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Country Information: General

Global Edge – International business portal providing country guides, links to global information resources, and a discussion forum.

Global Finance – Good statistics including general information.

Wikipedia geography portal.
List information on many countries.
Covers Russia and Eastern Europe.

Library of Congress. Have different studies of countries.
Arranged by country, common categories include Business, Commerce & Economy; Government, politics & law.

Country Briefings, free online 60 countries – News, country profiles, forecasts, statistics etc.

Country Profile, Country Reports (Top Products). You have to purchase these reports.

CIA World Factbook
CIA information about countries. If the link does not work, start with the main page and look for World Fact Book. World facts and figures.

World Fact and Figures. Has plenty of information, however many of the statistics are taken from other sources, so the data could be out of date.

US Commercial Service. Contains information on numerous countries.

US government site with country information.
Also, see:

Country Commercial GuidesIMD business School, evaluations of different countries’ competitiveness