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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 265 world entities.

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Travel the globe with CIA’s World Factbook.

Fact of the Day

July 11, 2024

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What's New

This week, The World Factbook has updates for several data fields related to energy, including electricity access, electricity, electricity generation, nuclear energy, coal, petroleum, natural gas, carbon dioxide emissions, and energy consumption.

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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 50 rank order pages that compare country data in specific fields.

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