The World Factbook is produced annually by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Profiles can be selected by country and provide information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Additional reference tabs cover such content as maps of major world regions, flags of the world, and a useful guide to country comparisons. The Factbook is available for free download in compressed, .zip file format.
The globalEDGE Country Insights page provides current information on the business climate, news, history, political structure, economic landscape, and relevant statistical data provided in a country-specific format, covering over 200 countries. A rich collection of country and region specific international business links adds to the vast collection of information.
Created by the AsiaBizNews, the Doing Business in Asia page contains 46 guides on conducting business in Asian countries. Each guide covers opening a business, business laws, work culture, business barriers, and business trends for the specific country.
Provided by the BBC News-UK edition, the country profiles section features general information, history, and political and economic background including audio and video clips for each country according to region.
As part of the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service offers detailed reports on foreign markets to businesses and organizations. Users may view market reports either by industry sector or by the region/country each report is about. Site requires a registration to view market reports.
Deloitte's Country Guides and Highlights focus on the investment climate, operating conditions, and tax system of most major trading countries. The guides are supplemented by country highlights, which provide a quick overview of the tax landscape for 137 countries. The guides and highlights are available in PDF format.
Economics & Country Risk, offered through IHS, provides the comprehensive economic, financial, and political coverage of regions and industries available from many sources using a unique combination of expertise, models, data, and software within a common analytical framework to support planning and decision making. To view all information on the site, a paid subscription is required.
Eldis provides information on world development issues. The Country Profiles section of Eldis features news, statistics, organizations, and sector information by country and region. Also included are resource guides, recent news and events, and links to key development websites.
Provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the country analysis briefs offers detailed overviews of the energy resources and usage for each country in the world. The resources are updated regularly and can be downloaded in PDF.
Euromonitor International offers quality international market intelligence on industries, countries, and consumers. The site includes insight articles, reference book listings, global and country reports, and company profiles. Some information is provided on a fee-based subscription service.
The Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC), developed by the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, provides information on doing business in a variety of countries. Each country profile reviews the economy, politics, business conditions, society, and security risks of the particular country chosen. Key statistics and data in the form of graphs are also provided for each country.
Provided by Export.gov, the Country Commercial Guides contain a wide variety of market intelligence information for over 125 countries. Each guide provides users with information about doing business in the country, the political and economic environment, selling U.S. products and services, and leading sectors for U.S. exports and investment. Other business topics covered include trade regulations, investment climate, trade and project financing, and business travel requirements for the country.
The FedEx Small Business Center provides country snapshots, which contain a detailed listing of information on exporting to and importing from various countries around the world.
WoldTariff is an online database created by FedEx that gives up-to-date information on customs duties and tariffs of 120 countries for a wide variety of products categorized according to the Harmonized System (HS). A paid subscription is necessary to obtain information, but a free trial is available.
Financial Times publishes approximately 200 country and industry surveys annually which appear with copies of the newspaper most days of the week. Topics include financial markets, global industries, business management and developed and emerging countries. A summary is available for free, however the full reports are accessible only through an FT.com subscription.
Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) is a not-for-profit research program that focuses on providing data on entrepreneurial activity for over 70 countries. The site includes research and publications on a number of different topics, and through its National Reports, GEM gives country-specific entrepreneurial information on an annual basis. In addition, the site offers country profiles, which focus on the entrepreneurial environment in each country and also provide key entrepreneurial indicators.
GlobalTrade.net, a site run by the Federation of International Trade Associations (FITA), provides resources for many countries on topics such as business environment, trade policy, sourcing and selling in that country. Resources listed for each topic and country include articles and PDF presentations on market analysis, import and export services, business tips, agents and distributors and basic overviews. Content can also be sorted by industry or business topic.
GoAbroad.com aims to link international travelers with organizations and other useful international opportunities. This specific section provides a search engine to find embassies and consulates in many countries around the world. Addresses and contact information are included.
The Institutional Profiles Database provides a set of indicators on the institutional characteristics of 143 developed and developing countries. The goal of the database is to offer measurement and analysis on the role institutions play in development. Free registration is required for access to the database.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) provides country reports covering a wide variety of business topics including economic conditions, infrastructure development, debt relief, and many more business subjects related to specific countries. These staff reports are listed alphabetically by country names for which the reports correspond to. Most reports are available as a PDF format for free and the IMF also offers hard copy versions of the reports for a fee.
Prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress, the series is comprised of books, each examining a different foreign country. Each book looks at the particular country's history, society and environment, economy, government and politics, and national security. Most of the books have not been updated recently, but provide relevant background and historical information.
Mondaq is a business briefing service dedicated to professionals and business people involved in international trade and investment. Legal, regulatory, and financial commentary, along with analysis and new updates from world leading professional advisers in over 80 countries on a multitude of international topics such as employment, finance, tax and privacy, are provided free of charge. A free registration is required to access much of the content.
International Transfer Pricing is a study conducted by PwC that serves as a reference guide covering a range of transfer pricing issues and reports in about 70 countries across the world. The study addresses the need for transfer pricing policies and how it affects taxes paid by companies involved in trade. Content is downloadable in PDF formats.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) produces objective and timely analysis and forecasts of the political, economic, and business environment in almost 200 countries. It also produces reports on certain strategic industries and on the latest management thinking useful to multinational companies, exporters and importers, and any group that needs to know about political, economic, and business developments across the world. Users may search available analyses by country, risk, and industry. Special reports covering a wide range of topics are also available. Free registration is required to access some of its services.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a part of the Economist group, is an information provider for companies establishing and managing operations across national borders anywhere in the world. Viewswire features the latest online reports in politics, economics, finance, business, and regulations. Most reports are accessible only through a fee-based subscription (14 day free trial period). There is also customized versions of the website for the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa/Middle East.
The National Bureau of Asian Research conducts research on various issues affecting relationships between the U.S. and Asian/Middle Eastern countries including economic, globalization, and political issues. The information can be searched by region, issues, or publications. Many of the reports are available for free; however, some require a payment.
Copies of annual country reports on Human Rights Practices submitted by the U.S. Department of State to the U.S. Congress. In accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights are taken into account. Report for the most recent year and several past years are available on the site.
Provided by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets contain information for all nations that the U.S. has relations with. Each fact sheet discusses relations between the U.S. and selected country, U.S. assistance to that country, bilateral economic relations, country's membership in international organizations, and bilateral representation. Information is updated as often as it is received for each country.
UNICEF is known for its charity work for children. However, its website also provides news, articles, and information on the organization's activities. Most of the content concerns children, but the extensive statistical information that is given covers a wide range of topics including economics, nutrition, health, education, and demographics. This particular page contains information by country including news, statistics, and other publications available in PDF.
Provided by the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) and the Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS), country reports are market access reports that provide technical specifications for food and agricultural imports for countries worldwide. Downloadable reports are available by country in PDF and Word formats.
Business Culture on the World Stage was created by World Business Culture and offers key information on business culture in the world's leading 39 economies. Each individual guide contains background information and covers topics such as business structures, management style, meetings, team working, communication style, business dress code, and more. Additionally, the site recommends books at the bottom of each guide that may be purchased to further inform users about the business culture of various countries.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) periodically reviews all member countries' trade policies, depending on each country’s share of world trade. Trade Policy Reviews provides the press releases, summaries of Secretariat, governments’ reports, and chairpersons’ conclusions on these reviews. A complete list of reviews since 1995 is also available.
Worldmapper provides a unique graphical representation of global data spanning everything from trade to health statistics. The maps are generated to show the extent of each measure by color and size, giving an understandable overall picture of how the factor affects each part of the world. The best way to view the maps is in the PDF format. This site is useful for academicians, researchers, or anybody who wants to learn more about conditions across the globe.