A valuable reference resource, Nations of the World: A Political, Economic & Business Handbook profiles every nation and self-governing territory around the world, offering political, economic, and business information in an easy-to-access, single-volume format. Supplemented by maps, charts and tables, this in-depth yet accessible information makes Nations of the World a valuable and sought-after reference, providing researchers with a unique background on every country worldwide.
This brand-new 2017 edition of Nations of the World offers tremendous insight into current living conditions and social, political, and economic climates of 235 nations. Every country profile has been reviewed and updated with thoughtful, comprehensive country essays from contributors worldwide. These international correspondents, true experts in their fields, have previously contributed to some of the most influential books, periodicals, and news sources in the world.
Nations of the World is divided into two major sections: the first contains the individual Country Chapters, arranged in alphabetical order; the second is a Regional World Overview, offering one entry each on the five major regions around the world.
Each country chapter is divided into three parts. The first is a concise, independently written Country Overview with current political and economic events and an informed outlook toward the future. Most chapters also include the following: a Map with indicators for important places; Key Facts about official name(s), ruling parties, language(s), basic area, population, unemployment, and 2015 inflation figures; Key Indicators charted over the last five years and focused on population, GNP, imports/exports, foreign debt, and exchange rate; Risk Assessments about the politics, economy, and general stability of the featured country and its region.
Part two of every chapter features a Country Profile, which details historical information, political structures, political parties, and a thorough look at population, labor markets, media, trade, industry, agriculture, and energy. Business travelers can use this section to learn a country’s time zones, banking practices, entry requirements, dress codes, climate, health issues, working hours, and the best methods of travel. Countries in political crises are also noted, with advice to visitors.
The final part of every chapter contains a Business Directory that provides contact numbers, hotel websites, travel information, and chambers of commerce, plus dozens of other useful numbers and addresses.
The Regional World Overview section follows, and offers an expertly written narrative on the political and economic climate of each of the five regions covered: Africa, The Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. This narrative includes Key Indicators, Currencies, and a Map of the region. Finally, Nations of the World ends with a Global Overview.