% $8.5b. -$1.8b. $1.4b. $29.7b. 49.0 63 5.8 15.4
India 5.2% 7.2% $2,167 $436 1,000.0 1.9% $39.8b. -$4.2b. $33.8b. $99.0b. 45.5 62 45.0 14.5
Indonesia 6.1% 4.1% $2,685 $617 209.4 1.6% $55.4b. $6.2b. $26.3b. $138.0b. 34.4 65 19.1 6.8
Kenya 6.6% 1.8% $975 $325 32.2 3.4% $2.0b. -$0.4b. $0.8b. $7.4b. 62.7 59 14.0 40.0
South Africa 6.8% 2.5% $8,503 $2,979 43.5 2.2% $29.2b. -$0.8b. $6.4b. $17.2b. 6.9 65 372.9 8.0
Brazil 7.0% 3.9% $6,418 $4,710 165.9 1.9% $52.6b. -$23.8b. $29.3b. $179.0b. 6.6 68 409.3 3.6
Mexico 8.9% 7.6% $7,930 $4,838 98.2 1.9% $154b. -$15.7b. $31.9b. $165.7b. 7.6 74 137.5 4.0
Bhutan 9.2% 6.0% $1,762 $510 0.8 2.3% $0.1b. -$0.1b. $0.3b. $0.2b. 66.5 61 6.3 175.4
Sri Lanka 9.9% 7.4% $3,105 $827 19.1 1.2% $4.7b. -$0.3b. $1.4b. $7.6b. 26.6 73 34.0 12.0
P. N. Guinea 13.2% 3.9% $2,468 $800 4.4 2.3% $1.9b. $0.09b. $0.2b. $2.3b. 49.0 57 4.5 11.2
Afghanistan 14.0% 6.0% $720 $150 21.9 1.9% $0.2b. -$0.1b. $0.2b. $5.4b. 390.0 46 n.a. 83.3
Russia 18.7% 6.7% $6,339 $1,235 147.2 -0.1% $88.5b. $31.5b. $20.0b. $120.5b. 5.1 68 366.8 2.5
Iran 19.3% 2.6% $5,178 $2,500 68.5 3.4% $16.2b. -$1.9b. $5.0b. $20.6b. 8.2 70 14.6 6.8
Turkey 49.0% 5.8% $6,126 $2,820 65.5 2.1% $30.0b. -$6.8b. $24.6b. $101.0b. 4.0 68 91.6 3.5
Laos 86.7% 4.0% $1,726 $263 5.4 2.9% $0.4b. -$0.2b. $0.1b. $2.2b. 153.6 53 3.7 101.0

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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