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SEPTEMBER 29, 2000 VOL. 26 NO. 38 | SEARCH ASIAWEEK

The Bottom Line
Ranked By Infant mortality

country
Infant Mortality
GDP growth
Per-capita GDP (PPP)
Per-capita GNP (nom.)
POP (m.)
Pop. growth %
Inflation CPI
Exports
Curr. acct. balance
Reserves (ex. gold)
Savings % GDP
People per phone
Life expect.
People/ Doctor
Singapore 3 8.0% $27,740 $22,710 3.9 0.7% 1.2% $127b. $20.7b. $75.2b. 50% 2.0 78 667
Hong Kong 4 10.8% $21,830 $23,597 7.0 2.3% -3.2% $185b. $9.2b. $96.3b. 30% 1.5 79 772
Japan 4 1.0% $23,480 $34,715 126.8 0.3% -0.5% $442b. $117.5b. $338.1b. 30% 1.5 80 522
Taiwan 4 5.4% $17,495 $13,248 22.1 0.8% 1.5% $130b. $6.1b. $113.1b. 26% 1.8 75 807
Australia 5 4.7% $20,770 $20,142 19.1 1.2% 3.2% $58.5b. -$20.9b. $16.0b. 21% 1.5 78 400
France 5 3.4% $23,030 $24,018 59.3 0.5% 1.8% $292b. $36.7b. $38.5b. 21% 1.5 78 320
Germany 5 3.1% $22,140 $25,488 82.6 0.3% 1.8% $541b. -$21.1b. $61.7b. 23% 1.8 76 286
Switzerland 5 3.4% $26,420 $37,145 7.2 0.6% 1.3% $93.9b. $29.2b. $30.1b. 27% 1.1 79 585
Britain 6 3.1% $20,890 $24,770 59.1 0.3% 3.0% $267b. -$17.5b. $30.1b. 15% 1.9 77 581
Canada 6 5.3% $24,870 $20,242 30.6 0.9% 2.5% $254b. $2.2b. $29.9b. 21% 1.3 79 446
Italy 6 3.0% $20,840 $20,115 57.8 0.1% 2.7% $232b. -$1.6b. $25.5b. 22% 1.9 78 195
Macau 6 -2.9% $17,500 $14,145 0.4 2.0% -1.5% $2.2b. $2.3b. $2.3b. 28% 1.5 76 495
New Zealand 7 5.5% $17,025 $13,020 3.8 1.0% 2.0% $13.1b. -$4.5b. $3.7b. 23% 1.4 77 321
U.S. 7 5.3% $33,872 $33,799 274.6 1.0% 3.4% $730b. -$393.5b. $56.0b. 17% 1.3 77 387
Brunei 8 2.5% $20,100 $20,400 0.3 3.2% 1.0% $2.6b. $0.8b. $20.0b. 35% 3.8 76 1,133
Malaysia 8 8.8% $7,370 $3,248 23.0 2.4% 1.5% $88.0b. $12.6b. $33.4b. 47% 5.0 72 1,477
South Korea 8 9.6% $12,445 $8,581 47.1 0.9% 2.7% $167b. $14.7b. $91.3b. 34% 2.1 72 855
Sri Lanka 14 6.3% $2,625 $827 19.1 1.2% 9.9% $4.7b. -$0.3b. $1.4b. 19% 27.6 73 3,935
Russia 17 8.4% $4,310 $1,235 147.2 -0.1% 20.2% $88.5b. $31.5b. $17.7b. 25% 5.1 68 220
Fiji 20 7.8% $3,580 $2,219 0.8 1.5% -1.0% $0.5b. -$0.05b. $0.4b. 8% 8.9 73 2,080
Saudi Arabia 21 0.5% $10,265 $6,648 20.9 2.8% -1.0% $48.5b. -$1.7b. $16.8b. 30% 7.0 70 698
Mexico 26 7.6% $8,420 $4,838 98.2 1.9% 9.1% $154b. -$14.8b. $31.9b. 26% 7.6 74 578
Thailand 26 5.2% $6,020 $1,949 62.6 1.5% 2.2% $63.5b. $11.0b. $31.1b. 33% 12.1 69 4,361
Vietnam 29 4.0% $1,755 $370 80.3 2.3% -1.2% $10.0b. $0.7b. $2.1b. 25% 38.8 68 2,298
China 31 8.3% $3,275 $783 1,275.0 1.0% 0.3% $219b. $15.7b. $158.0b. 39% 11.6 71 1,034
Iran 32 2.6% $5,545 $2,500 68.5 3.4% 19.3% $16.2b. -$1.9b. $5.0b. 30% 8.2 70 3,140
Brazil 34 3.9% $6,400 $4,710 165.9 1.9% 6.3% $52.6b. -$23.8b. $29.3b. 18% 6.6 68 847
Philippines 35 4.5% $3,380 $1,046 75.8 2.0% 4.6% $36.4b. $8.0b. $14.1b. 15% 27.0 68 1,016
Egypt 40 5.3% $3,075 $1,390 65.5 2.2% 2.8% $5.7b. -$1.5b. $14.0b. 12% 16.6 65 1,316
Indonesia 47 4.1% $2,940 $617 209.4 1.6% 6.1% $55.4b. $4.7b. $26.3b. 26% 34.4 65 6,786
South Africa 48 2.5% $7,660 $2,979 43.5 2.2% 5.1% $29.2b. -$0.8b. $6.4b. 17% 6.9 65 1,750
Kenya 50 1.8% $1,135 $325 32.2 3.4% 5.5% $2.0b. -$0.4b. $0.8b. 13% 62.7 59 9,851
Mongolia 52 3.5% $1,520 $396 2.5 1.7% 4.4% $0.5b. -$0.1b. $0.2b. 19% 24.2 65 364
P. N. Guinea 53 3.9% $2,700 $800 4.4 2.3% 13.2% $1.9b. $0.09b. $0.2b. 29% 49.0 57 12,500
Maldives 55 6.8% $3,395 $1,167 0.3 3.0% -5.1% $0.1b. -$0.02b. $0.1b. 11% 12.5 67 5,330
Turkey 62 5.8% $6,655 $2,820 65.5 2.1% 53.2% $30.0b. -$5.5b. $24.6b. 18% 4.0 68 955
India 71 7.2% $1,760 $436 1,000.0 1.9% 5.0% $39.2b. -$4.2b. $33.8b. 22% 45.5 62 2,165
Bangladesh 75 4.4% $1,040 $299 130.0 2.2% 3.8% $5.5b. -$0.3b. $1.6b. 19% 336.5 60 4,650
Nigeria 77 2.3% $930 $340 110.6 2.9% -1.7% $12.9b. $0.5b. $4.1b. 24% 257.8 53 5,882
Myanmar 79 4.5% $1,200 $765 48.9 2.1% 3.6% $1.2b. -$0.4b. $0.3b. 12% 194.1 60 12,500
Nepal 81 3.3% $1,100 $225 23.4 2.3% 1.8% $0.6b. -$0.06b. $1.0b. 11% 112.9 57 12,612
Pakistan 88 4.5% $1,570 $492 138.6 2.6% 5.1% $8.5b. -$1.8b. $1.4b. 15% 49.0 63 2,000
Laos 91 4.0% $1,325 $263 5.4 2.9% 86.7% $0.4b. -$0.2b. $0.1b. 12% 153.6 53 4,381
Cambodia 103 4.0% $1,240 $270 11.0 2.5% -2.7% $1.0b. -$0.1b. $0.5b. 4% 397.1 53 9,523
Bhutan 122 6.0% $1,570 $510 0.8 2.3% 9.2% $0.1b. -$0.1b. $0.3b. 38% 66.5 61 4,255
Afghanistan 164 6.0% $720 $150 21.9 1.9% 14.0% $0.2b. -$0.1b. $0.2b. 10% 390.0 46 7,358

Infant Mortality is the number of deaths under age one per 1,000 live births. 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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