These governmental and non-governmental sources provide detailed descriptions of a wide range of foreign countries.
Background Notes. These notes are updated reports from regional bureaus of the U.S. Dept. of State. The site also refers viewers to Country Information sections of the State web site for more in-depth information.
Country Profiles. BBC News; full profiles provide an instant guide to the history, politics and economic background of countries and territories and to background on key institutions.
Country Profiles. U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office; provides a general overview of the country concerned. They include information on the country's recent history and political developments, relations with the international community and bilateral political and commercial relations with the U.K.
Country Profiles. Australian Government; sections on the current business situation, visiting the country, a country overview, websites, resources, doing business and contacts are provided.
Country Profiles (aka Country Studies). U.S. Library of Congress; this series of profiles of foreign nations offer brief, summarized information on a country's historical background, geography, society, economy, transportation and telecommunications, government and politics, and national security.
Country Briefings. Economist.com; provides news, country profiles, forecasts, and statistics.
Regional & Country Profiles. Eldis; online reports from many organizations, organized by region and country.
The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency; provides basic information about most countries, including geography, the people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military and transnational issues.