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OCTOBER 29, 1999 VOL. 25 NO. 43

The Bottom Line
Ranked by Exports 12 Months

country exports GDP growth per-capita
GDP (PPP)
per-capita
GNP (nom.)
population (m) population
growth
inflation current account
balance
reserves foreign debt people per
telephone
life
expectancy
people
per TV
Calorie
intake
U.S. $664b. 1.6% $31,469 $31,395 273.3 1.0% 2.3% -$284.9b. $62.3b. $814.0b. 1.3 77 1.2 3,671
Germany $539b. 1.0% $22,140 $25,910 82.6 0.3% 0.7% -$5.9b. $62.5b. 1.8 76 1.8 3,522
Japan $389b. 0.8% $22,720 $30,340 126.5 0.3% -0.1% $119.7b. $260.2b. 1.5 80 1.6 2,956
France $302b. 2.1% $23,030 $24,335 59.1 0.5% 0.5% $39.6b. $39.7b. $45.0b. 1.5 78 1.7 3,465
Britain $273b. 1.4% $20,890 $23,405 59.1 0.3% 1.1% -$11.8b. $30.1b. 1.9 77 2.2 3,149
Italy $243b. 0.8% $20,840 $20,115 57.8 0.2% 1.7% $18.8b. $22.3b. $1.6b. 1.9 78 2.3 3,504
Canada $225b. 3.7% $23,660 $19,270 30.5 0.9% 2.1% -$6.3b. $25.4b. $237.0b. 1.3 79 1.5 3,482
China $183b. 7.0% $3,860 $783 1,268.7 1.0% -1.3% $29.3b. $150.4b. $130.9b. 17.9 71 3.7 2,703
Hong Kong $168b. 0.7% $23,105 $24,716 6.8 2.8% -6.1% $2.1b. $89.2b. 1.5 79 3.0 3,144
South Korea $136b. 9.8% $12,995 $6,810 46.9 0.9% 0.3% $30.2b. $64.9b. $142.6b. 2.1 72 3.0 3,298
Mexico $119b. 3.2% $8,830 $4,305 97.3 1.9% 17.0% -$15.0b. $32.1b. $165.7b. 7.6 74 5.5 3,181
Taiwan $115b. 6.5% $17,495 $12,040 22.0 1.0% 0.6% $5.8b. $100.1b. 1.9 75 3.1 3,036
Singapore $110b. 6.7% $28,565 $21,828 4.0 3.4% 0.9% $19.0b. $75.1b. 2.0 77 2.6 3,198
Switzerland $93.9b. 1.1% $26,420 $37,145 7.1 0.6% 0.9% $20.9b. $34.8b. 1.1 78 2.3 3,562
Malaysia $76.9b. 4.1% $10,680 $3,092 22.7 2.4% 2.1% $9.2b. $32.5b. $42.3b. 5.1 72 4.7 2,884
Russia $71.8b. -4.8% $4,310 $1,876 147.2 -0.1% 126.5% $9.1b. $7.8b. $120.5b. 5.5 68 2.5 3,300
Australia $54.9b. 4.1% $21,970 $18,784 19.0 1.2% 1.1% -$20.3b. $15.3b. $150.4b. 1.5 78 2.1 3,216
country exports GDP growth per-capita GDP (PPP) per-capita GNP (nom.) population (m) population growth inflation current account balance reserves foreign debt people per telephone life expectancy people per TV Calorie intake
Thailand $53.9b. 3.5% $6,285 $1,850 62.1 1.5% -1.1% $13.3b. $31.8b. $79.3b. 12.6 69 4.4 2,443
Indonesia $48.2b. 1.8% $3,275 $460 207.7 1.6% 1.3% $4.4b. $26.3b. $138.0b. 37.0 65 6.8 2,750
Brazil $47.0b. -0.8% $6,400 $4,710 164.3 1.9% 5.3% -$32.1b. $41.9b. $179.0b. 8.3 68 3.6 2,824
Saudi Arabia $39.8b. 1.5% $10,265 $6,410 20.6 2.8% -2.1% -$12.9b. $8.2b. $16.7b. 7.0 70 3.8 2,874
India $34.7b. 6.0% $1,760 $436 989.2 1.9% 3.2% -$4.3b. $31.3b. $95.3b. 53.8 62 16.4 2,243
Turkey $32.8b. -2.0% $6,655 $2,820 65.5 2.1% 64.3% $3.9b. $23.5b. $73.6b. 4.0 68 4.3 3,429
Philippines $32.3b. 3.6% $3,475 $907 74.7 2.3% 5.7% $3.4b. $12.6b. $48.6b. 34.4 67 7.9 2,452
South Africa $28.2b. 0.0% $7,660 $3,096 43.1 2.2% 3.2% -$2.2b. $4.9b. $17.2b. 6.9 65 8.5 3,122
Iran $18.4b. 1.7% $5,545 $2,500 68.5 3.4% 23.9% $2.2b. $5.0b. $20.6b. 10.6 70 7.5 3,181
Nigeria $15.2b. 2.3% $930 $340 109.0 2.9% 8.3% $0.6b. $4.1b. $35.0b. 260.5 53 17.5 2,312
New Zealand $12.2b. 0.6% $17,855 $13,020 3.8 1.0% -0.4% -$3.4b. $4.1b. $54.1b. 1.4 77 1.9 3,362
Vietnam $9.3b. 4.0% $1,755 $310 79.4 2.3% 1.4% -$1.8b. $2.1b. $21.6b. 48.2 68 6.1 2,250
Pakistan $8.3b. 5.3% $1,660 $492 136.8 2.6% 3.5% -$1.8b. $1.6b. $29.7b. 51.0 63 41.3 2,377
Bangladesh $5.1b. 4.2% $1,040 $289 130.0 2.2% 5.5% -$0.2b. $1.7b. $16.4b. 380.0 58 143.2 2,100
Sri Lanka $4.7b. 5.3% $2,625 $827 19.0 1.2% 3.4% -$0.3b. $1.8b. $7.6b. 36.1 73 12.0 2,286
Egypt $4.4b. 5.3% $3,075 $1,319 64.8 2.2% 2.9% -$2.6b. $16.8b. $34.1b. 16.6 65 8.6 3,336
country exports GDP growth per-capita GDP (PPP) per-capita GNP (nom.) population (m) population growth inflation current account balance reserves foreign debt people per telephone life expectancy people per TV Calorie intake
Brunei $2.3b. 1.0% $20,100 $20,400 0.3 3.2% 2.0% $0.8b. $20.0b. 3.8 75 3.1 2,837
Kenya $2.1b. -10.7% $1,135 $305 31.7 3.4% -2.0% -$0.5b. $0.7b. $7.4b. 62.7 59 40.0 2,163
Macau $2.1b. -4.0% $17,500 $16,054 0.4 3.8% -3.1% $2.6b. $2.3b. 2.5 73 3.6 2,162
P. N. Guinea $1.8b. 2.5% $2,540 $1,005 4.3 2.3% 14.2% -$0.03b. $0.1b. $2.3b. 49.0 57 11.2 2,609
Myanmar $1.2b. 5.0% $1,200 $765 48.8 2.1% 28.7% -$0.4b. $0.3b. $5.1b. 217.3 60 147.1 2,598
Cambodia $0.8b. 0.0% $1,350 $270 10.9 2.5% 2.9% -$0.2b. $0.4b. $2.2b. 450.0 53 115.5 2,021
Mongolia $0.5b. 3.5% $2,315 $396 2.5 1.7% 4.4% -$0.08b. $0.1b. $0.7b. 26.7 65 17.3 2,479
Nepal $0.5b. 1.9% $1,100 $225 23.4 2.3% 6.4% -$0.06b. $0.8b. $2.4b. 120.5 57 185.2 2,246
Fiji $0.4b. -2.2% $4,040 $2,219 0.8 1.5% 1.9% -$0.05b. $0.4b. $0.2b. 8.9 72 11.1 3,092
Laos $0.4b. 4.0% $1,325 $258 5.3 2.9% 135.7% -$0.2b. $0.1b. $2.2b. 181.5 53 101.0 2,630
Afghanistan $0.2b. 6.0% $720 $150 21.9 1.9% 14.0% -$0.1b. $0.2b. $5.4b. 390.0 45 83.3 1,710
Bhutan $0.1b. 5.8% $1,570 $450 0.8 2.3% 10.0% -$0.05b. $0.3b. $0.2b. 96.9 53 175.4 2,058
Maldives $0.1b. 6.8% $3,395 $1,167 0.3 3.0% 2.7% $0.01b. $0.1b. $0.1b. 15.0 64 25.4 2,416
country exports GDP growth per-capita GDP (PPP) per-capita GNP (nom.) population (m) population growth inflation current account balance reserves foreign debt people per telephone life expectancy people per TV Calorie intake
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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