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

Information on ocean currents in the Geography section of each of the five Oceans – Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific, and Southern – was recently transferred into its own “Major ocean currents” entry, along with a map showing the Major World Ocean Currents.

In the Transportation category, a new “Icebreaker” field has been added for the three Oceans – Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific – where icebreaker fleets are harbored. A detailed map shows the Homeports of Major Polar Icebreakers.

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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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