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A Profile of the World, 2015

Geography

  • Age: 4.55 billion years old.
  • Total area: 510.072 million sq km (196.940 million sq mi). Land area: 148.94 million sq km (57.506 million sq mi). Water area: 361.132 million sq km (139.434 million sq mi). Coastline: 356,000 km (221,208 mi). Note: 70.9% of the world is water, 29.1% is land.
  • Land boundaries: 251,060 km (156,262.58 mi.), not counting shared boundaries twice.
  • Climate: Two large areas of polar climates are separated by two rather narrow temperate zones from a wide equatorial band of tropical to subtropical climates.
  • Terrain: Highest elevation is Mt. Everest at 8,850 m (29,035 ft) and lowest land depression is the Dead Sea at –411 m (–1,349 ft) below sea level. The greatest ocean depth is the Mariana Trench at –10,924 m (–35,840 ft) in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Land use: Arable land: 10.43%. Permanent crops: 1.15%. Other: 88.42%(2011 est.). Irrigated land: 3,096,621.45 sq km.

See also Atlas of the World.

People

  • Population: 7,256,490,011 (July 2015 est.).
  • Growth rate: 1.08% (2015 est.).
  • Birth rate: 18.6 births/1,000 population (2015 est.).
  • Death rate: 7.8 deaths/1,000 population (2015 est.).
  • Sex ratio (at birth): 1.03 males/females (2015 est.).
  • Infant mortality rate: 35.4 deaths/1,000 live births (2015 est.).
  • Life expectancy at birth: Total population: 68.7 years. Male: 66.7 years. Female: 70.8 years (2015 est.).
  • Total fertility rate: 2.42 children born per woman (2014 est.).
  • Literacy: Age 15 and over who can read and write (2012 est.). Total population:86.1%. Male: 89.9%. Female: 82.2% NOTE: more than three-quarters of the world's 781 million illiterate adults are found in South and West Asia and sub-Saharan Africa; of all the illiterate adults in the world, almost two-thirds are women (2012)

Government and Economy

  • Political divisions: 195 sovereign nations, 72 dependent areas, and other entities.
  • GWP/PPP: $109.3 trillion (2014 est.).
  • GWP—real growth rate: 3.3% (2014 est.).
  • GWP/PPP—per capita: 16,400 (2014 est.).
  • GWP composition: agriculture 6.6%, industry 31%, services 62.5% (2012 est.).
  • Inflation rate (consumer price index): world average 3.4% (2014 est.); developed countries: 1.2%; developing countries: 5.3% (2014 est.).
  • Unemployment rate: 8.3% (2014 est.).
  • Exports: $19.08 trillion (2014 est.).
  • Imports: $18.86 trillion (2014 est.).
  • External debt: $72.87 trillion (2014 est.)

Source: The World Factbook, 2015
General World Statistics

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