The World Cup: Around the world in IT
We look at the tech form of the World Cup contenders.
Population: 34 million
Economy: GDP is $161.2 billion and its major trading partners are France, Italy, the US, Spain and Germany.
Government: Semi-presidential Republic led by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Famous for: Fossil fuels, Jacques Derrida
Star Player: TBC
Top IT industry: Electronics
Major IT contributions: The country plays a large part in manufacturing electronics equipment to trade with its major partners.
Population: 51.4 million
Economy: GDP is $1.9 trillion and its major trading partners are the EU and US.
Government: Parliamentary Democracy led by Prime Minister David Cameron
Famous for: The Royal family, NHS, Fish n' chips
Star Player: BT
Top IT industry: Automobile
Major IT contributions: Englishman Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web.
Population: 2.06 million
Economy: GDP is $54.6 billion.
Government: Representative and democratic. Prime Minister Borut Pahor heads up both government and state.
Famous for: Independence from Yugoslavia in 1991
Star player: Telekom Slovenije
Top IT industry: ISPs and communications the country has higher than average internet penetration
Major IT contributions: Logarithms were created by Baron Jurij Vega. Other great inventors from the country, according to the slovenia.si website, include physician Joef Stefan, flying pioneer Edvard Rusjan and rocket expert Herman Potonik Noordung.
Population: 307 million
Economy: GDP is $14.6 trillion
Government: Current president is Barrack Obama.
Famous for: Liberty, Hollywood, burgers
Star player: Microsoft
Top IT industry: Software
Major IT contributions: Creation of Silicon Valley, support for entrepreneurs and web start-ups
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