This is a new edition of this annual bestseller of fascinating facts and figures about the world we live in. The 2013 edition of this perenial favourite has been completely updated, revised an expanded with many new features. Full of facts and figures about the world today on subjects as diverse as geography, population and demographics, business, finance and the economy, transport, tourism and the environment, society, culture and crime - it is a mine of fascinating data that will both inform and entertain. Where else would you discover that: The G7 economies account for nearly 40 per cent of the world's GDP but only 11 per cent of it population; National income per head in Luxembourg is over $105,000; in Burundi it is $160; Three of the world's five most liveable cities are in Canada; four of the top ten are in Australia; Between them overseas Indians and Chinese send close to $100 billion home a year; Life expectancy in Japan is nearly 84; in Afghanistan it is under 46; More than 45 per cent of Qatari women are obese; and, The US Virgin Islands have the world's highest marriage rate.
It includes: The United States has 150 million Facebook users; More than 4 billion cinema visits are made in India each year; Luxembourg, the UAE and the United States have the biggest ecological footprin in the world; and Costa Rica comes top of the Happy Planet Index, Zimbabwe bottom. It comes with rankings on more than 200 topics, data on more than 180 countries, detailed profiles of more than 65 of the world's major economies and special profiles on the Euro zone and the world. The "Economist Pocket World in Figures" is always eagerly awaited by its many thousands of fans. No one who wants to be well-informed can afford to be without this new edition.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd