Seeing as the semi-finals of the World Cup get underway this evening with the Netherlands facing Uruguay in Cape Town, I thought it would be interesting to get a political angle on the two games.

So, with that in mind, here are some geographical, political and economic statistics on all four countries courtesy of the CIA World Factbook:

Germany

Capital – Berlin

Government – Federal Republic

Area – 357,021 sq km

Population – 82,431,390

Median age – 42.2 years

Life expectancy – 78.7 years

Ethnic groups – German (91.5%), Turkish (2.4%), Other (6.1%)

Religions – Protestant (34%), Roman Catholic (34%), Muslim (3.7%), Other/None (28.3%)

Languages – German

GDP per capita – $28,700

Netherlands

Capital – Amsterdam

Government – Constitutional Monarchy

Area – 41,526 sq km

Population – 16,407,491

Median age – 39 years

Life expectancy – 78.8 years

Ethnic groups – Dutch (83%), Other (17%)

Religions – Roman Catholic (31%), Dutch Reformed (13%), Calvinist (7%), Muslim (5.5%), Other/None (43.5%)

Languages – Dutch, Frisian

GDP per capita – $29,500

Spain

Capital – Madrid

Government – Parliamentary Monarchy

Area – 504,782 sq km

Population – 40,341,462

Median age – 39.5 years

Life expectancy – 79.5 years

Ethnic groups – Composite of Mediterranean and Nordic

Religions – Roman Catholic (94%), Other/None (6%)

Languages – Castilian Spanish (74%), Catalan (17%), Galician (7%), Basque (2%)

GDP per capita – $23,300

Uruguay

Capital – Montevideo

Government – Constitutional Republic

Area – 176,215 sq km

Population – 3,510,386

Median age – 33.7 years

Life expectancy – 76.55 years

Ethnic groups – White Uruguayan (88%), Mestizo (8%), Black Uruguayan (4%)

Religions – Roman Catholic (47.1%), Nondenominational Christian (23.2%), Protestant (11.1%), Jewish (0.3%), Other/None (18.3%)

Languages – Spanish, Portonul, Brazilero (Portuguese/Spanish mix found on Brazilian border)

GDP per capita – $12,700