The top free iPad applications by country* for the week, by number of downloads, recorded on November 22.

1. USA
The Economist on iPad (news)
The full print edition of world news, politics and business magazine The Economist is available for iPad users to download every Thursday through this app. Users can switch from text to audio or visual news reports and browse the editor's selection of "must read" articles.

2. UK
The Economist on iPad (news)
 See "The Economist on iPad" above.

3. France
Liveradio (music)
Listen to radio stations from around the world and search for specific artists or songs with this application for the iPad. As well as searching for old favorites, users of Liveradio can also discover new artists and then buy the song directly from iTunes.

4. Canada
The Economist on iPad (news)
See "The Economist on iPad."

5. Japan
?? ??????? (education)
Loosely translated as "What level of Han (Chinese) are you?," this Chinese study tool has over 27,000 linguistic questions across ten difficult ranges. Using the iPad's touch screen users can also practice writing Chinese characters. The app also includes a number of tests to gauge the user's progress.

6. Australia
The Economist on iPad (news)
See "The Economist on iPad."

7. Germany
TV Spielfilm HD (entertainment)
Translated as "TV Movie," this application provides a concise overview of TV program schedules over the next week. Users can browse by channel or title or customize the searches to find programs that relate to their interests - for example "history" or "sport."

8. China
YouKu (entertainment)

The Chinese equivalent of video sharing site YouTube, YouKu comes to the iPad with this app. Users can watch and browse thousands of sports, news, music and current events videos, a number of which are in English.  

9. Italy
RocketBird Premium for iPad (games)
Try to avoid cows, windmills, farms and trees as you control rocket bird, the rocket powered bird, in his flight across the countryside.

10. Korea
Tablet Tomorrow (books)
Tablet magazine, one of Korea's first magazines dedicated to tablet computers, brings Tablet Tomorrow to the iPad. The virtual magazine provides in depth analysis of the latest launches in tablet computing and up to date tablet computing business news.

*The countries listed are those markets in which the most iOS devices have been sold worldwide. The list of top ten countries is based on AdMob's April 2010 estimate of the worldwide iOS User Distribution.