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The World Factbook  

Last Government print edition of The World Factbook (2009 edition) cover.
AuthorCentral Intelligence Agency
LanguageEnglish
Genre(s)almanac about the countries of the world
PublisherDirectorate of Intelligence[1]
Publication datesee frequency of updates and availability, no longer published in paper book form by the CIA
ISBNsee the list of ISBN numbers

The World Factbook (ISSN 1553-8133; also known as the CIA World Factbook)[2] is a reference resource produced by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States with almanac-style information about the countries of the world. It was originally an annual book, but the 2008 edition was the last to be printed on paper by the CIA. Other companies—such as Skyhorse Publishing—have continued printing a paper edition. The Factbook is available in the form of a website, which is partially updated every two weeks. It is also available for download for use off-line. It provides a two- to three-page summary of the demographics, geography, communications, government, economy, and military of 266[3] U.S.-recognized countries, dependencies, and other areas in the world.

The World Factbook is prepared by the CIA for the use of U.S. government officials, and its style, format, coverage, and content are primarily designed to meet their requirements.[4] However, it is frequently used as a resource for academic research papers.[5] As a work of the U.S. government, it is in the public domain.[6]

Contents

Factbook sources

In researching the Factbook, the CIA uses the sources listed below. Other public and private sources are also consulted.[4]

Copyright

The World Factbook website as it appeared in January 2010

Because the Factbook is in the public domain, people are free to redistribute and modify it in any way that they like, without permission of the CIA.[4] However, the CIA requests that it be cited when the Factbook is used.[6] The official seal of the CIA, however, may not be copied without permission as required by the Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949 (50 U.S.C. § 403m).

Frequency of updates and availability

Before November 2001, The World Factbook website was updated yearly.[7] Since then, the Factbook website is updated every two weeks.[7] Generally, information currently available as of January 1 of the current year[8] is used in preparing the Factbook.

Government edition of the Factbook

The first classified edition of Factbook was published in August 1962 and the first unclassified version in June 1971.[9] The World Factbook was first available to the public in print in 1975[9]. In 2008, the CIA discontinued printing the Factbook, instead turning printing responsibilities over to the Government Printing Office.[10] This happened due to a CIA decision to "focus Factbook resources" on the online edition.[11] The Factbook has been on the World Wide Web since October 1994.[12] The Web version gets an average of 6 million visits per month;[5] it can also be downloaded.[13] The official printed version is sold[14] by the Government Printing Office and National Technical Information Service. In past years, the Factbook was available on CD-ROM,[15] microfiche[16], magnetic tape[16], and floppy disk[16].

Reprints and older editions online

The World Factbook 2010 (Skyhorse Publishing reprint edition) cover
The World Factbook 2010 (Potomac Books reprint edition) cover

Many Internet sites use information and images from the CIA World Factbook.[17] Several publishers, including Grand River Books,[18] Potomac Books (formerly known as Brassey's Inc.),[19] and Skyhorse Publishing[20] have re-published the factbook in recent years.

Older editions of the CIA World Factbook, going back to 1989, together with country rankings constructed from CIA data and additional country information from other sources are available at the Countries of the World website, which was begun in 1996.

Entities listed

As of February 2008, The World Factbook consists of 266 entities.[3] These entities can be divided into categories.[3] They are:

Independent countries
This category has independent countries, which the CIA defines as people "politically organized into a sovereign state with a definite territory".[3] In this category, there are 194 entities.
Others
The Other category is a list of other places set apart from the list of independent countries. Currently there are two: Taiwan and the European Union.
Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty
This category is a list of places affiliated with another country. They may be subdivided into categories using the country they are affiliated with:
Miscellaneous
This category is for Antarctica and places in dispute. There are six entities.
Other entities
This category is for the World and the oceans. There are five oceans and the World (the World entry is intended as a summary of the other 265 entries).[5]

Territorial issues and controversies

Political

Areas not covered
Specific regions within a country or areas in dispute among countries, such as Kashmir, are not covered,[21] but other areas of the world whose status is disputed, such as the Spratly Islands, have entries.[21][22] Subnational areas of countries (such as US States or the Canadian provinces and territories) are not included in the Factbook. Instead, users looking for information about subnational areas are referred to "a comprehensive encyclopedia" for their reference needs.[23] This criterion was invoked in the 2007 edition with the decision to drop the entries for French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Reunion. They were dropped because besides being overseas departments, they were now overseas regions, and an integral part of France.[24]
Kashmir
Maps depicting Kashmir have the India–Pakistan border drawn at the Line of Control, but the region of Kashmir administered by China drawn in hash marks.[25]
Northern Cyprus
Northern Cyprus, which the U.S. considers part of the Republic of Cyprus, is not given a separate entry because "territorial occupations/annexations not recognized by the United States Government are not shown on U.S. Government maps."[26]
Taiwan/Republic of China
Taiwan has a separate entry not listed under T, but at the bottom of the list.[27] The name "Republic of China" is not listed as Taiwan's "official name" under the "Government" section,[28] due to U.S. acknowledgement of Beijing's and Taipei's One-China policy according to which there is one China and Taiwan is a part of it.[29] The name "Republic of China" was briefly added on January 27, 2005,[30] but has since been changed back to "none".[28] The map of the People's Republic of China on the World Factbook shows Taiwan included on the map of China.[25](See also: Political status of Taiwan, Legal status of Taiwan)
Burma/Myanmar
The U.S. does not recognize the renaming of Burma by its ruling military junta to Myanmar and thus keeps its entry for the country under "Burma". This is done because the name change "was not approved by any sitting legislature in Burma". As a result, the US government has never adopted the name Myanmar.[31]
Macedonia
The Republic of Macedonia is entered as Macedonia,[32] the name used in its first entry in the Factbook upon independence in 1992.[33] In the 1994 edition, the name of the entry was changed to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as a result of the Macedonia naming dispute with Greece, which objected to the use of the name "Macedonia".[34] For the next decade, this was the name the nation was listed under. Finally, in the 2004 edition of the Factbook, the name of the entry was changed back to Macedonia following a November 2004 US decision to refer to the country using this name.[35][36]
European Union
On December 16, 2004, the CIA added an entry for the European Union (EU).[37] (Before this date, the EU was excluded from the Factbook.[38]) According to the CIA, the European Union was added because the EU "continues to accrue more nation-like characteristics for itself".[29]
United States Pacific Island Wildlife Refuges and Iles Eparses
In the 2006 edition of The World Factbook, the entries for Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Kingman Reef, Johnston Atoll, Palmyra Atoll and the Midway Islands were merged into a new United States Pacific Island Wildlife Refuges entry.[39] The old entries for each individual insular area remain as redirects on the Factbook website.[40] On September 7, 2006, the CIA also merged the entries for Bassas da India, Europa Island, the Glorioso Islands, Juan de Nova Island, and Tromelin Island into a new Iles Eparses entry.[41] As with the new United States Pacific Island Wildlife Refuges entry, the old entries for these five islands remained as redirects on the website.[42] On July 19, 2007, the Iles Eparses entry and redirects for each island were dropped due to the group becoming a district of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands in February.[43]
Serbia and Montenegro/Yugoslavia
The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) broke apart in 1991. The following year, it was replaced in the Factbook with entries for each of its former constituent republics.[33] In doing this, the CIA listed the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY), proclaimed in 1992, as Serbia and Montenegro, as the U.S. did not recognize the union between the two republics.[44][45] This was done in accordance with a May 21, 1992, decision[46] by the U.S. not to recognize any of the former Yugoslav republics[47] as successor states to the recently dissolved SFRY.
A map of Serbia and Montenegro from the 2000 edition of The World Factbook.[48] Notice how the disclaimer is printed in the upper right hand corner. One can see how the capital cities of both republics are individually labeled on the map.
These views were made clear in a disclaimer printed in the Factbook: Serbia and Montenegro have asserted the formation of a joint independent state, but this entity has not been recognized as a state by the United States.[49] Montenegro and Serbia were treated separately in the Factbook data, as can be seen on the map.[50] In October 2000, Slobodan Milošević was forced out of office after a disputed election.[51] This event led to democratic elections and U.S. diplomatic recognition. The 2001 edition of the Factbook thus referred to the state as Yugoslavia.[52] On March 14, 2002, an agreement was signed to transform the FRY into a loose state union called Serbia and Montenegro;[53] it took effect on February 4, 2003.[54] The name of the Yugoslavia entity was altered in the Factbook the month after the change.[55]
Kosovo
On February 28, 2008, the CIA added an entry for Kosovo;[56] before this, Kosovo was excluded in the Factbook.[21] The Kosovo declaration of independence is supported by the majority of EU member states, but disputed by Serbia,[57] which continues to regard Kosovo as its own territory, and other countries.
East Timor/Timor-Leste
On July 19, 2007, the entry for East Timor was renamed Timor-Leste following a decision of the US Board on Geographic Names (BGN).[58]

Factual

Before 1998, the United Kingdom profile contained a sentence that asserted the UK had gained independence on 1 January 1801.[59] This terse, confusing description in reference to the Act of Union 1801 which expanded the United Kingdom of Great Britain to include Ireland, has since been greatly expanded,[60] although the primary date of UK Independence is now given as 1927.

ISBN numbers

This is a list of International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) for the Government edition[61] of The World Factbook. ISBNs for the Potomac Books and Skyhorse Publishing reprints of the Factbook are noted as well. For the reprint editions, the year of the data is in parentheses.

Government editions
  • 2000: ISBN 0-16-061343-4
  • 2001: ISBN 0-16-066404-7
  • 2002: ISBN 0-16-067601-0
  • 2003: ISBN 0-16-067943-5
  • 2004: ISBN 0-16-073030-9
  • 2005: ISBN 0-16-074941-7
  • 2006: ISBN 0-16-076547-1
  • 2007: ISBN 9780160785801
  • 2008: ISBN 9780160829697
Potomac Books reprints
  • 2000 (1999): ISBN 157488266X
  • 2001 (2000): ISBN 1574883461
  • 2002 (2001): ISBN 1574884751
  • 2003 (2002): ISBN 157488641X
  • 2004 (2003): ISBN 1574888374
  • 2005 (2004): ISBN 1574889427
  • 2006 (2005): ISBN 1574889974
  • 2007 (2006): ISBN 159797109X
  • 2008 (2007): ISBN 1597971820
  • 2009 (2008): ISBN 1597974145
  • 2010 (2009): ISBN 9781597975414
Skyhorse Publishing reprints
  • 2008 (2007): ISBN 978-1-60239-080-5
  • 2009 (2008): ISBN 978-1602392823
  • 2010 (2009): ISBN 9781602397279

See also

  • Besides the World Factbook, the CIA also publishes a directory called World Leaders regularly.[62]

Sources

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the CIA World Factbook.

  1. ^ Central Intelligence Agency. "Central Intelligence Agency Publications". http://web.archive.org/web/20060717051912/www.cia.gov/cia/publications/. Retrieved 2008-01-02. "The World Factbook is produced by CIA's Directorate of Intelligence. The Factbook is a comprehensive resource of facts and statistics on more than 250 countries and other entities." 
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  17. ^ Texas A&M University Libraries. "Introduction to Comparative Politics POLS 329". http://library.tamu.edu/portal/site/Library/menuitem.95e060d328c5ba7869e19cf419008a0c/?vgnextoid=b6e4124698f60110VgnVCM1000007800a8c0RCRD. Retrieved 2008-01-02. "The world factbook (Handbook of the Nations). Detroit, Mich.: Grand River Books, 1981–." 
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  21. ^ Directorate of Intelligence (2006-09-19). "The World Factbook - Spratly Islands". https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/pg.html. Retrieved 2006-09-24. 
  22. ^ Directorate of Intelligence. "The World Factbook - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Why doesn't The World Factbook include information on states, departments, provinces, etc., in the country format?". https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/docs/faqs.html. Retrieved 2007-05-26. "The World Factbook provides national-level information on countries, territories, and dependencies, but not subnational administrative units within a country. A comprehensive encyclopedia might be a source for state/province-level information." 
  23. ^ Directorate of Intelligence. "The World Factbook - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Why has The World Factbook dropped the four French departments of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion, and French Guiana?". https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/docs/faqs.html. Retrieved 2007-05-26. "The reason the four entities are no longer in The World Factbook is because their status has changed. While they are overseas departments of France, they are also now recognized as French regions, having equal status to the 22 metropolitan regions that make up European France." 
  24. ^ a b Directorate of Intelligence (2006-09-19). "The World Factbook - China (map)". https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/maps/large/ch-map.gif. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  25. ^ Directorate of Intelligence. "The World Factbook - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Why are the Golan Heights not shown as part of Israel or Northern Cyprus with Turkey?". https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/docs/faqs.html. Retrieved 2006-09-23. "Territorial occupations/annexations not recognized by the United States Government are not shown on US Government maps." 
  26. ^ Directorate of Intelligence. "The World Factbook - Country Listing". https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/countrylisting.html#z. Retrieved 2006-09-23. 
  27. ^ a b Directorate of Intelligence (2006-09-19). "The World Factbook - Taiwan". https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/tw.html. Retrieved 2006-09-23. 
  28. ^ a b Directorate of Intelligence. "The World Factbook - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Why are Taiwan and the European Union listed out of alphabetical order at the end of the Factbook entries?". https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/docs/faqs.html. Retrieved 2006-09-23. "Taiwan is listed after the regular entries because even though the mainland People's Republic of China claims Taiwan, elected Taiwanese authorities de facto administer the island and reject mainland sovereignty claims. * * * The European Union (EU) is not a country, but it has taken on many nation-like attributes and these are likely to be expanded in the future." 
  29. ^ Directorate of Intelligence (2005-01-27). "The World Factbook - Taiwan (mirror)". http://hoshie.mozfaq.org/factbook-roc/geos/tw.html#Govt. Retrieved 2006-09-23. 
  30. ^ Directorate of Intelligence (2006-09-19). "The World Factbook - Burma". https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bm.html. Retrieved 2006-09-23. "since 1989 the military authorities in Burma have promoted the name Myanmar as a conventional name for their state; this decision was not approved by any sitting legislature in Burma, and the US Government did not adopt the name, which is a derivative of the Burmese short-form name Myanma Naingngandaw" 
  31. ^ Directorate of Intelligence (2006-09-19). "The World Factbook - Macedonia". https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/mk.html. Retrieved 2006-09-23. 
  32. ^ a b Directorate of Intelligence (1992). "The World Factbook 1992 - Notes, Definitions, and Abbreviations". http://www.umsl.edu/services/govdocs/wofact92/wf930000.txt. Retrieved 2006-09-23. "Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, and Slovenia have replaced Yugoslavia." 
  33. ^ Directorate of Intelligence (1994). "The World Factbook 1994 - Notes, Definitions, and Abbreviations". http://www.umsl.edu/services/govdocs/wofact94/wf950000.txt. Retrieved 2006-09-23. "The name of Macedonia was changed to The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)." 
  34. ^ Directorate of Intelligence (2004-11-30). "The World Factbook - Macedonia (mirror)". http://theworldfactbook.info/geos/mk.html. Retrieved September 23 2006. 
  35. ^ "US snubs Greece over Macedonia". BBC News. 2004-11-04. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3981499.stm. Retrieved 2006-09-23. "Greece has protested strongly at a decision by the US to refer to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) simply as "Macedonia"." 
  36. ^ Directorate of Intelligence (2006-09-19). "The World Factbook - European Union". https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ee.html. Retrieved 2006-09-23. 
  37. ^ Directorate of Intelligence. "The World Factbook - Why doesn't The World Factbook include information on states, departments, provinces, the European Union, etc., in the country format? (mirror)". http://www.umsl.edu/services/govdocs/wofact2003/docs/faqs.html. Retrieved 2007-06-02. "The World Factbook provides national-level information on countries, territories, and dependencies, but not on subnational administrative units within a country or supranational entities like the European Union." 
  38. ^ Directorate of Intelligence (2006-09-19). "The World Factbook - United States Pacific Island Wildlife Refuges". https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/um.html. Retrieved 2006-09-23. 
  39. ^ For an example of a redirect, see what happens with the profile for Kingman Reef.
  40. ^ Directorate of Intelligence (2006-09-19). "The World Factbook - Iles Eparses (mirror)". http://www.umsl.edu/services/govdocs/wofact2007/geos/zz.html. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 
  41. ^ For an example of a redirect, see what happens with the profile for Juan de Nova Island (mirror).
  42. ^ Directorate of Intelligence (2007-07-19). "CIA - The World Factbook 2007: What's New". https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html. Retrieved 2007-07-20. "The five former entities of Bassas da India, Europa Island, Glorioso Islands, Juan de Nova Island, and Tromelin Island, previously grouped as Iles Eparses (Scattered Islands), now constitute a district of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands." 
  43. ^ Department of State (August 1999). "Serbia and Montenegro (08/99) (See Yugoslavia)". http://www.state.gov/outofdate/bgn/s/12685.htm. Retrieved 2007-02-03. "(Serbia and Montenegro have asserted the formation of a joint independent state, but this entity has not been recognized as a state by the United States.)" 
  44. ^ Directorate of Intelligence (1992). "1992 CIA World Factbook: Serbia and Montenegro (mirror)". http://www.umsl.edu/services/govdocs/wofact92/wf930216.txt. Retrieved 2006-10-29. 
  45. ^ Department of State. "Chiefs of Mission by Country, 1778-2005: Serbia and Montenegro". http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/po/com/11216.htm. Retrieved 2006-10-30. "On May 21, 1992, the United States announced that it did not recognize the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which was composed of the Republics of Serbia and Montenegro, as a successor state of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia." 
  46. ^ White, Mary Jo (2000). "767 Third Avenue Associates v. United States: Brief for Amicus Cureae United States of America Supporting Appellees and Supporting Affirmance in Part and Reversal in Part" (MS Word). http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/6649.doc. Retrieved 2007-02-03. "Since 1992, the United States has taken the position that the SFRY has ceased to exist, that there is no state representing the continuation of the SFRY, and that five successors have arisen -- the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) (“FRY(S&M)”), the Republic of Slovenia ("Slovenia"), the Republic of Croatia ("Croatia"), the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina ("Bosnia-Herzegovina"), and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia ("FYROM")" 
  47. ^ Directorate of Intelligence (2000). "CIA World Factbook 2000 - Country Maps (mirror)". . Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  48. ^ Directorate of Intelligence (1999). "CIA -- The World Factbook 1999 -- Serbia and Montenegro (mirror)". http://www.umsl.edu/services/govdocs/wofact99/265.htm#intro. Retrieved 2006-10-30. "Serbia and Montenegro have asserted the formation of a joint independent state, but this entity has not been formally recognized as a state by the US. The US view is that the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) has dissolved and that none of the successor republics represents its continuation." 
  49. ^ For an example, see the profile for the FRY in the 1999 World Factbook.
  50. ^ "Kostunica sworn in as president of Yugoslavia". CNN. 2000-10-07. http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2000/yugoslavia/story/overview/. Retrieved 2006-10-30. 
  51. ^ Directorate of Intelligence (2001). "CIA -- The World Factbook -- Notes and Definitions". http://www.umsl.edu/services/govdocs/wofact2001/docs/notes.html. Retrieved 2006-10-30. "The entity of Serbia and Montenegro is now officially known as Yugoslavia." 
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  • On stephansmap.org: The CIA World Factbook accessible by location and date range; covers the years 2001—2007. All Factbook entries are tagged with "cia". Requires graphical browser with javascript.

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