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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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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.
January 23, 2020
In the People and Society category, the following fields were all recently updated: "Population" (projected mid-year numbers), "Age Structure," "Median Age," "Population Growth Rate," "Birth Rate," "Death Rate," "Net Migration Rate," "Sex Ratio," "Infant Mortality Rate," "Life Expectancy," and "Total Fertility Rate." 
January 16, 2020
Luzon - the northernmost, largest, and most populous island of the Philippines - is the site of the Taal Volcano (about 60 km south of Manila, the capital, near Batangos) that began erupting on Sunday, 12 January 2020. The Taal Volcano is one of 16 volcanoes worldwide classified as a Decade Volcano by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of special study due to its explosive history and close proximity to human populations. Hundreds of thousands of people have so far been urged to evacuate the 17-km danger zone around the volcano.
January 09, 2020
Ten additional Travel Facts have been added to the site bringing the total number to 214. The latest lot includes seven countries (Malawi, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, and North Macedonia) and three dependencies (Guam, Montserrat, and the Northern Mariana Islands).
December 19, 2019
The canyon under Denman Glacier in Antarctica was just recently identified as being the deepest point on that continent at -3,500 meters, which also makes it the world's deepest point on land. Challenger Deep - in the Pacific Ocean's Marianas Trench at -10,924 meters - is the lowest point on the earth's surface.
December 12, 2019
Dozens more One-Page Summaries of country information are in production and will soon join the 63 that are currently available. One-Page Summaries and Travel Facts are The World Factbook's most popular new features.
December 05, 2019
Ten more Travel Facts have been added to the Factbook. This latest batch includes seven countries (Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania) and three dependencies (Faroe Islands, Greenland, Isle of Man). The total number of Travel Facts is now 204.