Provides basic information by country such as geography (location, area, etc.), people (population, birth rate, death rate, literacy, etc.), economy (gdp, inflation rate, labor force, unemployment, etc.), government, communications, military, and transportation.
Sponsored by the World Bank, this free database provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement. Indicators cover topics such as starting a business, employing workers, paying taxes, getting credit, etc.
An authoritative, insightful and up-to-date analysis or macroeconomic and other data measures of comparative economic performance of the world's countries. Each country receives a "competitiveness Balance Sheet" profile with ratings on factors such as Competence of Public Officials, Value Added Tax rate, High Skilled IT Job Market, etc.
Links to sites offering free and easily accessible social, economic and general data from official sources, especially those that provide both current data and time series. You can click on the name of a country and get official government statistics, plus data from other sources (like the United Nations, the CIA, and the World Bank).
All data available in the print version. Ref. HC 59.15 W656 World Bank's premier annual compilation of data about development. The World Bank website provides some free charts and graphs as well.
Additional Print Resources for Country Data
Euromonitor publishes the following volumes which are a great source for a wide variety of economic, demographic, consumer, and marketing statistics. Updated annually. All are available in print at 2 North Reference.
European Marketing Data and Statistics International Marketing Data and Statistics
European Marketing Forecasts International Marketing Forecasts
Ref. HA 1107 E87 Ref. HA 42 I56
Ref. HC 240 A1 E85 Ref. HF 5410 I58
International Financial Statistics Ref. HG 3881 I6 Yearbooks providing for up to 30 years of data for the countries of the world. Import and export data, balance of payments, and government finance, trade, and commodity price indexes.
OECD Economic Surveys Ref. HC 59 O7 Series of monographs, usually updated every one or two years, each dealing with an individual country's macroeconomic conditions, changing trade developments, and short-term/long-terms economic prospects.