December 2014

The World’s Religious Minorities

The freedom to practice religion without fear of persecution is widely regarded as a fundamental human right. In practice, this right is sometimes abused — especially against religious minorities. We wonder: What percentage of the world’s population lives in a country in which they are a religious minority?

A. 3%
B. 13%
C. 27%
D. 72%

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Measuring Global Literacy

In the 21st century, economic growth will depend more than ever on the skills and abilities of individual workers. A key skill in what is increasingly becoming a knowledge economy is the ability to read and write. We wonder: What percentage of all adults worldwide are literate?

A. 95%
B. 90%
C. 84%
D. 63%

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