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Overview

The Country Data section includes numerous resources that provide individual country and regional data, country profiles, economic and financial statistics information, and other useful information such as country and regional news, and important information covering country political and economic policies and conditions. This section utilizes a number of different resources drawing from government, news media, academic, non-government institutional, and commercial sources.

Selected Internet Resources

Asian Development Bank Regions and Countries.
http://www.adb.org/Countries/ External Link

In addition to the many links and resources available on the Asian Development Bank (ADB) homepage, ADB also provides regional and member country data, as well as country economic and statistical information.

BBC News Country Profiles.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/country_profiles/default.stm External Link

Provides country and regional information, which consists of an overview, facts and figures, information on leadership and the media. This web site also includes video and audio as well as links to daily news.

Countries of the World, Learning Network-infoplease.com.
http://www.infoplease.com/countries.html External Link

The Countries of the World homepage provides important country information which consist of: Country Facts, Population and Statistics, Government, Economics, Travel, and Climate information. Cultural and language information and resources are also available from this web site.
BERA - Business & Economics Research Advisor - A Quarterly Guide to Business & Economics Topics

Issue 7/8: Winter 2006/Spring 2007
Updated December 2013

International Economics & Trade

Table of Contents

Introduction
World Economic History
International Trade & Global Commerce
International Finance
Foreign Exchange Market
Trade Policy, Treaties, & Law
International Organizations & Economic Development
Country Data
Economic Trade Data & Statistics
U.S. Government Resources
Online Periodicals
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Hanjin company container ship at port in the Port of Vancouver
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Hanjin company container ship at port in the Port of Vancouver
Courtesy of Joseph Sams.

Eldis Country Profiles.
http://www.eldis.org/country/ External Link

Eldis Country Profiles includes country profile information, country news, statistics, as well as organizational and sectorial information. The web site also provides access to resources guides and other useful web links.

Europa - European Union Online.
http://europa.eu/index_en.htm External Link

The European Union web site includes links to country member information, news, EU functions and activities, EU institutional information, and other important information resources and publications.

International Monetary Fund (IMF), Country Information.
http://www.imf.org/external/country/index.htm External Link

The IMF's Country Information web page provides country data and reports on all IMF member countries. Country financial analysis and current exchange rate information are also provided on this web page.

Library of Congress - Federal Research Division, Country Studies.
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/

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. The Country Studies carefully examine the interrelationships of these systems and important cultural factors within individual countries. Presently, 101 countries and regions are covered on this web site.

OECD, Member Countries
http://www.oecd.org/ External Link

Includes information on the 30 Member countries of the OECD and provides links to all OECD documents pertaining to each member country. Documents include annual reports, case studies, country surveys/reviews/guides, projections, forecasts and outlooks, country statistics, data and indicators, policy briefs, working papers, as well as many other important publications and information resources.

Trade Profiles. World Trade Organization.
http://stat.wto.org/CountryProfile/WSDBCountryPFHome.aspx?Language=E External Link

Publisher's description: "The Trade Profiles provide standard information on the structural trade situation and trade policy measures of members, observers and other selected economies. The profiles are complemented with general macroeconomic indicators. Data are currently provided for over 180 economies and coverage will be gradually extended as information becomes available."

United Nations, Member States - Permanent Missions to the United Nations.
http://www.un.org/members/ External Link

The United Nations, Member States/Permanent Missions homepage provides country links and information to all permanent member nations to the United Nations. The UN links provide access to country information, news, reports, and other useful information resources.

U.S. Department of State.
http://www.state.gov/

The U.S. Department of State's Countries and Regions, and Country Commercial Guides serve as key information sources on country and regional reports, economic policy and trade practices. The Country Commercial Guides contain information on the business and economic situation of foreign countries and the political climate as it affects U.S. business. The Country Commercial Guides also include topics such as marketing, trade regulations, investment climate, and business travel.

World Bank, Countries & Regions.
http://www.worldbank.org/en/country External Link

The World Bank's Country & Region homepage includes country data, country briefs, country reports, and news on all member countries. Also provides links to country development projects, publication abstracts, and other World Bank reports.

WorldAtlas.com.
http://www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/world.htm External Link

Features include country and regional profiles, geographical data, demographic and economic data, political data and graphic maps. Other features consist of currency conversion rates, and country and regional news.

World Fact Book. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

An annual summary and update of country profiles with brief descriptions on the current status, geography, population, government, economy, communications and transportation infrastructures, military and foreign relations of individual countries.

World Trade Organization (WTO)
http://www.wto.org/ External Link

The WTO publishes free and for purchase publications on a variety of publications including: World Tariff Profiles, the annual Trade Profiles, Service Profiles, International Trade Statistics, the annual World Trade Report, Global Value Chains in a Changing World, Dispute Settlement Reports, etc. Many can be found through the WTO shop. External Link

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Library of Congress Catalog Searches

Additional sources of country data in the Library of Congress may be identified by searching the Online Catalog under appropriate Library of Congress subject headings. Choose the topics you wish to search from the following list of Library of Congress subject headings to link directly to the Catalog and automatically execute a search for the subject selected. Please be aware that during periods of heavy use you may encounter delays in accessing the catalog. Please see the individual sections of this guide for catalog searches relating to those topics. For assistance in locating other subject headings which relate to this subject, please consult a reference librarian.

Last Updated: 12/17/2013

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