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CIA World Factbook
The CIA World Factbook contains brief information about every country and/or territory in the world. Statistics and information are updated annually so the information is very current.
past volumes in print: STROZIER, Documents General Collection PrEx3.15:
past volumes online: http://permanent.access.gpo.gov/lps35389/
GlobalEDGE Web Portal
This website offers original information as well as links to trusted sites. Comprehensive in scope, it also contains excellent country information. Click "Country Insights" and choose your country by region.
Library of Congress Country Studies
Prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress, these studies rank as some of the most popular sources for unbiased and accurate information on world nations. Although a little dated, they are still one of the best sources of information on almost any area of a country.
NationMaster: Where Stats Come Alive!
The NationMaster database is a collection of world statistics. Search by categories or countries to see rankings in over 5000 categories. See which country has the most soldiers or is the most generous or drinks the most bottled water.
Export.gov: The US Government's Export Portal
For specific country data, click on "Market Research" on the side menu and then click on the "Market Research Library" link. At the search screen, you will need to use the drop down menus to find the particular country/region in which you are interested. Choose "Commercial Country Guides," under Report type for information on doing business in a particular country.