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Geography and Environmental Studies: Countries

Countries of the World

General Country Information

BBC News World Edition: Country Profiles

  • Presents country overviews, basic facts, Web links, and details on leaders and media. Includes news stories and audio and video clips from the BBC archives.

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) - access through ProQuest One Business (see below)

Country Information - Export Development Canada

  • Profiles of foreign countries, as well as information on resources available for each country. From Export Development Canada.

Human Development Reports

  • Reports commissioned by the UN to assess long-term well-being in countries around the world

INCORE (Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity)

  • Provides annotated lists of resources relating to human rights, conflict, and ethnicity for 42 countries. This includes news, email lists and newsgroups, articles and documents, maps, NGOs, and other related resources. Over two hundred full-text peace agreements can also be accessed via an interactive map

Mergent Online: Country Profiles

  • Select your country from the list in the bottom right corner of Mergent's home page.

Political Risk Yearbook

Country reports with political and economic information.

ProQuest One Business Country Reports

  • Click "Connect to Resource"
  • Use Left-hand navigator to select Country Reports
  • Select Report Provider (in the middle of the page):
    • Chart Maker Company Limited
    • Fitch Solutions Group Limited
    • Mergent
    • Oxford Economics
    • The Economist Intelligence Unit

World Development Reports, 1985 to present

  • Ongoing publication on economic development. From the World Bank.

World Factbook

  • Information on countries of the world prepared by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

Statistical Information -- Canada

Canada Year Book

  • Statistics Canada

Economic and Social Reports (replaces Canadian Economic Observer)

  • Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada

  • Statistics Canada. Some data freely available

Statistical Information -- United States

Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • United States. Department of Commerce.

Census Bureau Economic Programs

  • United States. Bureau of the Census.

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book

  • United States. Bureau of the Census.

Statistical Abstract of the United States, 1878 -

  • United States. Bureau of the Census.

Statistical Information -- Europe


  • European Union

Statistical Information -- International

Europa World Online

  • Online version of Europa World Yearbook, with statistics and other information on countries around the world.

Human Development Reports

  • United Nations. 1990 to present

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics

  • United Nations. Older issues in paper: HC 57 U66. Location: WLU 4th Floor Periodicals and the Annex

National Statistics

United Nations

Penn World Tables

Available via CHASS at the University of Toronto


Single portal for searching UN statistical databases. Published by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

World Economic Outlook Reports

International Monetary Fund. Also see HD 82.W67 Location: WLU 6th Floor Book Stacks

Parliamentary Information

Parliaments Online

(ParLine) allows searching by country to find information about that country's electoral process and the people in power.

Parliaments and Literature

(ParLit) is a searchable bibliographic database comprised of references to books and articles about the world's governments.


Lists heads of states and heads of government for most countries dating back to the early 19th century. Also lists foreign ministers of many countries, as well as the heads of key international organizations.

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