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Publication from the State Department for all countries of the world containing information about the geography, population, economy, and more. Updated on a regular basis as new information becomes available. Older editions are available via an archive link and the site features a email subscription option for receiving updates about new publications.

Country Studies - Area Handbook Series


Online versions of reference books published between 1988-1998 by the Library of Congress Federal Research division. Each volume contains information about an individual country or regional group of countries including the history, social, economic, and political systems. Not all countries are included in the series to date. Site allows for keyword search, title search, and by country profile. Newer volumes available in pdf f ...



The U.S. State Department website offers information on American foreign policy and American diplomacy with other nations. Includes sections on policy issues, countries and regions, economics, energy, and environment, arms control and international security, civilian security and democracy, public diplomacy and public affairs, and assistance and development. The site contains the official Twitter feed for the Department, as well as links ...

U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions


This site provides an alphabetical list of links to all embassies, consulates, and diplomatic missions under the State Department. It is organized by continent with links to the locations of embassies in each country and the website in foreign languages when applicable.

U.S. Information Agency


Archived site of the U.S. Information Agency from 1953-1999 providing information about the agency.