Looking for great cultural competency resources on the web? Try visiting the following websites for information on countries, governments, cultural practices and country/cultural business tips for working cross culturally:
CIA World Fact Book: http://www.cia.gov
Off the main home page – click on the World Fact Book link.
This is an excellent resource for statistical information about countries around the world.
US State Department: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/
The State Department publishes Background Notes on most countries around the world. Look under the publications tab on the main homepage.
Library of Congress: http://international.loc.gov/intldl/intldlhome.html
The Portals to the World section of the Library of Congress website has information on a large number of countries from around the world.
Executive Planet: http://www.executiveplanet.com
A resource on doing business with people from different cultures. Often includes communication styles, meetings and negotiations.
Nation Master: www.nationmaster.com/index.php
A massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. You can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease.
World Business: http://www.worldbiz.com
Information on business around the world.
The Economist: http://www.Economist.com/countries
Country guide by the Economist
Library of Congress: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html
This site has 91 different country studies that are extensive, covering all the political, cultural and economic aspects of the country.
United Nations: http://www.UN.org
Link to Member States for embassies and permanent missions.
Culture Coach International: http://www.CultureCoach.biz
The website for CCI has under the resources section a large collection of useful websites that explore a variety of topics including cross cultural issues, healthcare and immigration.