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

  2. 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)

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

  4. Economy - Electricity - production (kWh): 19.02 trillion kWh (2007 estimate)

  5. Economy - Natural gas - imports (cu m): 957.6 billion cu m (2007)

  6. Geography - Environment - current issues: large areas subject to overpopulation, industrial disasters, pollution (air, water, acid rain, toxic substances), loss of vegetation (overgrazing, deforestation, desertification), loss of wildlife, soil degradation, soil depletion, erosion; global warming becoming a greater concern

  7. Geography - Maritime claims: a variety of situations exist, but in general, most countries make the following claims measured from the mean low-tide baseline as described in the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea: territorial sea - 12 nm, contiguous zone - 24 nm, and exclusive economic zone - 200 nm; additional zones provide for exploitation of continental shelf resources and an exclusive fishing zone; boundary situations with neighboring states prevent many countries from extending their fishing or economic zones to a full 200 nm

  8. People - Religions (%): Christians 33.32% (of which Roman Catholics 16.99%, Protestants 5.78%, Orthodox 3.53%, Anglicans 1.25%), Muslims 21.01%, Hindus 13.26%, Buddhists 5.84%, Sikhs 0.35%, Jews 0.23%, Baha'is 0.12%, other religions 11.78%, non-religious 11.77%, atheists 2.32% (2007 estimate)

  9. People - Sex ratio (male(s)/female): at birth: 1.07 male(s)/female; under 15 years: 1.06 male(s)/female; 15-64 years: 1.02 male(s)/female; 65 years and over: 0.78 male(s)/female; total population: 0.92 male(s)/female (2008 estimate)

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



Source: CIA - The World Factbook