Bloomberg Businessweek – Legacy of the Berlin Wall


Data are latest available as of Nov. 12, 2014 from the following sources: World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, Freedom House, and Transparency International.


Gross Domestic Product per capita figures are in 2011 international USD. Life expectancy figures are for all persons at birth. Child mortality rates are the number of deaths of children under the age of 5 per 1,000 live births. Average years of schooling are for all adults 25 years old and older.

Freedom House awards countries two scores: one for political rights and one for civil liberties. Each country receives a score from 1 (best) to 7 (worst). For this presentation, scores are inverted and averaged into an overall freedom score of 1 (worst) to 7 (best)

Data for Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index begin in 1999 for most countries. TI scores countries on a scale of 0 (worst) to 100 (best). This presentation inverts scores so that 100 represents the most corruption, 0 the least. Prior to 2012, TI had an identical scoring system, but on a scale of 0 to 10. These scores were multiplied by 10 to equalize the scale across the entire time span.

UNDP education data is provided at irregular intervals (1990, 2000, 2005 and annually onwards). For gaps between years of data, graphs show interpolated results. For other indicators, gaps between data are treated the same way. If no data exist prior to a certain date, graph data begin at the first available data point.

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