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30
2012
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What are the key facts about Ireland?

emerald-isleIreland, and Éire in the Irish language, are the official names of the Republic of Ireland. Ireland comprises the island of Ireland, except for the six northern counties that are part of Northern Ireland and therefore of the United Kingdom. Geography Ireland has a land area of 70,280 square kilometers, including 1390 square kilometers of enclosed [&hel[more...]

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Apr
30
2012
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What are the key facts about China?

china-lanternsChina is the most populous country in the world, and a rapidly developing one. It is the fourth largest country by land area, after Russia, Canada, and the United States. Geography China has a land area of 9,596,960 square kilometers, including enclosed water of 270,550 square kilometers. Its land bounday totals 22,117 kilometers, and it [&hel[more...]

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Apr
29
2012
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What are the countries of the world?

countries-flagsThis list of countries is public domain information from the CIA World Factbook. A few extra entities (such as oceans) are included for convenience. Afghanistan Akrotiri Albania Algeria Atlantic Ocean American Samoa Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Arctic Ocean Armenia Aruba Ashmore and Cartier Islands Australia – anthem, key facts Austria Azerbaijan [&hel[more...]

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Jun
01
2011
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What are some interesting statistics about Chile?

Santiago, ChileHere are several statistics (2009-2011) about the city of Santiago and Chile. Vehicles (2010) There are 3,375,523 passenger cars in Chile and 1,406,403 (41.7%) circulate in Santiago. There are 33,723 taxis in Chile and 21,117 (62.8%) circulate in Santiago. There are 43,561 buses in Chile. 32.5% (314,156) of them are in Santiago. There are 102,314 [&hel[more...]

Jun
24
2009
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What is the CIA World Factbook?

CIA World Factbook 1995 cover (PD)The United States Central Intelligence Agency (the CIA), was created in 1947 to provide senior US policymakers with information related to national security. The CIA collects information (“intelligence”), correlates it in relation to national security, and disseminates it appropriately. Here’s what the CIA says about itself on its Kids’ Page: The CIA is an independent [&hel[more...]

Jun
22
2009
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What are the key facts about Spain?

Andalucia, Spain (photo by BK59 - CC-BY)Spain is a lively and democratic country that stretches from the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Portugal, France, Andorra, Gibraltar and—perhaps surprisingly—Morocco (which adjoins the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla). Like France, Spain has two coasts: a Mediterranean coast to the southeast and an Atlantic coast on the Bay of Biscay [&hel[more...]

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Jun
19
2009
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What are the key facts about Germany?

Bodensee, Germany (photo by Thai Jasmine - CC-BY, flag by Pumbaa80 - PD)East and West Germany reunited in 1990, creating a large and powerful state. Germany is at the center of the social, political and industrial activity of Europe. Germany lies near the center of Europe, with coastlines on the North Sea (at its northwest) and on the Baltic Sea (at its northeast). Between 1949 and 1990, [&hel[more...]

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Jun
18
2009
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What are the key facts about France?

1880 French advertising poster (image by trialsanderrors - PD)France is a modern European nation in continental Europe. It lies to the south of the United Kingdom across the English Channel. To the southwest it borders with Spain and Andorra. To the northeast and east it borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Monaco. It has two separate coastlines: the Mediterranean to the [&hel[more...]

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Jun
17
2009
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What are the key facts about the United Kingdom?

London, England, United Kingdom (photo by René Ehrhardt - CC-BY, flag by Zscout370 - PD)The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (“the UK”) lies to the west of continental Europe. It comprises England, Wales and Scotland (“Great Britain“), plus Northern Ireland. As the source of the industrial revolution, the UK became the dominant world power of the 1800s and is now a wealthy and powerful member of the [&hel[more...]

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Jun
16
2009
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What are the key facts about South Africa?

Kalk Bay, South Africa (photo by garybembridge - CC-BY)South Africa lies at the south of Africa. It borders Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland, and surrounds Lesotho. The legislative capital is Cape Town, the judicial capital is Bloemfontein, and the administrative capital is Pretoria. The South African National Anthem is Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. How big is South Africa? South Africa has an area [&hel[more...]

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Jun
15
2009
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What are the key facts about New Zealand?

You too can do this New Zealand bungee jump (photo by Andrew Currie - CC-BY)New Zealand lies in the Pacific Ocean to the south-east of Australia, remote from any other country. It comprises two large islands (“North Island” and “South Island”), plus the smaller Stewart Island, several minor islands, and a claim to Ross Dependency in Antarctica. The South Island is sometimes referred to jokingly as the Mainland. New [&hel[more...]

Jun
15
2009
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What are the key facts about Australia?

Australia (photo by reinn - CC-BY, flag by Ian Fieggen - PD)Australia is a large but lightly populated island country lying between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. It was constituted in 1901 from a merger of six former colonies of the United Kingdom. The Commonwealth of Australia comprises five mainland states (New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia) plus the island state [&hel[more...]

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Apr
19
2009
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Which countries are part of the G7, G8, G20, G33…?

Protestor with a "G20 Summit Monster" (photo by World Development Movement - CC-BY)The G-7 is an informal forum for the finance ministers of seven big industrial economies: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. It was formed in 1976 to discuss economic issues and seek agreement. It superseded the G-6 which didn’t include Canada. There’s also the G-8 which adds [&hel[more...]

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