Last Updated: Jul 17, 2013
This guide links you to a select number of web sites with information on countries and regions of the world. Additional guides are available in related subject areas by clicking the LibGuides link at the top. For assistance, please contact the Reference Desk listed on the right side of this page.
- Background Notes (U.S. State Dept.)
Brief facts and discussion of topics such as geography, population, economy, history, political conditions, foreign relations, travel, etc.
- Cultural Profiles Project
A Canadian site which provides brief overviews of the following aspects of life in numerous countries of the world: history, family, food, communication, work, sports, health care, education, holidays, arts and literature, etc.
- Country at a Glance
Profiles from the United Nations giving basic statistics on each country's geographical area, population, capital, language, currency, gross domestic product, etc. Includes the addresses for the country's U.N. missions in New York and Geneva.
Easy-to-use source for comparative statistics from the United Nations. You can select up to seven countries and compare them in areas such as population, environment, economy, and social indicators (e.g. education, health, crime).
- International Affairs Resources WWW Virtual Library
Links to resources and information on organizations, media, regions and countries, and topics such as business and economics, peace and conflict, human rights, law, environment, etc.
- The Library of Congress Country Profiles
Offers "brief, summarized information on a country's historical background, geography, society, economy, transportation and telecommunications, government and politics, and national security." (Web site description)
- Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
One of the premier map collections on the Internet. Includes current and historical maps, links to city map sites, maps of regions currently in the news, etc.
- World Factbook (CIA)
Brief factual outline of each country's geography, population, government, economy, communications, transportation, military. Maps included.
- Yahoo's Regional Information List
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