Sunday, June 08, 2008

Some statistics from The Economist's "Pocket World In Figures, 2008 Edition"

The Largest Lakes in the World
  1. Caspian Sea (Central Asia; 371,000 sq km)
  2. Superior (Canada/US; 82,000 sq km)
  3. Victoria (E. Africa; 69,000)
  4. Huron (Canada/US; 60,000)
  5. Michigan (US; 58,000)

Largest Populations (as of 2005, in millions)
  1. China (1,315.8)
  2. India (1,103.4)
  3. United States (298.2)
  4. Indonesia (222.8)
  5. Brazil (186.4)
  6. Pakistan (157.9)
  7. Russia (143.2)
  8. Bangladesh (141.8)
  9. Nigeria (131.5)
  10. Japan (128.1)

Largest Populations (in 2025, in millions)
  1. India (1,447.5)
  2. China (1,445.8)
  3. United States (354.9)
  4. Indonesia (271.2)
  5. Brazil (228.8)

Women Who Use Modern Methods of Contraception
Highest %
  1. China 83.3
  2. United Kingdom 81.0
  3. Hong Kong 79.7
  4. Switzerland 77.5
  5. Netherlands 75.6
  6. Finland 75.4
  7. Belgium 74.3
  8. Canada 73.3
  9. Australia 72.2
  10. Cuba 72.1

Lowest %
  1. Chad 2.1
  2. Afghanistan 3.6
  3. Guinea-Bissau 3.6
  4. Sierra Leone 3.9
  5. Guinea 4.2
  6. Niger 4.3
  7. Rwanda 4.3

Highest Life Expectancy
(in years, for 2005-2010)
  1. Andorra 83.5
  2. Japan 82.6
  3. Hong Kong 82.2
  4. Iceland 81.8
  5. Switzerland 81.7
[The United States places #41, at 78.2 years]

Highest Health Spending
(As % of GDP)
  1. United States 15.4
  2. West Bank and Gaza 13.0
  3. Malawi 12.9
  4. Lebanon 11.6
  5. Switzerland 11.5
  6. Germany 10.6
  7. France 10.5
  8. Austria 10.3
  9. Serbia 10.1
  10. Iceland 9.9