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Wealth and National Well-Being — 2 of 7

1. PER CAPITA GDP: nation's wealth per person, 2013 estimate, last update Sep 9, 2014
2. REVENUE/GDP: revenue as a percentage of gross GDP, (Factbook) 2012 estimate, last update Dec 13, 2013
3. LIFE EXPECTANCY AVERAGE AT BIRTH (the average rises with age), (Factbook) 2013 estimate, last update Dec 4, 2013
4. INFANT MORTALITY: deaths under one year of age, (Factbook) 2013 estimate, last update Dec 14, 2013
5. BIRTHS PER 1,000 POPULATION, (Factbook) 2013 estimat, last update Dec 15, 2013
6. CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX (CPI), higher is better, 2013 estimate (note #1), last update Dec 4, 2013
7. POPULATION, JULY 2014 estimate, last update Sep 10, 2014

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PC GDP
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Revenue
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Life
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Infant
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Births
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CPI
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Population
Israel $36,200 25% 81.17 4.03 18.71 61 7.822 million
South Korea $33,200 24.8% 79.55 4.01 8.33 55 49.040 milion
Saudi Arabia $31,300 46.5% 74.35 15.08 19.01 46 27.346 million
Spain $30,100 36.9% 81.37 3.35 10.14 59 47.738 million
Italy $29,600 48.5% 81.95 3.33 8.94 43 61.680 million
New Zealand $30,400 41.7% 80.82 4.65 13.48 91 4.402 million
UAE $29,900 36.3%* 76.91 11.25 15.65 69 5.629 million
Oman $29,800 45.4%* 74.72 14.46 24.43 47 3.220 million
Bahrain $29,800 30.2* 78.48 9.93 14.16 48 1.314 million
Slovenia $27,400 43.0% 77.66 4.08 8.66 57 1.988 million
Czech Republic $26,300 41.9% 77.56 3.67 8.55 48 10.627 million
Malta $29,200 40.9% 79.98 3.62 10.27 56 412,655
Cyprus $24,500 40.6% 78.17 8.82 11.45 63 1.172 million
Equatorial Guinea $25,700 36.8%* 63.12 73.12 34.35 19 722,254
Seychelles $25,900 43.1% 74.01 11.06 14.85 54 91,650
Greece $23,600 45.5% 80.18 4.85 8.94 40 10.776 million
Slovakia $24,700 33.5% 76.24 6.35 10.27 47 5.444 million
Portugal $22,900 41.7% 78.85 4.54 9.59 62 10.814 million
Estonia $22,400 36.9% 73.82 6.82 10.39 68 1.258 million
Lithuania $22,600 33.4% 75.77 6.09 9.36 57 3.505 million
Poland $21,100 18.1% 76.45 6.30 9.88 60 38.346 million
East Timor $21,400 40.3% 67.06 40.09 34.85 30 1.202 million
Trinidad &Tobago $20,300 30.1% 71.96 25.74 14.07 38 1.224 million
Hungary $19,800 46.8% 75.24 5.16 9.37 54 9.919 million
Chile $19,100 22.2% 78.27 7.19 14.12 71 17.364 million
Latvia $19,100 35.7% 73.19 8.08 9.97 53 2.165 million
Gabon $19,200 32.1% 52.15 48.02 34.82 34 1.673 million
Argentina $18,600 25.9% 77.32 10.24 17.12 34 43.024 million
Croatia  $17,800 38.7% 76.20 5.96 9.53 48 4.471 million
Russia $18.100 20.8% 69.85 7.19 12.11 28 142.470 million
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SOURCE: World Factbook. Caution: updates draw from World Factbook data. In other words, a December 2013 update for Lebanon gives data from the World Factbook, not data from Lebanon in December 2013.

Note #1:  The Corruption Perception Index has the inexactitude of opinion polls. It's a rough measurement of the existence of bribery to see doctors, to have access to water or other resources and access to education or to the justice system and other government services, including allowing businesses to function. The index is created by Transparency International, which draws from a variety of institutional assessments. High scores correspond well with affluent societiesthat have well developed institutions, an honest electoral and democratic tradition, including a well developed and available media and adequate revenue for sufficient pay to public servants.

Note #2: Oil rich nations have lower taxation to GDP levels as they accumulate revenue from oil production. Kuwait, for example, has a revenue to GDP ratio for the year 2012 that is Arab 61.2% compared to 16.9% for Taiwan, but tax revenues in Kuwait are a mere 1.5% compared to 12.4 percent for Taiwan.

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