As of 1990, only five countries in the world had a GDP in excess of $1 trillion — the United States, Japan, Germany, the Soviet Union and France. By 2000, this club had nine members. Now, even the world’s 17th largest economy has an annual GDP of $1 trillion. Can you name that country?
It is a well-known fact that the populations of industrialized countries are aging rapidly. There is also talk of China’s population “getting old, before it gets rich.” We wonder: Which of the following emerging market countries is going to age the fastest between now and 2050?
Many consumers flip on a light switch, boot up a computer or even plug in an electric car without realizing one key fact: Much of the presumably clean electricity they are using is generated by coal or other fossil fuels. We wonder: Which of these countries performs best when it comes to producing its electricity from renewable sources?
As the dog days of summer set in, the thoughts of many people living in the Northern hemisphere turn to taking a well-earned vacation. But wide disparities exist among wealthy countries when it comes to paid time off from work. We wonder: Which of these country’s workers get to take the most days off for vacation and holidays?
The Catholic Church has a new leader, Pope Francis. The number of Catholics in the world is estimated to be about 1.2 billion today. That puts their number right between India’s and China’ population. We wonder: Which country boasts the largest Catholic community in the world?