September 2006

The Global Cost of Lives

In recent years, large-scale terrorist attacks have struck several big cities around the world, including New York, Madrid, London and Mumbai. As part of their responses, governments have tried to reduce the pain and grief by offering financial compensation to the families of victims who lost their lives. We wonder: Which country offered the lowest level of compensation relative to the country’s average income?

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China Rising and Rising

China already has the world's largest population — and is bound to become the world's largest economy before long. Growing at an average of 10% per year since 1990, it is quickly moving up the ladder of the world's biggest economies. For now, we wonder: Which national economy is currently closest in size to that of China?

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Hello?

It seems like cell phones are everywhere today — and can do nearly anything. They are MP3 players, video cameras and even Internet portals. In some of the networks in Asia, they are even used as credit cards and mobile banking devices. It's all about being connected. We wonder: Which economy has the highest level of cellular phone subscribers in the world?

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New York and the World

All over the world, the strength of economies increasingly depends on metropolitan areas. The New York area's economy is no exception. It generates goods and services amounting to approximately $900 billion a year. In fact, the economy of only one of the following areas is larger than that of Greater New York. Which one?

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