Hello, John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals. In this issue I review a site about Spain, the world's tenth-largest economy, and a country with lots of opportunities for trade. I also found a site that's a gateway to the kind of economic and social research that will boost your company's bottom line. Want to hear what callers are saying on Italian talk radio? I found a site that will help you connect to radio stations worldwide through your computer. Lastly, I've got a site that gives you the inside scoop on the best free software on the Web.

If you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal ( ), an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000 sites related to international trade.


Although Spain is little more than twice the size of Oregon, it's a country worth looking into if you're interested in trade -- it's one of the five largest economies in the European Union, and has the tenth largest economy in the world. As a member of the EU, Spain's trade barriers are minimal, and its population enjoys a world-class standard of living, with money to spend on consumer and capital goods.

If that sounds attractive to you, go to the Library of Congress Spain Portal ( ) to find out more. This is a gateway site, with links to information-rich Web sites about all aspects of Spanish life. There are sites about business, trade, the economy, culture, education, government, politics, law, travel, and much more. In the Business section, there are company directories, trade databases, articles about doing business in Spain, business news, a glossary of Spanish business terms, statistics, and stock research, among other items.

There are many more links to Spain at the FITA site. Go to, click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column, then scroll down to Europe and click on Spain in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Spain" in the search box at



There are fancy Web sites out there with a lot of bells and whistles, but sometimes the plain jane sites have more to offer. Take socialchange ( ). This site is basically just a set of links to sociological data on the Web, but the links are all high quality sites that have reliable information. You'll find links to world demographic studies, population statistics, country profiles, historical analyses, economic theory, organizations, and much more. Don't be put off by its academic tone -- if you check out the links, you'll find this site has a lot to offer the practical businessperson.



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EUROPAGES is a business directory listing 500,000 companies selected for their import-export dynamism in all business sectors in over 35 European countries. EUROPAGES is an ideal tool for finding new clients, suppliers and partners: it is a popular reference guide with European purchasing directors., your connection to the business world!

One single ad in EUROPAGES generates an average of 102 business contacts in one year. People like Peter from Denmark say, "EUROPAGES is our best investment for export." Click here to learn about how your company can be featured in EUROPAGES.



If you haven't listened to the radio on your computer yet, you don't know what you're missing. There's a world of information, talk, and music available, and it's just a mouse click away. If you have speakers and a reasonably fast connection, you can listen to talk radio from the UK, oldies from Australia, business news from Japan, alternative music from Poland -- and that's just for starters. To find what's available, go to Radio-Locator ( ), a site that has a database of over 10,000 radio station Web sites, with 2500 of those offering daily audio streams over the Internet. You'll need a program to play the streaming audio, but most radio station sites have links to places where you can download these programs.



I just bought a new notebook computer, loaded with the standard package of software. There are lots more programs I want to have on my computer, but I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars buying them. That's why I'm glad I found The 46 Best-Ever Freeware Utilities ( ). This site has reviews of 46 great "freeware" programs, with links to sites where you can download the software. There are freeware alternatives to most commercial software programs which are every bit as good, and sometimes better, than the well-known brands. You can download and use these programs for free, although most have extra features that are available in paid versions. Take a look -- you'll find a freeware program for almost every need.


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