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Acute radiation syndrome, reactor meltdown, and nuclear disaster are all scary terms. Learn about what the terms mean in relation to Japan's 2011 crisis. Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant Location of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant Photo credit: Saneef Ansari, National Institute of Design Bangalore Related Links? 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 2021. 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 country in? Read more
The table below lists the ascending median age of the world's top eight religious groups. The figures are from 2012, the last year from which we have a thorough global survey. Religion Median age Muslims 23 Hindus 26 Christians 30 Other Religions 32 Folk Religionists 33 Religiously unaffiliated 34 Buddhists? Read more
The places where people live the longest What Life Expectancy Means Average Life expectancy is a measure of how long the average person lives in a given country.This is usually calculated by just averaging out the ages at which people die to get themeanvalue. See also: Life expectancy of men and women by country (full list) This is? Read more
The table below lists the top ten countries with the greatest number of people who identify themselves as religiously unaffiliated. The countries with the highest unaffiliated percentages tend to be communist or formerly communist countries, which usually oppose or restrict religion. Country 2010 unaffiliated population Percentage of? Read more
Religiously unaffiliated rank third among religious adherents worldwide Related Links Top Eight World Religions Countries with Largest Unaffiliated Populations Median Age of Religious Adherents Major Religions of the World The Religiously Unaffiliated now rank as the world's third largest religious group, after? Read more
The table below lists the largest religious groups by percentage of global population as of 2010, the last year for which we have a thorough international survey. Religion Percent world population Christians 31.5% Muslims 23.2 Religiously Unaffiliated 16.3 Hindus 15.0 Buddhists 7.1 Folk Religionists 5.9? 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 countriesshouldmake 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
Religiously unaffiliated rank third among religious adherents worldwide India Eid al Fitr Source: AP Photo/Channi Anand Related Links Countries with Largest Unaffiliated Populations Median Age of Religious Adherents Major Religions of the World The Religiously Unaffiliated now rank as the world's third largest religious? Read more
The Least-settledCountries 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 theMost 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
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
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