The World Cup: Around the world in IT
We look at the tech form of the World Cup contenders.
Population: 17 million
Economy: GDP of $169 billion, major trading partners include the US and the UK.
Government: A republic with President Sebastian Piera
Famous for: Wine, Augusto Pinochet, Easter Island
Star Player: Sonda SA
Top IT industry: IT solutions
Population: 7.7 million
Economy: GDP of $13.3 billion, major partners include the US and El Salvador.
Government: Republic, headed by President Porfirio Lobo Sosa
Famous for: Beautiful beaches, Meso American Barrier Reef, the world's second biggest coral reef.
Star Player: Hondutel.
Top IT industry: Telecoms
Population: 44.6 million
Economy: GDP of $1.6 trillion, major trading partners include EU nations and Latin America
Government: Democratic constitutional monarchy, with prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
Famous for: Tapas, the Spanish Inquisition, Picasso
Star Player: Telefonica de Espana
Top IT industry: Telecoms
Major IT contributions: Spaniard Leonardo Torres y Quevedo was one of the pioneers of remote control devices. His Telekino invention, a robot that carried out commands transmitted by electromagnetic waves, was one of the first remote control systems.
Population: 7.6 million
Economy: GDP is $492 million.
Government: Government headed by Federal Council of Switzerland.
Famous for: Chocolate, cheese, clocks, mountains
Star player: CERN
Top IT industry: In-depth scientific research
Major IT contributions: Albert Einstein developed theory of relativity while working in Switzerland. Many other Swiss or Switzerland-based scientists have received the Nobel prize for their work.
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