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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
  
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Languages
  
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Travel Guide  
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BBC  British Broadcasting Corporation Country Profile

Etiquette, Customs and Protocol Guide


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       Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Peoples Republic of China
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   German Federal Foreign Office

  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. 

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

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Fiji Sunset.  Island Vulnerability  

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

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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

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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

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identified on this page with the following caption next to their listings

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War, Insurrection, Terrorism & Genocide
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Freedom of the Press

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John H. Hathaway-Bates
Director
The Business Forum Institute

John was born and educated in Oxford, England. He served with the Royal Air Force in the 1950’s serving in Africa, the Persian Gulf and on the Arabian Peninsula.  During the 1960’s he was the lead singer with The Tribe, and later with The Foundation in Great Britain.  He also held a contract as a song writer with Acuff Rose in Nashville, Tennessee.  In the 1960's and the 1970’s. John was recognized as one of the leading commercial Interior Designers in the United Kingdom, and he completed projects for multi-national corporations, restaurants and academic institutions. He also wrote the "Contract Procedure and Specification Advice" sections of the Architect's and Specifier's Guide Series (A4 Publications, Ltd.) and he innovated and wrote for The Office Planner (Benn Brothers Ltd.)  He has published several articles on "Colour, Texture & Design", and once wrote a  weekly Interior Design column for Westminster Newspapers Ltd.  In the United States he wrote the "Executive Guide to Office Space Planning" for the American Management Association. 

John has held positions as President, Managing Director or Corporate Vice President for multi-national corporations in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the United States of America.  He moved to the United States in 1979; and in 1982 he founded The Business Forum in Beverly Hills, California.  At the time of establishing The Business Forum, he was recognized as an accomplished Commercial Tactician on four continents. During his career John has been elected a Fellow of the British Society of Commerce, the Institute of Buyers, the British Institute of Directors, the British Institute of Administrative Accountants and the Institute of Purchasing and Supply; he was also elected to be a member of the British Institute of Marketing, the British Institute of Management, and the British Institute of Journalists 

John has also written books on international and services Marketing, including: "Tactics" (Nerthus Publications Limited), and "How to Promote Your Business" and "How to Organize Your Marketing" (Asigan International Inc.) and "Fast Track Marketing in a Global Economy" (Van Nostrum Reinhold)  He has published many articles and has lectured in both Europe and North America at Universities and to professional audiences on subjects ranging from business development and marketing to interior design.  John is also an artist and his paintings hang today in countries all around the world.


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Eritrea
 
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Gambia
 
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Greece 
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Guatemala 

Guernsey
  
   
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Guyana
 

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Holland 
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Indonesia 
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Iraq  animated large gold symbol of Islam
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Israel 
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Jamaica 
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Jordan 
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Karakalpakstan
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Kiribati 
Korea (DPR) 
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Melilla
    
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Mongolia
 
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Morocco
 
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Myanmar
 
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Nagorno-Karabakh budded cross NOT RECOGNIZED BY THE UNITED NATIONS
Namibia 

Nauru
 

Nepal
 
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Netherlands Antilles 
  
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New Zealand 

Nicaragua
 

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Nigeria  animated large gold symbol of Islam
Niue
  
   
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North Korea
 
3D Animation : red star
Northern Cyprus  animated large gold symbol of Islam 
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Norway 

Oman 
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Pakistan 
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Palau 

Palestine   
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Paraguay
 

Peru
 

Philippines
 

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Portugal
 

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Puerto Rico
  
  
Qatar
 
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Reunion     
Romania
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Russian Federation
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Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
 

Samoa
 

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Sierra Leone
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Singapore
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Sudan
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Syria
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Tajikistan
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Tanzania  animated large gold symbol of Islam
Thailand
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  Animated Flag of East Timor  Timor Leste 
Togo
 

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Tonga
 

Trinidad & Tobago 

Tristan da Cunha
  
   
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Tunisia
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Turkey
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Turkmenistan
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Tuvalu
 

Uganda 

Ukraine
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United Arab Emirates
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United Kingdom 
Animated Flag of United Nations    United Nations
United States of America
 

United States Virgin Islands
  

Uruguay
 

Uzbekistan
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Vanuatu 
Vatican
 

Venezuela
 

Viet Nam
  3D Animation : red star
Wake Island  
Wallis & Futuna
  
  
Western Sahara
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Yemen  animated large gold symbol of Islam
Zambia 
Zimbabwe