Countries of the World

From Afghanistan to Jamaica to Zimbabwe, the countries of the world provide home for humans and habitat for wildlife.

Sample some of the following activities to learn more about countries of the world.


Places To Go    People To See    Things To Do    Teacher Resources    Bibliography

Places To Go

The following are places to go (some real and some virtual) to find out about the countries of the world.

Clickable Map of Egypt
Take a tour of Egypt. Ride a virtual camel.
Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands lie six hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador and belong to Ecuador. There are thirteen major islands, six smaller islands, and hundreds of tiny islets.
Greatest Places
Greatest Places is an online resource offered to teachers and students for understanding cultural and geographical diversity provided by the Science Museum of Minnesota in conjunction with the Greatest Places Imax Film.
Library of Congress - Country Studies
The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.

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People To See

Ask A Linguist is a place where anyone interested in language or linguistics can ask a question and, if approved, get responses from a panel of professional linguists, all of whom have volunteered to help provide this free service.
The Electronic Embassy
A resource of and for the Washington D.C. foreign embassy community.
This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government (and, in certain cases, de facto leaders not occupying either of those formal positions) of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in most cases.
US Secretary of State
Meet the current Secretary of State, appointed by the President. Who, with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the President's chief foreign affairs adviser. 

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Things To Do

Electronic Embassy
The Electronic Embassy provides information on each of the embassies in Washington D.C., with links to Web-based resources where available.
Flags of All Countries
Check out the flags of all countries.
Currency Converter
Convert 25 drams from Armenia, 25 drachmas from Greece, and 25 talas from Western Samoa to United States dollars.
How Far Is It?
Find out how far it is between countries of the world. It is 5485 from Salt Lake City to Tokyo, Japan. It is 7570 miles from Ogden, Utah to New Delhi, India. It's 7823 miles from St. George, Utah to Sydney, Australia.
Lonely Planet
Travel advice and information on the best holiday destinations from around the world.
Say Hello to the World
If you wanted to say hello to everybody in the world, how many people would that be? And how many languages would you have to learn? You would have to learn at least 2,796 languages and say hello to 5,720,000,000 people!
World Public Holidays Database
This database contains public holidays for over 100 countries. Which country celebrates Carnaval? Which countries celebrate Boxing Day?

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Teacher Resources

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  • Boyle, Bill. My First Atlas. New York; London: Dorling Kindersley, 1994.
  • Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc. World Reference Atlas. London ; New York: Dorling Kindersley, c1998.
  • Hammond Incorporated. Atlas of the World. Maplewood, N.J.: Hammond Incorporated, 1999.
  • Howarth, Sarah. The Children's Atlas of the Twentieth Century: Chart the Century from World War I to the Gulf War and from "Teddy" Roosevelt to Nelson Mandela. Brookfield, Conn: The Millbrook Press, 1996.
  • Mason, Antony. Around the World in 80 Pages. Brookfield Conn.: Copper Beech Books, 1995.
  • Rand McNally and Company. Rand McNally The World: Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1996.
  • Steele, Philip. The Kingfisher Young People's Atlas of the World. New York: Kingfisher, c1997.
  • Wood, Jenny.The Children's Atlas of People and Places. Brookfield, Conn.: Millbrook Press, 1993.
  • Wright, David andWright, Jill. Simon and Schuster Young Readers' Atlas. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993.