The FP Quiz
Which country is the world’s biggest shipbuilder? China Japan South Korea How many countries have embassies in North Korea? 12 23 34 How many millions of people live in India’s slums? 62 162 362 What percentage of overweight and obese people live in developing countries? 33 50 66 Migrants make up what percentage of the ...
- South Korea
- United States
- Latin America
1) C, South Korea. With about 40 percent of the global market, South Korean shipbuilders are enjoying record profits thanks to booming demand for new ships and busy trade routes. But they’re looking warily at China, which overtook Japan last year as the No. 2 shipbuilder.
2) B, 23. North Korea may have a reputation for being the most isolated country in the world, but nearly two dozen countries still maintain embassies there. Fellow “axis of evil” member Iran has a Pyongyang outpost, as do Britain, Cuba, and Syria.
3) A, 62 million. For a country with 1.1 billion people, India’s slum population is smaller than many might imagine. But, at 62 million people, it is still larger than the population of Britain.
4) C, 66 percent. Thanks to high-fat diets and increasingly sedentary lifestyles, the developing world is encountering a new epidemic: obesity. The World Health Organization predicts that by 2015, 3 billion adults around the world will be overweight or obese.
5) A, 3 percent. Although the number of international migrants has more than doubled since 1960, migrants—175 million strong in 2000—still only account for a fraction of the world’s population. Nearly two thirds of them settle in developed countries.
6) A, China. In 2004, China overtook the United States as the world’s largest exporter of information technology goods, such as laptops, mobile telephones, and digital cameras. Since then, the gap has only widened, with Chinese IT exports hitting $235 billion in 2005, compared to the United States’ $155 billion.
7) C, Latin America. In 2005, Latin America surpassed Asia as the largest regional recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI) from China, accounting for more than half of China’s FDI outflows. Most of this cash was directed to Caribbean tax havens, but China has also invested heavily in energy and commodity sectors in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela.
8) B, Norway. Once a land of Arctic fisherman, Norway now boasts more millionaires per capita than any other country. One in 86 Norwegians is worth at least seven figures, buoyed by a strong oil and gas sector and a healthy real estate market.