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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. Economy - Oil - consumption (bbl/day): 85.22 million bbl/day (2007 estimate)

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

  4. Economy - Investment (gross fixed) (% of GDP): 21.9% of GDP (2008 estimate)

  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. 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

  7. Economy - Exports: .28 trillion f.o.b. (2008 estimate)

  8. 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)

  9. Economy - GDP - real growth rate (%): 3.8% (2008 estimate)

  10. People - Life expectancy at birth (years): total population: 66.26 years; male: 64.3 years; female: 68.35 years (2008 estimate)



Source: CIA - The World Factbook