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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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September 17, 2020
Many new photos have recently been added for the following island entities: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
September 10, 2020
In the Communications section, the "Internet users" numbers for most countries were recently updated with the latest available data.
August 26, 2020
In the Military and Security category, the "Military and security service personnel strengths" entry was recently updated with the latest estimated numbers.
August 20, 2020
Continuing this month's cartography spotlight: Did you know that you can find multiple maps to almost a hundred countries under the References tab>Regional and World Maps>Maps at CIA? The maps usually include two, and frequently all three, of the following country maps: Administrative, Physiographic, and Transportation - in both PDF and JPG formats.
August 13, 2020
Most of the northern third of Africa is barren desert - the massive Sahara.  Did you know that much of the southern part of the continent is also desert or semidesert?  This geographic situation, and the resulting population distributions, are graphically visualized on the Africa Population Density map under the References tab>Regional and World Maps>NGA Population Distribution Maps>Africa, as well as on the accompanying individual country maps.
August 06, 2020
Did you know that the 48 contiguous United States are slightly larger than Australia, the smallest of the seven continents? Check out maps showing the relative sizes of all the continents compared to the US under the 'World' entry, Geography>"Area - comparative."
July 30, 2020
Significant numbers of new photographs have recently been added to the following Mediterranean country entries: Greece, Italy, Morocco, Spain, and Turkey.
July 23, 2020
Dozens of new telecommunications definitions have been added under the "Telecommunications systems" entry on the Definitions and Notes page (under the References tab).
July 09, 2020
Dozens of new One-Page Country Summaries have recently been added to the site bringing the total number of Summaries to 171. Additional One-Pagers are under development and should be ready soon.
July 02, 2020
The "Marine fisheries" entry, which appears in the Economy category for the five world oceans - the Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific, and Southern Oceans - was recently updated with the latest available data.