Senior Citizens Research World Traveling Data

Feb 16th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

It was a little confusing writing this travel blog as I tried to find out the exact number of countries in the world. Numerous sites came up with different totals. From my college geography course I remembered that the smallest country was The Vatican followed by Monaco.  I’ve always had difficulty believing that both are actually countries.

I also recalled that the largest countries by size were Russia, Canada, the US, China and Brazil.  Russia is huge.  In terms of territory, Russia is the world’s largest country. With a total area of 17,075,200 kilometers (6,592,735 square miles), Russia covers about one-eighth of the world’s land surface. Russia is 60 percent larger than the world’s second-largest country, Canada.

The population of Russia is 141,927,297 as of 1 January 2010 by official U.S. government sources. According to official figures, the Russian population growth rate is negative, declining at a rate of 3 percent a year.  The population hit a historic peak at 148,689,000 in 1991, just before the breakup of the Soviet Union but then began a decade-long decline, falling at a rate of about 0.5% per year due to falling birth rates and rising death rates.   

The latest data from the Population Reference Bureau shows that there are twenty countries in the world with negative or zero natural population growth. This is unprecedented in history!  Japan is the only non-European country in the list and it has a 0% natural birth increase and is expected to lose 21% of its population by 2050 (shrinking from 127.8 million to a mere 100.6 million in 2050).  

The WorldAtlas.com notes that The Vatican has a total population of 920 living within .044 square miles.  Next smallest are Tuvalu, Nauru and Palau, wherever they are.  China tops the list with 1,306,313,800 (and undoubtedly those stats are wrong as of right now…) and besides, who can count that far?  India totals 1,080,264,400 and it looks like India is closing in on China.  The USA follows with just under 300 million.  Next are Indonesia, Brazil and Pakistan.  I didn’t know that Pakistan had that many people.  I always figured that Bangladesh had a huge population.  I was right as it totalled 145 million and Pakistan counted 163 million.   

Wiki.answers reports that there are 196 countries in the world.   According to the United Nations, there are 192 United Nations members. Unfortunately, the number 192 is too often used to represent the number of countries in the world by the UN and that is incorrect.  With Wiki.answers you can check out all 196 countries with their statistics.  (Do you remember what “wikiwiki” means in Hawaiian?  No? Look it up on Google! 

Aneki.com provides a resource for the world rankings on many topics such as the Best Airports, the Safest Roads, the Most Googled Countries, the Most Generous Countries, the Most Populated, the Poorest, the Cleanest and much more. It is a fun site just to learn more about our big big world.  It was interesting to note that the fastest growing economy in the world was Iraq followed by Chad, Liberia, Equatorial Guinea and Venezuela.  China ranked a surprising 15th. 

Quiz time: Can you name any of the top twenty most expensive countries to live in?  Another surprise for me.  Japan was #1 followed by S. Korea, Russia, Taiwan, Norway, Hong Kong and Switzerland.  Among the Most Powerful people in the world after Barack Obama, Hu Jintao (China), Vladimir Putin and Ben Bernanke were Sergey Brin and Larry Page the Co-founders of Google Inc.  Speaks pretty highly of Google doesn’t it? 

Cellular News states that Japan is the world’s most innovative nation followed by Switzerland, the US and Sweden.  This is according to a new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by Cisco. The Economist Intelligence Unit compiled a ranking of 82 economies based on their level of innovation in 2002-06 and predicted how the ranking would change in 2007-11. The top four will maintain their positions, according to the forecast, while China will move up five places to 54th and Mexico will climb six places to 39th.

According to World Press the top ten innovation friendly companies, according to a recent Boston Consulting Group report: Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Iceland, Ireland, Hong Kong, Finland, United States, Japan and Sweden.  World Geography gives additional information for senior travelers on each of those countries in great detail.  

Lastly, let’s take a look at the ten most visited countries in the world rated by tourists just like yourself.

 1R Live Rating: http://www.1iverating.com/top/387/ 

 Trifter: http://trifter.com/practical-travel/tips/the-10-most-annually-visited-countries-in-the-world/

 IConnect: http://iconnectworld.blogspot.com/2009/09/top-10-most-visited-countries.html

 BNET: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0HFI/is_10_50/ai_56068563/

 Photos4Travel: www.photos4travel.com/most_visited_countries.asp

 WikiPedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourism#Most_visited_countries_by_international_tourist_arrivals

 Expatica: http://www.expatica.com/fr/news/local_news/france-still-the-most-visited-country-in-the-world-36268.html      jeb



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