New edition of a reference that profiles 232 nations and self-governing territories around the world; (earlier incarnations were published as The World of Information by Walden Publishing). Arranged in alphabetical order by nation, each chapter begins with an overview written by an independent expert contributor in that specific region. Entries cover current political and economic events, key indicators and facts, and a look towards the future. Country profiles include detailed historical information in chronological order, political structure and parties, and information concerning business, population, labor market, media, trade, industry, agriculture, energy, tips for travel (including a directory with contact data for hotels and other useful numbers and addresses). Also includes global and regional overviews, and many country maps.
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