Approximately 100 countries are represented in the Country Studies series, which is also available in our government documents collection. See also the Global Gateway: World Culture & Resources website below.
"The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map." From the website.
This database "provides information on all known living languages. Browse by region or countries of the world. "The information in the Ethnologue will be valuable to anyone with an interest in cross-cultural communication, bilingualism, literacy rates, language planning and language policy, language development, language relationships, endangered languages, writing systems and to all with a general curiosity about languages." From the website.
This is the main portal to the treasure trove of digital collections organized and selected by our national library’s subject specialists. Use the link Research Guides and Databases to locate the country studies mentioned above.
Interactive site from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development for rating the quality of life. The entry for each member of the OECD (plus Russia and Brazil) features statistics for health, education, environment, income, and other indicators of well being for the country.