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Executive Summary Country PROfilesTM

This format is designed for "decision makers".  These decision makers may be students taking the Perspectives Course and are trying to decide on which Unreached People Group they will be selecting for their in-depth People Group Report, a missions committee member who is doing research on which "unreached" or "least evangelized" people group their local church should adopt or a missionary or mission executive who is prayerfully seeking God's guidance on which new people groups they will be selecting for investing their personnel and financial resources as an agency -- in order that the newly selected groups will come to know JESUS as their own Lord and Saviour.

Here are some of the unique features and benefits of the Executive Summary Country PROfile format:

  • 233 One page Country PROfiles -- All of the data is beautifully presented on one page for each country and or territory of the world. Each PROfile has a 3/4" margins on the left side so they can be punched and inserted into a binder and/or presentation folder.

  • 79 key country indicators -- Each PROfile Includes four country related graphics (flag, crest region/country context map and a detailed country map) and 75 data indicators. Each PROfile is laid out exactly the same so that the researcher can quickly compare and contract various indicators for a number of countries. 

  • Up to date data from the very best sources -- Most of the data on each Country PROfile is the year 2000 data or later.  Every effort has been made to only use data from the most reliable and up-to-date sources.

  • Quickly search on any word or phrase. All of the data on the Countries and Peoples of the World CD-ROM has been pre-indexed allowing you to literally search on any word or phrase of more than 35,000 pages of data contained on the CD-ROM. Just type a word or phrase into the Adobe Search tool, press the <Enter> key and instantly find your desired PROfile, report or even a city or river location on 18 high resolution region and world maps. 

  • Each Exec Summary Country PROfile is divided into four sections:
    • Country Data                   
    • People, Language and Religion Data                   
    • Telocommunications and Transportation Data                   
    • Economic and Social Data

          A detailed description for each section is given below.

Country Data

This section contains four high resolution graphics:

  • Country Crests or Coat-Of-Arms

    The country Crest or Coat-Of-Arms is shown in color if it is available. Many of the country crests have been colorized or color enhanced by ILS International.  The example to the left is the Coat-Of-Arms for the country of Angola.

  • Country Flags

    Each country flag is shown in Color. We have tried to show the latest flag for each country or territory -- including the actual flag format for each nation.

    • The Sri Lanka flag shown below is an example of a horizontal flag format.

    • The Vatican State (Holy See) flag shown below is an example of a vertical flag format.

    • The Switzerland flage shown below is an example of a square flag.

    • The Nepal flag shown below is an example of an irrigular shaped flag.

  • Region/context Maps - show the location of each country in relation to both the region of the world where it is located and larger area of the world. Over 250 region/context maps were custom designed by ILS International for use with all of the Country PROfiles.  

    Shown to the left is a Region/context map for the location of the Congo, D.R. (formerly Zaire, Kinshasa) within Africa and the region of Sub Shara Africa.  The countries within a "region" are shown in gray and the specific country is shown in black.


If the country is quite small its location is shown with an arrow like the example to the left, for the country of Burundi in sub-sahara Africa.



  • Country Maps - show the name and location of each of its neighbors and the location and name of the major cities and rivers in the country. This map is shown in black and white for Executive Summary Country PROfiles (since many of our users overseas will not have access to high resolution color printers). When small color country maps are printed on a black and white printer they will loose their sharpness and look "mushy". However, we have included beautiful high resolution color maps for each country in the Regular Country PROfiles and the Large Map Country PROfiles.

    Below is an example of the black and white country map for the country of Brazil:

    • Every map is designed to the exact same format
      maps for each of the 234 nations are designed to the same same dimensions. Most map sets have the maps in different dimensions -- i.e. Chile is shown as a very narrow - vertical map, Russia is shown as a very wide - horizontal map, and Ecuagore is shown as a square map.
      By standaridizing both the size and format we were able to use standardized page formats for each of our one page Country PROfiles.

    • All neighboring countries are identified
      you can see both the location and name of each of a countries neighbors

    • All national capitals and major cities are identified
      you can locate the capital of each country by looking for the city in all capital letters. The rest of the major cities and their relative population size are shown by different the size of the cities location circle and the point size of the city name (i.e. the larger the circle size and type point size -- the larger the city population).

    • All of the major rivers are shown and labled
      : you can quickly locate most of the major rivers that are navigatable by river boats. The "location" of many of the smaller indiginous people groups in the People PROfiles are often identified in relation to both major river systems and/or major towns within a country. We also try to show the headwaters and/or source of each of the major rivers (even it it goes into another countryj) in order that you can see what other countries a particular language/people may also be located.

    • 19 key Country data indicators
      The country data will help you understand the unique context of this country -- i.e. name of capital city, country population for both 1995 and 2000, relative size of the country to a state or states in the USA, location of the country in relation to its neighboring counties,

People, Language and Religion Data 

This section covers 16 key indicators:

  • Ethnic Groups - This field gives a summary by % of the major ethnic groups within the country
  • Languages - This field lists the major languages spoken by % of the population of the country
  • Religion Data - This section covers the latest Operation World (editor - Patrick Johnston) statistics for the country, including the total number of Ethnolinguistic Peoples in the country, the number of "least reached Peoples"/"World A"  and the number of "Unreached Peoples" as determined by the Joshua Project List(s). This section also includes the percentage of both Christians and Non Christians, and a detailed % for: Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Independent, Marginal, Unaffaliated and Evangelical.

Telecommunications and Transportation Data 

This sections covers 13 key telecom and transportation indicators:

  • Telecommunications - Summary Information -- This field gives a summary of both the status and types telephone and telecommunications services within the country. 
  • Telecomunications Data -- This section covers the following items: numbers of radios, televisions, telephones, cell phones and number of ISP's (internet service providers) in the country
  • Transportation Data -- This section covers the following items: miles of paved and unpaved roads, and total number of airports
  • Additional Data -- This section covers two indicators seldom reported: the average family size and number of households in the country. These indicators are very helpful when planning various types of communications and/or marketing strategies using literature distritution, radio receivers, TV or video, and use of the internet.

Practical uses of the Telecom and Transportation Data

This section gives some examples of how the user can extract data from the Telecom and Transportation Data section to research and compile some quick comparisons for four countries:

  • Angola - Population: 10,145,267 (year 2000) 
    Family size: 4.8  /  Number of households: 2,113,597
    Number of Radios: 630,000 = 29.8% of homes have radios
    Number of TVs: 150,000 = 7.1% of the homes have TVs
    Telephones: 78,000 = 3.6% of the homes have phones
    Number of ISPs (Internet Service Providers): 2 = 1 ISP / 1,056,679 households
    Paved Roads: 19,156 km  /  Number of Airports: 249

  • Brazil - Population: 172,360,370 (year 2000)
    Family size: 4.1 / Number of households: 42,161,060
    Number of Radios: 71,000,000 = 1.7 radios/household (100% of the homes have radios)
    Number of TVs: 36,500,000 = 86.6% of the homes have TVs
    Telephones: 14,426,673 = 34.2% of the homes have phones
    Cell Phones: 4,000,000 = 9.5% of the homes have cell phones
    Number of ISPs: 197 = 1 ISP / 214,015 households
    Paved Roads: 184,140 km  /  Number of Airports: 3,277

  • Finland - Population: 5,167,485 (year 2000)
    Family size: 2.5 / Number of households: 2,066,995
    Number of Radios: 7,700,000 = 3.7 radios/household
    Number of TVs: 3,200,000 = 1.6 TVs/household
    Telephones: 2,500,000 = 1.2 phones/household
    Cell Phones: 2,162,574 = 1.04 cell phones/household
    Number of ISPs: 36 = 1 ISP / 57,415 households
    Paved Roads: 48,853 km  /  Number of Airports: 157

    Question: Did you know that Finland was the first nation in the world to average one cell phone per household?

  • United States - Population: 275,562,673 (year 2000)
    Family size: 2.6 / Number of households: 105,985,643
    Number of Radios: 575,000,000 = 5.4 radios/household
    Number of TVs: 219,000,000 = 2.06 TVs/household
    Telephones: 182,589,000 = 1.7 phones/household
    Cell Phones: 55,312,000 = 52% of households
    Number of ISPs: 7,600 = 1 ISP / 13,941 households
    Paved Roads: 3,732,757 km  /  Number of Airports: 14,572

Economic and Social Data 

This section covers 27 key indicators relating to quality of life:

  • Two of the indicators relate to the economy: Per Capita GDP and Inflation Rate
  • Four of the social indicators cover the status for both men and women in relation to: Life Expectance, Years of Education, and Unemployment
  • Three indicators give stats for both urban and rural areas in relation to: Population, Access to Safe Water, and Access to Sanitation

    Using data from this section can help us quickly compile some simple charts that allow us to compare and contrast some key quality of life issues for three nations within the same region of the world.  Liste below are examples for three of the poorest nations of sub-sahara Africa: Burkina Faso, Sudan and the Congo, D.R. (formerly Zaire - Kinshasa) . . .

    • Burkina Faso                           Female         Male
                                                 ------------------  ----------------- 
      Life expectancy . . . . . . . . .    48.9 years    45.6 years
      Literacy  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    9.2%            29.5%
      Education . . . . . . . . . . . . .    2.0 years      3.3 years

                                                       Urban          Rural
                                                 ------------------  -----------------                                               
      Population . . . . . . . . . . . . .        19%             81%
      Access to Safe Water  . . . .        84%               0%
      Access to Sanitation  . . . . .        88%             16%

      Per Capita (GDP): $ 1,100/year  /  Annual Inflation: 2.2% (1999)

    • Congo, D.R. (Kinshasa)           Female          Male
                                                 ------------------  ----------------- 
      LIfe expectancy . . . . . . . . .    54.2 years    50.8 years
      Literacy  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    67.7%          86.6%
      Education . . . . . . . . . . . . .    4.4 years      6.8 years

                                                       Urban          Rural
                                                 ------------------  -----------------
      Population . . . . . . . . . . . . .        30%             70%
      Access to Safe Water  . . . .        89%              67%
      Access to Sanitation  . . . . .        53%               6%

      Per Capita (GDP): $ 719/year  /  Annual Inflation: 46% (1999)

    • Sudan                                     Female          Male
                                                 ------------------  ----------------- 
      Life expectancy . . . . . . . . .    48.9 years    45.6 years
      Literacy  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    9.2%            29.5%
      Education . . . . . . . . . . . . .    2.0 years      3.3 years

                                                       Urban          Rural
                                                 ------------------  ----------------
      Population . . . . . . . . . . . . .        19%             81%
      Access to Safe Water  . . . .        84%               0%
      Access to Sanitation  . . . . .        88%             16%

      Per Capita (GDP): $ 1,100/year  /  Annual Inflation: 2.2% (1999)