Some Globalization Statistics

Globalization has had profound affects on our lives in this century: Between 1950 and 1998, world exports of goods increased 17-fold — from $311 billion to $5.4 trillion — while the global economy expanded only six-fold. The number of transnational corporations worldwide grew from 7,000 in 1970 to an estimated 53,600 in 1998, with some 449,000 foreign subsidiaries. International tourist arrivals increased 25-fold, from 25 million to 635 million between 1950 and 1998. Some 2 million people now cross an international border each day, compared with only 69,000 in 1950. The number of lines linking non-cellular telephones directly to the global phone network grew eightfold, from 89 million in 1960 to 838 million in 1998.
source: Vanishing Borders: Protecting the Planet in the Age of Globalization See also XlnkS4D5

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