It’s safe to say that 2018 has been a pretty incredible year. We’ve seen Elon Musk launch a car into space, we saw Russia host the 21st FIFA World Cup, we were blessed with yet another Royal Wedding, the video game, Fortnite seemed to conquer the world overnight, and not to mention we have been lucky enough to witness Donald Trump rule America for nearly a whole year now. But how has the world changed in the last 20 years?
As technology makes huge strides and global connectivity improves, we wanted to see how the worldwide landscape has shifted over the past two decades and how nations have changed. Did you know back in 1998, only 1% of Brazilians had access to internet averaging at a speed of about 0.2Mbps? Whereas now in 2018, over 60% of the population have access to the internet at a pretty respectable speed of 17Mbps.
We delved into the data collected by the World Economic Forum over the last 20 years to compare how countries around the world have changed and how they have become more connected, from internet speeds, total imports and exports, and passenger air travel. For example, back in 1998, about 52 million Chinese nationals travelled to and from the country via airplane, however, the total number of passengers carried in 2018 is more than half a billion.
After we did all the research, we wanted to share it with you. We created the interactive “World Map of Connectivity” to help make all of this information a little easier to digest. What are you waiting for? Click on the map below and get started.