Satisfy that data craving

Last updated 16:46 11/09/2012
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WORLD DATA: NZ's rankings are available for more than 200 topics, including things such as foreign debt, life expectancy and Facebook usage.

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Fancy being able to find out, with just a few taps of an iPhone, that New Zealand has the third-highest rate of car ownership in the world?

Or that, despite the high ownership ranking, when it comes to the number of kilometres each person travels by car each year we are well down the list at 33rd.

Now it can be done, thanks to a deal between international accounting firm Grant Thornton and The Economist.

The arrangement means The Economist's World in Figures data, previously available free for iPad users, is now also available free on iPhones.

Country rankings are available for more than 200 topics, including such things as foreign debt, life expectancy, natural resources, business competitiveness, innovation and Facebook usage.

Mark Hucklesby, national technical director for Grant Thornton in New Zealand, said there had been a demand for the service to be made available on iPhones.

"This is where it will be most useful and accessible, because people don't carry iPads with them all the time," he said.

"The application has a lot of interesting statistics, and New Zealand surprisingly comes out very well in a lot of these measures."

The release was global, so it would be possible to pick up the service around the world.

"It was really because people asked for this information that our global firm invested in getting this application for us."

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