April 2011

A First for Women

Despite notable progress, much work still remains to be done when it comes to women's rights. In that context, the right to vote is often seen as one of the most important steps toward the full empowerment of women. We wonder: Which of the following countries was the last to give women the right to vote?

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Counting All Indians

India's newly released census figures have revealed that the country's population has grown faster over the last ten years than previously anticipated. With the country now home to more than 1.2 billion people, we wonder: India's population increase over the last decade is equal to the entire population of which country?

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The World's Youngest Billionaires

There are 1,210 billionaires in the world, according to Forbes magazine. It comes as no surprise that emerging economies such as China and India outperform the more advanced economies in terms of adding new billionaires to the list. But we wonder: Which major country's billionaires have the youngest average age?

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The World's Largest Urban Economy

Over half of humanity now lives in urban areas — and that share is projected to rise to nearly 70% by 2050. As such, the world's cities are the undisputed powerhouses of global economic growth. We wonder: Which metro area accounts for the greatest share of the global economy?

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