CountryWatch - Approximately 191 country overviews including economic and demographic statistics, as well as political, economic, corporate, and environmental data.
Culture Grams -Country information. Includes World Edition, Kids Edition, States Edition (U.S.) and Provinces Edition (Canada). Covers Land and Climate, History, Population, Language, Religion, Customs and Courtesies, Lifestyle, Government, Economy, Education, Health, Transportation and Communications.
Recommended Background Reading
These books will give you the intellectual tools to analyze international economics. More titles are available under international competition.
The competitive advantage of nations / Michael E. Porter.
Competitive advantage : creating and sustaining superior performance / Michael E. Porter.