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CIA World Factbook 2002 Now Available

October 11, 2002 

The World Factbook 2002 is now available on the Central Intelligence Agency Web site ( The World Factbook remains the CIA's most widely disseminated and most popular product, averaging more than 2.3 million visits each month since September 2001. In addition, tens of thousands of government, commercial, academic, and other Web sites link to or replicate the online version of the Factbook. The online edition has been completely redesigned for easier and faster navigation and better accessibility.

This reference work provides a snapshot, as of 1 January 2002, of wide-ranging, hard-to-locate information about the background, geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. The nine primary information categories and 127 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 268 geographic listings is one for the "World," which incorporates data and other information summarized where possible from the other 267 listings.

The World Factbook 2002 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 2002 edition includes 15 reference maps, which are available in both JPEG and PDF formats.

East Timor has been added as a new independent state. Also added as an entry for most countries is the Gini Index, which is a measure of the degree of inequality in the distribution of family income in a country. Additional individual country maps have been revised to include elevation extremes, physiographic names, and a partial geographic grid in this edition. The Factbook has been posted only annually in the past, but more frequent updates are planned for the coming year.

Printed copies of The World Factbook 2002 will be available for purchase in December 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 2002 is available for download in Zip file format for both high-bandwidth users and low-bandwidth users via the “Download This Publication” link on the Factbook home page or directly from

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