The World in 2012 (by The Economist)

Posted in About something else by wikithink on April 25, 2012

The World in 2012 is an special edition made by The Economist every year. It has some predictions about what is coming in that year, and also very interesting facts from around The World.

These are the ones I have found interesting, facts that I wasn’t nearly aware of that I got by reading the version of this year, hoping you will enjoy them as I did:

– State-controlled enterprises, account for 80% of the market capitalisation of China and 38% in Brazil. Family-dominated companies account for 60% of the Indian stockmarket. If you want to read more about:

– In April 2012, the mark of the centenary of the sinking of the “unsinkable” Titanic. In May, US will host the G8 summit in Chicago. In June, Rio will host the UN conference on sustainable development and Iphone celebrates his 5Th birthday. In July, London will welcome the 30Th Olympics games. In August, Bambi will turn 70 years old and disabled athletes will join the paralympics games. In September, the diplomatic of The World  will join the UN general assembly in NY. In October, China will select its new leaders for congress. In November, US will vote for his next President and the ceiling frescoes of Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo, will turn 500 years old. In December, India will host a summit of the BRICs and the SMS will celebrates its 20Th birthday.

– Brazil has lifted 40m Brazilians (almost the size of Spain’s population) out of poverty and into middle class in the past 8 years.  If you want to read more about:

– India has a lady as The Head of state, she is Pratibha Patil, the 12th India’s President and the first women in charge. The President of Congress is also a women, Sonia Gandhi.

– Australia’s emissions per person among the world’s highest: ten times bigger than Indonesia’s, five times bigger than China’s and almost three times those of France. If you want to read more about:

– Christians, who make up around 10% of Egypt’s 87m people.

– More than 1 million nigerians have blackberry and there are more mobiles phones in Africa than in America.

– Angola and Equatorial Guinea are the second and fourth biggest oil producers.

– Qat is a local leaf stimulant that affects somali young people.

– The world leadership will be reahuffled. The United States, France, Rusia and China will suffer changes in their leadership, so in a year that will need more international engagement some key players will be worried about their local interests.

– Some 90% of the world’s data have been generated in the past two years. If you want to read more about:

– Managers will start to realise that remote working has been disastrous for spreading corporate culture, and that in particular it has made it difficult for younger workers to pick up the tricks of the trade. If you want to read more about:

-Nelson Mandela’s successor as president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, was often asked how he felt stepping into the great man’s shoes. Eventually he grew so irritated by the question that he quipped that Mr Mandela wore “such ugly shoes” that he would “never be seen dead” in them. If you want to read more about:


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