The World Factbook

The World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

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What's New

The World Factbook is pleased to introduce two new entries in the People and Society category.  The first field is the “Gross reproduction rate,” which is the average number of daughters a woman would have if she survived all of her childbearing years.  It indicates whether the next generation of women will exceed, match, or outnumber the current population of women of reproductive age.  The second field is “Currently married women (ages 15-49),” which provides the percentage of married or in-union women among women of reproductive age (15-49).

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World Travel Facts

Travel more intelligently with The World Factbook Travel Facts. Here’s what you should know about each country before you go.

One-page Country Summaries

Pressed for time? Check out our one-page summaries for essential information on each country.

Flags of the World

Every flag has a story. View flags of all the world’s countries and territories to learn the symbolism behind each design.

Country Comparisons

Love data? The World Factbook has over 65 rank order pages that compare country data in specific fields.

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