- Statesman's Yearbook
Subscription source with overviews on population, history, politics, economics, religion and more.
- Political Handbook of the World
Subscription source. In depth articles on politics and foreign relations
- Mergent Online
Subscription source. Profiles that highlight major industries, population, major stock exchanges and major media outlets.
- CIA World Factbook
Brief summary information. An excellent source for quick statistics, such as population, military size and expenditures, and political structure.
- Background Notes -- US Dept. of State
Summary information on countries, including politics, history and foreign relations. Also includes archived versions back to 1990.
- BBC Country Profiles
Good brief summaries of current politics with links to major media in the country.
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