With nearly 200 ethnic groups generally recognised in the world (from 1.3 billion Han Chinese to 200,000 Laz, Gaguaz & Abkhaz), we are certainly a very diverse place. Yet ethnicity still creates nearly as many problems as religion: in some places, more.Continue reading
The figures for life expectancy at birth come from a variety of sources and, surprisingly, vary quite a lot. Nonetheless, they remind us about how startlingly different things can be depending upon the place where you were born. Japan 83.7, Swaziland 49.2.Continue reading
The number of people living below the poverty line is difficult to establish: partly because the definition of poverty varies so much from country to country – or isn’t even defined at all. However, these figures are a starting point for your thought process.Continue reading
Increasingly, we see two different measurements for unemployment: overall unemployment and youth unemployment. Both are important and will influence you: whether you are trying to find work or thinking of setting up in business.Continue reading
There is a great debate about whether public (government) debt matters. Is it a good idea to ‘borrow to invest’? How much? How should it be spent?
At Guides.Global we are pretty set in our opinion that too much borrowing is a bad thing: landing your children and grand-children with debt is immoral. You may, of course, disagree. Whatever your view, the level of public debt in the countries where you might live or do business is a factor to take into account.Continue reading
GDP and GNI, possibly adjusted for inflation and/or for PPP, sometimes shown as an amount per person (per capita) and sometimes as a simple total, are constantly used as a measure of a country’s wealth. What do they mean? How do countries compare across the world?Continue reading
For most people living, working or doing business is a foreign country, corruption is a major enemy. Of course, a few businesses – and individuals – thrive on corruption. They are not your friend!
The Corruption Perception Index from Transparency International has been around for a long time can help you a lot when it comes to risk assessment. Whilst nowhere is perfect, you need very good reasons to be dealing with the countries way down the list!Continue reading
The Rule of Law Index – produced by the World Justice Project – is one of the most useful indicators about what it is like to live or operate in a country. If there is no rule of law, why would you want to be – or do business – there?Continue reading
All over the world, expenditure on health is on the rise. In most developed countries, it had more than doubled since 1970. However, and not surprisingly, there are huge inequalities. In 2016, the US spent $9,636 per person: Zambia $203.Continue reading
With populations from 1.4 billion (China) down to 800 (Vatican City) there is no shortage of variety. Equally, with some countries still growing at nearly 5% per year and others shrinking by 1% per year, the future could look very different.Continue reading