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International Business: Websites for Country Research


CIA World Factbook
Country Profiles feature maps, statistical data for the economy, governmental structure, culture, communication and transportation. →World Factbook


Country Studies
The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.



Click on the link for Member States, then select a country to find links to official government websites.



U.S. Department of State Background Notes -

These publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.

Countries and Cultures

Baker Country Guides  (Guide by Baker Library, Harvard Business School)

BBC Country Profiles - Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions.

They also include audio and video clips from BBC archives.

Country Insights - statistics, economy, culture, risk, rankings and trade stats for countries throughout the world.

Culture Crossing - Learn the basics of communication, as well as proper etiquette for business dress, meetings and negotiations for various countries.

Foreign Info by Country  (Guide by University of Colorado@Boulder)

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) 

International Foods

All Recipes - Ethnic Cuisine - Search by country and type of recipe.

Epicurious International Foods & Global Cuisine - Select a country and then scroll through many different recipes.

International Food Recipes - Search for recipes by ethnicity.

Margarita's International Recipes - Search for recipes by country.  Entries also include links to additional web sources for more recipes.

Recipe Source - Recipes are arranged by region and ethnic group.