March 2011

Emerging Democracies

In the current wave of political unrest sweeping through the Arab world, an underlying theme has been the deepening desire among the region's people to make their countries freer and more democratic. We wonder: Which continent or region has made the most progress on the road to democracy over the past 30 years?

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“Sick Men” of the World Compared

While men and women across the globe on average are living longer than ever before, there are countries where life expectancy levels have either stagnated or even declined in recent decades. We wonder: In which of the following countries has the life expectancy for men experienced the biggest drop over the past 25 years?

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Gas Prices Compared

The price consumers pay at the pump to fill up their cars with gasoline varies widely depending on where they live. We wonder: Which of the following countries has the highest gasoline prices?

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