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Afghanistan South-Central Asia 38.2
Akrotiri Western Asia
Albania Southern Europe 97.6
Algeria Northern Africa 80.2
American Samoa Polynesia
Andorra Southern Europe 100.0
Angola Middle Africa 71.1
Anguilla Caribbean 80.0
Antarctica Antarctica
Antigua and Barbuda Caribbean 99.0
Argentina South America 98.1
Armenia Western Asia 99.7
Aruba Caribbean 97.5
Australia Australia/New Zealand 99.0
Austria Western Europe 99.0
Azerbaijan Western Asia 99.8
Bahamas, The Caribbean 95.5
Bahrain Western Asia 95.7
Bangladesh South-Central Asia 92.8
Barbados Caribbean 99.7
Belarus Eastern Europe 99.7
Belgium Western Europe 99.0
Belize Central America 76.9
Benin Western Africa 38.4
Bermuda Northern America 98.0
Bhutan South-Central Asia 64.9
Bolivia South America 92.5
Bosnia and Herzegovina Southern Europe 98.5
Botswana Southern Africa 88.5
Bougainville Melanesia
Brazil South America 92.6
British Indian Ocean Territory Eastern Africa
British Virgin Islands Caribbean 98.2
Brunei South-Eastern Asia 96.0
Bulgaria Eastern Europe 98.4
Burkina Faso Western Africa 36.0
Burma (Myanmar) South-Eastern Asia 75.6
Burundi Eastern Africa 85.6
Cambodia South-Eastern Asia 77.2
Cameroon Middle Africa 76.0
Canada Northern America 99.0
Cape Verde Western Africa 86.8
Caribbean Netherlands Caribbean
Cayman Islands Caribbean 98.9
Central African Republic Middle Africa 36.8
Chad Middle Africa 22.3
Channel Islands Northern Europe
Chile South America 97.5
China Eastern Asia 96.4
China-Tibet Eastern Asia
Christmas Island Australia/New Zealand
Cocos (Keeling) Islands Australia/New Zealand
Colombia South America 94.2
Comoros Eastern Africa 77.8
Congo, Democratic Republic of the Middle Africa 77.0
Congo, Republic of the Middle Africa 79.3
Cook Islands Polynesia
Costa Rica Central America 97.8
Cote d'Ivoire Western Africa 43.1
Croatia Southern Europe 99.3
Cuba Caribbean 99.8
Curacao Caribbean
Cyprus Western Asia 99.1
Czech Republic Eastern Europe 99.0
Denmark Northern Europe 99.0
Dhekelia Western Asia
Djibouti Eastern Africa 65.5
Dominica Caribbean 94.0
Dominican Republic Caribbean 91.8
Ecuador South America 94.4
Egypt Northern Africa 73.8
El Salvador Central America 88.0
Equatorial Guinea Middle Africa 95.3
Eritrea Eastern Africa 73.8
Estonia Northern Europe 99.8
Ethiopia Eastern Africa 49.1
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) South America
Faroe Islands Northern Europe
Fiji Melanesia 93.2
Finland Northern Europe 100.0
France Western Europe 99.0
French Guiana South America
French Polynesia Polynesia
Gabon Middle Africa 83.2
Gambia, The Western Africa 55.5
Georgia Western Asia 99.8
Germany Western Europe 99.0
Ghana Western Africa 76.6
Gibraltar Southern Europe
Greece Southern Europe 97.7
Greenland Northern America 100.0
Grenada Caribbean 96.0
Guadeloupe Caribbean
Guam Micronesia (region)
Guatemala Central America 81.5
Guernsey Northern Europe
Guinea Western Africa 30.4
Guinea-Bissau Western Africa 59.9
Guyana South America 88.5
Haiti Caribbean 60.7
Honduras Central America 89.0
Hong Kong Eastern Asia 93.5
Hungary Eastern Europe 99.1
Iceland Northern Europe 99.0
India South-Central Asia 71.2
Indonesia South-Eastern Asia 95.4
Iran South-Central Asia 86.8
Iraq Western Asia 79.7
Ireland Northern Europe 99.0
Isle of Man Northern Europe
Israel Western Asia 97.8
Italy Southern Europe 99.2
Jamaica Caribbean 88.7
Japan Eastern Asia 99.0
Jersey Northern Europe
Jordan Western Asia 95.4
Kazakhstan South-Central Asia 99.8
Kenya Eastern Africa 78.0
Kiribati Micronesia (region) 98.9
Korea, (North) Democratic Republic of Eastern Asia 100.0
Korea, (South) Republic of Eastern Asia 99.0
Kosovo Southern Europe
Kuwait Western Asia 95.7
Kyrgyzstan South-Central Asia 99.5
Laos South-Eastern Asia 79.9
Latvia Northern Europe 99.9
Lebanon Western Asia 93.9
Lesotho Southern Africa 79.4
Liberia Western Africa 47.6
Libya Northern Africa 91.0
Liechtenstein Western Europe 99.7
Lithuania Northern Europe 99.8
Luxembourg Western Europe 100.0
Macau Eastern Asia 96.5
Macedonia Southern Europe 97.8
Madagascar Eastern Africa 64.7
Malawi Eastern Africa 62.1
Malaysia South-Eastern Asia 94.6
Maldives South-Central Asia 99.3
Mali Western Africa 33.1
Malta Southern Europe 94.4
Marshall Islands Micronesia (region) 98.3
Martinique Caribbean
Mauritania Western Africa 52.1
Mauritius Eastern Africa 92.7
Mayotte Eastern Africa
Mexico Central America 94.5
Micronesia, Federated States of Micronesia (region) 98.0
Moldova Eastern Europe 99.4
Monaco Western Europe 97.8
Mongolia Eastern Asia 98.4
Montenegro Southern Europe 98.7
Montserrat Caribbean
Morocco Northern Africa 68.5
Mozambique Eastern Africa 58.8
Namibia Southern Africa 81.9
Nauru Micronesia (region) 59.1
Nepal South-Central Asia 63.9
Netherlands Western Europe 99.0
New Caledonia Melanesia 96.9
New Zealand Australia/New Zealand 99.0
Nicaragua Central America 82.8
Niger Western Africa 19.1
Nigeria Western Africa 59.6
Niue Polynesia
Norfolk Island Australia/New Zealand
Northern Cyprus Western Asia
Northern Mariana Islands Micronesia (region)
Norway Northern Europe 99.0
Occupied Palestinian Territories Western Asia 96.9
Oman Western Asia 93.0
Pakistan South-Central Asia 57.9
Palau Micronesia (region) 96.6
Panama Central America 95.0
Papua New Guinea Melanesia 64.2
Paraguay South America 95.1
Peru South America 94.2
Philippines South-Eastern Asia 96.3
Pitcairn Islands Polynesia
Poland Eastern Europe 99.8
Portugal Southern Europe 95.7
Puerto Rico Caribbean 93.0
Qatar Western Asia 97.3
Reunion Eastern Africa
Romania Eastern Europe 98.8
Russia Eastern Europe 99.7
Rwanda Eastern Africa 70.5
Saint Barthelemy Caribbean
Saint Helena Western Africa
Saint Kitts and Nevis Caribbean 98.0
Saint Lucia Caribbean 90.1
Saint Martin Caribbean
Saint Pierre and Miquelon Northern America
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Caribbean 88.1
Samoa Polynesia 99.0
San Marino Southern Europe
Sao Tome and Principe Middle Africa 74.9
Saudi Arabia Western Asia 94.7
Senegal Western Africa 57.7
Serbia Southern Europe 98.8
Seychelles Eastern Africa 91.8
Sierra Leone Western Africa 48.1
Singapore South-Eastern Asia 97.0
Sint Maarten Caribbean
Slovakia Eastern Europe 99.6
Slovenia Southern Europe 99.7
Solomon Islands Melanesia 84.1
Somalia Eastern Africa 24.0
Somaliland Eastern Africa
South Africa Southern Africa 94.4
South Sudan Eastern Africa 27.0
Spain Southern Europe 98.3
Spanish North Africa Northern Africa
Sri Lanka South-Central Asia 92.6
Sudan Northern Africa 75.9
Suriname South America 95.6
Svalbard Northern Europe
Swaziland Southern Africa 87.5
Sweden Northern Europe 99.0
Switzerland Western Europe 99.0
Syria Western Asia 86.4
Taiwan Eastern Asia 98.5
Tajikistan South-Central Asia 99.8
Tanzania Eastern Africa 77.9
Thailand South-Eastern Asia 92.9
Timor-Leste South-Eastern Asia 67.5
Togo Western Africa 63.7
Tokelau Polynesia
Tonga Polynesia 99.4
Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean 99.0
Tunisia Northern Africa 81.8
Turkey Western Asia 95.6
Turkmenistan South-Central Asia 99.7
Turks and Caicos Islands Caribbean 98.0
Tuvalu Polynesia
Uganda Eastern Africa 78.4
Ukraine Eastern Europe 99.8
United Arab Emirates Western Asia 93.8
United Kingdom Northern Europe
United States (General) Northern America 99.0
Uruguay South America 98.5
Uzbekistan South-Central Asia 100.0
Vanuatu Melanesia 85.2
Vatican City Southern Europe
Venezuela South America 97.1
Vietnam South-Eastern Asia 94.5
Virgin Islands (U.S.) Caribbean
Wallis and Futuna Polynesia
Western Sahara Northern Africa
Yemen Western Asia 70.1
Zambia Eastern Africa 63.4
Zimbabwe Eastern Africa 86.5


1 The CIA's World Factbook was created as an annual summary and update to the now defunct National Intelligence Survey (NIS) studies. The first classified Factbook was published in August 1962, and the first unclassified version was published in June 1971. The NIS program was terminated in 1973 except for the Factbook, map, and gazetteer components. The 1975 Factbook was the first to be made available to the public with sales through the US Government Printing Office (GPO). The year 2010 marks the 67th year of the World Factbook and its predecessor programs. The maps and flags are also from the World Factbook, which is an open source.

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