Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Treasure cove of mouthwatering information

As I browsed the internet this morning I think I may have stumbled upon the jackpot with regards to information and data concerning Lebanon. What is so special concerning this website? Numbers. It is filled with numbers that describe Lebanon's demographics, its labor force, energy sector, environment and a slew of other topics.

I'll display a sample of this information for you below. It is Lebanon's top and bottom rankings relative to other countries in the Middle East:


Top Rankings:


1st

  • Health > Spending > Private

2nd

  • People > Female population > Age 30-34 > % of the total
  • Terrorism > Terrorist Acts > 1968-2006 > Fatalities (per capita)

3rd

  • Health > Total expenditure on health as % of GDP
  • People > Female population > Age 25-29 > % of the total
  • People > Total population > Age 25-29 > % of the total
  • People > Total population > Age 30-34 > % of the total
  • Terrorism > Number of Known Terrorist Organizations Present
  • Terrorism > Terrorist Acts > 1968-2006 > Incidences (per capita)

4th

  • Agriculture > Exports to USA > Almonds (per capita)
  • Agriculture > Exports to USA > Broad and horse beans (per capita)
  • Democracy > Female ministers
  • Economy > Debt service
  • Economy > Trade with US > US exports of tobacco, manufactured
  • Health > Plastic surgery procedures (per capita)
  • Labor > Labor force (per capita)
  • People > Male population > Age 25-29 > % of the total
  • Terrorism > Terrorist Acts > 1968-2006 > Injuries (per capita)
  • Terrorism > Terrorist Acts > 2000-2006 > Injuries (per capita)

5th

  • People > Male population > Age 30-34 > % of the total


Bottom Rankings

Last

  • Agriculture > Exports to USA > Lentils (per capita)
  • Agriculture > Exports to USA > Olives
  • Agriculture > Exports to USA > Olives (per capita)
  • Economy > Entrepreneurship > Hiring & Firing Workers > Rigidity of Hours Index
  • People > Chinese population
  • Transportation > Airports > With paved runways > Under 914 m
  • Transportation > Airports > With unpaved runways > Under 914 m

2nd last

  • Agriculture > Exports to USA > Cucumbers and gherkins
  • Agriculture > Exports to USA > Fruits (per capita)
  • Economy > Trade with US > US exports of numismatic coins
  • Economy > Trade with US > US imports of agricultural machinery and equipment
  • Economy > Trade with US > US imports of other precious metals
  • Economy > Trade with US > US imports of steelmaking and ferroalloying materials-unmanufactured
  • Environment > Endangered species protection
  • Environment > Wildness
  • Health > HIV AIDS > Deaths (per capita)
  • Religion > Catholic > Cardinal electors

3rd last

  • Agriculture > Exports to USA > Dates (per capita)
  • Agriculture > Exports to USA > Lentils
  • Economy > Trade with US > US exports of hides and skins
  • Economy > Trade with US > US exports of sorghum, barley, oats
  • Economy > Trade with US > US imports of engines and engine parts
  • Economy > Trade with US > US imports of fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides
  • Economy > Trade with US > US imports of military aircraft and parts
  • Economy > Trade with US > US imports of miscellaneous nonferrous metals
  • Health > HIV AIDS > Deaths
  • People > Child Protection > Child labour 5-14 years, % of female

4th last

  • Agriculture > Exports to USA > Dates
  • Energy > Oil production
  • Labor > Economic activity > Both sexes aged 40-44

5th last

  • Currency > Terms of trade since 1995 (per capita)
  • Currency > Terms of trade since 1995 (per $ GDP)
  • Economy > Trade with US > US imports of iron and steel manufactures-advanced
  • Energy > Electricity > Exports
  • Energy > Electricity > Production by source > Other
  • Environment > Wetlands of intl importance > Area (per capita)
  • Labor > Economic activity > Both sexes aged 45-49
  • Labor > Economic activity > Both sexes aged 50-54
  • People > Child Protection > Child labour 5-14 years, % of male
  • People > Child Protection > Child labour 5-14 years, % of total

6th last

  • Agriculture > Exports to USA > Almonds
  • Agriculture > Exports to USA > Fruits
  • Energy > Electricity > Production by source > Nuclear
  • Labor > Economic activity > Both sexes aged 35-39
  • Media > DVD region


Comments:

Notice the number of bottom rankings relative to top rankings: 45 - 19. Remove the four "terrorism" points from the top rankings, and the picture will look even worse! But take into consideration that some bottom rankings are actually good (like HIV deaths)

Also notice how many bottom spots Lebanon enjoys in the agriculture and economics categories. I believe it is 10 and 11 respectively.


4 comments:

Jamal said...

it would be interesting to know how they get their numbers , as Lebanon suffers greatly from the lack of reliable data collection in many fields.

Lazarus said...

their numbers are mostly from the CIA world factbook.

Raja said...

Jamal, Laz,

the following is a quote from their "About Us" section:

This website was created by Rapid Intelligence, a web technology company based in Sydney, Australia. We produce original sites that provide people with unique views of content.


All statistics on this site are cited. If you are concerned about authenticity and authorship, please view the "Source:" field, found below each graph. Or when viewing country statistics, click the "View with citations" link below the bottom of the page.

Vox P said...

Shocking! Lebanese olives are delicious!