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  1. Economy - Oil - production (bbl/day): 85.54 million bbl/day (2007 estimate)

  2. Transportation - Railways (km): total: 1,370,782 km (2006)

  3. 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)

  4. Geography - Area (sq km): total: 510.072 million sq km; land: 148.94 million sq km; water: 361.132 million sq km; note: 70.9% of the world's surface is water, 29.1% is land

  5. Economy - Exports - partners (%): US 13.7%, Germany 7.3%, China 6.2%, France 4.6%, UK 4.5%, Japan 4.1% (2007)

  6. People - Population growth rate (%): 1.188% (2008 estimate)

  7. Transportation - Merchant marine: total: 33,222 ships (1000 GRT or over) (2006)

  8. Economy - GDP - per capita (PPP): ,500 (2008 estimate)

  9. People - Languages (%): Mandarin Chinese 13.22%, Spanish 4.88%, English 4.68%, Arabic 3.12%, Hindi 2.74%, Portuguese 2.69%, Bengali 2.59%, Russian 2.2%, Japanese 1.85%, Standard German 1.44%, French 1.2% (2005 est.); note: percents are for "first language" speakers only

  10. Transportation - Roadways (km): total: 68,937,575 km (2008)



Source: CIA - The World Factbook