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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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April 02, 2020
The Department of State advises US citizens to avoid all international travel at this time due to the global impact of COVID-19. Please follow these links for more detailed information: World Health Organization and/or US State Department
March 19, 2020
Appendix H: Strategic Materials has been updated with the latest import data.
March 12, 2020
In the People and Society category, the "Unemployment, youth ages 15-24" entry was recently updated with the latest available data for all countries.
March 05, 2020
Ranging from Andorra to Zimbabwe, a total of 35 new One-Page Country Summaries have been added to site, bringing the total number of Summaries to 141. Additional One-Pagers are under development and should be ready soon.
February 27, 2020
Did you know that the Philippines' capital of Manila derives its name from the Tagalog "may-nila" meaning "where there is indigo" and refers to the presence of indigo-yielding plants growing in the area surrounding the original settlement? The World Factbook has completed the addition of capital city name etymologies (historical origins); these descriptions appear in the "Capital" entry under the Government section.
February 20, 2020
The World Factbook has completed its Travel Facts project. Nine newly added Travel Facts - from Luxembourg, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Saint Barthelemy, San Marino, Seychelles, Slovakia, Suriname, and Vanuatu - bring the final total to 222 (193 countries and 29 dependencies). Plans are in the works to add even more useful information to Travel Facts pages in the coming months.
February 13, 2020
In the Transportation category, "Merchant marine" data has been updated with the latest available numbers for all countries that have a merchant marine.
February 06, 2020
In the Communications category, the following fields were recently updated for all countries: "Telephones - fixed lines," "Telephones - mobile cellular," and "Fixed broadband."
January 31, 2020
At 11 pm London time, midnight Central European Time, the United Kingdom completed Brexit and withdrew officially from the European Union (EU) - the first ever country to do so. The World Factbook has modified its EU entry, as well as the EU map, to reflect the changes wrought by this departure. The various People and Society updates announced last week have all been modified in the EU entry to reflect its now smaller population size.
January 28, 2020
Ranging from Albania to Vietnam, a total of 43 new One-Page Country Summaries were recently added to site, bringing the total number of Summaries to 106. Additional One-Pagers are under development and should be ready soon.