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World in Figures: Handy stats a-plenty

The World in Figures contains a wealth of economic, socio-demographic, cultural and environmental statistics from The Economist and is now available as a free iPad app.


April 4, 2012
by PLANT STAFF

TORONTO: Want to know where Canada ranks in the global economic league? Or who is the most generous aid donor? How about which country has the lowest divorce rate?

The World in Figures contains a wealth of economic, socio-demographic, cultural and environmental statistics from The Economist and is now available as a free iPad app, thanks to a partnership between advisory firm Grant Thornton International Ltd. advisory firm and the global business magazine.

It includes country scores and rankings on more than 200 topics from foreign debt, life expectancy and natural resources, to business competitiveness, innovation and Facebook use. Detailed statistical profiles cover the world’s major economies, it allows users to compare how different countries rank by topic and it includes lots of international trivia.

Here are some interesting Canada facts you’ll find:

• Canada ranks first in computers per 100 people followed by Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

• Canada ranks third in the number of publicly listed companies (behind India and the US).

• Canada is third in aluminium production, fourth in zinc and fifth in nickel production. We’re third in the Top 10 producers of oil and natural gas.

• We rank sixteenth in highest cost of living (Japan, Norway and France were top three).

• Canada placed seventh in global competitiveness. Hong Kong was first, followed by the US, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan.

The free World in Figures app is available from the iTunes App Store.