For interesting and useful information about the countries in areas we travel to, you can visit the following websites by clicking File, New, Window in your Internet browser bar and entering the address in the Address field:
www.wikipedia.org Choose your prefered language and enter the country name in the search window on the left side.
www.cia.gov Scroll down to Library & Reference on the left side. Click the World Factbook and select the country in the drop down menu.
The free Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia gives you a more colourful view while the CIA website has a dry factual view.