Foreign States

Comprehensive Sources

Electronic Embassy Features telephone numbers and addresses of foreign embassies in Washington, D.C.
Embassy World "Directory & Search Engine of the World's Embassies & Consulates." 
International Embassies Index A LawResearch Page.  A wide range of links.
Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments A CIA publication, listed by state name in alphabetical order (English)
CIA World Factbook Current edition of classic CIA compendium
Worldwide Constitutions
(of States)
NEW  University of Richmond database offers constitutions, charters, amendments, and other related documents
U.S. State Department
"Background Notes"
An excellent resource from the U.S. Government. Background Notes are updated/revised as they are received from regional bureaus.
U.S. Library of Congress
Portals to the World
Features content-rich links to countries of the world. Selected by Area Specialists and other Library staff, the sites are uniformly useful and reliable. Each country's dedicated portal page offers a wide range of broad categories including Business, Culture, Genealogy, Media, National Security, and Travel.
U.S. Library of Congress
Country Studies
A continuing series of books prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the Department of the Army. This online series presently contains studies of 100 countries (Albania to Zaire).
Law Runner
Internet Legal Resource Guide
The LawRunner: A Legal Research Tool global index features a directory of the LawRunner home pages for every nation in the world, including all islands and territories. It also permits a delimited query of AltaVista's database of 30 million web sites
Hieros Gamos
"Law and Government Resources"
Alphabetized links to "All Countries of the World" are provided in this section of "The Comprehensive Law and Government Portal."  Find your country by clicking on its first letter to the immediate right of the "Select a Country" section.
Country Listing
Links from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
"Individual Country Pages"
FindLaw is a legal research directory, organized similarly to the Yahoo search engine.  Links from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
Country Indicators for
Foreign Policy Project
The CIFP project, initiated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, represents an on-going effort to identify and assemble statistical information conveying the key features of the economic, political, social and cultural environments of countries around the world.  Registered persons can query the CIFP database in four ways:
  • By Region - View regional snapshots, compare regions on key indicators, obtain time-series for regional data, and more
  • By Issue Area - View top 10 and bottom 10 lists for key indicators;
  • By Regional and Global Organization - Collect data grouped by dozens of inter-governmental organizations;
  • Through the Quick Query page - Advanced users can choose the data they need using drop-down list boxes.
ICONS Research
Library: Countries
Project ICONS at the University of Maryland offers educational simulations of international relations at both the university and high school levels. Students at a participating institution represent the decision makers of a selected country and negotiate solutions to global problems via the Internet with peers around the world.   The Country Research Library features links to general sites and to specific states, arranged by region.
Governments on the WWW Comprehensive database of governmental institutions on the World Wide Web: parliaments, ministries, offices, law courts, embassies, city councils, public broadcasting corporations, central banks, multi-national organizations etc. Includes also political parties. Online since June 1995. Contains more than 17000 entries from 220 countries and territories as of October 2000. Frequently updated.   Available in English and German languages.


Region-specific Sources


Asia and


Central America and
The Caribbean

North America

Central Asia

Middle East and
the Arab World