Sites for Learning About Countries

The sites below have a cool collection of tools to help you learn about different countries. A lot of students have to research countries, and by starting with these sites, you’ll be able to write the most accurate and interesting report possible without boarding an airplane.

For Young Students

National Geographic’s Kids allows you to search and explore countries around the world. It has facts, photos, videos, and maps.

Scholastic’s Global Trek lets you plan your own virtual trip to any of 35 different countries, read all about their cultures and customs, and write down all that you learn in your own travel journal.

The World Almanac for Kids doesn’t just give facts and figures, it tells the stories of kids from around the world. See how different your life is from the life of a student in India, Japan, or Peru!

For Middle and High School Students

The CIA World FactBook might be a bit dry, but it is one of the most reliable sites for basic facts, figures, and comparisons between countries.

The BBC’s Country Profiles is similar to the CIA World FactBook, but it’s easier to navigate and gives a clearer outline of each country’s background, leaders and media.

The U.S. Department of State provides a thorough and up-to-date overview of every country you would research with its Fact Sheets.

The Country Studies/Area Handbook Series is a compilation of books written between 1986 and 1998 that details the history of more than 110 countries, dating back to the earliest settlements. It was created by U.S. Department of the Army and printed by the Library of Congress.

The University of Richmond’s Constitution Finder allows you to read countries’ constitutions in either English or the original language.

The International Monetary Fund offers recent economic news and data about countries and other territorial entities around the world.

The World Health Organization reports on health conditions and matters in all of its member countries.

Using GoogleEarth

GoogleEarth is a free program that you can download to take a virtual tour of a country’s buildings and terrain.

Dr. Alice Christie’s GoogleEarth Resource Guide is a tutorial on how to conduct your own research using GoogleEarth.

GoogleSightseeing is another GoogleEarth blog does the research for you. Browse the site for intimate glimpses into global landmarks.

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Mark Moran founded SweetSearch in 2007 to help educators and students use the Internet effectively and responsibly. Mark is also the author of a course that helps students become self-aware, passionate and empowered change agents who know they matter and have a contribution to make to the world. Previously, Mark spent 15 years as a corporate attorney and 8 years as a financial analyst. Mark has a law degree from Fordham Law School, an M.B.A. from Fordham Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia.