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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.

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 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

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Vanuatu
    
Capital City ~ Port Vila

  British Foreign Office Travel Advice
  
United Nations Mission
    Diplomatic Missions

  
Languages   Travel Guide
  
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

  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.
   ____________________________________________________
 

   Population January 2014 - 265,000
  
Population 2050 (projected) 400,000 
  + 103%
  
U.S. State Dept. Human Rights Report
  
Age of Consent - 18
   United Nations International Migration Profile

  
National Intelligence Quotient -  84

  
United States US AID Payments  
   News Sources
   Vanuatu Online
  
Vanuatu Daily Post
  
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 VANUATU 


  
Republic of Vanuatu
   Nation Founded 1980


 


      98% 
  
Vatican City (Holy See)    
  British Foreign Office Travel Advice
   
United Nations Mission 
  
Languages    Travel Guide    Pictures
  
EUROPE MAP
    _____________________________________________
   
    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      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

   ____________________________________________________
 

   Population January 2014 - 800
  
Age of Consent - No Legal Definition
   United Nations International Migration Profile  
   News Sources
   L'Osservatore Romano
  
Vatican Post
  
Chambers of Commerce
   Wikipedia Overview
  
   Currency exchange rates for Local Currency
  Local weather conditions today
  
    Local Time


  
The Holy See (State of the Vatican City)
   Nation Founded 1929


 


     96%   
  
Venezuela
    
Capital City ~ Caracas

 
British Foreign Office Travel Advice
   
United Nations Mission
    Diplomatic Missions

    Languages   Travel Guide   
Pictures   Universities
 
 SOUTH AMERICA 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 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

  
  Transparency International Corruption Report

  
 
Overview with political and topographic maps.
   ____________________________________________________
 

   Population January 2014 - 29,760,000
   Population 2050 (projected) 41,700,000 
  + 62%
  
U.S. State Dept. Trafficking in Human Beings Report
  
Venezuela 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 -  88

   Armed Forces  

  
United States US AID Payments  
   News Sources
   El Universal
   Bolsa de Valores de Caracas
  
Chambers of Commerce
   Wikipedia Overview
  
   Currency exchange rates for Local Currency
  Local weather conditions today
  
    Local Time

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


 
    TODAY'S NEWS IN VENEZUELA 


  
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
   Nation Founded 1811


 


     3D Animation : red star  
  
Viet Nam
    
Capital City ~ Hanoi

   British Foreign Office Travel Advice
 
  
United Nations Mission
    Diplomatic Missions

    Languages   Travel Guide   
Pictures   Universities
 
 ASIA 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 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.
   ____________________________________________________
 
 
   Population January 2014 - 89,702,000
   Population 2050 (projected) 117,200,000
+ 45%
  
U.S. State Dept. Trafficking in Human Beings Report
  
Viet Nam 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 - 18
   United Nations International Migration Profile

  
National Intelligence Quotient -  96    

   Armed Forces  

  
United States US AID Payments  
   News Sources
   Saigon Times
   Vietnam News
   Hochiminh Stock Exchange
  
Chambers of Commerce
   Wikipedia Overview
  
   Currency exchange rates for Local Currency
  Local weather conditions today
  
    Local Time
 
Member of the Association of South East Asian Nations


 
    TODAY'S NEWS IN VIET NAM 


  
Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
   Nation Founded 1945