Internet Reference Library

Countries & Embassies



ArabNet: The Resources for the Arab World in the Middle East and North Africa
http://www.arab.net/
Comprehensive general information on Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

Background Notes
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/
Country information “about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations”.

Countries and Regions (State Department)
http://www.state.gov/countries/
Information on travel, international business, background information and the various bureaus of the U.S. Dept of State.

Countries of the World
http://www.theodora.com/wfb/
Country facts including history, geography, population, government, economy and statistical rankings.

Country Studies
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html
Produced by the Library of Congress, "The Country Studies Series 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.

Cultural Profiles Project
http://www.cp-pc.ca/english/index.html
Intended as a guide to aid in cultural awareness of new immigrants to Canada, this is a resource for learning about the "life and customs" of countries worldwide. Provides information on work, food, holidays, family life, spirituality, communication, education, sports and recreation, landscape and climate, history, health care, and the arts and literature of dozens of countries. From Citizenship and Immigration Canada (LII).

Economist.com: Country Briefings
http://www.economist.com/countries/
This site from the respected UK journal offers news stories, fact sheets, forecasts, and statistics on over 60 countries. Note: Some countries are omitted and articles labeled "premium content" are only available by paid subscription. (LII)

The Embassies of Washington D.C.
http://www.embassy.org/embassies/index.html
Provides information on each of the embassies in Washington D.C., with links to Web-based resources where available.

Foreign Affairs Online
http://www.people.virginia.edu/~rjb3v/rjb.html
Provides links to important sites for the study of international relations, including every part of the US government, all the UN agencies, the constitutions of all of the nations of the world, maps of the Australian states, and much else.

Foreign Government Resources on the Web
http://www.lib.umich.edu/government-documents-center/explore/browse/foreign-governments/255/search/
From the University of Michigan Documents Center, a comprehensive set of links having to do with all aspects of government in other countries, including demographics, human rights, crime statistics and much more.

Foreign Policy Association
http://www.fpa.org
Founded in 1918, the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental, educational organization whose purpose is educating Americans about significant international issues that influence their lives. Resources are provided for the FPA-sponsored Great Decisions discussion groups which meet throughout the United States each year to discuss foreign policy topics (new topics are chosen each year). The site also contains a Job Board , News , and a Resource Library which includes pertinent links and a searchable database of topics related to foreign policy issues. (LII)

Portals to the World
http://www.loc.gov/rr/international/portals.html
Contains selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world. They are arranged by country or area with the links for each sorted into a wide range of broad categories. The links were selected by Area Specialists and other Library of Congress staff using Library of Congress selection criteria. (LII)

Travel Warnings and Consular Reports (State Department)
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html
Includes travel warnings issued when the State Department recommends that Americans avoid a certain country. In addition to this list, the State Department issues Consular Information Sheets for every country of the world with information on such matters as the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, any areas of instability, and the location of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in the subject country.

World Factbook
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
Published annually by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), this is a handy reference work for basic statistical data on the countries of the world. Includes maps, and a handy resource called Flags of the World. (LII)