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Use the tabs below to find online resources about Iceland from governmental and nongovernmental sources. Most of these sources are freely available to the public, but titles followed by a CU symbol are only accessible on campus or via VPN.

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BBC News Country Profile: Iceland
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.

CIA World Factbook - Iceland
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.

EUbusiness - Iceland
Country profile, business guides, and business news from EUbusiness (an independent online business information service about the European Union).

FAO and Iceland
Information on economic and agricultural issues from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It also has a good selection of maps.

Human Development Report on Iceland
Provides quick statistics on human development, economy, labor force, and population from the United Nations Development Programme.

IAEA - Iceland
Country factsheet on multilateral and safeguard agreements from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

IEA - Iceland
Country information, energy-related statistics, graphs and publications from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

ITC - Iceland
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).

OECD - Iceland
Country information, statistics, publications, and news from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

OHCHR - Iceland
Country background, treaties, reporting status, calendar of events and publications related to human rights from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR).

UNESCO Worldwide - Iceland
Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States. United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Iceland
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.

UNdata - Iceland
Provides summary, economic, social, and environmental statistics from the United Nations Statistics Division.

United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - Iceland
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.

U.S. Commercial Service - Iceland
Country profile about doing business abroad by the Commercial Service, the global business solutions unit of the Department of Commerce.

U.S. Department of Energy - Iceland
Country analysis report from the Energy Information Administration on production and consumption of energy resources.

U.S. Department of State - Background Note: Iceland
This resource provides background information on issues such as the economy, history, politics, and foreign relations. The State Department also provides access to annual reports on human rights and terrorism.
Find Articles & More Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Declassified Documents
Declassified information available from the FOIA Electronic Reading Room. Enter "Iceland" as the search term.
  • National Intelligence Council (NIC) Declassified Documents
    Database of intelligence reports, National Intelligence Estimates, and other publications produced by the National Intelligence Council or its predecessor organizations, the Office of National Estimates and the Office of Reports and Estimates since 1946.
Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports CU
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the research arm of Congress, prepares reports (usually under 20 pages long) on topics of interest to members of Congress. Enter "Iceland" as the search term.

Declassified Documents Reference System
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Search this database to find declassified documents related to Iceland.

Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
Department of Defense Scientific and Technical Reports Collection provides access to citations to unclassified unlimited documents that have been entered into DTIC's Technical Reports (TR) Database, as well as the electronic full-text of many of these documents.

Digital National Security Archive CU
Database of primary declassified documents regarding critical U.S. policy decisions. Enter "Iceland" as the search terms.

EUR-Lex
Free database provides access to European Union treaties, legislation, case-law, parliamentary questions, legislative proposals, the Official Journal of the European Union, and the European Court Reports.

Eurostat
Statistical data and publications from the European Commission.

Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)
An integrated database containing information on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces and weapons.

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
"Public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations."

LexisNexis Academic Country & Region Reports CU
News, country briefings, and country risk guides. Filter by country or choose "Country & Region Reports" from publication type.

OECD iLibrary CU
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) online collection of statistical databases, books and periodicals.

UNdata
UNdata provides a single entry point allowing users to search and download numerous statistical resources of the United Nations System.

U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics - Iceland
U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports and balance) with Iceland.

World dataBank
Contains data from the World Bank, including the World Development Indicators & Global Development Finance, Gender Statistics, Education Statistics, Health Nutrition and Population Statistics, African Development Indicators, Global Economic Monitor, and Millennium Development Goals. Users can select variables (some going as far back as 1960) to create customized tables, charts, maps, and reports.

WHO/Europe Databases
Databases of national health statistics and other data on the health situation in European countries.

Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS)
WITS is the National Counterterrorism Center's database of terrorist incidents.
Council of Europe and Iceland
"Founded in 1949, the Council of Europe seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals." There are 47 member states.

Delegation of the European Commission to Norway and Iceland
The Delegations of the External Service serve European Union interests throughout the world.

Embassy of Iceland in Washington, DC
Diplomatic representation of Iceland in the United States.

Embassy of the United States in Reykjavik, Iceland
Diplomatic representation of the U.S. in Iceland.

EFTA - Iceland
The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is an inter-governmental organisation established in 1960. Its Member States are Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

EU's Relations with Iceland
Overview, country strategy, agreements, and documents on the European Union's relations with Iceland.

IMF - Iceland
Country information, reports and publications from the International Monetary Fund.

NATO Member Country
Iceland is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), an alliance of 26 countries from North America and Europe committed to fulfilling the North Atlantic Treaty signed on April 4, 1949. Nordic Council, The Icelandic Delegation
The Nordic Council, formed in 1952, is the forum for Nordic parliamentary co-operation in Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Finland, the Åland Islands, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Nordic parliamentary co-operation aims to promote political, economic, environmental, social and other developments in the Nordic countries and in northern Europe.

Permanent Mission of Iceland to the United Nations
Website of member state missions and their representatives to the United Nations.

ReliefWeb - Iceland
ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news, documents, maps, and background information on emergency assistance by country.

UNHCR
News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Select Iceland from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.

United Nations Division for Sustainable Development - Iceland
Economic, social and environmental policies and plans for sustainable development from the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs.

U.S. Department of State - Iceland
U.S.-Icelandic relations, diplomacy, and country background notes.
  • Background Notes - Iceland
    Provides country background and foreign policy information for the American public from the Department of State's Bureau of Public Affairs.
World Bank - Dialogue with Iceland
"The World Bank's External Affairs Europe offices are responsible for the World Bank's daily dialogue with eighteen Western European countries, including Iceland. Iceland and the World Bank work together with other member governments to finance projects, design policies and deliver programs to combat poverty in the developing world."

World Trade Organization - Iceland
Provides key information on trade statistics, WTO commitments, disputes, trade policy reviews, and notifications for member countries.
UNAIDS - Iceland
Country situation analysis and news from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

World Health Organization - Iceland
Information and statistics on the status of public health in Iceland.
Iceland: Security Assistance
Country-by-country listing provides information on Political-Military-administered security assistance funds from the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

International Court of Justice (ICJ)
ICJ is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. ICJ "has a twofold role: to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States (Contentious cases ) and to give advisory opinions (Advisory proceedings) on legal questions referred to it by duly authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies." Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
The OSCE is responsible for post-conflict elections, human rights and regional military stabilization. There are 56 participating states (including Iceland).
The library collection contains numerous secondary, federal, and international sources of information on Iceland.

 

Try these searches to see some of the resources in Chinook, the library catalog:

 

Electronic Resources Print and Electronic Resources
Iceland and econom* Iceland and econom*
Iceland and histor* Iceland and histor*
Iceland and politic* Icelandand politic*
Iceland
(government publications only)
Iceland
(government publications only)
The * replaces up to five characters in a word.

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