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NationMaster.com

 
How countries stack up on just about any measure.
8/30/2004

NationMaster.com allows users to build charts that measure and compare countries on a wide range of information, everything from "Most Taxed" to "Cotton Production." In fact, there are some 4,350 stats available for exploration, culled from sources including the CIA World Factbook, the World Health Organization, UNESCO, the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

In addition to being informative, the site is a lot of fun to browse. We decided to see how various exporting countries ranked in terms of bribes. The stat ranks countries on the degree to which their companies are perceived to be paying bribes. Sweden companies came out as the lowest bribe payer, while Chinese companies were most perceived as willing to grease some palms.

Next, we studied the countries with the most and least amount of female decision makers—countries with women in key corporate and political posts. The U.S. ranked No. 1, followed by Trinidad and Tobago. At the bottom? Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

OK, time to get back to work.