The top free iPad applications by country* for the week, by number of downloads, recorded on January 31.

1. USA
PBS for iPad (entertainment)
The latest and most popular videos from American broadcasting channel PBS comes to the iPad with this app. Users can also see schedules for the PBS TV channel and bookmark programs for later viewing.

2. UK
The little crane that could (games)
Players of The little crane that could have to control a crane and help re-build bridges, restore Greek temples and even dispose of nuclear waste. The game contains four free levels and proficient players can add their scores to the online leader board.

3. France
TF1 (entertainment)
This app provides users with content from popular French TV channel TF1. Users can watch the latest TF1 programs, search for their favorites and view the TF1 TV schedule. The app requires a 3G or WiFi connection to stream videos.  

4. Canada
Angry Birds HD Free (games)
The ever popular Angry Birds returns to the iPad in this latest version of the game. This version contains 12 levels not available in the full game as well as four mini Angry Birds episodes.

5. Japan
Real Skijump HD (games)
Users of this ski-jump simulator for the iPad have to adopt a pose similar to a skier then "push off" their feet at the correct moment. Players can compete with friends or strangers in an effort to move up the rankings and unlock in-game bonuses.

6. Australia
Bubble Ball (games)
This physics-based puzzle game involves moving a bubble across an obstacle course using different materials such as metal or wood. Each material acts in a different way and a number of "power ups" are hidden around the course to boost the bubble's speed.

7. Germany
RP+  (news)
The new digital weekend paper from the RP Media Group, RP+ contains interactive graphics, high definition photos, videos  as well as political, economic, sports and lifestyle news. The app is updated with new content every Saturday.

8. China
PPTV (entertainment)
Developed by Shanghai Media Technology Co. this iPad app provides users with the videos of the latest film, TV and entertainment releases as well as video streams of certain live events such as football matches.

9. Italy
Eni SandArtist per iPad (entertainment)
An iPad app for the artistic based on the unique world of sand drawing.  Users of this app can create drawings in the 'sand' on their iPad screen applying varying degrees of pressure with their fingers in order to create different effects.

10. Korea
KBS for iPad (news)
Short for Korean Broadcasting System, the KBS for iPad app provides users with the latest in national and international news,  sports and entertainment. Users can also share their favorite content via Facebook or twitter.

*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.