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AsiaSource is an online resource developed by the Asia Society to meet the need for timely, reliable, unbiased information and assistance regarding the cultural, economic, social, historical, and political dimensions of Asia.
- Background Notes (Dept. of State)
Individual country information updated from the regional bureaus of the Dept. of State. Includes geography, history, people, government, political conditions, economy, foreign relations, U.S. relations, and travel/business information.
- BBC News Country Profiles
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions.They also include audio or video clips from BBC archives.
- Countries and their Cultures
Presents the cultural similarities within a country that set it apart from others by examining over 200 countries to document the myriad ways in which culture defines and separates the nations of the world as much as geographical borders do. Surveys each country's shared values, behaviors and cultural variations from foods and rituals to pastimes and arts, using a standard entry format for easy comparison. Provides illustrations, photographs and maps. 4 volumes.
Catalog of more than 6,700 languages spoken in 228 countries.
Find famous works and hidden treasures in this virtual European library containing over 2 million images, texts, and sounds from Europe's cultural resources.
- Global Language Monitor
Austin, Texas-based, Global Language Monitor (GLM) documents, analyzes and tracks trends in language the world over, with a particular emphasis upon Global English.
- Google Translate
Translate Words & Phrases Into Many Languages. 34 languages supported.
Compare the most up-to-date statistical data for the Member States of the United Nations.
- International Crisis Group
Analytical reports on the most significant situations of conflict or potential conflict around the world.
- International Database
The International Data Base (IDB) is a computerized data bank containing statistical tables of demographic, and socio-economic data for 227 countries and areas of the world.
- LANIC: Latin American Network Information Center
LANIC provides Internet-based information to, from, or on Latin America.Our target audience includes people living in Latin America, as well as those around the world who have an interest in this region. Affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin.
- Library of Congress Country Studies
These are extensive, book-length studies of various countries (but not all the countries of the world—see the explanation of coverage at the site.)
- National Geographic MapMachine
Maps and atlases, historical and contemporary, cartographic and thematic.
A central database for statistics of nations, including a handy way to graphically make comparisons for a variety of indicators.
- Pew Hispanic Research Center
- Portals to the World from the Library of Congress
Contains selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about nations and other areas of the world. Arranged by country or area with the links for each sorted into a wide range of broad categories. The links were selected by area specialis
- United Nations Statistical Division: Social Indicators
Country by country data on topics such as child and elderly poulations, education, health, literacy, water supply, etc.
- World FactBook
Published by the CIA. Access to maps of countries along with brief information about geography, population and demographics, government, economy, communications infrastructure, transportation systems, military strength, and transnational issues (such as