Business Resources for Latin America: Country Info & Statistics

A guide to business resources for Latin America.

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Online Sources

Global market database

Country Profiles

BBC News: Country Profiles

Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries. They also include audio and video clips from the BBC archives.

Country Studies/Area Handbook Series

The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world and examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors. At present, 101 countries and regions are covered, published between 1988 and 1998. Check CLIO under "[country name] a country study" for location of print versions.

Country Profiles

"The profiles offer reasonably current country information independent of the existence of a recently published Country Study and will be updated annually or more frequently as events warrant." Eldis Country Profiles Links to hundreds of authoritative sites for developing countries, in the areas of: agriculture, environment, poverty, education, gender, health & population, governance, trade, economics, aid, microcredit, and security.

FAO Country Profiles

The Food and Agriculture Organization for the United Nations and its 183 members highlight information as one of the priority areas in fighting hunger and achieving food security. The FAO Country Profiles and Mapping Information System is a pioneering information retrieval tool which groups the organization's vast archive of information on its global activities in agriculture and development in a single area and catalogues it exclusively by country.

Governments on the WWW

Very detailed links for every country.

IPPF Country Profiles

The profiles compiled by the International Planned Parenthood Federation include brief background information, sections on sexual & reproductive health and family planning services in the country, and statistics on population, fertility and contraception, mortality, health, and education & employment.

International Monetary Fund Country Information

IMF operations — which involve surveillance, financial assistance, and technical assistance — have developed to meet the changing needs of its 184 member countries in an evolving world economy.

OECD by Country

Links only to documents with an individual country focus. Includes both member and non-member economies, but with more information for member countries, especially a statistical profile with over 100 indicators. For links to OECD publications which cover all countries, see OECD iLibrary below.

UNESCO Institute for Statistics Country Profiles

Country profiles feature key statistics and indicators on education, science and technology, and culture and communication on a country-by-country or regional basis.

United Nations


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