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  1. Economy - Inflation rate (consumer prices) (%): developed countries 1% to 4% typically; developing countries 5% to 20% typically; national inflation rates vary widely in individual cases, from declining prices in Japan to hyperinflation in one Third World country (Zimbabwe); inflation rates have declined for most countries for the last several years, held in check by increasing international competition from several low wage countries (2005 estimate)

  2. Economy - GDP (official exchange rate): GWP (gross world product): .36 trillion (2008 estimate)

  3. Communications - Radio broadcast stations: AM NA, FM NA, shortwave NA

  4. Economy - Oil - imports (bbl/day): 65.41 million bbl/day (2005)

  5. Geography - Natural resources: the rapid depletion of nonrenewable mineral resources, the depletion of forest areas and wetlands, the extinction of animal and plant species, and the deterioration in air and water quality (especially in Eastern Europe, the former USSR, and China) pose serious long-term problems that governments and peoples are only beginning to address

  6. Transportation - Waterways (km): 671,886 km (2004)

  7. Economy - Imports - commodities (%): the whole range of industrial and agricultural goods and services; top ten - share of world trade: see listing for exports

  8. Economy - Imports - partners (%): China 10.7%, Germany 9.2%, US 8.3%, Japan 5.1%, France 4% (2007)

  9. Economy - Oil - proved reserves (bbl): 1.332 trillion bbl (1 January 2008 estimate)

  10. Geography - Elevation extremes (m): lowest point: Bentley Subglacial Trench -2,540 m; note: in the oceanic realm, Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench is the lowest point, lying -10,924 m below the surface of the Pacific Ocean; highest point: Mount Everest 8,850 m

Source: CIA - The World Factbook