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  1. 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)

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

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

  4. Geography - Map references: Physical Map of the World, Political Map of the World, Standard Time Zones of the World

  5. Economy - Oil - exports (bbl/day): 66.19 million bbl/day (2005)

  6. Geography - Climate: a wide equatorial band of hot and humid tropical climates - bordered north and south by subtropical temperate zones - that separate two large areas of cold and dry polar climates

  7. Economy - Natural gas - consumption (cu m): 3.198 trillion cu m (2007 estimate)

  8. Government - Administrative divisions: 266 nations, dependent areas, and other entities

  9. Transnational Issues - Refugees and internally displaced persons: the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimated that in December 2006 there was a global population of 8.8 million registered refugees and as many as 24.5 million IDPs in more than 50 countries; the actual global population of refugees is probably closer to 10 million given the estimated 1.5 million Iraqi refugees displaced throughout the Middle East (2007)

  10. Economy - Industries: dominated by the onrush of technology, especially in computers, robotics, telecommunications, and medicines and medical equipment; most of these advances take place in OECD nations; only a small portion of non-OECD countries have succeeded in rapidly adjusting to these technological forces; the accelerated development of new industrial (and agricultural) technology is complicating already grim environmental problems



Source: CIA - The World Factbook