World affairs annual 2010.

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IN THE 22 PAGES that follow, you'll find MAPS and the LATEST DATA on the world's 195 COUNTRIES--everything from languages and literacy rates to the percentage of young people in the population. To better understand the data, read the explanations accompanying the sample entry for Brazil, below. ON EACH MAP, you'll find photos and summaries of key news stories to watch this year. And in our SNAPSHOTS section, you'll learn, among other things, which countries have the most Internet users and which consume the most ice cream. We hope you'll keep this issue FOR YEAR-ROUND REFERENCE, and that it will help you make sense of what's going on in the world as we head into 2010.

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WHERE THE OIL IS BIGGEST OIL PRODUCERS (millions of barrels per day) SAUDI ARABIA 10.2 RUSSIA 9.9 UNITED STATES 8.4 IRAN 4.0 CHINA 3.9 MEXICO 3.5 CANADA 3.4 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 2.9 VENEZUELA 2.7 KUWAIT 2.6 SOURCE: ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION; 2007 FIGURES Note: Table made from bar graph. GAS GUZZLERS BIGGEST OIL CONSUMERS (millions of barrels per day) UNITED STATES 20.7 CHINA 7.6 JAPAN 5.0 RUSSIA 2.8 INDIA 2.8 GERMANY 2.5 BRAZIL 2.4 CANADA 2.3 SOUTH KOREA 2.2 SAUDI ARABIA 2.2 SOURCE: ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION; 2007 FIGURES Note: Table made from bar graph. THE WEALTH OF NATIONS Per Capita GDP in U.S. Dollars WEALTHIEST 1. LIECHTENSTEIN $118,000 2. QATAR $103,500 3. LUXEMBOURG $81,100 4. KUWAIT $57,400 6. NORWAY $55,200 6. BRUNEI $53,100 7. SINGAPORE $52,000 8. UNITED STATES $47,000 9. IRELAND $46,200 10. ANDORRA $543 POOREST 1. ZIMBABWE $200 2. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO $300 3. BURUNDI $400 4. LIBERIA $500 5. SOMALIA $600 6. GUINEA-BISSAU $600 7. CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC $700 8. SIERRA LEONE $700 9. NIGER $700 10. ERITREA $700 SOURCE: THE WORLD FACTBOOK 2009 (C.I.A.) NUMBERS ROUNDED upfront 2010 HOT SPOTS

EUROPE

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Under Prime Minister (and former President) Vladimir Putin, RUSSIA has become increasingly autocratic at home and aggressive abroad, raising concerns in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

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A Muslim country that straddles both Europe and Asia, TURKEY is struggling with how to balance the growing influence of Islam with its secular traditions and its hope of joining the European Union.

EUROPE URBAN AREA (SQ MI) POP. % POP. RISE COUNTRY POPULATION %/YEAR CAPITAL MAJOR LANGUAGES ALBANIA 11,100 49 TIRANA ALBANIAN 3,200,000 0.6 GREEK ANDORRA 174 90 ANDORRA CATALAN 100,000 0.7 LA VELLA FRENCH CASTILIAN AUSTRIA 32,378 67 VIENNA GERMAN 8,400,000 0 BELARUS 80,154 74 MINSK BELARUSIAN 4,700,000 -0.3 RUSSIAN OTHERS BELGIUM 11,787 97 BRUSSELS FLEMISH 10,800,000 0.2 FRENCH GERMAN BOSNIA & 19,741 46 SARAJEVO SERBO-CROATIAN HERZEGOVINA 3,800,000 0 BULGARIA 42,822 71 SOFIA BULGARIAN 7,600,000 -0.4 OTHERS CROATIA 21,830 56 ZAGREB SERBO-CROATIAN 4,400,000 -0.2 CZECH 30,448 74 PRAGUE CZECH REPUBLIC 10,500,000 0.1 SLOVAK DENMARK 16,637 72 COPENHAGEN DANISH 5,500,000 0.2 GREENLANDIC FAROESE & GERMAN ESTONIA 17,413 69 TALLINN ESTONIAN 1,300,000 0 UKRAINIAN RUSSIAN & OTHERS FINLAND 130,560 63 HELSINKI FINNISH 5,300,000 0.2 SWEDISH LAPP & RUSSIAN FRANCE 212,934 77 PARIS FRENCH 62,600,000 0.4 REGIONAL DIALECTS GERMANY 137,830 73 BERLIN GERMAN 82,000,000 -0.2 GREECE 50,950 60 ATHENS GREEK 11,300,000 0 ENGLISH FRENCH HUNGARY 35,919 66 BUDAPEST HUNGARIAN 10,000,000 -0.3 OTHERS ICELAND 39,768 93 REYKJAVIK ICELANDIC 300,000 0.9 IRELAND 27,135 60 DUBLIN ENGLISH 4,500,000 1.0 GAELIC ITALY 116,320 68 ROME ITALIAN 60,300,000 0 GERMAN FRENCH & SLOVENE KOSOVO (2) 4,203 NA PRISTINA ALBANIAN 2,200,000 1.4 SERBIAN OTHERS LATVIA 24,942 68 RIGA LETTISH 2,300,000 -0.3 LITHUANIAN RUSSIAN & OTHERS LIECHTENSTEIN 62 15 VADUZ GERMAN 40,000 0.4 ALEMANNIC DIALECT LITHUANIA 25,174 67 VILNIUS LITHUANIAN 3,300,000 -0.2 POLISH RUSSIAN LUXEMBOURG 999 83 LUXEMBOURG LUXEMBOURGISH 500,000 0.4 GERMAN FRENCH & ENGLISH MACEDONIA 9,927 65 SKOPJE MACEDONIAN 200,000 0.2 ALBANIAN OTHERS MALTA 124 94 VALLETTA MALTESE 400,000 0.2 ENGLISH MOLDOVA 13,012 41 CHISINAU MOLDOVAN 4,100,000 -0.1 RUSSIAN GAGAUZ MONACO 1 100 MONACO FRENCH 40,000 0.9 ENGLISH ITALIAN & MONEGASQUE MONTENEGRO 5,333 64 PODGORICA MONTENEGRIN 600,000 0.3 SERBIAN BOSNIAK & ALBANIAN NETHERLANDS 15,768 66 AMSTERDAM DUTCH 16,500,000 0.3 NORWAY 125,050 80 OSLO NORWEGIAN 4,800,000 0.4 LAPP FINNISH POLAND 124,807 61 WARSAW POLISH 38,100,000 0.1 PORTUGAL 35,514 55 LISBON PORTUGUESE 10,600,000 0 ROMANIA 92,042 55 BUCHAREST ROMANIAN 21,500,000 -0.1 HUNGARIAN GERMAN RUSSIA 6,592,819 -0.3 MOSCOW RUSSIAN 141,800,000 84 OTHERS SAN MARIN0 23 84 SAN ITALIAN 30,000 0.3 MARINO SERBIA 34,115 56 BELGRADE SERBO-CROATIAN 7,300,000 -0.5 ALBANIAN SLOVAKIA 18,923 56 BRATISLAVA SLOVAK 5,400,000 0.1 HUNGARIAN SLOVENIA 7,819 48 LJUBLJANA SLOVENIAN 2,000,000 0.2 SERBO-CROATIAN OTHERS SPAIN 195,363 77 MADRID SPANISH 46,900 0.3 CATALAN GALICIAN & BASQUE SWEDEN 173,730 84 STOCKHOLM SWEDISH 9,300,000 0.2 LAPP FINNISH SWITZERLAND 15,942 73 BERN GERMAN 7,800,000 0.2 FRENCH, ITALIAN ROMANSCH & OTHERS UKRAINE 233,089 68 KIEV UKRAINIAN, 46,000,000 -0.5 RUSSIAN ROMANIAN, POLISH HUNGARIAN UNITED 94,548 80 LONDON ENGLISH KINGDOM 61,800,000 0.4 WELSH (ENGLAND, GAELIC SCOTLAND, WALES & N. IRELAND) VATICAN CITY 109 ACRES NA VATICAN ITALIAN 824 0 CITY LATIN OTHERS POLITICAL SYSTEM & COUNTRY HEAD OF GOVERNMENT ALBANIA Presidential-parliamentary democracy Prime Minister SALI BERISHA ANDORRA Presidential-parliamentary democracy Executive Council President JAUME BARTUMEU CASSANY AUSTRIA Parliamentary democracy Chancellor WERNER FAYMANN BELARUS Presidential dictatorship president ALEKSANDR LUKASHENKO BELGIUM Parliamentary democracy Frime Minister HERMAN VAN ROMPUY BOSNIA & Presidential-parliamentary (transitional) HERZEGOVINA Rotating Chairman of the Presidency (1) BULGARIA Parliamentary democracy Prime Minister BOKIO BORISOV CROATIA Presidential-parliamentary democracy President JADRANKA KOSOR CZECH Parliamentary democracy REPUBLIC Prime Minister JAN FISCHER DENMARK Parliamentary democracy Prime Minister LARS LOKKE RASMUSSEN ESTONIA Parliamentary democracy Prime Minister ANDRUS ANSIP FINLAND Presidential-parliamentary democracy President TARJA HALONEN FRANCE Presidential-parliamentary democracy President NICOLAS SARKOZY GERMANY Parliamentary democracy Chancellor ANGELA MERKEL GREECE Parliamentary democracy Prime Minister KOSTAS KARAMANLIS HUNGARY Parliamentary democracy Prime Minister GORDON BAJNAI ICELAND Parliamentary democracy Prime Minister JOHANNA SIGURDARDOT- TIR IRELAND Parliamentary democracy Prime Minister BRIAN COWEN ITALY Parliamentary democracy Prime Minister SILVIO BERLUSCONI KOSOVO (2) Presidential-parliamentary democracy (transitional) Prime Minister HASHIM THACI LATVIA Parliamentary democracy Prime Minister VALDIS DOMBROVSKIS LIECHTENSTEIN Constitutional monarchy Prince ALOIS LITHUANIA Presidential-parliamentary democracy President DALIA GRYBAUSKAITE LUXEMBOURG Parliamentary democracy Prime Minister JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER MACEDONIA Presidential-parliamentary democracy Prime Minister NIKOLA GRUEVSKI MALTA Parliamentary democracy Prime Minister LAWRENCE GONZI MOLDOVA Parliamentary democracy Acting President MIHAI GHIMPU (3) MONACO Constitutional monarchy prince ALBERT II MONTENEGRO Presidential-parliamentary democracy President FILIP VUJANOYIC NETHERLANDS Parliamentary democracy Prime Minister JAN PETER BALKENENDE NORWAY Parliamentary democracy Prime Minister JENS STOLTENBERG POLAND Presdential-Parliamentary democracy President LECH KACZYNSKI PORTUGAL Presidential-Parliamentary democracy Prime Minister JOSE SOCRATES ROMANIA Presidential-parliamentary democracy president TRAIAN BASESCU RUSSIA Dominant party President DMITRY MEDVEDEV SAN MARIN0 Parliamentary democracy Co-Captains Regent elected every six months from the Great and General Council SERBIA Presidential-Parliamentary democracy (transitional) President BORIS TADIC SLOVAKIA Parliamentary democracy Prime Minister ROBERT FICO SLOVENIA Parliamentary democracy Prime Minister BORUT PAHOR SPAIN Parliamentary democracy Prime Minister JOSE LUIS RODRIGUEZ ZAPATERO SWEDEN Parliamentary democracy Prime Minister FREDRIK REINFELDT SWITZERLAND Parliamentary democracy Rotating President from seven-member Federal Council UKRAINE Presidential-parliamentary democracy President VIKTOR YUSHCHENKO UNITED Parliamentary democracy KINGDOM Prime Minister CORDON BROWN (ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, WALES & N. IRELAND) VATICAN CITY Papal state Pope BENEDICT XVI DATE LITERACY PER CAPITA OF ORIGIN RATE (%) GDP % POP. LIFE COUNTRY UNDER 15 EXPECTANCY HDI ALBANIA 1912 99/98 $6,000 25 72/79 0.807 ANDORRA 1278 99/99 $42,500 15 NA NA AUSTRIA 1156 98 $39,200 15 78/83 0.951 BELARUS 1991 99/99 $11,800 15 65/76 0.817 BELGIUM 1830 99/99 $37,500 17 77/82 0.948 BOSNIA & 1992 99/94 $6,500 HERZEGOVINA 16 72/77 0.802 BULGARIA 1908 99/98 $12,900 13 70/77 0.834 CROATIA 1991 99/97 $16,100 15 72/79 0.862 CZECH 1993 99/99 $26,100 REPUBLIC 14 74/80 0.897 DENMARK 900s 99/99 $37,400 19 76/81 0.952 ESTONIA 1991 99/99 $21,200 15 67/79 0.871 FINLAND 1917 99/99 $32,200 17 76/83 0.954 FRANCE 486 99/99 $32,700 18 78/84 0.955 GERMANY 1871 94/99 $34,800 14 77/82 0.940 GREECE 1829 98/94 $32,000 14 77/82 0.947 HUNGARY 1001 99/99 $19,800 15 69/77 0.877 ICELAND 1944 99/99 $39,900 21 80/83 0.968 IRELAND 1921 99/99 $46,200 21 77/82 0.960 ITALY 1861 99/98 $31,000 14 79/84 0.945 KOSOVO (2) 2008 97/88 $2,300 31 67/71 NA LATVIA 1991 99/99 $17,800 14 66/77 0.863 LIECHTENSTEIN 1719 99/99 $118,000 17 79/82 NA LITHUANIA 1991 99/99 $17,700 15 65/77 0.869 LUXEMBOURG 1839 99/99 $81,100 18 78/83 0.956 MACEDONIA 1991 98/44 $9,000 19 71/76 0.808 MALTA 1964 92/94 $24,200 16 77/82 0.894 MOLDOVA 1991 99/99 $2,500 18 65/73 0.719 MONACO 1419 99/99 $30,000 73 NA NA MONTENEGRO 2006 NA $9,700 20 70/75 0.822 NETHERLANDS 1579 99/99 $40,300 18 78/82 0.958 NORWAY 1905 99/99 $55,200 19 78/83 0.968 POLAND 1918 99/99 $17,300 16 71/80 0.875 PORTUGAL 1140 96/91 $22,000 15 75/82 0.900 ROMANIA 1878 98/96 $12,200 15...

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