United Nations Member States
The UN web site's own list of member nations.
US State Department's List of Independent
The US State Department maintains this list of
Independent States in the world; there is also a link to the State
Department's list of Areas of Special Sovereignty.
CIA World Factbook Country Index
The CIA maintains an authoritative database of
relevant facts about every country and special area in the world. This
is the top page of that section of their website, with a pulldown menu
so you can select and read about any country of your choice.
Mapping.com -- list of Name Changes Since 1990
David Smith's own list of new countries and name
changes since 1990.
ISO Country Names and Elements
The International Organization for
Standardization maintains the authoritative list of 2-letter and
3-letter abbreviations for countries, such as you see on automobiles all
over Europe -- AT for Austria, BE for Belgium, and TR for Turkey. This
is their master list of 2-letter codes. The Internet Resources Agency,
RIPE, maintains their own list of
2-letter and 3-letter codes.
Internet Assigned Numbers Authorit TLD Database
The IANA is the final authority in the
assignment of top-level domains (TLD's) -- such as .AR for Argentina,
and .UK for the United Kingdom. This is their list of domains.
Wikipedia List of Sovereign States
The Wikipedia page listing sovereign states,
with links to various other related lists found within Wikipedia.
NationMaster List of Micronations
An Australian site, NationMaster has a huge
amount of information, much of it borrowed from the CIA world factbook
and then displayed in ways that make data more relevant. This link is
to their page on the micronation movement.
The iWatch Indian-China Page
This is a page from iWatch, an Indian "Good
Government" site; this particular page compares India and China, from an
World Hunger -- India
The page about India and hunger on the UN's World
Food Programme website.
World Hunger -- China
The page about China and hunger on the UN's World
Food Programme website.
Special Report from 2003 on AsiaSource
AsiaSource, which is a web resource of The Asia
Society, has a variety of content about countries and cultures and people
in Asia. This article is slightly outdated, but has some good points. Be
sure to go to the backlink, http://www.asiasource.org to see and explore the whole
Asia Society site.
HBS Working Knowledge article
An article from the Harvard Business School's
"Working Knowledge" pages. Use the search box to explore for other
articles about topics of interest.
Google Search for India vs China
Just to save you some time -- here's a google
search for India vs China all set for you -- just click.
National Geographic Lesson Plan
A lesson plan on the NGS Xpeditions pages.
Students gather population statistics for the two countries, read about
population issues in both places, and determine whether India should adopt
a one-child policy like the one implemented by the Chinese government.
A member-driven website with over 500,000 members
from over 200 countries and territories sharing their experiences and tips
and evaluations of places to visit, places to stay, places to eat. If
you're planning a trip anywhere, it's worth checking here to read some of
the latest tips. The "who we are" for the site says the members
contributions are "unbiased"; clearly this is not so. There are all kinds
of biases presented here; example: you'll see the same hotel panned for
being "too small" or "too distant" and also being praised for being
"lovely and small" and "an easy bus ride from town". So read with an open
mind. Lots of valuable insights here.
"Country information from around the world on over
260 countries", this site provides country information from around the
world. It is an excellent resource for business, tourists, students and
teachers. It includes both basic data -- such as maps, flags, and national
anthem sound files -- and more detailed information and links for all the
countries of the world.
Lonely Planet World Guide
From the producers of the Lonely Planet guides.
Select a region, then a country, and you can read about -- and see
pictures of -- the country. More "tourist-oriented" than many "World
Guide" sites, but all the facts a traveler could want plus basic history
and other related information.
TravLang World Languages Site
Traveling somewhere new this year, and worried
about the language barrier? One good place to begin is TravLang. Select
the language you speak, and the language you wish to learn, and the site
returns a collection of word lists -- basic words, numbers,
shopping/dining, travel, directions, places, and time and dates. After
you've reviewed the list, you can take a little test on the words and
U.S. State Dept Travel Information Pages
Read public announcements about immediate warnings
and dangers, read consular information sheets about every country in the
world, read their "tips for travelers", and also read all kinds of visa
and passport information. Page also includes links to US embassies and
consulates worldwide, and to other government sites.
Around the World In 80 Books
A nifty site for world travelers or those who are
interested in the world; the site reviews books, modern and classic, that
can teach us something about some place in the world. You can search for
books by specific or general location (looking for a novel about
Afghanistan or a non-ficton book about Colorado, for example) or you can
just browse. Powerful and interesting site, with a "submission"
feature and a growing list of books.
Sheppard Software Geography Games
A vast array of free geography games; games on
the whole world, on specific regions, on individual countries. Extensive,
well-developed, and fascinating. Check out Asia in particularly.