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The World Factbook, also known as the CIA World Factbook is an online reference resource produced by the Central Intelligence Agency with an almanac-style information format about the countries of the world. The official paper copy version is also available.
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.However, it is frequently used as a resource for academic research papers & also as a first-hand source for Geo-political information. As a work of the U.S. government, it is in the public domain in the United States.
The first, classified, edition of this book was published in August 1962, and the first unclassified version in June 1971.It was first available to the public in print in 1975. In 2008 the CIA discontinued printing the Factbook themselves, instead turning printing responsibilities over to the Government Printing Office. This happened due to a CIA’s decision to “focus Factbook resources” on the online edition.The Factbook has been on the World Wide Web since October 1994.The Web version gets an average of 6 million visits per month;it can also be downloaded.
Currently, the online version has detailed geo-political info pertaining to 267 world entities. The BEST PART is that it’s updated on a weekly basis. Thus, it’s pretty dynamic & one can be all assured of the latest info.