Increasing digitalization has a direct impact on the skillsets of many nations’ workforces. Students with university degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are in particular demand. We wonder: Which of the following countries currently has the highest share of such graduates in its working-age population?
With every new economic milestone reached by China, other countries are becoming increasingly nervous about China’s economic rise. India is also on track to attain a much more significant role in the global economy. We wonder: What share of world GDP did China and India account for two centuries ago – back in 1820?
Offshore tax avoidance or evasion is nearly the exclusive preserve of the global elite. Eighty percent of all offshore wealth belongs to the top 0.1% of earners worldwide, while 50% belongs to the even smaller group of the top 0.01%. We wonder: Which set of countries has more than half of its GDP in offshore tax havens?
A. Russia, China and India
B. United States and Mexico
C. Spain, Italy, France, Germany and the UK
D. United Arab Emirates, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia Continue reading →
There are at least 7,102 known languages still spoken in the world today. Many of these languages are spoken only by a very small number of people and may become extinct soon. We wonder: How many languages are spoken as a mother tongue by at least 50 million people?
Ever since 2009, China has been the world’s largest exporter. Its total exports are equal to just under 20% of its economy. We wonder: Which of the following major economies is closest to China’s level on a percentage basis?
Wind power has become an increasingly viable part of the solution to help solve two of the world’s most pressing problems – global warming and energy supply independence. We wonder: Which country had the highest installed wind power capacity at the end of 2016?
The rate of economic growth each year is a critical indicator in nations around the world. In emerging market economies, growth matters particularly, since these economies often also have a fast-growing population to support. We wonder: Which country is expected to have grown the most in 2017?
Humans have grown domesticated wheat for about 11,000 years. It was a cornerstone of the transition from hunting and gathering to sedentary, agricultural societies. Today, about 220 million hectares (554 million acres) are growing it worldwide. We wonder: Which country devotes the most land area to wheat cultivation today?
Humans have consumed animal milk for the past 8,000-10,000 years. Prehistoric production – for milk, cheeses, butter and more – typically followed domestication of the animals for meat. Cows are one of the biggest sources of dairy. We wonder: Which country is the world’s largest producer of whole milk from cows?
Women make up 49.55% of the world’s population. But when it comes to their representation in government, the percentages are often significantly much lower. We wonder: Which of the following major countries or regions has the lowest percentage of women in its cabinet?