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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 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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We have linked each country to the United States of America Department of State - Background Notes.  Click on the country's flag to access this information. 

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                 Muslim   Catholic   Protestant  Orthodox  Alternative  Buddhist     Hindu     Jewish   Atheist   Communist                    

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


Embassy  Each country's Embassy located in Washington DC is shown thus. Strange as it may seem in the 21st Century but some countries still do not have an Embassy web site.  Others have to be linked to their UN Delegation web site.

  British Foreign Office Travel Safety Alerts for business & tourist travellers. 

Animated Sphere  The British Foreign Office provides travel advice for business and tourist
   travel to most countries. This link will connect you.

We have listed the countries that have permanent missions to the United Nations with this link to their United Nations Mission web site.

     The United States Central Intelligence Agency's report on countries in our listing. 
 Link to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Country Profiles for
 the countries in our listing.

 Australian Coat of Arms.png   Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Country Profiles.

       Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Country Reports.

  Link to World Governments - Ministries, Departments and contacts.

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

National Intelligence Services  We have listed the National Intelligence Services links for those countries where such data is available.

A primer on 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.

NATIONAL STATISTICS  The Official Government Reports of a Nation's Statistics. For countries that do not post Statistics (English) we use data from the World Bank or other sources.

GDP $   We give economic statistics on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita for almost every Country we have listed.� Source

Population -  Accepted number of people living in the country
- (July 2009 est.)

Living In Poverty  Note: Living in Poverty in Afghanistan or Mozambique is far different to living in poverty in Northern Europe or the United States.  In Developed Countries N/A means Not Applicable - in Un-Developed Countries N/A means Not Available.

Public Debt (National Debt) - is provided as a percentage (%) of GDP.  In Developed Countries N/A means Not Applicable - in Un-Developed Countries N/A means Not Available.  Source

 -  Population Reference Bureau Data Finder Information. The % after the entry is the Growth or Decline in population expected (including migrations.) See: Population

Land Area - 
The number of sq. km. shown is the actual land area of the listed country, bodies of water within that country are not included.

Population Density - 
The number of people now living within the country per sq. km. of land area - these are United Nations statistics.

Literacy We have listed the latest percentages of the population over the age of 15 years able to read and write. i.e. male: 47%, female 15%  

Life Expectancy - We have listed life expectancy of men and women at birth.

Environmental & Ecological Factors - Link to information on this subject by Country. Click on the link, then click on the subject you wish to research (i.e.: Water Resources) then scroll down to and click on the Country you require data for.

Trafficking in Human Beings Report -  US Department of State Report. Source

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

Adults 15-49 with HIV/AIDS - Percentage of the Population infected. Source

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

Corruption Index  Transparency International Data. 

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

World Bank Report - World Bank Country Report

International Monetary Fund - International Monetary Fund Country Report

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

News Sources -  English Language Local News sources.

World Health Organization   An overview of the Health situation within the country.

Freedom House Report   -   Freedom House Country Freedom Rankings.

World Trade Organization  -  WTO Member Nations Report.

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. Pick the Country or Territory you want and click on search for the links you will require.

 Wikipedia Overview - Link takes you to the Wikipedia Encyclopaedia.

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

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

 Currency exchange rates for Local Currency. 

  Local weather conditions today.

   Local Time.  This link will take you to an International Time locator, find the name of the country in the listing, click, and you have the time there now.

   Link to Amnesty International - Country Human Rights Report. 

   Prison Population of the World (by Country)

The Maltese Cross  Slavery in the 21st Century - Data on Modern Day Human Trafficking & Slavery.

Fiji Sunset.Island Vulnerability - Island Nations suffer vulnerabilities that other Nations do not
             have to expect.  This link leads to information regarding this factor of Government.  

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

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

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

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

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

Animated Flag of European Union  Member of the European Union - Map

  Member of the Association of South East Asian Nations - Map

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

  USAID - Loans and Grants made by the United States Congress to Foreign Countries.

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.



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


elaborate celtic cross Catholic   Protestant   Orthodox


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animated gold OM, large


3D Animation : red star


anamated large gold Star of David

Major Religious Groups of the World Ranked by Number of Adherents

Map of religious majority of the Worlds Countries

A Basic Overview of the World's Major Religions

Alphabetical Listing of the Worlds Religions

Religious Majorities by State in the United States of America

Largest Religious Groups in the United States of America

The Central Intelligence Agency's 21st Century World Facts Report


The States of Iran, Syria, Cuba, North Korea and Sudan
�are the five governments that the United States Secretary of State
has designated�as state sponsors of international terrorism.

Department of State - Counter Terrorism

Department of Homeland Security

Nations with Colonies, Territories & Overseas Possessions

     (AUSTRALIA)   Commonwealth of Australia
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 as Nations)

The Etiquette of Formal & Business Dining

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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Qatar   Animated Sphere   UNITED NATIONS
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   Languages  Travel Guide   Pictures  Universities
$52,239.72 per capita
   Population 833,285 (July 2009 est.)
Living In Poverty  N/A
       Public Debt  11 % of GDP 
   Population 2050 (projected) 900,000 
  + 43%
   11,437 sq. km.        69.4 per sq. km.

   Literacy:  male 59.8%, female 30.6%
   Life Expectancy:  male 70.65 yrs. female 75.76 yrs.

Environmental & Ecological Factors

Trafficking in Human Beings Report
Qatar does not fully comply with the minimum
   standards for the elimination of trafficking human beings.

Human Rights Report

Age of Consent - No Legal Definition
   United Nations International Migration Profile
Adults 15-49 with HIV/AIDS - N/A
National Intelligence Quotient -  78
Corruption Index

Armed Forces  
World Bank Report  
International Monetary Fund
United States US AID Payments  
   News Sources
     World Health Organization
Freedom House Report   World Trade Organization
   Gulf Times

   Qatar Stock Exchange
Chambers of Commerce
   Wikipedia Overview


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State of Qatar
   Nation Founded 1971