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This is a list of entities and changes in The World Factbook. The World Factbook is an annual publication of the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States with almanac-style information about the countries of the world.

As of February 2008, The World Factbook consists of 266 entities.[1] These entities can be divided into categories[2]. These categories are:

  • Independent countries
  • Others
  • Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty
  • Miscellaneous
  • Other entities

After the list of entities, there is a table that lists entities that have been dropped, added, renamed, or consolidated in The World Factbook.

List of entitiesEdit

The list of entities follows bellow. The names and flags of entities are as listed in the Factbook and may differ from other sources.


Independent countries Edit

This is a list of independent countries. The CIA defines an independent country as people "politically organized into a sovereign state with a definite territory".[2] In this category, there are 194 entities:

Flag of entity Name of entity Flag of entity Name of entity Flag of entity Name of entity Flag of entity Name of entity
Template:Flagicon Afghanistan Template:Flagicon Albania Template:Flagicon Algeria Template:Flagicon Andorra
Template:Flagicon Angola Template:Flagicon Antigua and
Barbuda
Template:Flagicon Argentina Template:Flagicon Armenia
Template:Flagicon Australia Template:Flagicon Austria Template:Flagicon Azerbaijan Template:Flagicon Bahamas, The
Template:Flagicon Bahrain Template:Flagicon Bangladesh Template:Flagicon Barbados Template:Flagicon Belarus
Template:Flagicon Belgium Template:Flagicon Belize Template:Flagicon Benin Template:Flagicon Bhutan
Template:Flagicon Bolivia Template:Flagicon Bosnia
and Herzegovina
Template:Flagicon Botswana Template:Flagicon Brazil
Template:Flagicon Brunei Template:Flagicon Bulgaria Template:Flagicon Burkina Faso Template:Flagicon Burma
Template:Flagicon Burundi Template:Flagicon Cambodia Template:Flagicon Cameroon Template:Flagicon Canada
Template:Flagicon Cape Verde Template:Flagicon Central African
Republic
Template:Flagicon Chad Template:Flagicon Chile
Template:Flagicon China Template:Flagicon Colombia Template:Flagicon Comoros Template:Flagicon Congo, Democratic
Republic of the
Template:Flagicon Congo, Republic
of the
Template:Flagicon Costa Rica Template:Flagicon Côte d'Ivoire Template:Flagicon Croatia
Template:Flagicon Cuba Template:Flagicon Cyprus Template:Flagicon Czech Republic Template:Flagicon Denmark
Template:Flagicon Djibouti Template:Flagicon Dominica Template:Flagicon Dominican
Republic
Template:Flagicon Ecuador
Template:Flagicon Egypt Template:Flagicon El Salvador Template:Flagicon Equatorial Guinea Template:Flagicon Eritrea
Template:Flagicon Estonia Template:Flagicon Ethiopia Template:Flagicon Fiji Template:Flagicon Finland
Template:Flagicon France Template:Flagicon Gabon Template:Flagicon Gambia, The Template:Flagicon Georgia
Template:Flagicon Germany Template:Flagicon Ghana Template:Flagicon Greece Template:Flagicon Grenada
Template:Flagicon Guatemala Template:Flagicon Guinea Template:Flagicon Guinea-Bissau Template:Flagicon Guyana
Template:Flagicon Haiti Template:Flagicon Holy See (Vatican City) Template:Flagicon Honduras Template:Flagicon Hungary
Template:Flagicon Iceland Template:Flagicon India Template:Flagicon Indonesia Template:Flagicon Iran
Template:Flagicon Iraq Template:Flagicon Ireland Template:Flagicon Israel Template:Flagicon Italy
Template:Flagicon Jamaica Template:Flagicon Japan Template:Flagicon Jordan Template:Flagicon Kazakhstan
Template:Flagicon Kenya Template:Flagicon Kiribati Template:Flagicon Korea, North Template:Flagicon Korea, South
Template:Flagicon KosovoTemplate:Ref label Template:Flagicon Kuwait Template:Flagicon Kyrgyzstan Template:Flagicon Laos
Template:Flagicon Latvia Template:Flagicon Lebanon Template:Flagicon Lesotho Template:Flagicon Liberia
Template:Flagicon Libya Template:Flagicon Liechtenstein Template:Flagicon Lithuania Template:Flagicon Luxembourg
Template:Flagicon Macedonia Template:Flagicon Madagascar Template:Flagicon Malawi Template:Flagicon Malaysia
Template:Flagicon Maldives Template:Flagicon Mali Template:Flagicon Malta Template:Flagicon Marshall Islands
Template:Flagicon Mauritania Template:Flagicon Mauritius Template:Flagicon Mexico Template:Flagicon Micronesia, Federated
States of
Template:Flagicon Moldova Template:Flagicon Monaco Template:Flagicon Mongolia Template:Flagicon Montenegro
Template:Flagicon Morocco Template:Flagicon Mozambique Template:Flagicon Namibia Template:Flagicon Nauru
Template:Flagicon Nepal Template:Flagicon Netherlands Template:Flagicon New Zealand Template:Flagicon Nicaragua
Template:Flagicon Niger Template:Flagicon Nigeria Template:Flagicon Norway Template:Flagicon Oman
Template:Flagicon Pakistan Template:Flagicon Palau Template:Flagicon Panama Template:Flagicon Papua New
Guinea
Template:Flagicon Paraguay Template:Flagicon Peru Template:Flagicon Philippines Template:Flagicon Poland
Template:Flagicon Portugal Template:Flagicon Qatar Template:Flagicon Romania Template:Flagicon Russia
Template:Flagicon Rwanda Template:Flagicon Saint Kitts
and Nevis
Template:Flagicon Saint Lucia Template:Flagicon Saint Vincent and
the Grenadines
Template:Flagicon Samoa Template:Flagicon San Marino Template:Flagicon São Tomé
and Príncipe
Template:Flagicon Saudi Arabia
Template:Flagicon Senegal Template:Flagicon Serbia Template:Flagicon Seychelles Template:Flagicon Sierra Leone
Template:Flagicon Singapore Template:Flagicon Slovakia Template:Flagicon Slovenia Template:Flagicon Solomon Islands
Template:Flagicon Somalia Template:Flagicon South Africa Template:Flagicon Spain Template:Flagicon Sri Lanka
Template:Flagicon Sudan Template:Flagicon Suriname Template:Flagicon Swaziland Template:Flagicon Sweden
Template:Flagicon Switzerland Template:Flagicon Syria Template:Flagicon Tajikistan Template:Flagicon Tanzania
Template:Flagicon Thailand Template:Flagicon Timor-Leste Template:Flagicon Togo Template:Flagicon Tonga
Template:Flagicon Trinidad and
Tobago
Template:Flagicon Tunisia Template:Flagicon Turkey Template:Flagicon Turkmenistan
Template:Flagicon Tuvalu Template:Flagicon Uganda Template:Flagicon Ukraine Template:Flagicon United
Arab Emirates
Template:Flagicon United Kingdom Template:Flagicon United States Template:Flagicon Uruguay Template:Flagicon Uzbekistan
Template:Flagicon Vanuatu Template:Flagicon Venezuela Template:Flagicon Vietnam Template:Flagicon Yemen
Template:Flagicon Zambia Template:Flagicon Zimbabwe

Others Edit

This is a list of other places set apart from the list of independent countries. There are two entities in this category:

Flag of entity Name of entity
Template:Flagicon
Taiwan
Template:Flagicon
European Union

Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty Edit

This category is a list of places affiliated with another country. They may be subdivided into categories using the country they are affiliated with:

Flag of entity Name of entity
Australia: six entities
Template:Flagicon
Ashmore and Cartier Islands
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Coral Sea Islands
Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Template:Flagicon
Christmas Island
Template:Flagicon
Norfolk Island
China: two entities
Template:Flagicon
Hong Kong
Template:Flagicon
Macau
Denmark: two entities
Template:Flagicon
Faroe Islands
Template:Flagicon
Greenland
France: nine entities
Template:Flagicon
Clipperton Island
French Southern and Antarctic Lands
New Caledonia
Saint Barthelemy
Saint Martin
Template:Flagicon
French Polynesia
Template:Flagicon
Mayotte
Template:Flagicon
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Template:Flagicon
Wallis and Futuna
Netherlands: two entities
Template:Flagicon
Aruba
Template:Flagicon
Netherlands Antilles
New Zealand: three entities
Template:Flagicon
Cook Islands
Template:Flagicon
Niue
Template:Flagicon
Tokelau
Norway: three entities
Template:Flagicon
Bouvet Island
Jan Mayen
Svalbard
United Kingdom: 17 entities
Template:Flagicon
Akrotiri
Dhekelia
Template:Flagicon
Anguilla
Template:Flagicon
Bermuda
Template:Flagicon
British Indian Ocean Territory
Template:Flagicon
British Virgin Islands
Template:Flagicon
Cayman Islands
Template:Flagicon
Falkland Islands
Template:Flagicon
Gibraltar
Template:Flagicon
Guernsey
Template:Flagicon
Jersey
Template:Flagicon
Isle of Man
Template:Flagicon
Montserrat
Template:Flagicon
Pitcairn Islands
Template:Flagicon
Saint Helena, Ascension,
and Tristan da Cunha
Template:Flagicon
South Georgia and
South Sandwich Islands
Template:Flagicon
Turks and Caicos Islands
United States: 14 entities
Template:Flagicon
Baker IslandTemplate:Ref label
Howland IslandTemplate:Ref label
Jarvis IslandTemplate:Ref label
Johnston AtollTemplate:Ref label
Kingman ReefTemplate:Ref label
Midway IslandsTemplate:Ref label
Navassa Island
Palmyra AtollTemplate:Ref label
Wake Island
Template:Flagicon
American Samoa
Template:Flagicon
Guam
Template:Flagicon
Northern Mariana Islands
Template:Flagicon
Puerto Rico
Template:Flagicon
Virgin Islands

MiscellaneousEdit

This category is for Antarctica and places in dispute. There are six entities here:

Other entitiesEdit

This category is for the World and the oceans. There are five oceans and the World (the World entry is intended as a summary of the other entries [3]) :

Changes in The World FactbookEdit

This table lists changes in the entities in the Factbook. Entities that have been added are in green; dropped entities are in red; the flag last used by the entity is shown as well. Entities that have changed their name are in blue; entities that have been redirected and consolidated into another entry are in purple.

Name of entity Date change was made Comments Reference
Antarctica 1988 one of more than 40 entities added to the Factbook in order to provide a complete picture of the world [4]
Arctic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
Indian Ocean
Pacific Ocean
World
Soviet Union 1992 dropped [5]
Yugoslavia
Iraq-Saudi Arabia Neutral Zone
Armenia replaced the Soviet Union in the Factbook
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Estonia
Georgia
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Lithuania
Moldova
Russia
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
Uzbekistan
Bosnia and Hercegovina replaced Yugoslavia in the Factbook
Croatia
Macedonia
Serbia and MontenegroTemplate:Ref label
Slovenia
Czechoslovakia 1993 dropped after the country splits into the Czech Republic and Slovakia [6]
Czech Republic added after Czechoslovakia splits
Slovakia
Eritrea added upon independence from Ethiopia
Vatican City renamed Holy See (Vatican City)
Ivory Coast renamed Cote d'Ivoire
Macedonia 1994 renamed The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia [7]
Pacific Islands, Trust Territory of the (Palau) 1995 renamed to Palau [8]
Kazakhstan 1996 renamed Kazakstan; spelling changed [9]
Burkina renamed Burkina Faso
Corsica added
Zaire 1997 renamed Congo, Democratic Republic of the [10]
Congo renamed Congo, Republic of the
Corsica dropped [11]
Western Samoa 1998 renamed Samoa [12]
Kazakstan renamed Kazakhstan; spelling change
Wake Island 1999 renamed Wake Atoll [13]
Wake Atoll 2000 renamed Wake Island [14]
Southern Ocean added
Serbia and Montenegro 2001 renamed Yugoslavia [15]
East Timor January 1, 2002 added [16]
Yugoslavia March 19, 2003 renamed Serbia and Montenegro [17]
Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of November 30, 2004 renamed Macedonia after a November 2004 decision [18] to refer to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as such [19]
Akrotiri added because both Akrotiri and Dhekelia are dependencies and not lease areas[20] [21]
Dhekelia [22]
European Union December 16, 2004 added due to the fact the European Union has nation like qualities[20] [23]
Man, Isle of January 10, 2006 renamed Isle of Man [24]
Baker Island March 29, 2006 redirected and consolidated in United States Pacific Island Wildlife Refuges entry[25] [26]
Howland Island [27]
Jarvis Island [28]
Johnston Atoll [29]
Kingman Reef [30]
Midway Islands [31]
Palmyra Atoll [32]
United States Pacific Island Wildlife Refuges a consolidation of the entries for Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Islands, and Palmyra Atoll[25] [33]
Serbia and Montenegro June 13, 2006 dropped due to independence of Montenegro[34] [35]
Serbia June 29, 2006 added due to independence of Montenegro[34] [36]
Montenegro [37]
Bassas da India September 7, 2006 consolidated in Iles Eparses entry[38] [39]
Europa Island [40]
Glorioso Islands [41]
Juan de Nova Island [42]
Tromelin Island [43]
Iles Eparses a consolidation of the entries for Bassas da India, Europa Island, Glorioso Islands, Juan de Nova Island, and Tromelin Island[38] [44]
French Guiana January 18, 2007 dropped because the area is now an Overseas region and a part of France proper [45]
Guadeloupe
Martinique
Reunion
Saint Barthelemy July 19, 2007 added due to the fact the area is now an Overseas collectivity of France[46] [47]
Saint Martin [48]
Bassas da India dropped because the area is now part of the Iles Eparses district of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands[46] [49]
Europa Island
Glorioso Islands
Juan de Nova Island
Tromelin Island
Iles Eparses
East Timor renamed Timor-Leste due to a decision of the US Board on Geographic Names (BGN) to use the latter instead of the former[46] [50]
KosovoTemplate:Ref label February 28, 2008 added[46] [51]
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands September 1, 2009 renamed South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands [52]
Saint Helena January 15, 2010 renamed Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha [53]

Notes Edit

Template:Note labelTemplate:Kosovo-note

Template:Note label These entities have been consolidated into the United States Pacific Island Wildlife Refuges entry.[25]

Template:Note label On April 27, 1992, Serbia and Montenegro, the final two republics of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY), formed a new nation, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) [54]. After this, the US Government did not recognize the FRY as a state [55]. The US government also decided not to accept the FRY or any the other republics as a successor state to the SFRY.[56]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Template:CIA World Factbook

External linksEdit

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