CIA World Factbook Launches New Web Site
On Monday, June 8, the World Factbook team unveiled its thoroughly redesigned Web site: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html. Presenting a cleaner look, improved navigation, and a host of added features, the new site provides visitors with a more user-friendly experience.
The CIA first made the Factbook available to the public in 1975 and launched its online presence in 1997. This is the first major redesign of the Factbook site in over a decade.
More than 3 million visitors access the online Factbook monthly. The world-renowned Factbook provides visitors with wide-ranging and hard-to-locate information about the background, geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 countries and other entities.
Key changes to the site include:
- An overhaul of the entire site’s look/feel, including new uniform navigation throughout the Factbook site
- A new homepage, featuring:
- A color-coded, easily navigable world map
- A featured links section that showcases regional maps, flags of the world, and a gallery of Factbook covers
- Country pages now have collapsible/expandable content, giving visitors more information at their fingertips
In addition to the new look and improved navigation, the site provides several exciting new features:
- Downloadable and printable photos for nearly 100 countries
- A "Did You Know?" section that explains the impact of the Factbook around the world
- A "What's New" section that highlights recent significant updates and additions
- Built-in world rankings for many of the Factbook information fields