Country-by-Country Information

(Maps, Facts, and Political Descriptions)



There are approximately 190 recognized states in the world today. The sites below provide excellent political, economic, social, and geographic introductions to each of them.



CIA World Factbook

An annual publication that provides political, economic, and social data on each country of the world.



US State Department Country Background Notes

Offers fewer basic facts than the CIA Factbook, but provides far better descriptions of important political events.



University of Texas Perry-Castaņeda Library Map Collection

A wonderful on-line collection of over 5,000 maps. Political and topographical maps are available for most countries and regions of the world.