Country Studies

Resources for Country Studies



  • BBC News Country Studies - Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics, and economic background of countries. They also include audio and video clips from the BBC archives.
  • Bilateral Relations - This site from the U.S. Department of State contains information on all the countries of the world with which the United States has relations. They include facts on the country's land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and its relations with other countries and the United States.
  • Census Fact Data - Offers U.S. Census information on population, economic, housing, and geographic data.
  • CNN 10 - Explaining global news to a global audience: This is the mission of CNN 10, a 10-minute news show that appears as a daily digital video on CNN.com.
  • Country Studies - This site from the Library of Congress presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.
  • CIA World Factbook - Country information including climate, people, politics, economics, education, maps, charts, statistics, and much more.
  • Data by Country - From the World Bank Group; country-at-a-glance tables, data-profile tables, information and communications technologies statistics; Edstats, which has statistics about education around the world; HNPStats, health, nutrition, and population statistics, gender stats, and much more.
  • National Atlas - Browse maps of the United States. Also includes facts about each state, as well as trivial notes.
  • NationMaster - This site is a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD.
  • StateMaster - This site is a unique statistical database that allows you to research and compare a multitude of different data on US states.
  • U.S. State Department Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets - Contains warnings issued by the State Department when Americans should avoid traveling in certain areas of the world. Consular information sheets are available for every country and provide facts about the country, entry requirements, security information, health conditions, and much more.
  • Worldmapper - Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. There are now nearly 600 maps. Maps 1-366 are also available as PDF posters.