List of entities and changes in The World Factbook

List of entities and changes in The World Factbook

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.cite web | author = Directorate of Intelligence | title = The World Factbook - Notes and Definitions: Entities | url = | accessdate = 2008-02-29 ] These entities can be divided into categories. These categories are:

*Independent countries
*Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty
*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" since 1988.

List of entities

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

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". In this category, there are 194 entities:

*flag|BHS|name=Bahamas, The
*flag|Congo, Democratic Republic of the
*flag|Congo, Republic of the
*flag|GMB|name=Gambia, The
*flag|VAT|name=Holy See (Vatican City)
*flag|Korea, North
*flag|Korea, South
*flag|FSM|name=Micronesia, Federated States of


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


Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty

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

Australia: six entities

*flagicon|Australia Ashmore and Cartier Islands
*flagicon|Australia Cocos (Keeling) Islands
*flagicon|Australia Coral Sea Islands
*flagicon|Australia Heard Island and McDonald Islands

China: two entities


Denmark: two entities


France: nine entities

*flagicon|France Clipperton Island
*flag|French Polynesia
*flagicon|France French Southern and Antarctic Lands (includes Adélie Land, Îles Crozet, Îles Éparses, Îles Kerguelen, and Île Saint-Paul and Île Amsterdam)
*flag|New Caledonia
*flag|Saint Barthelemy
*flag|Saint Martin
*flag|Saint Pierre and Miquelon|local
*flag|Wallis and Futuna|local

Netherlands: two entities


New Zealand: three entities

*flag|New Zealand|name=Tokelau

Norway: three entities

*flagicon|Norway Bouvet Island
*flagicon|Norway Jan Mayen
*flagicon|Norway Svalbard

United Kingdom: 17 entities

*flagicon|UK Akrotiri
*flagicon|UK Dhekelia
*SHN (including its dependencies Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha)

United States: 8 entities

*flagicon|USA Navassa Island
*flagicon|USA United States Pacific Island Wildlife Refuges (includes Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Atoll, and Palmyra Atoll)
*flag|U.S. Virgin Islands|name=Virgin Islands
*flagicon|USA Wake Island


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

*Gaza Strip
*Paracel Islands
*Spratly Islands
*West Bank
*Western Sahara

Other entities

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 264 entries cite web | author = Central Intelligence Agency | title = Press Release: CIA World Factbook 2006 Now Available | url = | date = 2006-04-05 | accessdate = 2006-09-25 ] ) :

*Arctic Ocean
*Atlantic Ocean
*Indian Ocean
*Pacific Ocean
*Southern Ocean

Changes in "The World Factbook"

This table lists changes in the entities in the "Factbook" from 1988 to the present. 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. The flag last used by the entity before it was dropped or renamed is shown as well.


note label|FRY|A|A 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) [cite web | author = Serbia Info | title = History of Serbia:The Break-up of SFR Yugoslavia (1991 - 1995)| format= |date= | url = | accessdate = 2008-03-08 | quote = Serbia and Montenegro opted to stay on in the federation and at the combined session of the parliaments of Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro held on April 27 1992 in Belgrade, the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was passed thus reaffirming the continuity of the state first founded on December 1st 1918. ] . After this, the US Government did not recognize the FRY as a state cite web | author = Department of State | title =Serbia and Montenegro (08/99) (See Yugoslavia)| date = August 1999 | url = | accessdate = 2007-02-03 | quote = Serbia and Montenegro have asserted the formation of a joint independent state, but this entity has not been recognized as a state by the United States. ] . The US government also decided not to accept the FRY or any the other republics as a successor state to the SFRY. cite web | author = White, Mary Jo | title = 767 Third Avenue Associates v. United States: BRIEF FOR AMICUS CURIAE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SUPPORTING APPELLEES AND SUPPORTING AFFIRMANCE IN PART AND REVERSAL IN PART | date = 2000 | url = | format= MS Word | accessdate = 2007-02-03 | quote = Since 1992, the United States has taken the position that the SFRY has ceased to exist, that there is no state representing the continuation of the SFRY, and that five successors have arisen -- the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) (“FRY(S&M)”), the Republic of Slovenia ("Slovenia"), the Republic of Croatia ("Croatia"), the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina ("Bosnia-Herzegovina"), and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia ("FYROM") ]

note label|corse|B|B Since Corsica is not listed in the [ 'Entities'] section of the Notes and Definitions in the 1997 World Factbook, it is assumed that Corsica was dropped in the 1997 "Factbook".

note label|COMDate|C|C Although Saint Barthelemy and Saint Martin were added to the "Factbook" on May 10, their addition was not acknowledged in The World Factbook until July 19.


ee also

*The World Factbook

External links

* [ The World Factbook website]

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