World Factbook: An A-Z Reference Guide to Every Country in the World (Firefly Pocket series)

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9781554072019: World Factbook: An A-Z Reference Guide to Every Country in the World (Firefly Pocket series)

This revised edition of Firefly World Factbook is arranged in alphabetical order by country and features the following:

  • Concise, cross-referenced articles on geography, climate, vegetation, economy, history and politics
  • Color annotated maps showing principal cities, roads, railroads, and border crossings
  • Locator maps showing countries within their region
  • National flags and stamps, with origins explained
  • Climate graphs for major cities in each country
  • Updated, at-a-glance charts showing area, population, capital city, government, ethnic groups, languages, religions and currency.

Special sidebars, "Did You Know," offer interesting and intriguing facts. For example, Icelanders do not have family names and are properly addressed by their first names; Panama hats are made in Ecuador, not Panama; and Germany was the first country to build freeways.

Firefly World Factbook is a ready resource of information for the home or office.

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About the Author:

Keith Lye is the author of The New Children's Illustrated Atlas of the World, The Complete Atlas of the World and Atlas in the Round.

Excerpt. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:

Introduction

The Firefly World Factbook contains articles and maps for all the countries of the world, arranged in alphabetical order. A simple locator map shows the position of the country within its region, and the national flag is illustrated with an explanation of its origin. The smallest countries or islands, such as the islands of the Atlantic Ocean, are grouped together within their region. Other small countries are found alongside their larger neighbors; for example, Andorra and Gibraltar are included in the entry for Spain.

In addition to the main article, each country features a separate piece about the capital city; a statistics box detailing area, population, capital city, government, ethnic groups, languages, religions, currency and website; and a climate graph.

The country maps are physically colored and are usually a column width in size, but a country's shape, area, and importance have sometimes merited a larger map. Where neighboring countries are in dispute, the maps show the de facto boundary between nations; that is, the boundary that exists in the real world rather than the boundary that a particular country may wish to be shown on a map.

Each map contains a number of symbols indicating the major towns and cities, principal roads and railroads, with the main border crossings. Major international airports and the highest point in most countries are also shown. A scale bar indicates the distances between places, and the lines of latitude and longitude shows the country's global position.

The spellings of the placenames on the maps match the forms that are used in everyday English; for example Rome (not Roma), Munich (not München), Moscow (not Moskva). Only the more common accented characters of the Western European languages have been used.

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