United Nations (UN) Human Development Reports
Three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, knowledge and a decent standard of living. Build your own table feature to display information.
World Bank Indicators
Example: Population, total
United States of America (USA) Census Bureau
A good source for population pyramids.
United States of America (USA) Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) World Fact Book
Maps, geography,people, government, economy,communications,transportation, mitary and ackground on transnational issues.
Canadian Geographic: A Developing World
Compare countries’ statistics, find out about the Human Development Index and explore our changing world.
Happy Planet Index (HPI)
Incorporates ecological footprint data with human development indicators.
Wikipedia: Human Development Index
Features information about geography, demographics, economy, politics, society, environment, energy, sustainability and “gross national happiness”.
Wikipedia: Freedom House
Specialized information on types of government.
Governments of the world: A global guide to citizens’ rights and responsibilities
Gale Virtual Reference Library ebook:(login required)
Portals to Country Information
- BBC Country Profiles http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/country_profiles/default.stm Summary of information on countries with a strong emphasis on current news. Search by continent and country.
- UNICEF http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/index.html
Human Development Indicators: information by country
- U.S. Library of Congress Country Studies http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/ (Full books on countries!)
- State Department’s Background Notes http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/
- One World – Nations Online http://www.nationsonline.org/
Portal of gateways to countries includes links to sites on geography, politics, environment, books and cultural information. For some countries newsgroups and search engines are listed. Includes cities of the world.
- Constitutional Rights Foundation Area Studies Links http://www.crf-usa.org/research-links/area-studies.html
- World Statesmen.org http://www.worldstatesmen.org/
- NationMaster http://www.nationmaster.com/index.php
- Ethnologue (information about countries that speak Spanish)http://www.ethnologue.com/language/spa
- World News.com http://wn.com/
- Global Gateway: World Culture and Resources http://international.loc.gov/intldl/intldlhome.html
- United Nations http://www.un.org/en/index.shtml
- Globalization101.org http://www.globalization101.org/
- U.S. Global Health Policy http://kff.org/global-health-policy/
- What the world thinks about the U.S. (translated foreign news): http://watchingamerica.com/News/