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Suggested resources from Information the Services and Library Team

Cost of living around the world

A cost of living calculator that allows you to compare the cost of living between cities around the world.

Prices and Earnings
Every three years, UBS publishes an extensive study on prices and earnings covering 72 cities in 58 countries. It compares purchasing power in various cities around the globe, and contains analyses and evaluations of changes in exchange rates and inflation. 

Cost of Living survey - 2020
Mercer's cost of living survey

The 11 most expensive European cities to live in.
A short review by Glassdoor

Barclays British Expat Cost of Living Index
The cost of life’s essentials in major cities around the world.

Website with limited country coverage but useful information.

News and keeping up to date

Country News - prior registration required.
Economist - ignore the registration link, just search or browse.
Factiva - worldwide newspapers and newswires. To search go to search > search builder. Use the Sources filter to find sources from a particular region or to limit to a type of source; legal, political, EU etc.

ThomsonOne - From the Market Views tab you can access regional and national news from Reuters.
Bloomberg - Finance Zone Library Second floor only. Good for country macroeconomic data and breaking news.


Country news search in Factiva
Go to Factiva > Search Builder.
Use the indexing i.e. Source> Type = Economics and country analysis as shown above and select your country and date range.

Country Profiles

Business Source Premier To search for country data search for the name of the country and use the side menu: "Source type" to limit to country reports. It includes Country Intelligence Report by IHS Global Insight, and OECD Economic Surveys (6 month embargo).

Mergent Online

Go to the tab: Country Insight to access monthly Dun and Bradstreet Country Insight Snapshots. 

MarketLine On the home page select geographies then limit to region and use the side bar to filter by country. At the top of the page is a countries option. This takes you to a PESTLE Country Analysis Report. 

Proquest Business Premium Collection   

At the top of search page go to Browse and pick Country to find country reports and data tables. Sort by the date to view latest. It includes country reports from Oxford Economics and the EIU.

See our market research guide on how to locate Fitch reports covering countries and industries within counties that are held in the Proquest database.

For example  PUBID(2044555) AND Brazil   Will find a country risk report

Statista Simply search by country name and use the side filter to limit to country report.
GoinGlobal Country and city career and employment information aimed at people considering moving abroad to work.
Finance Zone
Statistical data, data on energy funds, commodities, indices and companies. Also industry and company news. Use the function BI  to access a wealth of reports, analysis and data including key metrics, cost analysis etc..
Availability: Library only
Finance Zone
Contains economic data such as energy production figures and Consumer price index information, from organisations such as the EIU, International Energy Agency, IMF, World Bank and OECD. Also has commodity information and accounting and price information for energy companies.
Availability: Library only.
Web sources

CIA World Factbook  

 Provides 267 country profiles covering history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.  It includes flags, maps and country comparisons.
IMF - Country data    Links to reports, news, transcripts relevant to the country chosen
UNCTAD     Useful statistics including: economic trends, FDI, external financial resources, population and labour force, commodities, the information economy, the creative economy, and martime transport.
OECD Snapshots Scroll down the page to view a list of OECD country economic snapshots with further readings
Global Competitiveness Report  Assesses the competitiveness landscape of 144 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity. The different aspects of competitiveness are captured in 12 pillars, which compose the Global Competitiveness Index.
The World Bank     Provides development data (World Development Indicators: WDI) and surveys/research for countries and regions. Can view by country, topic or indicator and the statistics can be downloaded.
 They also have their Doing Business In... guides and data which look at topics such as ease of starting a new business, taxation, permits etc..
BBC Country Profiles The BBC offers country profiles that include audio and video clips.
Country statistics

Many statistics are freely available on the web you may also choose to consult the country's own statistical office. A list of statistical offices of the world has been produced by the U.N.