Dorling Kindersley and Financial Times launch FT World Desk Reference Guide

Pearson companies, Financial Times and Dorling Kindersley have joined together to publish the Financial Times World Desk Reference, an unrivalled overview of the worlds 192 nations containing information on the physical, political, historical and economic modern world.

Published on 7th February 2002, Financial Times World Desk Reference is the result of collaboration between these two companies, both part of Pearson.

The Financial Times Group and its network of business and financial newspapers and online services informs the daily decisions of more than 4 million business people and investors worldwide. Dorling Kindersley is the world’s premier family illustrated non-fiction publisher.

The publication of FT World Desk Reference represents one of the first partnerships between the Financial Times and Dorling Kindersley and more exciting projects are currently in the pipeline.

FT World Desk Reference is divided into three sections: The World Factfile gives a complete overview of the physical, political, historical and economic modern world; The Nations of the World surveys and maps in detail each of the world’s 192 nations, with full coverage of the world’s newest nations; Index and Gazetteer is an invaluable guide to 20,000 of the world’s most important places, including alternative spellings and recent name changes.

With over 600 maps, 5,000 illustrations charts and diagrams, and 25,000 facts and statistics, Financial Times World Desk Reference is the essential reference for everyone involved in business, tourism, education, and for anyone who wants to be informed about the world today.

"DK and the FT are two of the world's best information brands and this is a natural partnership. The accessibility of Dorling Kindersley's distinctive visual style, combined with the authority of the Financial Times, has produced the quintessential desk reference book" says Andrew Welham, MD of Dorling Kindersley. "We are delighted with the result of our collaboration and are looking forward to many successful future projects."


Pearson plc is an international media company with market leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing, with almost 30,000 employees based in more than 60 countries.


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