Countries and Regions, U.S. Dept. of State (includes Background Notes)
Country, region, and travel information. Background Notes includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.
Country Studies, Library of Congress
Search Country Profiles for the most current detailed country information, formerly the Army Area Handbook Program (Country Studies). The profiles offer brief, summarized information on a country’s historical background, geography, society, economy, transportation and telecommunications, government and politics, and national security. Country Studies are comprehensive, older reports. Portals to the World includes of listing of resources by topic.
OECD Country Data
One-stop-shop for OECD reports and statistics on member countries. Browse the documents in chronological order or by topic (e.g. economy, trade, development, environment, energy, social issues).
FAO Country Profiles
Select a country to view key statistics, FAO core activities, and global issues (biotechnology, climate change, etc.)
World Bank Library (OSU campus access)
Access to a growing collection of more than 5,000 ebooks, journal articles, and working papers from the world’s most authoritative source on international development as they are published.
World Factbook, CIA
Online version of the Factbook with summary of facts about nations of the world, updated yearly.
BBC News Country Profiles
Search by country. Includes Overview, Facts, Leaders, Media.
Human Development Reports, UNDP
Statistical data from the Human Development Report (HDR). Poverty, women, and migration in formation.
Population and growth rates for countries, via U.S. Census Bureau. "Find tabular data for countries and regions as well as demographic indicators, population pyramids and source information for countries."
International Labor Comparisons, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Comparative statistical information on labor conditions and development abroad from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
(OSU Campus access)
Find statistics on population, economic conditions, labor, health, education, natural resources, pollution, and many other topics.
Statistical data from 27 United Nations databases.
World Bank Data
Links provided by the U.S. Census Bureau to foreign country agencies that collect statistics. The links are noted if English language versions are not available.
Travel.State.Gov, Bureau of Consular Affairs
Department of State website with a variety foreign travel-related information (see the "Service" header for publications, warnings, health information, passport instructions.) See also U.S. Embassies and Other Diplomatic Missions for U.S. Embassy, Mission, and Consulate homepages worldwide.
Published and updated regularly by the CIA. Online directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments.
of the World Law Library of Congress
Links by nation to the executive, judicial and legislative areas of government, including current and historical constitutions.