Hello, John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals. This week I found a site to get you up and running in the Danish market. I also found a site where you can get quick demographic information about any country in the world. Plus, I have a site that New York Times reporters use for research -- and you can too! Finally, I have a site with articles about every facet of exporting, in an easy-to-use format.

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.


Denmark has a long history of international trade. After all, this is a country that was once home to the Vikings, who traded as far east as Central Asia and as far south as the Mediterranean. Some of their trade was a little one-sided, of course (it was more "raid" than "trade"), but they did realize the value of importing. Today, Denmark has a thoroughly modern market economy with a high dependence on foreign trade. If you'd like to learn more about opportunities for trade with Denmark, go to the Denmark page at the University of Kansas International Business Resource Connection ( ). Here you'll find links to information about Denmark business protocol, negotiating, customs, trade regulations, investing, health advisories, travel tips, currency, market conditions, and much more.

There are many more links to Denmark at the FITA site. Go to FITA's International Trade Web Resources at, click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column, then scroll down to Europe and click on Denmark in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Denmark" in the search box at There are some great books on trade with Europe in the FITA Global Trade Bookstore, including Exporting to Scandinavia.



If you need some quick demographic data for a country or region of the world, go to the UN's World Population Prospects Population Database ( ). At this easy-to- use site you can get population figures for any country in such categories as: Infant Mortality, Urban and Rural Population, Median Age, Growth Rate, Fertility Rate, and Life Expectancy, to name just a few. It's fast, accurate, and has official UN data.



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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.



I've worked in newsrooms, and I learned that reporters always know the best sources for research. That's why I recommend Cyber Times Navigator ( ) for anyone who's doing Web research. Cyber Times Navigator is used by the newsroom of The New York Times as a portal for Web searches, and it's a great place to start your research. It has quality links with brief descriptions of each one, and it's updated frequently. You'll find links to the best search engines, reference sources, telephone directories, online publications, travel sites, government agencies, e-commerce (product reviews, discounts, etc.) weather reports, economic data, entertainment info, and sports scores here. You must register to use Cyber Times Navigator, but it's free.


I haven't worn neck jewelry since my disco days, but I just learned that should I ever get nostalgic and drape a gold chain around my neck, it better not be in Saudi Arabia. That's because the wearing of neck jewelry is prohibited by law in that country, and Westerners have been arrested for this offense. I learned this tidbit from Export America Magazine ( ). This online magazine is full of useful information about exporting, and although it's published by the U.S. Department of Commerce, exporters everywhere will find it fascinating. There are articles on: doing business in the Middle East; international trade scams and corruption; freight forwarders, customs brokers, and incoterms; marketing and selling online; delivering customer service in global trade; market conditions in countries worldwide; and much more. You can view the files in PDF or HTML format.


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