These sources will give you a general background about your country and its broad social and political environment to help you frame the reset of your research. Many will also give you general statistics and directory information about government officials. Print resources can give you the best and most concise picture of your country. Be sure to check the publishing dates to be sure you are getting the information you need.
Embassies and Consulates
Embassies and consulates often provide country descriptions and/or data (often in English) as well as links to government sites in their home countries.