Where can I find country information?
The following provide population and other statistics.
The CIA World Factbook – https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
International Monetary Fund – http://www.imf.org/external/country/
BBC Country Profiles – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/country_profiles/default.stm
The Financial Times publishes ‘special reports’ in its newspaper including reports on countries. To find out dates and details of future reports please visit http://www.surveys.ft.com/USSurveyWeb.nsf/WSDA?openView&Count=30