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U.S. Government Websites
CIA World Fact Book
Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
Export.gov's Country Briefs
Briefings on ecommerce sales channels (B2C & B2B) for about 19 countries.
Export.gov's Country Commercial Guides
Market conditions, opportunities, regulations, and business customs for more than 140 countries prepared by trade and industry experts at U.S. embassies worldwide
Library of Congress Country Studies Series
Published between 1988 and 2015, contains reports on 82 countries.
Office of the United States Trade Representative: Information on Countries and Regions
Has information on U.S.'s exports to and imports from other countries and regions. Also has information on the exports of the individual states of the U.S.A.
Overseas Business Insights of the U.S. State Department
A monthly newsletter with five to six unique articles spotlighting the business environment in an assortment of countries throughout the western hemisphere.
U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets
Published by the U.S. Department of State, the fact sheets provide information on the political and economic relations between the U.S. and the country covered in the fact sheet. Links are provided to other government sources on the country.
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Economic Research Service - Countries & Regions
Country-specific reports, information, and data are available on Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, Mexico, and South Korea.
Related Stafford Library Resource Guides
The library guides below will help you locate additional good sources of information on various countries.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
The EIU is the research and analysis division of The Economist Group which publishes The Economist magazine and other print and digital products.
Reports on Individual Countries
Information on each country's politics, economy, risk, regulation, business, and industry.
You will have access to only the information that is available at no charge.
Special Reports of the Economist Intelligence Unit
These free reports provide information on macroeconomic events, country affairs and issues affecting industries.
To access a report, you will need to register.
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. We are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Various Other Websites with Country Information
BBC Country Profiles
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions.
Coface: Economic Studies
Country and sector risk assessment information is available on the website of the credit insurer Coface.
Click on the links in the left column for:
(1) Diplomatic Post Reports.
(2) Cultural Etiquette.
(3) Country Briefs.
Can also use the search box to enter a country.
European Union Member Countries
For additional information, click on the name link of the country and on the links in the "Figures" field of the box.
Getting to Global's Export Accelerator
For a list of countries, drop down the "Explore Markets" menu in the banner at the top.
The Getting to Global Initiative (GtG) is a public/private partnership that brings together industry experts, business leaders and government officials to empower small- and medium-sized companies to sell more online, overseas.
Global Affairs Canada's Section on Country Insights
This Canadian government site provides cultural information on countries: communication styles, workplace environment (dress, punctuality, & formality) preferred managerial qualities, and much more.
globalEDGE's Country Insights Section
This website of the International Business Center at Michigan State University has tools to compare countries and to retrieve country rankings in terms of economy, education, energy, government, health, infrastructure, labor, people (population), and trade & investment.
Human Rights Watch - Countries Section
This nonprofit, nongovernmental organization publishes reports and briefings on human rights conditions in various countries.
LexMundi's Guides to Doing Business
Country reports created by LexMundi's member law firms.
Social Progress Index: 2020
A new way to define the success of our societies. It is a comprehensive measure of real quality of life, independent of economic i
United Kingdom's Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)'s Economic Factsheets
These economic factsheets summarize key economic data for over 180 of the world’s economies on just 2 pages each.
United Kingdom's Foreign Travel Advice for Individual Countries
Created and maintained by the government of the United Kingdom, this site has information on:
Local Laws and Customs
Safety and Security
Travel Advice, Help, and Support
United Kingdom's Resource on Overseas Business Risk
Created and maintained by the government of the United Kingdom, this site provides geopolitical and economic analysis on individual countries to new and expanding exporters. The guides also provide information on potential risks including human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, criminal activity and intellectual property.
World Trade Organization's Trade Profiles
Provides a series of key indicators on merchandise trade and trade in commercial services for over 190 economies, highlighting the major exports and imports for each economy as well as their main trading partners.