As China’s rise continues, it has been alternatively cast as a peer, a competitor and rival, or as a potential antagonist of the United States. But to what extent is China fully comparable to the United States yet? Specifically, in what respect is China 2% greater than the United States?
For half a century, the continent of Africa stood out as the center of “leaders for life” – politicians who managed to hold on to power for decades. Now that trend is returning to major nations on the world stage. We wonder: Which of the following major countries has the most effective presidential term limits?
A growing number of countries – 16 now, with more on the way – rely on high-speed rail service. Around the world, there are now 41,222 km (25,614 mi) on which trains run at speeds of at least about 250 km (155 mi) per hour. We wonder: Which nation has the largest high-speed rail network?
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?
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?
The United States has just 4.4% of the world’s population. We wonder: On which one of the following issues does the U.S. account for the largest share globally — in fact, a share that is almost ten times its population size?
C. CO2 emissions
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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
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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?
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?
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?