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US states population and GDP compared to countries

As is often the case, The Economist has a very interesting feature with an interactive map that illustrates the states of the US and their population and GDP (I believe nominal here, not purchasing parity), compared to similar statistics of other countries.

For instance, the population of California (37.5 million) brings it close to Poland (38.11 million), and the GDP of Texas ($1.114 trillion) is roughly the same as that of Russia ($1.231 trillion).

How does France fare? Its GDP is estimated at around $2.5 trillion, making its economy about the size of a California-Florida combination, and its population of about 65 million translates into the combined populations of California and Texas.

For those of you interested in China, the magazine has a similar feature comparing Chinese provinces to countries (for instance, Guangdong’s GDP is similar to that of Indonesia). It also gives GDP per person and Exports stats.

For the US feature, you can click on each state for an in-depth analysis. I have pasted images below to give an idea of the feature (1st one is GDP, 2nd one is population). Enjoy.

Winter storms hit France, Europe; flights disrupted

December 2nd, 2010 No comments

As you have probably seen on the news, snow and cold weather has hit large parts of Europe, including a good portion of France. Although Paris has been spared most of the snow, it is still quite cold here, in the low 20’s at night (-7 Celsius), more like an average Chicago winter day. But in other parts of France, my friends in Grenoble, Lyon, Annecy, Eastern France all report anywhere between 8 and 16 inches of snow, so it’s quite a significant snowfall. England and Germany have been hit hard, as well as Poland, Italy and several other countries.

You can get updates for France from Le Point where they say that likely 25% of flights at Roissy CDG are cancelled and 10% at Orly for Thursday. But they said snow will last another 24 hours in France before likely turning to rain. Authorities are having a difficult time de-icing and salting highways, so be careful driving in France. Here is a map of temperatures (Celsius) for Thursday in France.

CNN also covers the storm in Europe, and flights at airports like London Gatwick, Frankfurt and Munich have been significantly disrupted with cancellations and major delays (NB their 3rd picture is Lyon’s Place Bellecour). BBC writes that flights have been severely disrupted as well in Brussels, Vienna, Dusseldorf, Amsterdam, Geneva, Berlin, London Heathrow and Prague. Over 3,000 people in high-speed German trains had to spend the night in the train as they were blocked by weather. They too have pictures of the storm in Europe (once again with 4th picture in Lyon).

You can get travel updates for Paris airports here. Check with your airline as well and the airports for your cities. France24 has a comprehensive guide for travel in snow-covered France and Europe. High-speed rail like TGV in France has been somewhat delayed. Check Infolignes SNCF for alerts.

For French weather, check Météo France. Bundle up, save travels!

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