Bonus List

COUNTRIES WHICH HAVE SEEN THE LOWEST PERCENTAGE GAINS IN PER CAPITA INCOME (GDP) BETWEEN 1961 AND 2004

Most countries have seen substantial gains in their per capita income (based on Gross Domestic Product) between 1961 and 2004 (the average increasing by about 20 times, unadjusted for inflation). These countries, however, have fallen far short of their counterparts, though for varying reasons, including war and corruption. #1 Mongolia (as well as #6 North Korea) lost the influxes of money (subsidies) from the former Soviet Union and struggled to transform to a post-Soviet economy.

COUNTRY

1. Mongolia
2. Zambia
3. Venezuela
4. Congo (Rep.)
5. Afghanistan
6. North Korea
7. Senegal
8. Madagascar
9. Uganda
10. Zimbabwe
2004 PER CAPITA GDP EXPRESSED
AS A MULTIPLE OF 1961 PER CAPITA GDP
4.3
4.8
5.7
5.9
6.6
6.9
7.7
7.8
8.1
8.2

Purchasing power parity used for 2004 data. Statistics for a few countries, mostly small, though also including Saudi Arabia, were not available.

Go here for the countries which have seen the greatest percentage gains in per capita GDP.

Sources of Data: CIA World Factbook (for 2004 data) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (for 1961 data).

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