Table – Social and economic indicators for four countries

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The table below shows social and economic indicators for four countries in 1994, according to United Nations statistics.

Describe the information shown below in your own words. What implications do the indicators have for the countries?

You should write at least 150 words.
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
 

IndicatorsCanadaJapanPeruZaire
Annual income per person (in $US)1110015760160130
Life expectancy at birth7678 5147
Daily calorie supply per person3326284619271749
Adult literacy rate (%)99996834

Model Answer 1:

The table compares four social and economic aspects for Canada, Japan, Peru and Zaire in the year 1994. A glance at the table reveals that Canada and Japan far outweighed Peru and Zaire in terms of their citizens social and economic conditions.

As the data suggests, yearly average earning for a Canadian was more than 11 thousand US dollar in 1994. The highest annual earning was in Japan where a citizen made over 15 thousand. Annual income for a citizen in Peru and Zaire was less than 200 USD and this figure was almost 100 times fewer than that of the former two countries. Life expectancy was highest in Japan, 78 years, which was marginally higher than that of Canadians but substantially higher than that of Peru and Zaire, where life expectancy was 51 and 47 years respectively. Moreover, 99% Canadians and Japanese adults were literate while it was only 68% in Peru. On contrary to that, two-thirds adults in Zaire were illiterate. Finally, daily calorie supply per person in Canada was the highest, more than 3.3 kilocalories while it was slightly below than 3 kilocalories in Japan. However, Peru and Zaire could only ensure less than 2 kilocalories per person in a day.

Model Answer 2:

The provided table compares four important economic and social factors of four countries namely Canada, Japan, Peru and Zaire for the year 1994. As is observed from the given data, Canada and Japan had a far better economic and social conditions than the other two countries.

We can observe from the given information that, Japan had the highest literacy rate (99%), per person annual income (USD 15760), longest life expectancy (78 years) and second-highest (2846) daily calorie supply per person. Again Canada was another country with a very good social and economic situation that had 99% literate population, USD 11100 per person annual earning, 76 years life expectancy and the highest daily calorie supply per person which was 3326. On the contrary, the other two countries had poorer economic and social conditions. Peru had only $ 160 annual income per person which is 98 times less than Japan and they had only 68% adult literate compared to the 99% from two other developed countries. Zaire had the worst economic and social condition among these four countries in the year 1994 with the least adult literacy (only 34%), 130 USD annual per-person income, 1749 daily calorie supply and only 47 years life expectancy.  

In summary, Japan and Canada were two socially and economically developed countries with very good social and economic indicators while Peru and Zaire were two undeveloped countries with poor life expectancy, earning, food supply and literacy rates.

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