As recently as 1970, there were 107 countries with fertility rates higher than five children per woman. By 2004, only 27 countries had fertility rates this high. We wonder: Which is the only country (or territory) outside Africa with a fertility rate above five children per woman?
A few years ago, the economies of several key emerging market countries were all similar in size. In 2004, Mexico, Brazil, India, South Korea, and Russia all had GDPs in current dollars of under $700 billion. We wonder: Which of the following four countries now has the largest economy?
Since 1948, there have been 63 UN peacekeeping operations around the world. Currently, there are 17 such missions involving a total of 87,988 troops, police and military observers from 117 different countries. We wonder: Which country provides the most uniformed personnel for UN peacekeeping operations as of 2008?
Rising food and energy prices are re-focusing attention to rising population levels around the world. We wonder: How much will the population increase in the Middle East and North Africa by 2050?
The United States of America has long distinguished itself globally by being a melting pot of races and ethnicities. In the context of that ongoing societal evolution, we wonder: By which year will white Americans no longer be a majority?