December 2008

Immigration Nations

The highest proportions of foreign-born residents in a population are found among the Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, such as the United Arab Emirates at 71% and Kuwait at 62%. We wonder: Of the following countries with traditionally high immigration levels, which one has the highest proportion of foreign-born residents in its population?

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Europe’s No. 2

It is well-known that Russia is the world’s largest country by land mass. With a land area of 16.4 million square kilometers, it accounts for 11% of the world’s land. We wonder: Which country is the second largest on the European continent, as measured by land area?

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Sizing Up U.S. Diplomacy

Throughout the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, Barack Obama talked forcefully about the need to repair frayed relations with allies around the world. To make it all happen, the new administration must rely on its diplomats. We wonder: How many diplomats does the U.S. government have in active service?

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Sizing Up the Bailout

In response to the U.S. financial meltdown, the U.S. Congress passed and President Bush signed into law a $700 billion bailout bill in early October 2008. With the economy showing no signs of improving, various industries are trying to get a piece of the pie. We wonder: What is the bailout package equivalent to in dollar terms?

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