- Background Notes
Notes (prior to Jan 20, 2001)
Provides information on geographic entities and international
organizations. Information includes basic country profile, people
and history, government and political conditions, economy, defense,
foreign relations, and travel and business information.
From the U.S. Dept. of State.
Commercial Guides (prior to Jan 20, 2001)
Presents information about countries' commercial environments.
Information is provided on a country's economic trends and outlook,
political environment, marketing U.S. products and services, leading
sectors for U.S. exports and investments, trade regulations and
standards, investment climate, and trade and project financing.
From the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Economic and Business
- Exporters' Encyclopaedia Reference Table 6
A comprehensive guide to exporting, containing information on
markets, regulation, documents, communications, and many other
aspects of exporting. Provides key contact information,
an overview of trade regulations, documentation requirements,
foreign investment info, consumer protection, product standards,
regulations & requirements, marketing info, labeling &
packaging, intellectual property rights, and transportation information.
Detailed facts and statistics on a country's geography, population,
economy, communications, and armed forces. Government and politics
are described briefly, with some historical background.
Select Reference from the main menu, then Country Profiles and
Gives a good general background of a country, including information
on communications, defense, the economy, flags, maps, geography,
the people, government, and transportation.
of Congress Country Studies
The country studies page describes and analyzes political, economic,
social, and national security systems and institutions of foreign
countries. These focus on historical setting, society and
its environment, education and culture, economic policy and structure,
government and politics and national security. Scroll down
to the bottom of the main page to browse the table of contents
- Culturgrams Reference Table 5A
BYU's Culturgrams provide information on country cultures
and customs for the international traveler. For each country there
is a description of general attitudes, personal appearance, greetings,
gestures, visiting customs, eating habits, lifestyle (family,
dating and marriage, diet, recreation, holidays), as well as brief
information on history, transportation, communication and health.
- The Electronic Embassy
Provides links to the Foreign Embassies of Washington D.C.
From there, select a country and find information on doing business
in that country plus data on government, trade, unemployment,
imports, exports, economic indicators, travel and more.
Reports on Economic Policy and Trade Practices
Warnings & Consular Information Sheets
- U.S. Foreign
Market Reports are also in the National Trade Data Bank at Stat-USA.
American attaches prepare reports on the market and distribution
of agricultural and food products in foreign countries, the most
comprehensive are General Market Overviews or Annual Marketing
Plan Information Reports. These overviews look at
a country's potential for importing U.S. food products with a
review of the macroeconomic situation and influence on customer-ready
food products, trade restrictions and barriers, the consumer,
U.S. market position, French competition, local market trends
and opportunities, marketing strategies, distribution systems
(wholesale, retail & hospitality), the domestic food processing
sector and food safety. Other market reports cover the market
for some specific products and import regulations for select countries.
- National Trade
Developed by the U.S. International Trade Administration to help
promote U.S. exports. The NTDB includes Country Commercial
Guides, market research reports, and U.S. trade statistics. You
can search the entire NTDB or just parts. Country Commercial Guides
are usually displayed in about 12 sections; retrieve the table
of contents to ensure you have the entire report. The Market Research
Reports may include general economic information as well as product
and industry reports. See librarian for password.
- Political Handbook of the World Reference JF
Describes government and politics of each country: political background,
constitution and government, foreign relations, political parties,
legislature, cabinet and intergovernmental representation.
- Financial Times
The Financial Times periodically provides Country Briefs, Industry
Briefs, Company Briefs, and surveys on Finance and Investment
analyzing economic and market conditions. Also available
Choose General News Topics - Major Newspapers.
Type country name, and in the Additional Terms area type publication(financial
times) and section(survey) and headline(country name)
- Far Eastern Economic Review HC1.F219
The News section of Lexis contains World News,
which includes both U.S. and international sources in English,
and Non-English Language News, which provides access to
news in Spanish, French, Dutch, Italian & German.
Allows you to view and compare the most up-to-date statistical
data for the Member States of the United Nations. You can select
and compare up to seven countries.
- World Bank World Development Indicators Reference
- UNESCO Statistical Yearbook Reference Table 5B AZ361.S7
Detailed comparison tables on education, technology, culture and
- International Trade Statistics Yearbook Reference
Table 5B HF91.Y42
- Energy Statistics Yearbook Reference HD9502.A1W622
- Government Finance Statistics Yearbook Reference
Table 5B HJ101.G68
- Bulletin of Labour Statistics Reference Table 5B HD4826.B7
- Year-book of Labour Statistics Reference Table 5B HD4826.B74
Employment by industry and occupation, wages, cost of labour,
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