- By P.J. Aroon
For those of you who don’t subscribe to the bimonthly print edition of Foreign Policy, you’re missing a great feature: the FP Quiz. It has eight intriguing questions about how the world works. (And, in honor of World Water Day on March 22, check out our special water quiz from last year.)
The question I’d like to highlight this week is:
How many Wi-Fi hot spots are there in the world?
a) 97,000 b) 197,000 c) 297,000
C, 297,000. As of March 22, there were 296,732 free and pay Wi-Fi locations in 145 countries, up from 53,700 about five years ago, according to the hot-spot registry maintained by media company JiWire. The United States leads the world with 72,156 hot spots, but other countries have far more per person. Sweden leads the way with 798 hot spots per million people, compared with 235 per million in the United States.
The top 10 countries by number of Wi-Fi hot spots:
- United States: 72,156
- China: 36,592
- Britain: 28,187
- France: 26,603
- Germany: 14,841
- Russia: 14,707
- South Korea: 12,817
- Japan: 12,101
- Sweden: 7,226
- Switzerland: 5,542
And for more questions about how the world works, check out the rest of the FP Quiz.
Blake Hounshell is managing editor at Foreign Policy, having formerly been Web editor. Hounshell oversees ForeignPolicy.com and has commissioned and edited numerous cover stories for the print magazine, including National Magazine Award finalist "Why Do They Hate Us?" by Mona Eltahawy. He also edits The Cable, FP's first foray into daily original reporting, and was editor of Colum Lynch's Turtle Bay, which in 2011 won a National Magazine award for best reporting in a digital format.
Blake joined Foreign Policy in 2006 after living in Cairo, where he studied Arabic, missed his Steelers finally win one for the thumb, and worked for the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies. Blake was a 2011 finalist for the Livingston Awards prize for young journalists for his reporting on the Arab uprisings, and his Twitter feed was named one of Time magazine's "140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011." Under his leadership, in 2008, Passport, FP's flagship blog, won Media Industry Newsletter's "Best of the Web" award in the blog category. Along with Elizabeth Dickinson, he edited Southern Tiger: Chile's Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future, the memoirs of former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.
A graduate of Yale University, Blake speaks mangled Arabic and French, is an avid runner, and lives in Washington with his wife, musician Sandy Choi, and their toddler, David. Follow him on Twitter @blakehounshell.| Passport |