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Please Note: For you to be able to gain full value from this web site you will need to learn what all of the symbols shown below mean.  Various data bases throughout the world show different statistics, and so we have done our best to check with governments and some other reliable sources (including our friends, members, supporters and our many contacts in the Diplomatic Corps and the International Media Community, living in the countries involved). If you should find a mistake on our site, or just know a better source of facts and data; please let us know.


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CLICK ON THE NATIONAL FLAG FOR COUNTRY FACTS
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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.

Diplomatic Missions  Foreign Representation in Country and National Representation abroad.

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 Encyclopaedia.

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

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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 designated as 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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Falkland Islands  (Malvinas)
   
Capital City ~ Port Stanley
 
 British Foreign Office Travel Advice
   
Heraldic royal crown  Constitutional Monarchy

  
Languages   Travel Guide
   
SOUTH AMERICA MAP
   BBC British Broadcasting Corporation Country Profile
    _____________________________________________
   
    Country Profiles

  
    United States Central Intelligence Agency
 
   British Foreign & Commonwealth Office
 
Australian Coat of Arms.png   Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

   EUEA    European Union External Action
 
 
  
Overview with political and topographic maps.
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   Population January 2014 - 3,000
  
Population 2050 (projected) 3,000    + 1% from 2000
   United Nations International Migration Profile
   News Sources

   SARTMA News Network
  
Penguin News
   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 FALKLAND ISLANDS


      British Overseas Territory or Possession

 


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   Faroe Islands
   
Capital City ~ Tórshavn
   
Heraldic royal crown  Constitutional Monarchy

    Travel Guide  
Pictures
   EUROPE MAP
   BBC British Broadcasting Corporation Country Profile
    _____________________________________________
   
    Country Profiles

  
   United States Central Intelligence Agency
 Small Spinning Earth Globe AnimationPrison Population Statistics
 
  Transparency International Corruption Report

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   Population January 2014 - 48,000
   United Nations International Migration Profile
  
   Chambers of Commerce
   Wikipedia Overview

  
   Currency exchange rates for Local Currency
  Local weather conditions today
  
    Local Time
    Amnesty International - Human Rights Report
  Fiji Sunset.   Island Vulnerability


    TODAY'S NEWS IN FAROE ISLANDS


     
Danish Territory or Possession


 


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Fiji
   
Capital City ~ Suva

  
 British Foreign Office Travel Advice
   United Nations Mission
    Diplomatic Missions

  
Languages    Travel Guide    Pictures    Universities
   
OCEANIA MAP
   BBC British Broadcasting Corporation Country Profile
    _____________________________________________
   
    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 Bank Report   

 
  World Trade Organization
    World Health 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.
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   Population January 2014 - 862,000
   Population 2050 (projected) 1,000,000 
  + 15% from 2000
  
U.S. State Dept. Trafficking in Human Beings Report

  
Fiji does not fully comply with the minimum
   standards for the elimination of trafficking human beings.

  
U.S. State Dept. Human Rights Report

  
Age of Consent - 16
   United Nations International Migration Profile
  
National Intelligence Quotient - 84

  
Armed Forces   
   United States US AID Payments  
   News Sources
  
The Fiji Times
   South Pacific Stock Exchange
  
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 FIJI


  
Republic of the Fiji Islands
   Nation Founded 1970

 


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   Finland
   
Capital City ~ Helsinki
   British Foreign Office Travel Advice
   United Nation Mission
    Diplomatic Missions

    Languages 
    Travel Guide    Pictures    Universities
 
  
EUROPE MAP
   BBC British Broadcasting Corporation Country Profile
   
Etiquette, Customs and Protocol Guide
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    Country Profiles

  
    United States Central Intelligence Agency
  
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  British Foreign & Commonwealth Office
 
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 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     
 
 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

 
   
Overview with political and topographic maps.
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   Population January 2014 - 5,436,000
   Population 2050 (projected) 4,800,000 
  - 8% from 2000
  
U.S. State Dept. Trafficking in Human Beings Report
  
Finland 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 - 97

  
Armed Forces  
  
United States US AID Payments  
   News Sources
  
Finnfacts
  
Helsinki Times
  
Helsingin Sanomat
   Helsinki Stock Exchange
   
Chambers of Commerce
   Wikipedia Overview

  
   Currency exchange rates for Local Currency
  Local weather conditions today
  
    Local Time
 
Animated Flag of European UnionMember of the European Union


   TODAY'S NEWS IN FINLAND

  
Republic of Finland
   Nation Founded 1917


     
Finnish Overseas Territories & Possessions

 


        
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France
   
Capital City ~ Paris
   British Foreign Office Travel Advice
   United Nations Mission
    Diplomatic Missions

   
Languages    Travel Guide    Pictures    Universities
   
EUROPE MAP

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

  
    United States Central Intelligence Agency
  
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  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     
 
 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

 
 
 Overview with political and topographic maps.
    French Intelligence Services

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   Population January 2014 - 63,702,000
   Population 2050 (projected) 64,000,000 
  + 7%
from 2000
  
U.S. State Dept. Trafficking in Human Beings Report
  
France complies fully
with the minimum standards
   for the elimination of trafficking of human beings.

  
U.S. State Dept. Human Rights Report
  
Age of Consent - 15
   United Nations International Migration Profile

  
National Intelligence Quotient - 98

  
Armed Forces  
  
United States US AID Payments  
   News Sources

   Le Monde Diplomatique
   International Herald Tribune
  
Paris Bourse
   Chambers of Commerce
   Wikipedia Overview

  
   Currency exchange rates for Local Currency
  Local weather conditions today
  
    Local Time
 
Animated Flag of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)  Member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
 
Animated Flag of European UnionMember of the European Union


   TODAY'S NEWS IN FRANCE

  
French Republic
   Nation Founded 1789


      
French Overseas Territories & Possessions

 


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French Antarctic Lands    
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    Country Profiles

  
   United States Central Intelligence Agency

  EUEA   European Union External Action

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   Wikipedia Overview

     
French Overseas Territory or Possession

 


 
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   French Antilles


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French Guiana
   
Capital City ~ Cayenne
 
 British Foreign Office Travel Advice
  
Languages    Travel Guide   Pictures
  
SOUTH AMERICA MAP

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    Country Profiles

 
    United States Central Intelligence Agency
 
 British Foreign & Commonwealth Office
 
Australian Coat of Arms.png   Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

  EUEA   European Union External Action
 
Small Spinning Earth Globe Animation
Prison Population Statistics
 
   Transparency International Corruption Report

 
 
Overview with political and topographic maps.
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   Population January 2014 - 259,000
   Population 2050 (projected) 400,000 
   + 95%
from 2000
   United Nations International Migration Profile
  
Expatia
  
Chambers of Commerce
   Wikipedia Overview

  
   Currency exchange rates for Local Currency
  Local weather conditions today
  
    Local Time

    TODAY'S NEWS IN FRENCH GUIANA

     
French Overseas Territory or Possession
  

 


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French Polynesia  (Tahiti)
   
Capital City ~ Papeete
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Languages    Travel Guide   Pictures
  
OCEANIA MAP

   BBC British Broadcasting Corporation Country Profile
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    Country Profiles

  
   United States Central Intelligence Agency
 
  British Foreign & Commonwealth Office
 
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    EUEA   European Union External Action
 
  Small Spinning Earth Globe Animation  Prison Population Statistics
     Amnesty International Report

 
   Transparency International Corruption Report

 
 
Overview with political and topographic maps.
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   Population January 2014 - 270,000
   Population 2050 (projected) 400,000 
 + 45%
from 2000
   United Nations International Migration Profile  
  
Expatia
  
Chambers of Commerce
   Wikipedia Overview

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


    TODAY'S NEWS IN FRENCH POLYNESIA

     
French Overseas Territory or Possession