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EIU.com provides more than 200 in-depth Country Profiles and Country Reports for the major economic and strategic powers including the U.S., Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Australia, Japan, Russia, China, Hong Kong, and India, as well as Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia,  Africa, the Middle East, and Israel. EIU Viewswire covers all of the countries with convenient Country home pages that organize EIU's news and analysis into sections on the country's politics, economy, finance, business and regulations. MarketLine features Country Analysis Reports using the PESTLE framework. Each profile analyzes the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental structure of the country. Each of the PESTLE factors is explored on four parameters: current strengths, current challenges, future prospects and future risks. You can supplement these reports with the U.S. Department of State's Background Notes and Country Commercial Guides (easily retrieved via globalEDGE). globalEDGE features Country Insights reference pages that link to key sources for each country. Doing Business is the World Bank's portal that provide's objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 183 economis and selected cities at the subnational and regional level. Baker Library’s Country Guides are useful guides to country-related Web sites. FITA (Federation of International Trade Associations) has excellent country profiles with links to sources.  HLB International's "Doing Business in..." guides are free sources of information on foreign countries. Portals to the World are "links to electronic resources selected by Library of Congress subject experts.". The CIA's World Factbook s a widely cited sources of basic statistical information.  The World Bank e-Library has extensive downloadable books and reports on countries and regions that focus on social and economic development. Two notable examples are the annual World Development Report and Doing Business In. FDI.net is the Investment Promotion Network sponsored by the World Bank. It organizes more than 12,000 Web-based documents in a searchable database.  Wikipedia's List of Sovereign States links to detailed country reports with links to references.  You may also wish to visit  Yahoo! Countries or use Google or Bing to locate additional sources. Countries and Their Cultures [GN307 .C68 2001 Ref] is a four volume encyclopedia of individual country customs and cultures that is available online and in print. Canada's Centre for Intercultural Learning has developed Country Insights, a site that provides insightful information on the cultural characteristics of countries around the world including the U.S. Kwintessential Country Profiles is a British site that provides free information on "understanding other people's languages, cultures, etiquettes and taboos" for the traveler of visiting business person. Culture Crossing is "a community built guide to cross-cultural etiquette & understanding" with detailed guides for individual countries. SourceOECD has in depth economic, financial and international trade data and country reports for all of the major economies and the emerging markets. The World Bank's Doing Business database provides comparative data on the cost of doing business across 155 economies. The World Bank has developed outstanding Web sites on Political Risk Insurance and Foreign Direct Investment that explain these subjects in depth and link to resources on these topics by country. The Political Risk Yearbook reports on individual countries are available in Business Source Premier. Culturgrams [GT150 .C85 Ref Res] provide insight to customs and cultures of 177 countries. The Political Risk Yearbook [HB3730 .P762 Ref] is an annual multi-volume work thoroughly analyzing political, economic and investment risk in more than 100 countries.

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