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International comparisons

International comparisons with our top five visitor source countries

Unit Most common date New Zealand Australia United Kingdom United States China, PR Japan
Total population (estimated) million 2008 4.27 21.01 60.94 303.82 1,338.04 127.29
Annual rate of change of population % 2007–08 1.0 1.2 0.3 0.9 0.6 -0.1
Male life expectancy at birth Years of life 2006 78.0 79.0 77.2 75.2 71.4 79.0
Female life expectancy at birth Years of life 2006 82.2

83.7

81.5 80.4 75.2 85.8
Proportion of population aged 65+ % 2008 12.6 13.3 16.0 12.7 8.0 21.6
Proportion of population aged under 15 years % 2008 20.8 18.8 16.5 20.1 20.1 13.7
CPI change (annual) % 2008 4.0 4.5 3.4 4.4 7.1 1.4
Exchange rate (average)(1) National currency unit/US$ 2007 1.40 926.3 2,804.4 13,807.6 3,280.2 4,381.6
GDP (annual)(1) US$ billion 2007 126.4 926.3 2,804.4 13,807.6 3,280.2 4,381.6
GDP per capita(1) US$ 2007 29,800 43,800 46,100 45,700 2,500 34,300
Exports of goods and services % of GDP 2007 28.4 20.0 25.9 11.0 ... 17.7
Unemployment as % of labour force % 2007 3.6 4.4 5.3 4.6 4.4 3.9
Employment as % of working-age population(2) % 2006 75.4 72.9 72.3 71.8 73.8 70.7

(1) New Zealand data is for the year ended March.
(2) Defined by OECD as aged 14–64 years.
Symbol: ... not available
Sources: www.stats.govt.nz; www.oecd.org; www.imf.org; www.abs.gov.au; www.cia.gov

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