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BBC News - Country Profiles
Profiles provide a guide to history, politics and economic background of countries. Country profiles include helpful chronologies of key events, media information, and related links.

Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments
The Central Intelligence Agency publishes and updates this online directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments.

Contains geographical, economic, demographic, and social indicators data for UN member countries.

International Data Base
Maintained by the U.S. Census Bureau.  Contains statistical tables of demographic and socio-economic data for 227 countries and areas of the world.

Library of Congress Country Studies
Prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress, this online series contains studies of 100 countries.

Statesman's Yearbook Online (access limited to LAC on-site users)
Fully searchable online version of the authoritative reference work. Provides in-depth country profiles, information on international organizations, and chronology of recent events.

U.S. State Dept. Background Notes
Background Notes provide extensive profiles and factual information on countries.

World Bank
Provides access to Country Briefs and Country-at-a-Glance reports. Search engine to search World Development Sources, database of over 6000 World Bank Reports.

World Factbook
Web version of the CIA World Factbook.

World Statesmen
List of the heads of state and heads of government for most countries and territories, going back to about 1700 or earlier. Most entries also include brief historical outlines, current and historical flags, and links to national anthems and constitutions.