The old cliché about death and taxes holds true around the world. However, there are significant variations in the size of the bite that governments take out of employees’ pay. We wonder: In which of these countries does the average single worker with no children pay the lowest percentage of income and social insurance taxes?
As purchases of automobiles have slowed in developed markets in recent years, growth has picked up in developing country markets. Chinese consumers are expected to account for one-third of global auto purchases by 2018. We wonder: How many automobiles were sold worldwide in 2013?
The world is comprised of a little over 200 countries. But only a few of them, by themselves, account for a truly significant share of the global economy. We wonder: How many countries account for at least 1% of the global economy?
In 1957, six nations founded the European Economic Community, the entity that would eventually evolve into the European Union. The EU now consists of 28 member states. We wonder: Which of the so-called BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) also consists of 28 constituent parts?
Over two-thirds of Sub-Saharan Africans lack access to electricity. But how much electricity do people really need to live a modern lifestyle? The International Energy Agency defines “modern energy access” as having at least 100 kilowatt hours per year. We wonder: How long would it take the average American to burn through this much power?