General Information on Foreign Countries
- Background Notes by Country
from the U.S. Department of State.
- Britain. Foreign &
Commonwealth Office. Countries and Regions provides background information on countries of the world, international and European issues, and British
foreign policy positions on various topics.
- CIA World
Factbook The 1990-1994 editions are also available via
- Country Profiles from the
Economist Intelligence Unit Include "articles from The Economist, background
profiles, forecast and statistics from The Economist Intelligence Unit, market
and currency updates, news headlines and links." Some information is fee-based.
- Country Studies from
Federal Research Division, Library of Congress. Browsable by chapter and searchable.
- Country Watch.com provides free
and fee-based information about countries of the world. The free information
includes profiles of the people and history of a country, its economy, agriculture,
energy, metals and environmental issues. Includes links to currency converters,
news stories, and current weather.
- CyberSchoolBus (UN)
includes a number of pages about special topics. Includes:
at a Glance Includes flag, latitude & longitude, total area, total
population, population density, capital city, languages, largest city
(and its population),currency, & UN membership date.
database from the United Nations includes 36 social, economic and environmental
data series for all UN member states. The user can select up to seven countries
for comparison. The database is also available in French and Spanish .
- Government Publications
- Foreign, the Center for Research Libraries the Center for Research Libraries
has a collection of 140,000+ titles in over 300,000 bibliographic volumes
of the publications of more than 100 foreign governments and their agencies.
It is particularly strong in European statistical publication collection.
- ELDIS "Eldis is a gateway
to online information on development in countries of the South. Coverage includes
social, economic, political and environmental issues. Eldis makes a qualitative
selection of materials and structures it for easy access." The Country
Profiles include reports by sector (Agriculture, Environment, etc.) links
to maps, statistics, and reports from intergovernmental and non-governmental
organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, United Nations Industrial
Development Fund, World Trade Organization, and Amnesty International.
- Ethnologue Database provides
information about languages spoken by country.
- Foreign Information by Country University of Colorado, Government Information Library web site providing links to country information.
Data Base includes brief summary information by country and a large, downloadable
database of demographic, economic, and social indicators.
- Portals to the
World--links to country information provided by the Library of Congress.
May include links on any or all of the following topics: General Resources;
Business; Commerce; Economy; Culture; Education; Embassies; Genealogy; Geography
and Environment; Government, Politics and Law; Health; History; Language,
Literature; Libraries, Archives; Listservs, Newsgroups; Media and Communications;
Organizations; Recreation and Travel; Religion and Philosophy; Science and
Technology; Search Engines; and Society. As of 27 November 2001, the site
includes information on 49 countries.
- UNESCO PhotoBank "offers
full access online to its collection of photographs and slides covering a
wide range of subjects related to the Organization's fields of competence:
education, science, culture and communication."
- See Progress of Nations, State of the World's Children
and other publications from UNICEF that look at Health, Nutrition, Education,
Family planning, Child rights, Progress for women, Aid, National performance
gaps & statistical profiles on an international level.
- World Bank Development Data
contains country specific data and comparative figures on selected topics.
- World World: an icon-based index
containing hundreds of links to the world and beyond. Begin by clicking on
the "Planet Earth" icon. Countries are neatly organized by miniature national
flag. Pages include links to government and embassy websites.