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CIA World Factbook 2001 Now Available

September 18, 2001

The World Factbook 2001 is now available on the Central Intelligence Agency Web site ( The World Factbook remains the CIA's most popular and most widely disseminated product. In addition, thousands of commercial, academic, and other Web sites link to or replicate the Web version of the Factbook.

This reference work provides a snapshot, as of January 1, 2001, of wide-ranging, hard-to-locate information about geography, people, governments, economies, communications, and armed forces for countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. The nine primary information categories and 100 subcategories for most entities include geographic coordinates, Gross Domestic Product, number of telephones, natural resources, legal systems, political parties, illicit drugs, mortality rates, and more. Included among the 267 geographic listings is one for the "World," which incorporates data and other information summarized where possible from the other 266 listings.

The World Factbook 2001 contains six appendixes with reference information ranging from abbreviations and descriptions of international organizations and groups to cross-referenced lists of Country Data Codes. The 2001 edition includes 19 reference maps, which are available in both JPEG and PDF formats.

There are new information subcategories for Currency code, HIV/AIDS, Internet users, and Internet Country Code. The Background entry, which was introduced in the 1999 edition, has now been completed for all 267 entities in the Factbook. The individual country maps are being revised. Some new maps with elevation extremes and a partial geographic grid are included in this edition.

Printed copies of The World Factbook 2001 will be available for purchase in November from the Government Printing Office ( and the National Technical Information Service ( Ordering and pricing information for both domestic and international customers will be available on the GPO and NTIS Web sites.

The World Factbook 2001 files (totaling nearly 70 megabytes when compressed) are available as zip files for single-file (complete) download for higher-bandwidth users and as a file set for lower-bandwidth users at


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