World Countries & Places

Countries and Places

Atlas Obscura
The Atlas Obscura is a collaborative project with the goal of cataloging all of the singular, eccentric, bizarre, fantastical, and strange out-of-the-way places that get left out of traditional travel guidebooks and are ignored by the average tourist.
CIA World Factbook
The World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.
Council on Foreign Relations
A resource for its members … and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.
eHRAF World Cultures
eHRAF World Cultures contains ethnographic collections covering all aspects of cultural and social life.
Encyclopedia of the Nations
A complete source for detailed information about one hundred ninety three countries in the world, information about the United Nations and the associated agencies, and World Leaders.
Google Maps Treks
Tours of places around the world courtesy of Google Maps.
If It Were My Home is your gateway to understanding life outside your home. Use our country comparison tool to compare living conditions in your own country to those of another.
InfoPlease: Countries of the World
Information and quick facts from the InfoPlease online almanac.
National Geographic: Travel: Destinations
Facts and photos of places around the world.
NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. Using the form … you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease.
New York Times: Country of the Week
A weekly interactive quiz introduces students to a country via Times maps, video, photography and journalism.
Travel Etiquette
TravelEtiquette contains over 60 articles written by our experts who continually update and add new content. Short articles about local customs in destinations all around the world.
World Culture Encyclopedia
Articles about cultures around the U.S. and the World.


100 things that you did not know about Africa
100 bits of fact and trivia from Black History
News and articles about Africa and Africans.
Africa News
Africanews aims to support an Africa Rising and to empower African people by giving access to independent, trustworthy and relevant national, regional and international news, business, culture, sport, sci-tech stories.
Africa South of the Sahara: Selected Internet Resources
From the Stanford library; browse by country or topic, search, find current news.
AllAfrica is a voice of, by and about Africa – aggregating, producing and distributing 2000 news and information items daily from over 130 African news organizations and our own reporters to an African and global public.
Data Africa
Data Africa is an open source agriculture, climate, poverty, and health visualization engine. Thirteen countries are covered in the first stage of the project; others will be added later. 7 Influential African Empires
From ancient Sudan to medieval Zimbabwe, get the facts on seven African kingdoms that made their mark on history. Africa
Africa is a large and diverse continent that stretches from South Africa northward to the Mediterranean Sea. Its rich history, emerging political power and dramatic landscapes have fascinated people for generations.
Internet African History Sourcebook
Primary and secondary sources dealing with the lands and peoples of Africa from antiquity to the 20th century.
Nations Online: Countries by Continent: Africa
Brief facts and statistics about Africa and its countries, with links to articles about each country and further general information.
Pambuzuka News
Pambazuka News is produced by a pan-African community … who together produce insightful, sharp and thoughtful analyses and make it one of the largest and most innovative and influential web forums for social justice in Africa.
Wikitravel: Africa
Free wiki containing articles about African places and travel therein. As with all wikis, quality may vary.

The Americas

BBC: Latin AmericaCNN: AmericasLatin America NewsNew York Times: AmericasNPR: Latin AmericaWTOP: Latin America

Official site of the Canadian Government.
The Canadian Encyclopedia Online
Online edition of dual-language encyclopedia all about Canada.
Site from a travel company about aspects of life in Central America.
Facts and statistics about Mexico.
InfoPlease Atlas
Links to maps and quick facts about the various counties in these regions.
Latin American Information Network
LANIC’s mission is to facilitate access to Internet-based information to, from, or on Latin America. Our target audience includes people living in Latin America, as well as those around the world who have an interest in this region.
Latin American Reports
Latin America Reports …. mission is to illustrate the importance of Latin America for a global audience by explaining current events, analyzing diverse perspectives, and seeking out the human story.
What Is Latin America? Geography, Language and Culture Explained
An article offering a brief guide will offer a positive introduction to the varied landscapes, peoples and cultures of Latin America.
World Atlas: Latin American Countries
Brief descriptions of each country with links to articles with more data.
WorldOMeters: How many Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean?
WorldOMeters: Latin America
Statistics and data about Latin America as a whole and about the various countries of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.


Asia Society
News, speeches, interviews, art, articles, materials for teachers and students.
Tourism site with maps, events, destinations, and information.
Cultural India
There is hardly any culture in the world that is as varied and unique as India. India is a vast country… [and] home to some of the most ancient civilizations, including four major world religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.
Internet East Asian History Sourcebook
Primary and secondary sources dealing with the lands and peoples of Asia from antiquity to the 20th century.
Internet Indian History Sourcebook
Primary and secondary sources dealing with India from antiquity to the 20th century.
Korea Society
The Korea Society is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization … dedicated solely to the promotion of greater awareness, understanding, and cooperation between the people of the United States and Korea.
Map Explainer: Key Facts About Afghanistan
Map and article examining the relationship of culture and geography in Afghanistan.
National Geographic: Destinations: Asia
National Geographic: Destinations: Australia, New Zealand, and South Pacific
Read National Geographic’s picks on destinations around the world. History and Geography of Tibet
This region that was a thriving independent kingdom that began in the eighth century and developed into an independent country in the twentieth century is now under the firm control of China. Persecution of the Tibetan people and their practice of Buddhism is widely reported.
World Atlas: Asia
World Atlas: What Are the Five Regions of Asia?
Maps and discussion of the areas of Asia.


AP European History Weblinks
1000s of links to great web sites and primary source documents. Just pick a topic and go to that page where you will find a large number of links that can be used for research and study.
BBC News: Europe
Doings and events concerning European countries.
Britannica: Europe
An article from the free online version of Britannica encyclopedia.
European news in video format with text summaries; available in multiple languages.
European Union
Information about the European Union and its members, with links to the offical sites of all EU members and of other European countries as well. A list of member states, maps, historical information, and links about the individual countries can be found in the About the EU section.
The CVCE’s digital collections contain a wide range of previously unpublished documents, oral accounts, contemporary film footage, analytical material and scholarly articles that document the European integration process.
Great Britain
British History Online
Digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.
Infoplease: The Difference Between the UK, Great Britain and England
There are key differences between Great Britain, the United Kingdom, and England—names often used interchangeably.
The Official Website of the British Monarchy
This is the official web site of the British Monarchy. Written and managed by the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace, the site aims to provide an authoritative resource of information about the Monarchy and Royal Family, past and present.
Lonely Planet: Europe Travel Guide
A guide to Europe and its constituent countries.
Map of Europe – Member States of the EU
The map shows the European continent with European Union member states, new member states of the European Union since 2004, 2007, and 2013, member states of European Free Trade Association (EFTA), and the location of country capitals and major European cities.
National Geographic: Europe Travel Guide
Information and pictures about countries and cities of Europe.
Nations Online: Countries of Europe
Discusses facts about Europe in general, plus statistics and information about the various individual countries.
New York Times: Europe
News about European people, places, and politics from the New York Times.
Thought.Co: European History
If you’ve ever wondered how Byzantium became Constantinople or why Stalin banished Trotsky, this collection is for you. Explore Europe’s fascinating history with articles, biographies, and timelines about everything from prehistory to the European Union.
Toporopa: Geography of Europe
Geography games to test your knowledge of European places.
Wikitravel: Europe
Information for the European traveller from a highly-rated user-editable wiki.

Middle East

Information about the Arab world, with country guides, news, and articles on society and culture, current events, and travel.
Britannica: Middle East
Short overview article from the free version of Britannica with links to pages about specific countries / topics. (SCC students, check with librarian for password.)
CNN Specials: Inside the Middle East
From jaw-dropping theme parks to up-and-coming artists, CNN’s Inside the Middle East explores the region’s rich culture, vibrant art and innovative people.
Infoplease: World Countries
Articles for each country cover geography, history, culture, economy, government, and more.
Gale Opposing Viewpoints: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict*
Israeli-Palestinian conflict (
BBC: Israel-Gaza violence: The conflict explained
Facts, data, and information from various points of view about this long-standing issue. *SCC students, check with librarian for Gale password.
Some places to find news on the Middle East: Al Jazeera EnglishBBC NewsCNNChristian Science MonitorMiddle East EyeNew York TimesNPR The Middle East
A variety of articles on Middle East history, culture, and politics.
Wikitravel: Middle East
The Middle East is a region in western Asia and north-eastern Africa. The term was created by British military strategists in the 19th century, and definitions of the Middle East vary; it is not simply a geographical term, but also a political one, connoting that it separates Europe (“the West”) from the Far East.
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