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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Economist Books; Revised edition edition (15 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846684730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846684739
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Informative, entertaining and insightful ... the fact-lovers Bible (Reuters)

A diamond on every page (Business Life)

Everything the armchair globetrotter needs to know about the world (Daily Telegraph)

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New edition of this annual bestseller of fascinating facts and figures about the world we live in.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Parkin on 21 Sep 2011
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After my review of the 2011 edition, I had hoped that some modicum of care would have been taken this time. I was disappointed, as many of last year's errors have been repeated.
Canada has again been relegated to a non-country, e.g
P46 omitted from industrial output rankings-should be about 10th with $350 bn.
P47 omitted from manufacturing rankings-should be 13th with $160 bn.
P47 omitted from services output- should be in 8th place with $978 bn.
P48 omitted from agricultural output-should be 15th with $27 bn.

Iran seems to have suffered a similar fate.
P46 omitted from industrial output- should be 19th with $145 bn.
P46 omitted from manufacturing output-should be 32nd with $36 bn.
P46 omitted from services output-should be 30th with $150 bn.
P47 omitted from agricultural output- should be 13th with $33 bn.
P36 omitted from official reserves- should be about 24th with c$87 bn.

Official reserves table strangely missing the U.K which with $82 bn should be 25th.

Industrial output rankings missing U.A.E -19th $140 bn, Venezuela 22nd $119 bn,Nigeria 31st $71 bn.Joint 37th Israel and Kuwait with $60 bn each.

Manufacturing rankings seem to be missing Israel 28th with $42bn,

Services rankings missing Venezuela -26th $194 bn,Israel 34th $127 bn,New Zealand 38th $90 bn ,U.A.E 41st with $87 bn.and Nigeria 48th with $46 bn.

Oil reserves P55 are said to include shale oil and oil sands. I think not, otherwise Canada would be up there with Saudi Arabia.

P 71 has a new rankings for Km travelled by car per person.
Apparently the average Peruvian travels 4,000 km more than an American.
the average person from Tunisia,Pakistan,Ecuador,Chile and Morocco 4 to 10.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DC111 on 10 Sep 2011
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Fascinating and useful.
I've bought this book for the past two years (and The Economist itself for the past 30).
Apart from one small mistake I've spotted, which states the UK's rail network is as large as France's, this is a well-researched, clearly laid out and absorbing publication.
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By djw on 22 Nov 2013
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in Niger, if you're 16 years old, half the population is younger than you; in Germany, if you're 44, half the population is older... stuff like that
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This is a probably the best mini-reference book available although as with any traditional reference title the stats can never be up to date. It's the perfect "at hand" title and complements my other regular reference purchase, the New York Times Almanac.
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Extremely useful pocket reference 30 Jan 2012
By Philip S. Griffey - Published on Amazon.com
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All sorts of various economic and demographic statistics for the countries of the World.

Two sections: one by type of statistic, (e.g., Government Debt as a % of GDP in 2010 - 1. Japan 199.7%, 2. Greece 147.3%, 3. Italy 126.8% ... 9. USA 93.6%; or Tax Revenue as a % of GDP in 2009 - 1.Denmark 48.2% 2. Sweden 46.4% 3. Italy 43.5% (Hmmm? I wonder if that's actual or nominal?) USA not included because it's less than #26. Japan's 28.3%)

and one by country. Interesting numbers for USA: GDP per capita $45,990 (1% from Agriculture, 13% from Manufacturing, 8% from other Industrial, 77% from Services), Annual growth in GDP 2004 to 2009 - 1%, Annual inflation rate from 2005 to 2010: 2.2%, Health spending as a % of GDP - 16.2%, Color TV's per 100 households - 99, Broadband connections per 100 households -25 (Hmmm - part of our problem?) What % of our GDP do you think we give in foreign aid? (See answer below and compare with Sweden 1.12%, Norway 1.06%, Luxemburg 1.04%, Denmark 0.88%, UK 0.52%, France 0.47%, Germany 0.35%, Iceland 0.32%, Canada 0.30%, Portugal 0.23%, Greece .19%, Japan 0.18%, Slovenia 0.15%) USA 0.21%.

As I said, all sorts of interesting facts and figures.
Another great little book from the Economist 10 Jun 2013
By M. Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
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I love travelling with this book. It's just a great source of country data on a wide array of subjects from the economy and business to social indicators. Fascinating.
A bible of World Figures - new edition available 21 Sep 2012
By Jorn Thulstrup, Inst. for Business Cycle Analysis - Published on Amazon.com
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Pocket World in Figures - published by The Economist and available through Amazon - is a unique and handy tool for professionals, economists, journalists and others, who are watching the World. With ranking of more than 200 topics and covering 190 countries. The 2013 edition with new features is now available.
Jorn Thulstrup, Copenhagen
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They don't delivery as agreed. 23 Aug 2012
By ML - Published on Amazon.com
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This must be the worst purchase I've ever made. This is a book I need for postgraduate school, which I'm starting on october 1st. in Spain, and the delivery date changed from august 24-27 to OCTOBER 1ST, the day I begin my classes and when I -obviously- am not gonna be here to receive the book. I shouldn't have bought for this guys. They don't do what they say. This was arbitrary, respectfulness and even rude. How am I suppose to get this book if I won't live here anymore? My honest recommendation: DO NOT BUY FROM THIS GUYS.
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