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The World Bank atlas, 1985.

World Bank
Washington, D.C., World Bank, 1985. 28 p.

This atlas presents data on population, gross national product (GNP), and GNP per capita for 1982 in current US dollars for 189 countries and territories. In addition, preliminary estimates for each of these indicators for 1983, annual growth rates for 1973-1982, data on life expectancy, infant mortality, and primary school enrollment are also included. Using color-coded maps of the world to designate different levels of various factors, the maps are easy to read. A comprehensive chart lists all statistics included in the maps. 1/5 of the world's population lives in China, 1/7 lives in India, and 1/10 in the US and USSR combined. 3/4 of the world's people live in developing countries; of 189 countries and territories, 114 have fewer than 10 million people, and 61 have fewer than 1 million people. Population growth in the developing countries peaked at 2.4% a year in 1965--that rate has fallen to 2.1% since then, with much of the decline occurring in China. Nearly 1/2 the world's people live in countries with an average 1982 GNP per capita of $270. During 1973-1982 the GNP per capita increased at a rate of 4% per year or more. Yet, one of the biggest changes in human life during the last 2 decades is that people in developing countries can expect to live much longer; 60 years for an infant born in 1982, compared with 45 years for an infant born in 1960. Primary education is much more widely available today than it was 20 years ago, especially for girls; the average enrollment for developing countries is up from 80% in 1960 to 96% in 1982.

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