Update Dec 2016

Thanks to all the readers who have sent in suggestions. Check out the data for the full list of sources and updates.

» See our beautiful infographic books

» South Africa changed from Death to number 1 for Platinum (reason: more recent data just released)
» Canada upgraded to ‘personal freedom’ from ‘Facebook addiction’ (reason: better source)

If your country is not on the image, it’s either because
a) we couldn’t fit it in
b) we couldn’t find something your nation is the best at (sorry!)

Check out the data for the full list.

See the original version from May 2010


CIA, NYTimes, Bloomberg, UN, The Economist, World Bank, Reuters, BBC, Forbes, The Guardian, WSJ & others


Research & Design: David McCandless
Research: Stephanie Smith, Esther Kersley
Original Research: Chris J Hall, Alexia Wdowski, Pearl Doughty White, Caroline Flynn, James Key (yes it was a lot of work!)
Additional Design: Fabio Bergamaschi, Matt Hancock, Joe Swainson



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