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May 24, 2011

Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey

Filed under: Comparisons,Data Analysis,geography,Iraq,Syria,Turkey — Razib Khan @ 9:38 am

Since most international migration is apparently between “developing nations”, I thought the Iran-Iraq-Turkey-Syria border would be interesting to look at in terms of differences in economic and social indices.

October 21, 2010

Borders we forget: Saudi Arabia & Yemen

Filed under: Comparisons,Culture,data,Development,geography,Saudi Arabia,Yemen — Razib Khan @ 12:36 pm

There’s a lot of stuff you stumble upon via Google Public Data Explorer which you kind of knew, but is made all the more stark through quantitative display. For example, consider Saudi Arabia and Yemen. In gross national income per capita the difference between these two nations is one order of magnitude (PPP and nominal). Depending on the measure you use (PPP or nominal) the difference between the USA and Mexico is in the range of a factor of 3.5 to 5. Until recently most Americans did not know much about Yemen. It was famous for being the homeland of Osama bin Laden’s father and the Queen of Sheba.

Let’s do some comparisons.

Good luck Saudi Arabia! :-) Couldn’t happen to a nicer nation.

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