Country Comparisons

Extent of the region9,970,610 sq. Km329,560 sq. Km337,030 sq. Km
(July 2004 est.)
Population Density (per km2)324515
Life expectancymen: 76.59 years
women: 83.5 years
men: 67.86 years
women: 73.02 years
men: 74.73 years
women: 81.89 years
Population growth rate0.92%1.3%0.18%
Birth rate10.91 births/1,000 population19.58 births/1,000 population10.56 births/1,000 population
Death rate7.67 deaths/1,000 population6.14 deaths/1,000 population9.69 deaths/1,000 population
Human Development Index Ranking (2004)4th112th13th
Ethnic groupsBritish Isles origin 28%, French origin 23%, other European 15%, Amerindian 2%, other, mostly Asian, African, Arab 6%, mixed background 26%Vietnamese 85-90%, Chinese, Hmong, Thai, Khmer, Cham, mountain groupsFinn 93.%, Swede 6%, Sami 0.11%, Roma 0.12%, Tatar 0.02%
Total fertility rate1.61 children born/woman2.22 children born/woman1.73 children born/woman
Infant mortality rate4.82 deaths/1,000 live births29.88 deaths/1,000 live births3.59 deaths/1,000 live births
Purchasing Power Parity ($US)$29,700$2,500$27,300
LanguagesEnglish 59.3% (official), French 23.2% (official), other 17.5%Vietnamese (offical), English (favoured second language), French, Chinese and KhmerFinnish 93.4% (official), Swedish 5.9% (official), small Sami and Russian speaking minorities
ReligionsRoman Catholic 42%, Protestant 40%, other 18%Buddhist, Hoa Hoa, Cao Dai, Christian (mainly Roman Catholic)Evangelical Lutheran 89%, Russian Orthodox 1%, None 9%, other 1%
EducationCompulsory until 16 yearsCompulsory until 9 yearsCompulsory until 16 years
Form of governmentConfederation with parliamentary democracyCommunist StateRepublic
Unemployment7.7%25% (1995 est.)9.2%
Number of work force16.4 million38.2 million2.6 million
Climate4 seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter)Tropical in south; hot rainy season, warm dry seasonCold temperate

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