Perfect This is my world guide since 1991 You can see how the world is changing through mathematics Which they never go wrong Statistics are the king in this book, I buy it every year For Than Years, Pocket World In Figures Has Been The Indispensable Handbook On The State Of The World, Covering Demographics, Industry, Politics, Geography, Culture And Where Else Would You Find Out, In A Single Volume, That Zambia Is The Most Entrepreneurial Country On Earth, That Qatar Uses The Most Energy Per Head Of Population, And The Virgin Islands Has The Fourth Highest Murder Rate Of Any Region In The World The New Edition Includes Data From Over Countries, Presented In A Series Of Rankings And Country Profiles Updated, Revised And Expanded Each Year To Include New Rankings And Features, It Also Includes Detailed Statistical Profiles Of Than Of The World S Major Economies, The Euro Area And The World Itself And, Once Again, The Edition Will Showcase The Economist S Strength In Data Journalism By Including Charts And Graphs, And Will Invite Readers To Test Their Knowledge With Its World Rankings Quiz This edition still contains unnecessary errors that with due diligence by staff and editor could have been avoided.P29 list of countries by highest PPP has Bahamas at 50th with 44.2 and also at 51st with 43.0 P35 Biggest visible traders has Chile at 10th with 3.56%, ten times its actual share P71 Most used road networks has Indonesia in second place between Hong Kong and Singapore which is ludicrous.Finally p44 Largest aid recipients has Israel at 44th with 479 million it receives at least ten times that amount each year from the United States alone. Yes all this info is available online However, this is a brilliant collation Essential facts and figures I wouldn t even know to search for Much quicker to access too, and, all in one easy place. On a regular basis, the Economist, one of the most respected news periodicals in the world, publishes this handy guide of facts and figures This covers many of the vital statistics of nations, multinational and non governmental international organisations, and key political and economic topics worldwide, all compiled by the world class Economist Intelligence Unit, who regularly publish reports for government and business leaders all over the world.The first section of the book is on World Rankings This covers important areas in geography, population, urban density, economics and living standards, financial and monetary issues, agriculture, business, transport, education levels, health and over social topics You can find out here which country has the largest percentage of farmers it isn t Hong Kong or Singapore , which country has the largest outstanding debt think big big countries have big debts , and even which countries have the highest percentages of beer and wine drinkers, smokers, and music lovers so you ll know where to party.The second section of the book has an alphabetical listing of the countries of the world, with all of their vital stats spread across two pages demographics, economic stats, financial and trade data, exchange rates generally , capital, geographic data, and The really suprising thing in this listing is that nowhere does it give the principle language of the country given the comprehensive nature of the data, one would think that a line or two regarding languages spoken would be a natural piece of data to include.Also, this is not a complete listing of nations this includes only major nations, with a Eurocentric tilt None of the Central American countries are included there is a definite lack in Caribbean, African, and Asian countries also However, to include all the nations would make this a jumbo sized book, not a pocket guide As it is, they have been selective, and while one might quibble with some of their choices, it is still a very handy and authoritative guide.