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From the CIA world fact book you want the Rank Order Pages which are
resorted lists of data from selected Factbook data fields. Rank Order pages are generally given in descending order -highest to lowest - such as Population and Area. The two exceptions are Unemployment Rate and Inflation Rate, which are in ascending - lowest to highest - order. Rank Order pages are available for the following 49 fields in six of the nine Factbook categories.
Wikipedia and NationMaster have lots of tables. The problem with WIkipedia's tables is that they are HTML and contain lots of extraneous stuff which makes copying and pasting them into Excel or a text file a real pain. Nationmaster is a good place to look for CIA World Fact Book fields which are not in the "Rank order pages".

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 07:24:12 AM EST
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