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The World Factbook provides information on the history, people and society, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The Reference tab includes: a variety of world, regional, country, ocean, and time zone maps; Flags of the World; and a Country Comparison function that ranks the country information and data in more than 75 Factbook fields.
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October 10, 2019
The latest group of 10 new Travel Facts has been uploaded. Included in this batch are eight countries - Saint Kitts and Nevis, Senegal, Serbia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan - as well as the UK crown dependency of Jersey and the US territory of Puerto Rico. The total number of countries and dependencies with Travel Facts now stands at 184.
October 03, 2019
In the People and Society category, the "Major urban areas" and "Urbanization" entries were recently updated for all countries. For the 'World' entry, under "Major urban areas," the "ten largest urban agglomerations, by continent" have been newly compiled. These rankings provide a fascinating comparison of how dramatically different in population size the largest continental urban areas are.
September 24, 2019
The following countries and entities recently had their maps updated: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Micronesia, Palau, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Syria, Taiwan, and the European Union.
September 19, 2019
The World Factbook continues to prepare additional country Travel Facts. The latest 9 countries and one dependency that have been added are: Eswatini, Guyana, Haiti, Namibia, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Palau, Madagascar, Paraguay, and Guernsey. The total number of countries and dependencies with Travel Facts is now up to 174.
September 12, 2019
Did you know that the twin cities of Tegucigalpa and Comayaguela in Honduras, jointly, constitute the capital of the country? However, virtually all governmental institutions are on the Tegucigalpa side, which in practical terms makes Tegucigalpa the capital. Other countries with dual official national capital cities include: Benin, Bolivia, Burundi, Cote d'Ivoire, Eswatini, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania. South Africa has three capital cities.
September 03, 2019
The World Factbook Staff tries to keep up with scheduled elections in every country. However, election dates sometimes get changed unexpectedly. For example, earlier this year, the Bolivian Government moved the date of its national parliamentary elections from 27 October - the same date of elections as in Argentina and Uruguay - to 20 October to ensure that Bolivians residing in those countries are able to vote at polling locations in those countries.
August 29, 2019
In the People and Society category for all countries, the former "Health Expenditures" field has been replaced with a "Current Health Expenditures" (CHE) entry that is calculated differently. An explanation of the new CHE field appears on the Definitions and Notes page, under the References tab.
August 22, 2019
Ten new Travel Facts have been added to the website. Included are nine countries (Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tonga, Uganda, Uruguay, Zimbabwe) and one dependency (Greenland). The total number of available Travel Facts has now reached 164!
August 15, 2019
In light of recent events in the Persian Gulf, The World Factbook has added a special statement to the "Maritime threats" entry (in the Military and Security category) for Iran, Oman, and the Indian Ocean that warns of dangers to commercial shipping in the waters off the Iranian coast and around the Arabian Peninsula.
August 08, 2019
Have you ever been stumped by one of the quiz questions that appeared in What's New? Have you ever wondered at how many people use The World Factbook or how the Factbook's logo developed? Answers to all of these questions and many more may be found on the Did You Know? page - under the About tab.