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The 2008 CIA World Factbook

2008-front.jpgDid you know that the Cayman Islands have an estimated 17,000 cellular phone lines in use? Or that Indonesia has 652 airports? You can learn these and other facts about each country in the 2008 CIA World Factbook, which we recently received in the law library.

The World Factbook has a fascinating history. It was first an annual supplement to the CIA's National Intelligence Survey. In 1962, the first classified Factbook was published, and the first unclassified version was published in 1972. It became available to the public in 1975.

The Factbook lists each country in alphabetical order, and each country's entry is divided into several sections including Geography, People, Government, and Economy.

You can browse the CIA World Factbook on the CIA's website.


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