Back in 1950, the population of Pakistan stood at just 37 million people. By 2005, that figure had grown more than four-fold. With 164 million people, the country now has the world's sixth-largest population. We wonder: How many people are expected to live in this South Asian nation by 2050?
U.S. federal debt reached a total of $11.4 trillion in late 2006. Of that amount, $3.2 trillion — or 28% — is held by foreigners. To service that debt, we wonder: How much does the U.S. government have to spend each year just on interest payments to its foreign creditors?
The old cliché about death and taxes holds true all across the world — but there are huge variations in the size of the bite that governments take out of employees' pay. We wonder: In which of the following countries does a single individual earning the average wage lose the smallest fraction of his or her pay to income and social insurance taxes?
The debate over exports — about who wins and who loses — is becoming ever more contentious. While trade surpluses are not a complete indicator of a nation’s economic health, they do provide valuable clues about underlying trends in the global economy. We wonder: Which country in the world generated the largest trade surplus in 2006?