CIA World Factbook

The World Factbook remains the CIA’s most widely disseminated and most popular product; millions of visitors frequent the online Factbook each month. In addition, tens of thousands of government, commercial, academic, and other Web sites link to, or replicate, the online version of the Factbook.

This reference site is updated biweekly to provide wide-ranging and hard-to-locate information about the background, geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Included among the 271 geographic entries is one for the “World,” which incorporates data and other information summarized where possible from the other 270 country listings.

Inside, you’ll find:

  • Country Reports
  • Reference Maps
  • Notes and Definitions
  • Guide to Country Profiles
  • Guide to Rank Order Pages
  • History of The World Factbook
  • Contributors and Copyright Information
  • Purchasing Information
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Flags of the World
  • Gallery of Covers”