Languages: Chinese, Mandarin 14.37%, Hindi 6.02%, English 5.61%, Spanish 5.59%, Bengali 3.4%, Portuguese 2.63%, Russian 2.75%, Japanese 2.06%, German, Standard 1.64%, Korean 1.28%, French 1.27% (2000 est.). note: percents are for "first language" speakers only
Religions: Christians 32.88% (of which Roman Catholics 17.39%, Protestants 5.62%, Orthodox 3.54%, Anglicans 1.31%), Muslims 19.54%, Hindus 13.34%, Buddhists 5.92%, Sikhs 0.38%, Jews 0.24%, other religions 12.6%, non-religious 12.63%, atheists 2.47% (2000 est.)
Boundaries: the land boundaries in the world total 250,472 km (not counting shared boundaries twice)
|Contrary to what the early pioneers and early explorers of the world first believed, the earth is not cube shaped but round. The surface of the earth is constantly evolving, affected by earthquakes, floods, wind erosion, water, ice and tectonic forces. The earth is represented by the northern and southern hemispheres, the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn that lie either side of the central Equator, the major oceans of the Atlantic, Pacific and India and of course the seven continents Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.|
The diameter of the earth around the Equator measures 12,756 km and the diameter from the North to South pole is 12,714 km. Within the landmass of the world there are some stunning natural land forms. The Himalayas, Andes and Rockies are three of the world's most important mountain ranges. Other important ranges include the Caucasus and the Carpathians. Mount Everest and K2 are the world's largest solo mountains.
The huge landmasses of the Sahara and Gobi Deserts are renowned for being some of the earth's most challenging and inhospitable regions. Intersecting some of the earth's great landmass are a series of impressive rivers including the Amazon, Nile, Ganges, Euphrates and Yangtze. Falling from the world's rivers are some impressive waterfalls including the Angel, Niagara and Victoria. Rising up from parts of the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean Sea are a series of beautiful coral atolls and volcanic landforms, not forgetting perhaps the world's most famous coral formation, the Great Barrier reef. The world also possesses great mineral wealth including gold, silver, bauxite, iron ore, oil and natural gas to name but a few.
The population of the world is approximately 6.3 billion and is comprised of a great number of ethnic groups that speak a colossal amount of languages. The most widely spoken languages are Chinese Mandarin, English, Hindi, Spanish, Russian and Arabic. The most populous countries are China and India although the largest country is Russia. The smallest is the Vatican City.�