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  1. People - Literacy (%): definition: age 15 and over can read and write; total population: 82%; male: 87%; female: 77%; note: over two-thirds of the world's 785 million illiterate adults are found in only eight countries (India, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Egypt); of all the illiterate adults in the world, two-thirds are women; extremely low literacy rates are concentrated in three regions, South and West Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Arab states, where around one-third of the men and half of all women are illiterate (2005 estimate)

  2. Transnational Issues - Trafficking in persons: current situation: approximately 800,000 people, mostly women and children, are trafficked annually across national borders, not including millions trafficked within their own countries; at least 80% of the victims are female and up to 50% are minors; 75% of all victims are trafficked into commercial sexual exploitation; almost two-thirds of the global victims are trafficked intra-regionally within East Asia and the Pacific (260,000 to 280,000 people) and Europe and Eurasia (170,000 to 210,000 people); Tier 2 Watch List: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, The Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, India, Jordan, Libya, Malaysia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Niger, Panama, Republic of the Congo, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe; Tier 3: Algeria, Burma, Cuba, Fiji, Iran, Kuwait, Moldova, North Korea, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria (2008)

  3. Economy - Labor force: 3.167 billion (2008 estimate)

  4. Military - Military expenditures (% of GDP): roughly 2% of GDP of gross world product (2005 estimate)

  5. People - Infant mortality rate (deaths/1,000 live births): total: 42.09 deaths/1,000 live births; male: 44.91 deaths/1,000 live births; female: 39.09 deaths/1,000 live births (2008 estimate)

  6. Economy - GDP (purchasing power parity): GWP (gross world product): .65 trillion (2008 estimate)

  7. Geography - Area - comparative: land area about 16 times the size of the US

  8. Economy - Labor force - by occupation (%): agriculture: 39.9%; industry: 20.6%; services: 39.5% (2007 estimate)

  9. People - Total fertility rate (children born/woman): 2.61 children born/woman (2008 estimate)

  10. Economy - Stock of direct foreign investment - abroad: World total DFI .22 trillion; top ten sources of DFI: US .751 trillion; UK .841 trillion; France .571 trillion; Germany .360 trillion; HK .078 trillion; Netherlands 2.5 billion; Spain 8.5 billion; Switzerland 3.5 billion; Japan 7.0 billion; Belgium 1.9 billion (2008 estimate)

Source: CIA - The World Factbook