The World Factbook

reference resource produced by the Central Intelligence Agency

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 cover of the 2016-17 The World Factbook

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". Archived from the original on 2006-09-25. Retrieved December 8, 2006.
  2. The World Factbook staff. "The World Factbook - Contributors and Copyright Information". Archived from the original on May 13, 2013. 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.)?". Archived from the original on January 7, 2019. Retrieved December 8, 2006.

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