Countries of the World

General Guides

United States Government

[Maps of the World]
Library of Congress Country Studies
Includes detailed descriptions and analyses of 101 countries of the world, focusing on "lesser known areas of the world or regions in which U.S. forces might be deployed". Each book includes discussion of the historical setting as well as the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.
Background Notes
Not as detailed as the Library of Congress Country Studies, but not as brief as the CIA World Factbook. Each report includes sections on: geography, people, history, government and political conditions, economy, general foreign relations, U.S. relations with the country, and travel and business information.
CIA World Factbook
Brief descriptions of every country in the world. Entries include geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.

Other Sources

Virtual Library: Regional Studies
Links to area studies as well as individual country studies.
Yahoo! Regional > Countries
Links to information about countries. Organized by the name of the country.
Yahoo! Government > Countries
Links to government Web sites for all the countries of the world. Organized by country name.


Current Maps

National Geographic Society Atlas Explorer
Has geopolitical and/or geophysical maps for all the continents and oceans.
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Includes public domain maps, primarily from the U.S. government, which have been scanned in to make the available on the Web. Sections include: current interest maps, world maps, countries, states, Texas counties, and historical maps.
United Nations Cartographic Section Maps and Geographic Information Resources
Includes general maps, peacekeeping maps, thematic maps, and other geographical resources.
Yahoo! Science > Geography > Cartography > Maps > World
Links to map collections.

Historical Maps

The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection: Historical Maps
Scanned in historical maps from their collection, as well as an extensive collection of links to historical maps at other sites. Organized by region and then by name.
Map Collections (Library of Congress)
Focusing on Americana and other cartographic treasures from the Library of Congress, these maps are generally not copyrighted. Organized into: cities and towns; cultural landscapes; conservation and environment; military battles and campaigns; discovery and exploration; transportation and communication; and general maps.
Historical Map & Chart Collection (NOAA)
Oover 20,000 maps and charts from the late 1700s to present day, focusing on nautical charts, hydrographic surveys, topographic surveys, geodetic surveys, city plans and Civil War battle maps. Click on "Image Catalog" to search by keyword, or browse by region or type.
Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century
Includes socioeconomic trends, systems of government, population, war, and religion, as well as specific events, times, and countries.

Travel Guides

United States Government

FirstGov: Travel, Transportation, and Recreation
Links to travel information from the US government, including passport card, travel requirements, travel safety (including airline carryon restrictions), travel warnings, and tips for international travelers.
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Includes visa and passport information, travel warnings, services and information for Americans living abroad, and medical and legal services abroad. The International Travel, A-Z Index of Topics is particularly useful.
CDC Travelers' Health
Notices about disease outbreaks around the world. In particular, check out the Destinations section.
Tips for Students (State Dept.)
Information for students or student advisors about travel or study abroad.

Other Sites

Lonely Planet Online
Destination and practical travel information from a publisher of travel books.
Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Online
Another collection of travel information from a leading travel publisher.
WHO International Travel and Health
Vaccination requirements and health advice for travel around the world from the World Health Organization.
Cornette Library: Government Information: Summer Travel
Links to government travel information about the Texas Panhandle, Texas, United States, and around the world.
Yahoo! Recreation > Travel
More links.

International Organizations

United Nations
European Union
International Monetary Fund
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Organization of American States
African Union
World Bank
World Trade Organization

Other Useful Sites

United States Government

Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments
Lists the Presidents, Prime Ministers, Cabinet and/or Ministers of government. Organized by country.
Market Research Library
Search by industry, region, country, report type, and date. Includes Country Commercial Guides (CCGs) which "present a comprehensive look at countries' commercial environments, using economic, political and market analysis." Each report includes sections on: economic trends And outlook; political environment; marketing U.S. products and services; leading sectors for U.S exports and investments; trade regulations, customs and standards; investment climate statement; trade and project financing; business travel; economic and trade statistics; U.S. And country contacts; market research; and trade event schedule.
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
Submitted annually to the Congress by the State Department, the reports cover "internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights".
Country Reports on Economic Policy and Trade Practices (1993-2001)
Prepared to assist Congress on trade and economic legislation, these reports "provide a single, comparative analysis of the economic policies and trade practices of countries with which the United States has significant economic or trade relationships". All reports include sections on: key economic indicators (chart); general policy framework; exchange rate policies; structural policies; debt management policies; significant barriers to U.S. exports; export subsidies policies; protection of U.S. intellectual property; worker rights; and extent of U.S. investment in selected industries (chart). Reports ceased publication in 2002.
U.S. Embassies and Other Diplomatic Missions
Links to U.S. diplomatic and consular posts around the world.

Other Sites

Foreign Government Resources on the Web
Extensive collection of links to foreign government information. Organized by region and category.
Ethnologue: Languages of the World
Brief descriptions of all the languages and dialects spoken around the world. Includes number of people speaking the language, location, ethnic groups involved, literacy, some cultural information, and religion. Organized by region and then country.
International Information Centers
From the University of Texas at Austin. Each center covers different topics, but common subjects are economy, geography, government, libraries, science, and society. The centers include:

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