International Information


Area Handbook Series
Country Studies from researchers at the Library of Congress.

Background Notes
Provides facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of countries, geographic entities and international organizations provided by the Department of State.

BBC News: Country Profiles
Instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. Also includes audio or video clips from BBC archives.

World Factbook
Provides basic statistical data on the countries of the world updated continually by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) . Includes maps, and a handy resource called Flags of the World.

Currency Converter
A multi-lingual Currency Converter with up to date exchange rates

Governments on the Web
Contains links to official international government websites and to information about different countries.

Country quality-of-life statistics from the United Nations

International Data Base (IDB)
Computerized data bank containing statistical tables of demographic and socioeconomic data for 227 countries and areas of the world.

List of International Government Organizations (Northwestern University Library)
Alphabetical list of IGO websites, including links to press releases and publications.

Nations of the world: (nations and associated jurisdictions)
Portal of sources of interest to legal researchers offering the full texts of laws, regulations, and court decisions. Materials related to law and government are also included, as are government sites providing general information.

OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
Country quality-of-life statistics

Data from agriculture, employment, education, energy, enrironment, health, human development, industry technology, population, refugees, trade, and tourism.

United Nations Human Rights Documents
Provided by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Updated 10-Feb-2009 SJM