Social Studies 11: Global Living Standards

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

United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) World Fact Book
https://www.cia.gov/index.html
maps, geography,people, government, economy,communications,transportation, mitary and ackground on transnational issues.

UNITED NATIONS Human Development Reports
http://hdr.undp.org/en/
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)
http://www.happyplanetindex.org/
Incorporates ecological footprint data with human development indicators.

WIKIPEDIA Human Development Index
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Development_Index
Features information about geography, demographics, economy, politics, society, environment, energy, sustainability and “gross national happiness”.

WIKIPEDIA Freedom House
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_House
Specialized information on types of government.

USA CENSUS BUREAU
http://www.census.gov/population/international/
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