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Background Notes


Country Background Notes provide information on geographic entities and international organizations and are updated or revised periodically. They are issued by the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of Electronic Information and Publications.

The Country Background Notes can be found on three different websites dependent on date. Current information found in the Country Background Notes includes:

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General Information

Portals to the World
By the Library of Congress to provide collections of website links as selected by LOC experts for every nation. These links are to both .gov sites as well as outside servers. It is recommended to check both this site and the Area Handbooks as nations covered are not the same.

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Foreign Travel


U.S. Department of State