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Listed here are an assortment of sources that can provide you useful information about places, ideas, people you work with, may visit. Keep up with news about a specific place or topic by setting a Google Alert.  Find how much a meal will cost using the Currency Exchange site or the best time to schedule a conference call for people on three continents by checking the Time and Date site. 

This list is short and personal.  None of the information contained in any of these sites is guaranteed to provide specific answers, rather these are places to look, gather data that you can evaluate.  If you have an idea for something to add to the list,  a site you like, find useful ~ Send me a note and we can add it to our list.  lanie@worldwiseonline.net 
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US Department of Commerce 
www.trade.gov or www.export.gov
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The Economist Country briefings
www.economist.com/countries
CIA World Factbook
www.cia.gov
Wikipedia
www.wikipedia.org
CultureGrams
www.culturgrams.com
Currency exchange rates
www.xe.com
Time around the world

www.timeanddate.com

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Google News Alerts
www.google.com/alerts
International Herald Tribune
www.iht.com
Financial Times
www.ft.com
The Economist
www.economist.com

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Africa (Reader)
Asian Branding (Batey)
A Geography of Time (Levine)
Bound Together, How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers & Warriors Shaped Globalization (Chanda)
Confucius Lives Next Door (Reid)
Culture Matters (Harrison and Huntington)
Cultures and Organizations (Hofstede)
Europe (Lewis)
European Business Customs (Bosrock)
Global Smarts (Hodge)
Kiss Bow or Shake Hands (Morrison, Conway, Borden)
The Lexus and the Olive Tree (Friedman)
Riding the Waves of Culture (Trompenaars, Hampden-Turner)
Rules of the Game (Leaptrott)
The Culture Code (Rapaille)
The Sushi Economy (Issenberg)
The World is Flat (Friedman)
Understanding Cultural Differences (Hall and Hall)
When Cultures Collide (Lewis)
Working with Americans (Stewart-Allen, Denslow)
World Wise What to Know Before You Go  (Denslow)