From Northwestern University, an alphabetical list of official websites for all governments (except the United States ).
Nations of the World
From the Law Library of Congress, this site links to a separate Web page for each country. Provides links to constitutions and laws available on the web; executive, legislative and judicial branch web sites, and more.
Governments on the WWW
A comprehensive listings of government websites: national and international listings, political parties, multi-governmental agencies, etc. Some of the links might be outdated.
Political Resources on the Net
Another set of links to country websites using a clickable map interface. Also includes links to political parties, tourism, major newspapers, etc.
Links to Information About Foreign Countries
Links to constitutions, charters, amendments, and other related documents of countries around the world.
This website, from the Library of Congress, contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Army. Because the original intent of the Series' sponsor was to focus primarily on lesser known areas of the world or regions in which U.S. forces might be deployed, the series is not all-inclusive. Notable omissions include Canada , France , the United Kingdom , and other Western nations, as well as a number of African nations. Because the funding for this program ended in the 1990s there will be no updates (but an equivalent and updated resource from the Library of Congress is here). Currently 101 countries are covered.
Post Reports from the State Department (last updated in 2005)
Originally intended for State Department employees stationed overseas, these Post Reports are a summary of a country’s culture, geography, services, etc. (in other words, what to expect if you live there), in many cases supplementing and enhancing such things as State Department Country Reports, Library of Congress Country Studies, and the CIA World Factbook.
USAID Development Experience Clearinghouse
USAID's Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC) is the largest online resource for USAID funded technical and program documentation, with over 104,000 documents available for electronic download. Search USAID's online database of agency-funded technical and program-related documents to download USAID documents in PDF format for free. Includes statistics, and covers topics such as health, the environment, and economics.
The World Factbook
Published each year by the Central Intelligence Agency, this publication provides geographic information on the countries of the world. Each country profile tracks such demographics as population, ethnicity and literacy rates, as well as political, geographical and economic data. This is a highly used source. The Olson Library keeps only the most recent hardcopy, which is located in the Reference collection. REF G122 .U56a. Older copies can be found here.
Portals to the World [offline Sept 2010. I am leaving it here as a placeholder. The parent webpage, Global Gateway, is here]
From the Library of Congress. These web resources have been selected by Area Specialists and other Library of Congress staff using Library of Congress selection criteria. These resources cover a wide range of topics including culture, media, health, history, language, literature, etc.
Eldis Country Studies
Hosted by the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex , Eldis aims to "disseminate qualitative, evidence-based research and policy documents." Country information includes agriculture, economics, education, trade, statistics, organizations, and development sectors. Emphasis is on countries in the southern hemisphere: Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
"For more than 40 years, OECD has been one of the world's largest and most reliable sources of comparable statistics and economic and social data. As well as collecting data, OECD monitors trends, analyses and forecasts economic developments and researches social changes or evolving patterns in trade, environment, agriculture, technology, taxation and more."
Fact Sheets (formerly Background Notes)
From the U.S. Department of State. The format of these publications changed greatly in May, 2012. Now called "Fact Sheets", these focus more on U.S. relations with the particular country. Older editions (archived at the website) covered more social, cultural, and economic aspects of the country.
From The Economist.com. Current news feeds, governmental/demographic information, economic forecasts and the like. Only 60 countries are covered here.
Country Profiles from the BBC
There "provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions." Pull-down menus of country or territory by continent. Also includes international organizations.
Indiana University's "Green Boxes"
Links to references and resources about countries: topics such as crime, literacy, human rights, politics, etc. The University of Colorado at Boulder has a similar resource. A specific resource for the continent of Africa is Africa Portal.
Country information, with an international business angle, from MSU.
International travel information (current warnings/alerts or notices, general information) can be found at the State Department's page on international travel. The Center for Disease Control has a webpage on traveler's health. The Canadian Government is also another resource for warnings and advice.
Global Security is an organization that “seeks to reduce reliance on nuclear weapons and the risk of their use”, their Public Eye section has detailed satellite photos and maps of military bases, sites, and establishments. There are also detailed explanations of military capabilities of other countries.
Flags of the World
"The Internet's largest site dedicated to vexillology". Over 102,000 images of flags of countries, political subdivisions, political groups, regions, places—historical, official, unofficial, etc. An additional flag website is the World Flag Database,
Link to newspapers throughout the world. You can select country, continent or region. A similar link for newspapers around the world is from the Internet Public Library.
Questions? Contact Bruce Sarjeant, Reference, Documents & Maps Librarian (227-1580).