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Introduction: The CIA World Factbook on stephansmap.org

The Central Intelligence Agency of the USA publishes The World Factbook.

It contains factual (e.g., name of currency), statistical information (e.g., how much water consumed) and current information (name of head of state, organization of government) about the world's countries and states. It is updated annually.

Also included is, for each country, is some kind of background report or opinion about each country according to the viewpoint of the CIA.

You can learn more about its purpose, uses and history over at wikipedia.org.

Since the text is in the public domain, it is easy to make a copy available on stephansmap.org

In contrast to the book form, however, or the viewing menu offered at the CIA's website, you can browse it here by place and time (using the search function, or the lists below).

Coverage on stephansmap.org begins with the 2001 edition.

The CIA finalizes new editions during the summer months, and makes a new print-edition available. Expect updates to be carried over here around that time.

Feel free to point to your observations of the CIA's reports by editing this entry.


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