The two Koreas are once again making world headlines. South Korea carries the 2018 Olympic flag, organizing the 23rd Winter Games. North Korea, meanwhile, has the world on edge with its nuclear arsenal. Until the post-WWII division into two countries in 1945, Korea was united. We wonder: Which of the following statements are true about South Korea today?
A. It has the most heavily automated industrial sector.
B. Its people work more hours per year than any other OECD country.
C. Its GDP is at least 52 times larger than North Korea’s.
D. It has problems with corruption. Continue reading →
Poverty among children is one of the key scourges of humanity. It condemns children at a critical stage of development to poor nutrition, education, housing and more – with life-long consequences. We wonder: Which of these G20 economies has the lowest share of its children living in poverty?
Despite the advancement of women in the workplace over the past several decades, the median pay of women working full time remains lower than the median pay of men working full time. We wonder: Which of the following G-20 countries has the smallest gender pay gap in full-time employment?
Voter participation rates vary widely. Among developed countries, they range from under 40% (Switzerland) to a level of nearly 90% (Belgium). We wonder: Which of the following countries had the highest voter turnout in its most recent national election?
Fiber-optic high-speed internet transmits information as light pulses. It is a key tool for 21st century internet commerce and innovations like self-driving cars. We wonder: Which country is about to have the highest percentage of fiber-optic coverage among its broadband customers?
Asia’s urbanization is progressing rapidly. It has given rise to shining skyscrapers and plenty of pollution as well as sprawling slums. We wonder: Which of the following Asian capitals accounts for the highest share of its country’s entire GDP?
For decades, the U.S. educational system was the envy of the world. It was a key factor in explaining the post-WWII economic success of the United States. In particular, the United States was noted for its high number of college graduates. We wonder: Which country now has the highest share of college graduates among its young adults?
Over the six years of the eurozone’s economic crisis, accusations have flown back and forth about which countries’ people really work hard. We wonder: In which of these nations do people work the longest hours annually?
C. United States
D. South Korea
On June 25, 1950, North and South Korea went to war with each other. This ended in stalemate three years and one month later with an armistice that continues to present. Since then, the two countries have pursued very different paths. We wonder: How big is South Korea’s economy compared to that of its northern rival?
A. Half as large
B. Two times larger
C. Four times larger
D. Over 40 times larger
Despite the advancement of women in the workplace over the past several decades, women are still likely to be paid significantly less for the same work than men. We wonder: Which of the following countries has a smaller gender pay gap relative to the OECD average?