Well, you could knock me over with a fishwife (or a feather, whichever you happen to have handy). Our old chum Jay Dowling just pointed me at a rather interesting online resource called The World Factbook, which (believe it or not) is brought to us by those jolly tricksters at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA):
All joking aside, this is actually a phenomenally useful site and – on the basis that it was funded in part by my tax dollars – I intend to make full use of it (I just added it to my browser's bookmarks for future reference).
Simply select a country from the pull-down list to discover a wealth of information with regard to its Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications, Transportation, Military... there really is a tremendous amount of data here; for example, the male life expectancy in the United Kingdom is 76.37 years, as compared to only 75.29 in the United States (so I'm glad I didn't change my citizenship).
As an added bonus, there's information on countries I didn't even know existed, such as Tuvalu, which I discover is one of the smallest and most remote countries on Earth... I can see that this site is going to keep me busy for a very long time...
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