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World Country Facts:

  1. Navassa Island Category: Government - Country name: conventional long form: none; conventional short form: Navassa Island

  2. Burkina Faso Category: Transportation - Airports: 33 (2007)

  3. Costa Rica Category: Introduction - Background: Although explored by the Spanish early in the 16th century, initial attempts at colonizing Costa Rica proved unsuccessful due to a combination of factors, including: disease from mosquito-infested swamps, brutal heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids. It was not until 1563 that a permanent settlement of Cartago was established in the cooler, fertile central highlands. The area remained a colony for some two and a half centuries. In 1821, Costa Rica became one of several Central American provinces that jointly declared their independence from Spain. Two years later it joined the United Provinces of Central America, but this federation disintegrated in 1838, at which time Costa Rica proclaimed its sovereignty and independence. Since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred the country's democratic development. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

  4. Belgium Category: Government - Country name: conventional long form: Kingdom of Belgium; conventional short form: Belgium; local long form: Royaume de Belgique/Koninkrijk Belgie; local short form: Belgique/Belgie

  5. Turkey Category: Military - Military - note: a "National Security Policy Document" adopted in October 2005 increases the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) role in internal security, augmenting the General Directorate of Security and Gendarmerie General Command (Jandarma); the TSK leadership continues to play a key role in politics and considers itself guardian of Turkey's secular state; in April 2007, it warned the ruling party about any pro-Islamic appointments; despite on-going negotiations on EU accession since October 2005, progress has been limited in establishing required civilian supremacy over the military; primary domestic threats are listed as fundamentalism (with the definition in some dispute with the civilian government), separatism (the Kurdish problem), and the extreme left wing; Ankara strongly opposed establishment of an autonomous Kurdish region; an overhaul of the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) taking place under the "Force 2014" program is to produce 20-30% smaller, more highly trained forces characterized by greater mobility and firepower and capable of joint and combined operations; the TLFC has taken on increasing international peacekeeping responsibilities, and took charge of a NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) command in Afghanistan in April 2007; the Turkish Navy is a regional naval power that wants to develop the capability to project power beyond Turkey's coastal waters; the Navy is heavily involved in NATO, multinational, and UN operations; its roles include control of territorial waters and security for sea lines of communications; the Turkish Air Force adopted an "Aerospace and Missile Defense Concept" in 2002 and has initiated project work on an integrated missile defense system; Air Force priorities include attaining a modern deployable, survivable, and sustainable force structure, and establishing a sustainable command and control system (2008)

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  1. Gaza Strip Category: Economy - Electricity - consumption (kWh): 230,000 kWh (2005)

  2. Senegal Category: Economy - GDP - per capita (PPP): ,800 (2008 estimate)

  3. Canada Category: Communications - Internet country code: .ca

  4. Cocos (Keeling) Islands Category: People - Religions (%): Sunni Muslim 80%, other 20% (2002 estimate)

  5. Solomon Islands Category: Geography - Natural hazards: typhoons, but rarely destructive; geologically active region with frequent earthquakes, tremors, and volcanic activity; tsunamis

South Africa Facts Info Stuff (ZA):

South Africa Latitude Facts: -29.5090432503276 and South Africa Longitude Facts: 26.3453866317169

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  1. European Union Category: Communications - Internet hosts: 50.5 million (2005); note - sum of individual country Internet hosts

  2. Libya Category: Economy - Debt - external: .521 billion (31 December 2008 estimate)

  3. Lithuania Category: Economy - Stock of direct foreign investment - abroad: .142 billion (2008 estimate)

  4. Tajikistan Category: Economy - Currency (code): somoni (TJS)

  5. Australia Category: Government - Administrative divisions: 6 states and 2 territories*; Australian Capital Territory*, New South Wales, Northern Territory*, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

South Africa Regions are: Eastern Cape Free State Gauteng KwaZulu-Natal Limpopo Mpumalanga North-West North-Western Province Northern Cape Western Cape

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  1. Paraguay Category: Economy - Industries: sugar, cement, textiles, beverages, wood products, steel, metallurgic, electric power

  2. Holy See (Vatican City) Category: Geography - Map references: Europe

  3. Niue Category: Government - Administrative divisions: none; note - there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are 14 villages at the second order

  4. Navassa Island Category: Economy - Economy - overview: Subsistence fishing and commercial trawling occur within refuge waters.

  5. Egypt Category: Economy - Natural gas - proved reserves (cu m): 1.656 trillion cu m (1 January 2008 estimate)



Source: CIA - The World Factbook