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  • BBC News: Country Profiles
    Up to date profiles of all the countries of the world.
  • CIA World Factbook 
    This is the first stop on the Web for information about countries of the world.
  • Gapminder World
    View, chart, or download country time series data for 400+ indicators (for example: economy, environment, energy, health, infrastructure, population, society, and work).  Click on Dollar Street to compare how families around the world live
  • Global Connections – Middle East
    Explore the past 100 years and its impact on the technology, science, religion, and politics of the Middle East.
  • Index Mundi – Country Facts
    Index Mundi is a data portal that gathers facts and statistics from multiple sources and turns them into easy to use visuals.
  • Nationmaster
    This site contains an encyclopedia of nations of the world, contains country profiles, and a graph producer which can produce charts, scatterplots, and pie charts.
  • New Countries of the World
    List of all newly formed countries since 1990.  As of May 2017 that number is 34 new countries.
  • The World Bank Data Catalog
    Data and statistics from countries of the world. An excellent database for country comparisons for many economic indicators.


Current Events

  • 1st Headlines: Top Breaking News Headlines
    This is an index of worldwide news headlines. Each entry includes a link to the story, the publisher of the information, and the date the information was posted.
  • Newspaper Map
    All the online newspapers of the world. Translate with one click.
  • Today’s Front Pages
    This site includes front page images of 126 newspapers from 22 countries. The links provide access to the front page housed at each newspaper’s Internet site.
  • Twitter Search
    Find out what twitter traffic is currently on the web in real time.
  • Twitscoop
    This page uses word clouds to monitor tweets on the web. Very cool!


  • Greenpeace
    The group “Greenpeace” provides information on global environmental problems.
  • United Nations Environment Programme
    This site contains information on the organization, the state of the global environment, environmental issues, products and services, environmental legal instruments, and environmental events and awards.

Flags of the World


  • Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
    The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names contains nearly 1 million place names. This searchable database gives for each place name: type of place (examples are: inhabited place, ridge, reservoir, valley, stream), latitude and longitude, variant names, and hierarchical position in the thesaurus.


Human Rights

  • Amnesty International
    The Amnesty International website presents information about Amnesty International, its campaigns and activitities, its policy positions, its history, and its organization. Included are annual reports of human rights abuses in the countries of the world as well as news releases and special reports. You may search for publications by country, by region, or by keyword.
  • Human Rights Watch
    The Human Rights Watch web site offers:recent annual Human Rights Watch World Reports, with country-by-country reports on human rights conditions, press releases and reports on human rights issues and violations. Sections focus on arms control, children’s rights, women’s rights, refugees, prisons, academic freedom, corporations and human rights, drugs and human rights, prison conditions, free expression, and more.

International Nongovernmental Organizations





Urban Geography

  • City Population
    This page provides statistics and maps about the population of the major agglomerations of the world.
  • Official City Sites
    This is a directory of official city sites in the world.
  • Patterns of World Urbanization
    This Population Reference Bureau site is one of many excellent sites to assist you in learning about urbanization.

World Politics

  • Freedom House
    Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports the expansion of freedom around the world. An excellent source of information regarding the current political situation in countries around the world.
  • Political Resources on the Net
    Political Resources on the Net lists Internet sites covering politics. Connections are to sites of political parties and federations as well as to sites about elections and politics. Choose to view international sites, sites sorted by continent, or sites sorted by country.