The World is Less Connected Now than in 2007 (The Economist)


I could not believe it, but appears to be right. Acoording to this Economist article http://www.economist.com/news/business/21568753-world-less-connected-it-was-2007-going-backwards?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/goingbackwards the world is going backgwards in connectivity – it is less integrated in 2012 than it was back in 2007.

“These are the conclusions of the latest DHL Global Connectedness Index, which found that the Netherlands is the most globalised of 140 countries (see chart), just ahead of Singapore; landlocked Burundi is the least. (North Korea was not ranked.). The index measures both the depth of a country’s connectedness (ie, how much of its economy is internationalised) and its breadth (how many countries it connects with).” Apparently this is due to the 2008 world financial crisis.