Demographic data and MANOVA

I have a set of demographic data including countries categorised into 6 geographical regions and I want to see how these regions differ depending on life expectancy and GNP. I believe that I will need to use MANOVA since my DVs (life expectancy and GNP) are continuous and my IV is categorical. Is this correct? Also would a discriminant function also be useful to calculate in this case?
I am new to MANOVA/DF so any help would be great. I will also use SPSS for the analysis.
Thanks !