The World Cup: Around the world in IT
We look at the tech form of the World Cup contenders.
Population: 36.2 million
Climate: Sub-arctic in the south and subtropical climate in the north
Economy: GDP is $584.4 billion and its major trading partners are the US, UK, Uruguay and Venezuela
Government: Federal Presidential Republic
Famous for: The Inca Empire, Tango dancing
Star Player: Hipertextual
Top IT industry: Science/Medicine
Major IT contributions: Modern fingerprinting was invented here by Juan Vucetich and Ral Pateras Pescara showed the first helicopter flight.
Population: 10.94 million
Economy: GDP is 245 billion and its major trading partners are Germany, Italy, France, the UK and the US.
Government: Parliamentary Republic led by President Karolos Papoulias
Famous for: Olympics, Humus, Ancient Gods
Star Player: Wdesign
Top IT industry: Electric machinery
Major IT contributions: Ancient Greece was famed for its mathematical prowess which led to many of the scientific and technological discoveries of the day, from calculators to microprocessors.
Population: 144.7 million
Economy: GDP is $147 billion and its major trading partners are the US, China, Brazil, the EU and the UK.
Government: Presidential Federal Republic
Famous for: Niger River, hosted first African MTV awards, Nollywood films
Star Player: Plat Technologies
Top IT industry: Telecoms
Major IT contributions: The country is widely thought to have the fastest growing telecoms sector in the world and has recently delved into space based communications with its own satellite.
Population: 48.7 million
Economy: GDP is $929.1 billion and its major trading partners are China, the US, the EU and Japan.
Government: Presidential Republic
Famous for: Electronics, cars, Taekwondo
Star Player: Samsung
Top IT industry: Mobile
Major IT contributions: There is a huge list to choose from in South Korea but we have to say mobile design and manufacturing as they changed the market forever.
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