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information has been updated as of 5 October 2006.
- There have
been some significant changes to the latest edition of The World
Factbook . The successful secession referendum held in Montenegro in
May of 2006 allowed it to legally leave its union with Serbia the
following month. These two Balkan countries have now been formally
recognized and are listed separately in the Factbook.
In the Government category, the ‘Capital’ entry has
been greatly expanded and now contains up to four subfields,
including significant new information having to do with time. The
subfields consist of the name of the capital itself, its
geographic coordinates, the time difference at the
capital from coordinated universal time (UTC), and, if applicable,
information on daylight saving time (DST). Where
appropriate, a special note has been added to highlight those
countries that have multiple time zones.
- A new
Appendix G lists Weights and Measures
. The appendix includes information on mathematical
notation and metric interrelationships, as well as over 400 examples
of standard conversion factors.
-Revision of some individual
country maps, first introduced in the 2001 edition, is continued in
this edition. Several regional maps have also been updated to
reflect boundary changes and place name spelling
The online Factbook is updated periodically
throughout the year.
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