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- Country information has been updated as of 18 December 2003.
- For Rank Order pages and downloadable, tab-delimited rank-order files, a Rank Order page for Highways has been added.
- Entries for Natural Gas - production, Natural Gas - consumption, Natural Gas - exports, and Natural Gas - imports have been added ot the Economy category of each country.

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The World Factbook 2003 printed version provides a "snapshot" of the world as of 1 January 2003.

The online Factbook is updated regularly - generally weekly - throughout the year.

For additional and more current information on
leadership in selected foreign countries, see Chiefs of State.

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