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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.

World Factbook Globe

Travel the globe with CIA’s World Factbook.

Fact of The Day

April 25, 2024

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What's New

The World Factbook has two useful updates that make its maps and data more accessible. First, the Maps page has been re-structured so now there are just two sections, World and Regional Maps and CIA Maps. Second, the individual pages for the UK's two Sovereign Base Areas on the island of Cyprus - Akrotiri and Dhekelia - have been combined into a single Akrotiri and Dhekelia page, where the data for each entity is listed together in each field.


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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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