Social Studies 11: Global Living Standards

Canadian Geographic: A Developing World
Compare countries’ statistics, find out about the Human Development Index and explore our changing world.

United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) World Fact Book
maps, geography,people, government, economy,communications,transportation, mitary and ackground on transnational issues.

UNITED NATIONS Human Development Reports
Three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, knowledge and a decent standard of living.  Build your own table feature to display information:

  1. by map;
  2. by multiple criteria (see alphabetical list), or;
  3. by country.

HPI (Happy Planet Index)
Incorporates ecological footprint data with human development indicators.

WIKIPEDIA Human Development Index
Features information about geography, demographics, economy, politics, society, environment, energy, sustainability and “gross national happiness”.

WIKIPEDIA Freedom House
Specialized information on types of government.

A good source for population pyramids.

Gale Virtual Reference Library ebook:
Governments of the world: A global guide to citizens’ rights and responsibilities (login required)

Portals to Country Information