Gapminder

Allow me to enthuse about Gapminder a little, and this presentation.

Some interesting queries:

  • fertility rate in Iran — Iran is the only country in the world to require couples to take a class on modern contraception before receiving a marriage license, in order to reduce the fertility rate, but they didn’t start doing that until 1986.
  • GDP per capita and child survival in Malaysia and the US — they have the same child survival rate, even though the GDP per capita in Malaysia is $9k and in the US it’s $40k.
  • fertility rate in Mexico — a drop from 6 children per woman in 1975 to 2.2 children per woman in 2004.
  • life expectancy in Botswana — shows how massively HIV has hit.

There’s more on Gapminder’s website.

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