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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?

Asiaweek Time Asia Now Asiaweek story

June 30, 2000 VOL. 26 NO. 25

The Bottom Line
Ranked by Life expectancy

Country Life expectancy GDP growth Per-capita GDP (PPP) Per-capita GNP (nom.) Population (millions) Population growth Inflation CPI Exports 12 months Curr. acct. balance Reserves excl. gold Savings % of GDP People per tel. People per doctor Infant mortality
Japan 80 0.7% $23,480 $34,715 126.8 0.3% -0.8% $428b. $117.1b. $304.4b. 30% 1.5 522 4
Canada 79 4.9% $24,870 $20,242 30.6 0.9% 2.4% $243b. $2.2b. $30.6b. 21% 1.3 446 6
Hong Kong 79 14.3% $21,830 $23,597 7.0 2.3% -4.4% $182b. $9.2b. $96.3b. 30% 1.5 772 4
Switzerland 79 3.4% $26,420 $37,145 7.2 0.6% 1.6% $93.9b. $31.6b. $30.1b. 27% 1.1 585 5
Australia 78 4.3% $20,770 $20,142 19.1 1.2% 2.8% $56.1b. -$22.4b. $12.7b. 21% 1.5 400 5
France 78 3.3% $23,030 $24,335 59.3 0.5% 1.5% $292b. $36.7b. $38.5b. 21% 1.5 320 5
Italy 78 2.1% $20,840 $20,115 57.8 0.2% 2.5% $232b. $8.7b. $25.5b. 22% 1.9 195 6
Singapore 78 9.1% $27,740 $22,710 3.9 0.7% 1.1% $115b. $21.5b. $75.2b. 50% 2.0 667 3
Britain 77 2.9% $20,890 $24,695 59.1 0.3% 3.0% $267b. -$20.7b. $30.1b. 15% 1.9 581 6
New Zealand 77 5.8% $17,025 $13,020 3.8 1.0% 1.5% $12.9b. -$4.5b. $4.5b. 23% 1.4 321 7
U.S. 77 5.4% $33,872 $33,799 274.6 1.0% 3.1% $688b. -$338.9b. $60.5b. 17% 1.3 387 7
Brunei 76 2.5% $20,100 $20,400 0.3 3.2% 1.0% $2.3b. $0.8b. $20.0b. 35% 3.8 1,133 8
Germany 76 3.3% $22,140 $25,910 82.6 0.3% 1.4% $541b. -$21.1b. $61.7b. 23% 1.8 286 5
Macau 76 -2.9% $17,500 $14,145 0.4 2.0% -2.1% $2.2b. $2.3b. $2.3b. 28% 1.7 495 6
Taiwan 75 7.9% $17,495 $13,248 22.1 1.0% 1.3% $125b. $7.0b. $106.2b. 26% 1.9 807 4
Mexico 74 7.9% $8,420 $4,838 98.2 1.9% 9.5% $146b. -$14.2b. $36.4b. 26% 7.6 578 26
Fiji 73 7.8% $3,580 $2,219 0.8 1.5% -1.0% $0.5b. -$0.05b. $0.4b. 8% 8.9 2,080 20
Sri Lanka 73 4.2% $2,625 $827 19.1 1.2% 0.3% $4.7b. -$0.3b. $1.6b. 19% 35.2 3,935 14
Malaysia 72 11.7% $7,370 $3,248 23.0 2.4% 1.3% $79.2b. $12.5b. $33.4b. 47% 5.0 1,477 8
South Korea 72 12.8% $12,445 $8,581 47.1 0.9% 1.1% $157b. $20.1b. $86.8b. 34% 2.1 855 8
China 71 8.1% $3,275 $783 1,275.0 1.0% 0.1% $219b. $12.0b. $156.6b. 39% 14.4 1,034 31
Iran 70 2.6% $5,545 $2,500 68.5 3.4% 19.3% $13.0b. -$1.9b. $5.0b. 30% 8.9 3,140 32
Saudi Arabia 70 -2.3% $10,265 $6,410 20.9 2.8% -0.6% $39.8b. -$12.9b. $16.5b. 30% 7.0 698 21
Thailand 69 5.2% $6,020 $1,949 62.6 1.5% 1.7% $61.0b. $11.9b. $31.1b. 33% 12.1 4,361 26
Brazil 68 3.1% $6,400 $4,710 165.9 1.9% 6.5% $50.5b. -$23.3b. $28.7b. 18% 8.3 847 34
Philippines 68 3.4% $3,380 $1,046 75.8 2.3% 4.1% $35.8b. $7.1b. $14.1b. 15% 27.0 1,016 35
Russia 68 5.6% $4,310 $1,235 147.2 -0.1% 19.4% $74.7b. $25.0b. $9.6b. 25% 5.1 220 17
Turkey 68 -3.4% $6,655 $2,820 65.5 2.1% 62.7% $28.3b. -$0.4b. $22.7b. 18% 4.0 955 62
Vietnam 68 4.0% $1,755 $320 80.3 2.3% -1.2% $10.0b. $0.7b. $2.1b. 25% 38.8 2,298 29
Maldives 67 6.8% $3,395 $1,167 0.3 3.0% 3.3% $0.1b. -$0.02b. $0.1b. 11% 13.8 5,330 55
Egypt 65 5.3% $3,075 $1,390 65.5 2.2% 2.7% $5.2b. -$2.6b. $14.0b. 12% 16.6 1,316 40
Indonesia 65 3.2% $2,940 $617 209.4 1.6% 1.2% $55.4b. $4.7b. $26.3b. 26% 37.0 6,786 47
Mongolia 65 3.5% $1,520 $396 2.5 1.7% 4.4% $0.5b. -$0.1b. $0.1b. 19% 26.1 364 52
South Africa 65 1.7% $7,660 $3,096 43.5 2.2% 4.5% $27.6b. -$0.9b. $6.4b. 17% 6.9 1,750 48
Pakistan 63 5.3% $1,570 $492 138.6 2.6% 3.0% $8.3b. -$1.8b. $1.5b. 15% 49.0 2,000 88
India 62 5.8% $1,760 $436 1,000.0 1.9% 4.4% $37.5b. -$3.8b. $34.2b. 22% 45.5 2,165 71
Bhutan 61 6.0% $1,570 $450 0.8 2.3% 9.2% $0.1b. -$0.1b. $0.3b. 38% 96.9 4,255 122
Bangladesh 60 4.4% $1,040 $299 130.0 2.2% 4.0% $5.3b. -$0.4b. $1.6b. 19% 336.5 4,650 75
Myanmar 60 4.5% $1,200 $765 48.9 2.1% 11.5% $1.2b. -$0.4b. $0.3b. 12% 194.1 12,500 79
Kenya 59 1.8% $1,135 $370 32.2 3.4% 5.1% $2.0b. -$0.4b. $0.7b. 13% 62.7 9,851 50
Nepal 57 3.3% $1,100 $225 23.4 2.3% 1.8% $0.5b. -$0.1b. $0.8b. 11% 112.9 12,612 81
P. N. Guinea 57 3.9% $2,700 $1,005 4.4 2.3% 18.2% $1.9b. -$0.03b. $0.2b. 29% 49.0 12,500 53
Cambodia 53 4.0% $1,240 $270 11.0 2.5% -0.3% $0.8b. -$0.2b. $0.5b. 4% 435.0 9,523 103
Laos 53 4.0% $1,325 $258 5.4 2.9% 86.7% $0.4b. -$0.2b. $0.1b. 12% 181.5 4,381 91
Nigeria 53 2.3% $930 $340 110.6 2.9% 9.7% $9.0b. -$4.2b. $4.1b. 24% 257.8 5,882 77
Afghanistan 45 6.0% $720 $150 21.9 1.9% 14.0% $0.2b. -$0.1b. $0.2b. 10% 390.0 7,358 164
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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