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Web-only Exclusives
November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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June 9, 2000 VOL. 26 NO. 22

The Bottom Line
Ranked by Curr. acct. balance

Country Curr. acct. balance GDP growth Per-capita GDP (PPP) Per-capita GNP (nom.) Population (millions) Population growth Inflation CPI Exports 12 months Reserves excl. gold Savings % of GDP People per tel. Life expectancy People per doctor Infant mortality
Japan $105.8b. 0.0% $23,480 $34,715 126.8 0.3% -0.5% $389b. $293.3b. 30% 1.5 80 522 4
France $36.7b. 3.1% $23,030 $24,335 59.3 0.5% 1.3% $297b. $39.6b. 21% 1.5 78 320 5
Switzerland $31.6b. 3.0% $26,420 $37,145 7.2 0.6% 1.4% $93.9b. $30.4b. 27% 1.1 78 585 5
Russia $25.0b. 5.6% $4,310 $1,235 147.2 -0.1% 25.0% $74.7b. $9.6b. 25% 5.1 68 220 17
Singapore $21.5b. 9.1% $27,740 $22,710 3.9 0.7% 1.2% $115b. $77.2b. 50% 2.0 78 667 3
South Korea $20.1b. 12.8% $12,445 $8,581 47.1 0.9% 1.6% $155b. $84.6b. 34% 2.1 72 855 8
Malaysia $12.5b. 11.7% $7,370 $3,248 23.0 2.4% 1.5% $79.2b. $33.4b. 47% 5.0 72 1,477 8
Italy $12.3b. 2.1% $20,840 $20,115 57.8 0.2% 2.5% $232b. $22.8b. 22% 1.9 78 195 6
China $12.0b. 8.1% $3,275 $783 1,275.0 1.0% -0.3% $195b. $156.6b. 39% 14.4 71 1,034 31
Thailand $11.2b. 6.5% $6,020 $1,850 62.6 1.5% 1.2% $60.7b. $31.1b. 33% 12.1 69 4,361 26
Taiwan $7.0b. 7.9% $17,495 $13,248 22.1 1.0% 1.3% $125b. $106.2b. 26% 1.9 75 807 4
Philippines $6.8b. 4.6% $3,380 $1,046 75.8 2.3% 3.7% $35.8b. $13.2b. 15% 27.0 68 1,016 35
Indonesia $4.7b. 3.2% $2,940 $617 209.4 1.6% 0.2% $49.5b. $26.3b. 26% 37.0 65 6,786 47
Hong Kong $2.3b. 14.3% $21,830 $23,510 7.0 2.3% -4.4% $180b. $96.3b. 30% 1.5 79 772 4
Macau $2.3b. -4.0% $17,500 $15,311 0.4 2.0% -2.1% $2.2b. $2.3b. 28% 1.7 76 495 6
Brunei $0.8b. 2.5% $20,100 $20,400 0.3 3.2% 1.0% $2.3b. $20.0b. 35% 3.8 76 1,133 8
Vietnam $0.7b. 4.0% $1,755 $320 80.3 2.3% -1.2% $10.0b. $2.1b. 25% 38.8 68 2,298 29
Maldives -$0.02b. 6.8% $3,395 $1,167 0.3 3.0% 3.3% $0.1b. $0.1b. 11% 13.8 67 5,330 55
P. N. Guinea -$0.03b. 3.9% $2,700 $1,005 4.4 2.3% 18.2% $1.9b. $0.2b. 29% 49.0 57 12,500 53
Fiji -$0.05b. 7.8% $3,580 $2,219 0.8 1.5% -1.0% $0.5b. $0.4b. 8% 8.9 73 2,080 20
Afghanistan -$0.1b. 6.0% $720 $150 21.9 1.9% 14.0% $0.2b. $0.2b. 10% 390.0 45 7,358 164
Bhutan -$0.1b. 6.0% $1,570 $450 0.8 2.3% 9.2% $0.1b. $0.3b. 38% 96.9 61 4,255 122
Mongolia -$0.1b. 3.5% $1,520 $396 2.5 1.7% 4.4% $0.5b. $0.1b. 19% 26.1 65 364 52
Nepal -$0.1b. 3.3% $1,100 $225 23.4 2.3% 1.8% $0.5b. $0.8b. 11% 112.9 57 12,612 81
Cambodia -$0.2b. 4.0% $1,240 $270 11.0 2.5% -0.3% $0.8b. $0.5b. 4% 435.0 53 9,523 103
Laos -$0.2b. 4.0% $1,325 $258 5.4 2.9% 86.7% $0.4b. $0.1b. 12% 181.5 53 4,381 91
Sri Lanka -$0.3b. 4.2% $2,625 $827 19.1 1.2% 0.3% $4.7b. $1.6b. 19% 35.2 73 3,935 14
Bangladesh -$0.4b. 4.4% $1,040 $299 130.0 2.2% 4.0% $5.3b. $1.6b. 19% 336.5 60 4,650 75
Kenya -$0.4b. 1.8% $1,135 $370 32.2 3.4% 5.1% $2.0b. $0.7b. 13% 62.7 59 9,851 50
Myanmar -$0.4b. 4.5% $1,200 $765 48.9 2.1% 11.5% $1.2b. $0.3b. 12% 194.1 60 12,500 79
Turkey -$0.4b. -3.4% $6,655 $2,820 65.5 2.1% 63.8% $28.3b. $22.7b. 18% 4.0 68 955 62
South Africa -$0.9b. 1.7% $7,660 $3,096 43.5 2.2% 4.5% $27.6b. $6.4b. 17% 6.9 65 1,750 48
Pakistan -$1.8b. 5.3% $1,570 $492 138.6 2.6% 3.0% $8.3b. $1.5b. 15% 49.0 63 2,000 88
Iran -$1.9b. 2.6% $5,545 $2,500 68.5 3.4% 19.3% $13.0b. $5.0b. 30% 8.9 70 3,140 32
Egypt -$2.6b. 5.3% $3,075 $1,319 65.5 2.2% 2.7% $4.4b. $15.0b. 12% 16.6 65 1,316 40
Canada -$2.9b. 4.7% $24,870 $20,242 30.6 0.9% 3.0% $243b. $30.6b. 21% 1.3 79 446 6
India -$3.8b. 5.8% $1,760 $436 1,000.0 1.9% 4.4% $37.5b. $35.7b. 22% 45.5 62 2,165 71
Nigeria -$4.2b. 2.3% $930 $340 110.6 2.9% 9.7% $9.0b. $4.1b. 24% 257.8 53 5,882 77
New Zealand -$4.3b. 5.8% $17,025 $13,020 3.8 1.0% 0.5% $12.5b. $4.5b. 23% 1.4 77 321 7
Saudi Arabia -$12.9b. -2.3% $10,265 $6,410 20.9 2.8% -0.6% $39.8b. $16.2b. 30% 7.0 70 698 21
Mexico -$14.2b. 7.9% $8,420 $4,305 98.2 1.9% 10.5% $139b. $36.4b. 26% 7.6 74 578 26
Britain -$20.7b. 2.9% $20,890 $23,405 59.1 0.3% 3.0% $262b. $30.1b. 15% 1.9 77 581 6
Germany -$21.1b. 2.3% $22,140 $25,910 82.6 0.3% 1.5% $541b. $59.6b. 23% 1.8 76 286 5
Australia -$22.4b. 4.3% $20,770 $18,784 19.1 1.2% 2.8% $56.1b. $18.5b. 21% 1.5 78 400 5
Brazil -$23.3b. 3.1% $6,400 $4,710 165.9 1.9% 6.8% $49.4b. $34.8b. 18% 8.3 68 847 34
U.S. -$338.9b. 5.4% $33,844 $33,790 274.6 1.0% 3.0% $688b. $60.5b. 17% 1.3 77 387 7
These figures are the latest available from national and multilateral sources (telephone data from Intl. Telecom. Union). These statistics will appear only occasionally: GDP (PPP), savings, foreign debt, literacy rate, urban population, people per doctor, infant mortality, people per TV and calorie intake. Gross domestic product (GDP) is the value of all goods and services produced in one year. Purchasing Power Parity (PPP, based on World Bank ratios) takes into account price differences between countries, for a more accurate measure of national wealth. Gross National Product (GNP) is GDP plus payments from abroad from investments and labor, minus similar payments to foreigners.
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