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The cover of the 2013-14 The World Factbook.

The World Factbook, also known as the CIA World Factbook,[1] is a book that contains the Central Intelligence Agency's information about the world's countries. A new book is published every year. The Factbook provides a two- to three-page summary of the demographics, geography, communications, government, economy, and military of 272 countries, dependencies, and other areas in the world.

The World Factbook is designed to be used by people that work for the United States government,[2] but it is also used by students, on websites, and in other publications that are not made by governments.[1] Because the U.S. Government made it, it is in the public domain.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Central Intelligence Agency (April 5 2006). "Press Release: CIA World Factbook 2006 Now Available". Retrieved December 8 2006. 
  2. The World Factbook staff. "The World Factbook - Contributors and Copyright Information". Retrieved December 8 2006. 
  3. The World Factbook staff (August 23 2006). "The World Factbook - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Can I use some or all of The World Factbook for my Web site (book, research project, homework, etc.)?". Retrieved December 8 2006. 

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