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Country Overviews:

BBC News Country Profiles: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/country_profiles/default.stm

CIA World Factbook:
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html Created by the Central Intelligence Unit of the United States, use the Geography section to find out about terrain, coasts, etc. and the Transportation section to find out about roads and railways and other parts of the country's infrastructure.

Country Background Notes from the US Department of State: 
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/ Information and links to more material about countries and their trade relations with the U.S.

globalEDGE:  http://globaledge.msu.edu/
Created by the Center for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University (MSU-CIBER), globalEDGE is a web site with country information, culture guides, and more.

Your Country's Embassy:
http://www.embassy.org/embassies/ Embassies can be great places to find information on a country, including how to do business in a country. Go to this web site and find your country's embassy in the alphabetical list.

Statistics and Data:


Europa World: http://www.usfca.edu/Library/databases/Europa_World_Online/
Once you find your country's profile, take a look at Country Statistics, then Area and Population and Education sections for statistics.

NationMaster: http://www.nationmaster.com/index.php This web site compiles country statistics on a variety of topics and countries. Includes tools that allow the user to compare two countries at once, as well as build charts of data. The data comes from a number of sources, including the United Nations, UNESCO, and more.

OFFSTATS: http://www.offstats.auckland.ac.nz/about/ A collection of statistics from official organizations, organized by country, region or subject. 

Statista: http://www.usfca.edu/library/statista/ A database of statistics and data on industries, companies, market share, consumers, and much, much more. Data is viewable in different graph forms, and there are industry reports for certain industries.               

UNData: http://data.un.org/ Country data from a number of United Nations organizations. Search by keyword, or select databases by topic by going to the list under Databases.         

U.S. Census International Data Base: http://www.census.gov/population/international/data/idb/informationGateway.php Just choose your country from the drop down menu, then choose your year. Click submit. You'll get birth rate, population, and more! 

The World Bank: Data: http://data.worldbank.org/ Annual world data on indicators such as health, environment, and economy. 

Political & Legal Environment:

EIU: Economist Intelligence Unit:
http://www.usfca.edu/Library/databases/EIU_com/ Once in your country's profile, check out links on Politics, Regulation, or if you want to look at all of the sections, go to Reports. If you have trouble accessing this database, here are instructions:

Problems accessing the EIU database? You probably need to correct a security certificate mismatch:
Internet Explorer Users:
Go to Tools > Internet Options > Advanced and uncheck"Warn about certificate address mismatch" near the end of the list. Click on "Apply". Close Internet Explorer, and then re-open it for this setting to take effect.

Firefox Users:
If you see an error message pop-up, it is likely a message about a security certificate mismatch. Click "Ok" to this error message. Sometimes you will get multiple error messages. Continue to click "Ok." Eventually you should get through to EIU.com


Business Environment, Risk, Regulations:


HSBC Global Connections: https://globalconnections.hsbc.com/us/en This site contains information on select industries, work regulations, business climate, and guidelines for U.S. businesses and entrepreneurs who want to expand to other countries. Click on Industries to see industry information, and Topics to read about general issues relating to business expansion. Scroll down the home page to select Country Reports and Trade Forecast Reports.

Country Commercial Guides:
http://www.buyusainfo.net/adsearch.cfm?search_type=int&loadnav=no Use the pull down menu to select your country name, then click Go. The chapter on trade regulations, customs and standards is very helpful!

Coface Country Risk and Economic Research: http://www.coface.com/CofacePortal/COM_en_EN/pages/home/risks_home (online version of Handbook of Country Risk)

Doing Business In:
http://www.doingbusiness.org/ Country commercial reports created by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. Go to: Explore Economic Data, and choose your country from the pull down menu. Includes great information about what it is like to do business in various countries.

FITA: The Federation of International Trade Associations: http://www.fita.org/webindex/index.html "FITA provides resources, benefits and services to the international trade community and useful tools to help you do business globally." -- From the web site.

IMF (International Monetary Fund):Country Information:
http://www.imf.org/external/country/
Data and information for countries and economies. Click country name for all reports on a given area.

Index of Economic Freedom:

http://www.heritage.org/Index/ Type your country name in the top right search box and click Go. You will get a report rating your country in various kinds of economic freedom.

Fragomen Work Authorization Guidelines:
http://bit.ly/qNr1j0 Information on country policies for work visas, business authorization, and more.

Legal Information Institute: http://www.law.cornell.edu/world/africa.html (click on the link for the country you are researching).

Lex Mundi Guides to Doing Business: http://www.lexmundi.com/lexmundi/Guides_To_Doing_Business.asp

Transparency International: http://www.transparency-usa.org/ Use the What We Do pull down menu to select Corruption by Country to see your country rated by level of corruption and other indicators.

World Chambers Network: http://bit.ly/XUXXxk A directory of international chambers of commerce.


Market Analysis: Market Size, Consumer Expenditure, Consumer Lifestyle:

Passport GMID:
http://www.usfca.edu/library/passportgmid/

Excellent for country, industry, and consumer statistics and market research. To get consumer information, click on Countries and Consumers, then Consumer Trends and Lifestyles. There are three places where you can get info:

  • Consumer Lifestyles: Report on consumers within the past year
  • Country Pulse: More recent, short consumer info
  • Consumers in 2020: Predictions for future consumer behavior

For each of these sections, use the pull down menu to select your country.

Trendwatching: http://www.trendwatching.com/briefing/ See consumer trends in various regions and industries.

OneSource:
http://www.usfca.edu/library/onesource/ Use this for searching for industries in your country. Datamonitor reports list MNCs within an industry that are within certain countries.


Export.gov's Country and Industry Market Reports (free information, but register for industry-specific email alerts): http://www.export.gov/mrktresearch

International Trade Administration: http://www.ita.doc.gov

International Financial Statistics Yearbook. Call number: Ref HG 3879 I57