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US Government Country Information
Department of State Country Information
Basic information about countries and regions.
CIA World Factbook
"information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities."
Country commercial guides
"Market conditions, opportunities, regulations, and business customs for over 125 countries prepared by trade and industry experts at U.S. embassies worldwide."
Library of Congress Country Studies
Description and analysis of the history, as well as the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of around 80 countries throughout the world.
Global data sources
BBC News Country Information
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions.