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Surveying the World: The Europa Regional Surveys of the World

With the new edition of each of the nine Regional Surveys of the World now available, we asked one of our Europa editors to talk us through the process of keeping the Regional Surveys up-to-date.

For more than eighty years since its first publication, the Europa World Year Book has been the premier source of contemporary political and socio-economic analysis for library reference shelves, offering latest analytical, statistical and directory information for over 250 countries and territories.

The nine Regional Surveys complement the Europa World Year Book, in print and online, by offering a chance to `dig down’ further into a particular region. As well as the up-to-date and accurate directory and statistical information, the Editor of each Survey also commissions experts, usually academics, to provide an in-depth analysis of the political history and economic situation of each country or territory in the region. These articles, as well as being objective and authoritative, also provide color and background. All the economic essays are supported by our scrupulously updated statistical surveys, revised on an ongoing basis. Also included are directories in each chapter: these, like the statistics, are constantly updated by our experienced team of researchers and overseen by the Editors.

We pride ourselves on all our information being accurate and as up-to-date as possible, be it the results of the Zimbabwean general election or the name of the Lieutenant-Governor in Bonaire. This means we contact every organization or body that appears in a Regional Survey, to ensure our information is correct and current, and we check and cross-check multiple news sources daily to corroborate and update our data.

In addition, the Surveys explore recent and emerging longer-term regional developments, providing context and an opportunity to learn more about trends or issues particular to the area. For instance, the new edition of South America, Central America and the Caribbean includes an article reassessing the `war on drugs’ in Latin America, examining its lack of success thus far and the recent re-evaluation of anti-narcotics strategies. The Editors are constantly looking to commission experts able to write knowledgeably and engagingly on their particular subject. The Surveys give the reader a greater degree of color and analysis of a region, while still providing reliable directory and statistical information. A dedicated research team also compiles and updates a section on international organizations active in the region, both large and small, and, where relevant, a specialized Statistics Editor oversees an examination of regional-specific commodities.

Every word in the Survey is read, edited, proofread and then checked again before it is typeset or uploaded to the website, to ensure each volume is worthy of the Europa name. And of course, while all this is going on, the team is constantly checking for ministerial changes, or election results, or notable appointments and resignations in the diplomatic, finance, trade and industry, press, publishing or religious spheres that can be included in our fortnightly updates to Europa World Online.


The Europa Regional Surveys of the World cover each of the major world regions; accurately and impartially recording latest political and economic developments in all countries, as well as offering full directories of names, addresses and contact details for key organizations and leading figures in a wide range of areas. Published annually, the Surveys cover the following regions: