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The Least-settled Countries on Earth Population density is a simple function of how many people, on average, live in a given area of a country. Density is a quick and reliable way of gauging how urbanized a country is—more and bigger cities tend to equal a higher density. There are a few caveats to this: the densest countries tend to be very… Read more
The Tightest-packed Countries on Earth Population density is a simple function of how many people, on average, live in a given area of a country. Density is a quick and reliable way of gauging how urbanized a country is—more and bigger cities tend to equal a higher density. There are a few caveats to this: the densest countries tend to be very… Read more
According to the annual survey by the Berlin-based organization Transparency International, Somalia, North Korea, and Afghanistan are perceived to be the most corrupt, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden are perceived to be the world's least corrupt countries. For a list of the least corrupt nations, see the Least Corrupt Nations. The index defines… Read more
According to the annual survey by the Berlin-based organization Transparency International, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden are perceived to be the world's least corrupt countries, and Somalia, North Korea, and Afghanistan are perceived to be the most corrupt. For a list of the most corrupt nations, see the Most Corrupt Nations. The index defines… Read more
Cite Where People Want to Be Travel+Leisure has compiled its 22nd annual list of the world's best cities, as voted by users worldwide. Florence and Rome are the only two cities in the "Hall of Fame" for making the list ten years in a row. Rank City Score 1 Hoi An, Vietnam 90.39 2 San Miguel de Allende, Mexico… Read more
(international tourist arrivals) Taxi trikes awaiting customers in Paris Source: AP Photo/Francois Mori The following table shows the top ten tourism destinations according to the UN World Tourism Organization. They UNWTO publishes regular updates about global tourism. These figures come from 2018, the most recent year on read as per… Read more
The data in this table reflects a survey measuring the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods, and entertainment. Produced by Mercer, a global human resources and financial consulting firm, the survey is used to help multinational companies and governments determine… Read more
Map of Russia Source: Mixstock via Bigstock The top ten largest countries, in square kilometers. 1. Russia 17,098,242 2. Canada 9,984,670 3. United States 9,826,675 4. China 9,596,961 5. Brazil 8,514,877 6. Australia 7,741,220 7. India 3,287,263 8. Argentina 2,780,400 9… Read more
The Poorest Countries Pound for Pound Generally speaking, larger countries make more money that smaller countries just because they have more workers. Some of the countries with low GDPs might actually have a pretty high standard of living, since each citizen makes more—Monaco, a modern city-state, is one of the most luxurious places on Earth.… Read more
The Richest Countries Pound for Pound It pretty naturally follows that larger countries should make more money than smaller ones, just by virtue of being bigger. Certainly the world's three largest economies are the three largest countries by population (China, the United States, and India). That's why, to determine just how wealthy a country is… Read more
Vatican City Source: AP The top ten smallest countries, in square kilometers. 1. Vatican City 0 2. Monaco 2 3. Nauru 21 4. Tuvalu 26 5. San Marino 61 6. Liechtenstein 160 7. Saint Kitts and Nevis 261 8. Maldives 298 9. Malta 316 10. Grenada 344 The… Read more
A crowd of passengers near a Beijing train station. (AP Photo)This table provides figures about the 50 most populous nations in the world as of May 2020. China is the most populous country with nearly 1.4 billion residents. Since India's population is less than 50 million behind China; there could be a time when India surpasses its neighbor… Read more
From Australia to South Korea Related Links Back to School Center World Atlas Education Somewhere in the world, right now, students are hard at work in school. With over 190 nations spanning the globe's 24 time zones, students and their academic years come in a variety of forms. Here's a sampling of the typical school year in 13 nations… Read more
A picture's worth a lot more than a thousand words Despite their frequency in movies, art heists are actually fairly rare. Art is hard to move, hard to keep, and hard to sell. And, art thieves aren't always the most educated about what pieces are worth. But, there have been a few high profile (and high cost) capers since the infamous theft of… Read more
A tragic measure of public health One of the most common metrics of public health is how many children born in that country survive infancy, or more broadly how many reach the age of five. Luckily, infant mortality rates are much lower today that in the past, when most families expected to lose children. Here are the countries that have made… Read more
Money to Burn Inflation is a pretty natural process in an economy where the value of currency decreases over time as the supply of money increases. Inflation is part of the reason why milk used to cost $1.07 per gallon in 1968 and costs around $3.50 today. Some degree of inflation is expected and accounted for, and in some ways it's actually… Read more
Too Little of a Bad Thing Many people are aware of the risks of inflation; as the value of money decreases over time, their purchasing power decreases. When inflation outpaces wage growth (the average increase of people's paychecks over time) this can cause grave economic consequences, as people can now no longer afford the same amount of goods… Read more
A tragic measure of public health One of the most common metrics of public health is how many children born in that country survive infancy, or more broadly how many reach the age of five. Due to their vulnerability, children are more likely to die from common injuries and diseases than adults. Luckily, infant mortality rates are much lower… Read more
Based on the average scores on a 20-question driving test commissioned by the GMAC Insurance Company, the most knowledgeable drivers in the U.S. are from Kansas and the least knowledgeable are from the District of Columbia. These figures are from 2011, the last year in which such a national test was issued. State Rank Average KS 1… Read more
The countries with the lowest literacy rate, defined as the ability to read and write at a specified age. The figures given are from 2015, the last year in which UNESCO did a global analysis.  1. South Sudan 27.0% 2. Afghanistan 28.1 3. Niger 28.7 4. Burkina Faso 28.7 5. Mali 33.4 6. Chad 35.4 7… Read more