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CLICK ON THE NATIONAL FLAG FOR COUNTRY FACTS
We have linked each country to the United Nations - Country Statistics. (If the UN does not provide data we have used National Statistics). Click on the country's flag to access this information.

RELIGION

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Islamic   Catholic  Protestant Orthodox  Syncretism Buddhism  Hinduism Judaism  Communism                

                    The majority Religion of each Country is listed using a recognized symbol
                  (see
RELIGION below), the % number is the estimated size of the Majority.

Embassy   Each country's Embassy located in Washington DC is shown thus.

  British Foreign Office Travel Advice for business and tourist travellers.

United Nations Mission 
The Nation's permanent mission to the United Nations.

Heraldic royal crown  Constitutional Monarchy  When a Country is a Constitutional Monarchy it is shown thus.

Languages   A listing of the languages spoken in the country.

Travel Guide  
All you need to know if travelling to the country.

Pictures   Pictures of the country, its people and its cities.

Universities   A listing of major Universities within the country.

BBC   British Broadcasting Corporation Country Profile

Etiquette, Customs and Protocol Guide


Country Profiles

        United States Central Intelligence Agency 

  U.S. Department of State - Great Seal       United States Department of State

   British Foreign & Commonwealth Office

 Australian Coat of Arms.png    Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

       Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Peoples Republic of China
 Bundesadler Bundesorgane.svg
 
  
German Federal Foreign Office

  MID emblem.png       Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation  (Use Site Search)

  EUEA      European Union External Action
  

   Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs

       United Nations Children's Fund


      World Bank Report  
 

     World Health Organization

    World Trade Organization
 

 International Monetary Fund

    Freedom House Report

Small Spinning Earth Globe Animation   Prison Population Statistics

      Amnesty International Report

  The Maltese Cross     Data on Human Trafficking & Slavery

     Transparency International Corruption Report

    Link to overview of country listed, including political and topographic maps.

 National Intelligence Services 


Population January 2014

 -  Population Growth Reference Bureau Data Finder Information. The % after the entry is the Growth or Decline in native population expected between 2000 and 2050 (not including migrations.)

U.S. State Dept. Trafficking in Human Beings Report -  US Department of State Report.

U.S. State Dept. Human Rights Report - US Department of State Country Briefs on Human Rights.

Age of Consent. - Legal Age of Sexual Consent.   Source

International Migration Profile - United Nations Data on Migration.  Source

National Intelligence Quotient - The Average Intelligence Quotient is 100. Source

Armed Forces -  Includes various data on Land, Sea and Air Forces and Budgets.

United States US AID Payments   - U.S. authorized financial aid to foreign Nations.

News Sources -  English Language Local News sources.

Newspaper  -  National Newspapers & Business Publications published in English.

Stock Exchange- Stock Exchanges that are presented real-time in English.

Chambers of Commerce  Link takes you to the World Chambers Network.

Wikipedia Overview - Link takes you to the Wikipedia Encyclopedia.

Current Conflicts - Link takes you to an update on conflicts the Nation is engaged in.

   Currency exchange rates for Local Currency

  Local weather conditions today

     Local Time

Fiji Sunset. Island Vulnerability  

Animated flag of Arab League  Member of the League of Arab States

  Member of the British Commonwealth of Nations (The British Empire)

Animated Flag of OAS (Organization of American States)      Member of the Organization of American States

Animated Flag of OAU (Organization of African Unity)      Member of the African Union

Animated Flag of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)       Member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Animated Flag of European Union     Member of the European Union

     Member of the Association of South East Asian Nations

Animated Flag of CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States)  Member of the Commonwealth of Independent States (ex-Soviet Union)

TODAY'S NEWS - News relating to the country from around the world.

  This symbol indicates that the State Department of the United States Government has
  deemed that this Country is considered a State Sponsor of International Terrorism.


RELIGION

NATIONS WITH MAJORITY MUSLIM  POPULATIONS

animated large gold symbol of Islam

Map of the Muslim World
(Showing Sunni & Shia Majorities)


NATIONS WITH MAJORITY CHRISTIAN POPULATIONS

 
Catholic   Protestant   budded cross Orthodox

Greek cross 

Syncretism

The combination of different systems of philosophical or religious belief or
practice, often incorporating some Christian beliefs and Bible  references.



NATIONS WITH MAJORITY BUDDHIST POPULATIONS

gold buddhist wheel animated

NATIONS WITH MAJORITY HINDU POPULATIONS

animated gold OM, large


NATIONS WITH MAJORITY JEWISH POPULATIONS

anamated large gold Star of David


NATIONS WITH MAJORITY COMMUNIST POPULATIONS

3D Animation : red star



Major Religious Groups of the World Ranked by Number of Adherents

A Basic Overview of the World's Major Religions

Alphabetical Listing of Alternative Religions

Map of Religious Majorities by State in the United States of America


Largest Religious Groups in the United States of America



THE WAR ON TERROR



The States of Cuba, Iran, Syria and Sudan are the four
governments that the United States Secretary of State
has designatedas being state sponsors of terrorism.


U.S. Department of Homeland Security
     

 
Nations with Overseas Territories & Possessions

      (AUSTRALIA)   Commonwealth of Australia
        (CHINA)  
People's Republic of China
         (DENMARK)  Kingdom of Denmark
        (FRANCE)  French Republic 
      
(FINLAND)  Republic of Finland
        (NETHERLANDS)  Kingdom of the Netherlands
      (NEW ZEALAND)  New Zealand
       (NORWAY)   Kingdom of Norway
        (PORTUGAL)  Portuguese Republic
           (SPAIN)  Kingdom of Spain
       (U.K.)  United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland
        (U.S.A.)  United States of America


Could, Should or Would be Countries

NOT RECOGNIZED BY THE UNITED NATIONS


            

Hot Spots of the World


Freedom of the Press

Although we have listed as many English Language newspapers and other business publications as we can find, we would point out that not all publications have the Freedom of the Press enjoyed by those in North America and Europe.  So, we suggest you check the Freedom House - Freedom of the Press Report, before reading any of the newspapers or other publications listed on this site.


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Christmas Island
 
  Capital City ~ Flying Fish Cove
   
Heraldic royal crown  Constitutional Monarchy
  
Travel Guide    Pictures
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   BBC British Broadcasting Corporation Country Profile
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    Country Profiles

  
  United States Central Intelligence Agency
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    Population January 2014 - 2,072
   
The Australian  
    The Islander
   
Chambers of Commerce
    Wikipedia Overview
  
   Currency exchange rates for Local Currency
  Local weather conditions today
  
    Local Time
 
Fiji Sunset.   Island Vulnerability
 
Member of the British Commonwealth of Nations


    TODAY'S NEWS IN CHRISTMAS ISLAND

  
  
Australian Territory or Possession

 


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Cocos Islands  (Keeling Islands)
 
  Capital City ~ West Island
   
Heraldic royal crown  Constitutional Monarchy
   Travel Guide    Pictures
    OCEANIA MAP

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    Country Profiles

   
  United States Central Intelligence Agency
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    Population January 2014 - 596
   
The Australian
    Chambers of Commerce
    Wikipedia Overview

  
   Currency exchange rates for Local Currency
  Local weather conditions today
  
    Local Time
 
Fiji Sunset.   Island Vulnerability
 
Member of the British Commonwealth of Nations


    TODAY'S NEWS IN COCOS ISLANDS

   
  
Australian Territory or Possession

 


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70%      
   
Norfolk Island
     
Capital City ~ Kingston
   
Heraldic royal crown  Constitutional Monarchy

    Languages    Travel Guide    Pictures
     OCEANIA MAP

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     Country Profiles

   
  United States Central Intelligence Agency
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    Population January 2014 - 2,000
    United Nations International Migration Profile

    The Australian
    Chambers of Commerce
    Wikipedia Overview

  
      Currency exchange rates for Local Currency
      Local weather conditions today
  
       Local Time
  Fiji Sunset.      Island Vulnerability

 
Member of the British Commonwealth of Nations

 
     TODAY'S NEWS IN NORFOLK ISLAND 

  
  
Australian Territory or Possession

 


        
   
Willis Island (Coral Sea)
  
Heraldic royal crown  Constitutional Monarchy
   Willis Island Station
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Wikipedia Overview

  Local weather conditions today
  
    Local Time
  Fiji Sunset.  Island Vulnerability

      Australian Overseas Territories & Possessions

 


     
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Australia
    Capital City ~ Canberra
  
British Foreign Office Travel Advice
   
United Nations Mission

   
Heraldic royal crown  Constitutional Monarchy
    Languages   Travel Guide   Pictures   Universities
   
OCEANIA MAP

   BBC   British Broadcasting Corporation Country Profile
    Etiquette, Customs and Protocol Guide
    _____________________________________________
   
    Country Profiles

  
     United States Central Intelligence Agency
  
U.S. Department of State - Great Seal     United States Department of State
 
   British Foreign & Commonwealth Office
 
Australian Coat of Arms.png 
    Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
      
 Ministry of Foreign Affairs Peoples Republic of China   Bundesadler Bundesorgane.svg
 
  German Federal Foreign Office  
  MID emblem.png     Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation


  EUEA    European Union External Action   
 
 Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs
  
    United Nations Children's Fund
    World Health Organization
 
  World Trade Organization

 International Monetary Fund

   Freedom House Report
Small Spinning Earth Globe Animation
 Prison Population Statistics

     Amnesty International Report
  The Maltese Cross    Data on Human Trafficking & Slavery

 
   Transparency International Corruption Report
 
 
  Overview with political and topographic maps.
   Australian Intelligence Services
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    Population January 2014 - 23,105,000
     Population 2050 (projected) 29,500,000    + 48%
from 2000
   
U.S. State Dept. Trafficking in Human Beings Report
  
 Australia complies fully with the minimum standards for
    the elimination of trafficking of human beings.

   
U.S. State Dept. Human Rights Report
    Age of Consent - 16
    United Nations International Migration Profile
 
  National Intelligence Quotient - 98
   
Armed Forces   
   
United States US AID Payments  
   
News Sources 

    Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology 

    The Age
    The Australian
    The Australian Financial Review
    The Canberra Times

    The Melbourne Sun Herald
    The Sydney Morning Herald
    West Australian Business News
   
Australian Stock Exchange
   
Chambers of Commerce
    Wikipedia Overview
  
   Currency exchange rates for Local Currency
  Local weather conditions today
  
    Local Time
 
Member of the British Commonwealth of Nations

   TODAY'S NEWS IN AUSTRALIA

   
Commonwealth of Australia
   Nation Founded 1901


      Australian Overseas Territories & Possessions