Countries Around the world

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  • Background Notes Current information and maps, provided by the U.S. Dept. of State.
  • Maps and Flags.com
  • GlobalTrek Scholastic's site for kids; learn about kids from around the world.
  • Mr. Dowling's Electronic Passport Be careful of the pop-up ad windows on this site; "X" out of them, do not click on them.
  • Library of Congress Country Studies This site is for lesser-known countries; it does not cover France, England, or some African nations. Use the Search button in the middle of the page, or scroll down to the list of countries.
  • CIA World Factbook Select a Country from the drop-down menu. Also has great maps!
  • LonelyPlanet Destinations The travel guide publisher provides photos and information about most countries
  • BBC Country Profiles This British news site provides history, politics and economic background of many countries.
  • World Climate Type in a city name and get average temperature, rainfall, latitude and longitude, etc.
  • Nationmaster.com Compare countries using this vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. You can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics, from agriculture or education to terrorism and transportation. 

There are also reference books in the library on various countries, in the Children's and the Teen areas. Ask a librarian to show you where!