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The World Factbook (ISSN ; also known as the CIA World Factbook)<ref name="featured">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> is a reference resource produced by the Central Intelligence Agency with almanac-style information about the countries of the world. The official print version is available from the National Technical Information Service and the Government Printing Office. Other companies—such as Skyhorse Publishing—also print a paper edition. The Factbook is available in the form of a website, which is partially updated every week. 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 each of 267 international entities<ref name="whatsnew">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> including 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.<ref name="cci">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> However, it is frequently used as a resource for academic research papers and news articles.<ref name="press">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=pressrelease |type=Press release }}</ref> As a work of the U.S. Government, it is in the public domain in the United States.<ref name="pd">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>


The World Factbook sections
Intro   Sources   Copyright   Frequency of updates and availability   Entities listed  Territorial issues and controversies   See also    References    External links   

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The World Factbook (ISSN ; also known as the CIA World Factbook)<ref name="featured">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> is a reference resource produced by the Central Intelligence Agency with almanac-style information about the countries of the world. The official print version is available from the National Technical Information Service and the Government Printing Office. Other companies—such as Skyhorse Publishing—also print a paper edition. The Factbook is available in the form of a website, which is partially updated every week. 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 each of 267 international entities<ref name="whatsnew">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> including 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.<ref name="cci">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> However, it is frequently used as a resource for academic research papers and news articles.<ref name="press">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=pressrelease |type=Press release }}</ref> As a work of the U.S. Government, it is in the public domain in the United States.<ref name="pd">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>


The World Factbook sections
Intro   Sources   Copyright   Frequency of updates and availability   Entities listed  Territorial issues and controversies   See also    References    External links   

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