This guide is intended to be used as a resource discovery tool for additional
internationally available data and information resources. It is split into
- Selected Sources of freely available international
data: This section has a list of web sites which provide freely
available international data.
- National data archives and sources of international micro data:
These links provide access to the web sites of a number of national data
archives via clickable maps and links to other sources of international micro data.
- National statistics institutes:
A comprehensive list of national statistics office web sites in alphabetical
country order. These sites are most useful for individual country information
for example on the economy, population and society at national and local
- International organisations:
Links to the web sites of major International Organisations such as the
United Nations (UN), World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International
Monetary Fund (IMF).
- Regional organisations:
This section provides a list of region specific information and data resource
web sites for the following areas: Africa, Americas, Asia, Oceania, Europe,
- Resources on methodology, standards and
good practice in international data: Web sites containing information
on statistical, data dissemination and good practice standards are listed
in this section.
- Data visualisation: This section contains a list of resources that contain interactive visual interfaces.
1. Selected sources of freely available international
WorldBank GenderStats- a database of gender indicators, basic demographic data, population
dynamics, labour force structure, education and health statistics.
The World Bank
Governance and anti-corruption group (www.worldbank.org/wbi/governance) disseminates a range of publications and data on national
government and business environments, including:
- The Interactive Inventory of Datasets/Empirical Tools (go.worldbank.org/W0DI8LZMD0), This is illustrated by the worldwide aggregate Governance Indicators Dataset, generated by researchers at the World Bank, comprising six different governance components for about 200 countries.
- The World Business
Environment Survey (go.worldbank.org/RV060VBJU0) a survey of over 10,000 firms in 80 countries that
examines a wide range of interactions between firms and the state
- Business Environment
and Enterprise Performance Survey (BEEPS) Interactive Dataset a survey
of managers and owners of firms across the countries of Eastern Europe,
the former Soviet Union, and Turkey designed to generate comparative measurements
of the quality of governance, the investment climate and the competitive
World Bank ICT at a Glance (go.worldbank.org/GAG7BVEGU0)-
key data on information and communications technologies.
Bank Statistical Capacity Indicator (go.worldbank.org/QVSQM1R6V0)- contains information on various aspects of national statistical systems and includes a country-level statistical capacity indicator based on a set of criteria consistent with international recommendations.
World Bank EdStats (go.worldbank.org/ITABCOGIV1)- the World Bank’s database of education statistics.
World Bank HNPStats- health, nutrition, and population statistics country by country.
International Household Survey Network is a partnership of international
organizations seeking to improve the availability, quality and use of survey
data in developing countries. It has a catalogue of surveys and censuses conducted
in developing countries.
Global Health Observatory (GHO) (www.who.int/gho/)- the WHO gateway for health and health-related
epidemiological and statistical information.
UN Statistical division
(unstats.un.org/unsd/databases.htm) - access to a range of freely available UN databases including the Millennium
Indicators Database (mdgs.un.org/unsd/mdg/default.aspx), Social
Indicators (unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/socind/) , which covers a wide range of subject matter fields such as
education, housing, health and water, Population
Statistics (unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/sconcerns/densurb/default.htm) and a Good
Practices database (unstats.un.org/unsd/dnss/gp/searchgp.aspx) on official statistics methodology. The National
Accounts Main Aggregates (unstats.un.org/unsd/snaama) database contains a complete set of time series
from 1970 onwards of main national accounts aggregates for more than 200 countries
and territories. In addition to the values of national accounts statistics,
it contains analytical indicators and ratios related to economic structure
and development, country profiles and metadata.
UNCTAD's World Investment Report
(www.unctad.org/Templates/Page.asp?intItemID=1465) The World Investment Report focuses on
trends in foreign direct investment (FDI) worldwide, at the regional and country levels. It provides
information regarding global FDI flows, stocks, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and investment
treaties based on year and country.
Statistics Database (www.unece.org/stats/gender/) , the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s
central database for sex-disaggregated social data.
FAOSTAT (faostat.fao.org/), the UN Food and Agriculture
Organization’s food, forestry, fisheries and agricultural statistics
UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics (www.uis.unesco.org/)
provides global and internationally comparable statistics on education, science,
technology, culture and communication.
and Statistics (www.unicef.org/statistics/index.html) - economic and social statistics on children worldwide.
Country Industrial Statistics (www.unido.org/index.php?id=4835&ucg_no64=1/data/regions.cfm) - a country by country snapshot of current
key industrial indicators.
SourceOECD (www.oecd-ilibrary.org/), the OECD’s online
statistics library, is a subscription service but it does contain some selected
freely available datasets.
World Economic Outlook (www.imf.org/external/ns/cs.aspx?id=28) provides worldwide data on GDP, GDP per capita,
inflation, output gaps and net capital flows.
IMF Principal Global Indicators (www.principalglobalindicators.org)
brings together data for the major economies available from international agencies covering the financial, governmental, external, and real sectors, and provides links to data in web sites of international and national agencies.
IMF Financial Soundness Indicators (fsi.imf.org)
provides data and detailed metadata reported on a regular basis by a first batch of member countries for 12 core and 28 encouraged FSIs. Countries may report monthly, quarterly, semiannual, or annual FSIs for dissemination. The IMF will aim over time to expand the list of reporting member countries.
The Joint BIS-IMF-OECD-World
Bank statistics on external debt
)- The Bank for International Settlements,
the IMF, the OECD and the World Bank provide a joint quarterly release of
the external debt of 176 developing and transition countries, together with
data on international reserves.
Eurostat (epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/)- the European
Union Statistical gateway with many freely available data.
/)- the information network on education in Europe provides comparable information on education systems and policies throughout Europe.
Energy Statistics (www.iea.org/stats/index.asp)- free environmental and energy data from the International
ESDS International (www.esds.ac.uk/international/)- a range
of international micro and macro datasets such as the OECD Main Economic Indicators,
National Statistics Time Series Data, Eurobarometers, World Values Surveys
and European Values Surveys.
Penn World Tables (pwt.econ.upenn.edu/php_site/pwt_index.php)- the Penn World
Table provides purchasing power parity and national income accounts converted
to international prices for 168 countries for some or all of the years 1950-2000.
Expenditure entries are denominated in a common set of prices in a common
currency so that real quantity comparisons can be made, both between countries
and over time. It also provides information about relative prices within and
between countries, as well as demographic data and capital stock estimates.
Oxford Latin American Economic History
Database (OxLAD) (oxlad.qeh.ox.ac.uk/) - an online database that contains statistical series
for a wide range of economic and social indicators covering twenty countries
in Latin America for the period 1900-2000.
Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) Data Portal
(www.cessda.org) The CESSDA
Data Portal provides an interface to datasets hosted by social science data archives across Europe. The information
within the portal can be viewed in any of nine languages and can be search by a multilingual thesaurus.
Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (www.cses.org)is a collaborative program of cross-national research among election study
teams in over fifty states.
Centre for Comparative European Survey Data (CCESD) Information System
Enables users to search the full text of survey questionnaires by survey dataset and search across survey datasets for all questions asked in selected countries
The Bank of
England Monetary & Financial Statistics Division (www.bankofengland.co.uk/statistics/index.htm) has a regularly updated
web site of UK financial data. Many of these statistics appear in the National
Statistics Time Series Data, but the Bank's web pages contain extra detail,
particularly on banking, the money markets (including the gilt repo market)
and micro-economic data on individual UK banks and building societies.
HM Revenue and Customs uktradeinfo (www.uktradeinfo.com/)
web site provides data collected by HM Revenue and Customs from returns and
reports required with every export and import consignment.
National Statistics Online (www.ons.gov.uk) is
the home of the UK Office of National Statistics with a huge range of freely
available data on Britain's economy, population and society at national and
local level. This site also contains links to the Time Series Data through
the National Statistics' own web interface.
CIA World Factbook (www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/)
- frequently updated maps and country profiles, including information on geography,
demography, economy, communication, transport, defence, governance and transnational
issues organised by country.
Developed by the Norwegian Social Science Data Services, the MacroDataGuide (www.nsd.uib.no/macrodataguide/) is a user’s guide to researchers and students worldwide in search of high quality data for social science research. It informs not only on which data are out there and where they can be found, it also provides a qualitative assessement of these resources.
Asian Development Bank statistics (www.adb.org/Statistics/)
- key indicators for developing member countries, poverty and development
indicators, and environmental statistics.
World Intellectual Property Organization Industrial
property statistics (www.wipo.org/ipstats/en/). Annual statistics on industrial property relating
to relate to patents, utility models, marks, industrial designs, plant varieties
and microorganisms, by country .
The Organization of American States Foreign
Trade Information System (www.sice.oas.org/). Trade data and information on tariffs, competition
policy and other trade issues, country by country.
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
(Sipri) (www.sipri.org/). The authoritative resource on global security, military spending,
conflict and conflict resolution. The
SIPRI Database on Military Expenditure(www.sipri.org/databases/milex) contains time series data on military
spending over the last ten years for 160 countries. Their Database
on National Export Control Systems (www.sipri.org/databases) contains summary information on export
controls and proscribed destinations by country. The SIPRI
Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (first.sipri.org/) contains individual
country data on nuclear and conventional weapon holdings, arms production
and trade, major armed conflicts and other key security issues.
Education Policy and Data Center (http://epdc.org/). The EPDC has the world’s largest international education database with over 3.8 millon data points from 200 countries.
Nationmaster.com (www.nationmaster.com/) provides the facility to generate statistics, maps and graphs from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations,
World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF and OECD.
International Comparisons in Education (nces.ed.gov/surveys/international/Index.asp?IntSection=2) develops a system of indicators for cross-national comparisons in education.
European Election Database (extweb3.nsd.uib.no/civicactivecms/opencms/civicactive/en/) provides an on-line database of aggregated election statistics from European Parliament elections.
International Deposit Rates Exchange (http://www.deposits.org/) provides international bank deposit comparison information highlighting
best return yields around the world, including
country and political risk factors to consider including Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africas.
Yahoo Finance, includes historical data for stocks
2. National data archives and sources of international micro data
3. National statistics institutes
Office of Statistics (www.ons.dz/index-en.php)
Argentina: National Institute
of Census and Statistics (www.indec.gov.ar/indec/ingles.asp)
Armenia: National Statistical
Bureau of Statistics (www.cbs.aw/cbs/home.do)
Australia: Australian Bureau
of Statistics (www.abs.gov.au)
Statistical Committee (www.azstat.org/indexen.php)
Bangladesh: Bureau of Statistics
Government Information Services (www.barbados.gov.bb/)
of Statistics and Analysis (www.belstat.gov.by/homep/en/main.html)
Belgium: National Institute
of Statistics (www.statbel.fgov.be)
Bolivia: Instituto Nacional de
Botswana: Central Statistics
Brazil: Brazilian Institute
of Geography and Statistics (www.ibge.gov.br/home/)
Statistical Institute (www.nsi.bg/Index_e.htm)
Cambodia: National Institute
of Statistics (www.nis.gov.kh/)
Cape Verde: National Institute
of Statistics (www.ine.cv/)
Chile: Instituto Nacionial de
Bureau of Statistics (www.stats.gov.cn/english/index.htm)
Columbia: Departamento Administrativo
Nacional de Estadistica (www.dane.gov.co)
Costa Rica: Instituto Nacional
de Estadistica y Censos (INEC) (www.inec.go.cr/)
Bureau of Statistics (www.dzs.hr/default_e.htm)
Service of the Republic of Cyprus (www.mof.gov.cy/mof/cystat/statistics.nsf/index_en/index_en?OpenDocument)
Czech Republic: Czech
Statistical Office (www.czso.cz/eng/redakce.nsf/i/home)
Dominican Republic: Oficina
Nacional de Estadistica (www.one.gob.do/)
Equador: Instituto Nacional
de Estadistica y Censos (www.inec.gov.ec)
Estonia: Statistical Office
of Estonia (www.stat.ee/?lang=en)
Faroe Islands: Statistics
Faroe Islands (www.hagstova.fo/)
Finland: Statistics Finland (www.stat.fi)
Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) (www.insee.fr/en/home/home_page.asp)
Statistical Office (www.destatis.de/e_home.htm)
Greece: National Statistical
Instituto Nacional de Estadistica - INE (www.ine.gob.gt/)
Hong Kong: Census
and Statistics Department (www.censtatd.gov.hk/home/index.jsp)
Central Statistical Office (portal.ksh.hu)
Iceland: Statistics Iceland
Census of India (www.censusindia.gov.in/)
Indian Statistical Institute (www.isid.ac.in/)
Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (www.mospi.nic.in)
Indonesia: Statistics Indonesia (www.bps.go.id)
Centre of Iran (www.unescap.org/esid/psis/population/popin/profiles/iran/main.htm)
Ireland: Central Statistics Office (www.cso.ie)
Bureau of Statistics (www.cbs.gov.il/engindex.htm)
Italy: National Institute
of Statistics (www.istat.it/)
Jamaica: Statistical Institute
of Jamaica (www.statinja.com)
of Statistics (www.dos.gov.jo/dos_home_e/main/index.htm)
on Statistics of the Republic of Kazakhstan (www.stat.kz/)
Korea: Statistics Korea (kostat.go.kr/portal/english/index.action)
Kosovo: Statistical Office (www.ks-gov.net/ESK/eng/)
Statistical Committee (www.stat.kg)
Latvia: Central Statistical
Administration of Statistics (www.cas.gov.lb)
Lithuania: Statistics Lithuania
Service for Statistics and Economic Studies (STATEC) (www.statec.public.lu/en/)
and Census Service (www.dsec.gov.mo/e_index.html)
Malawi: National Statistical
of Statistics (www.statistics.gov.my)
Malta: National Statistics
Marshall Islands: Marshall
Islands Statistics (www.spc.int/prism/country/mh/stats/Index.htm)
Mauritania: National Office of
Statistics Office (www.gov.mu/portal/site/cso)
Institute of Statistics, Geography and Information (www.inegi.gob.mx)
Mongolia: National Statistical
of Statistics (www.hcp.ma/)
Mozambique: National Institute
of Statistics (www.ine.gov.mz/)
Netherlands: Central Bureau
of Statistics (www.cbs.nl/en-GB/default.htm)
New Zealand: Statistics New Zealand (www.stats.govt.nz/)
Northern Ireland: Statistics
and Research Agency (www.nisra.gov.uk)
Norway: Statistics Norway
Palestine: Palestinian Central
Bureau of Statistics (www.pcbs.gov.ps/)
of Census and Statistics (www.contraloria.gob.pa)
Paraguay: Direccion General
de Estadistica, Encuestas y Censos (DGEEC) (www.dgeec.gov.py)
Peru: Instituto Nacional de
Estadistica y Information, (INEI) (www.inei.gob.pe)
Philippines: National Statistics
Official Statistics (www.stat.gov.pl/english/index.htm)
Institute of Statistics (www.ine.pt/)
Institute of Statistics (www.insse.ro/index_eng.htm)
Russia: State Committee of
the Russian Federation on Statistics (www.gks.ru/wps/wcm/connect/rosstat/rosstatsite.eng/)
St Lucia: Central Statistical
Office of St Lucia (www.stats.gov.lc)
Slovak Republic: Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic (portal.statistics.sk/showdoc.do?docid=359)
Office of the Republic of Slovenia (www.stat.si/eng/index.asp)
South Africa: Statistics
South Africa (www.statssa.gov.za)
Statistics Institute (www.ine.es/en/welcome_en.htm)
Sri Lanka: Department
of Census and Statistics (www.statistics.gov.lk)
Federal Statistical Office (www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/en/index.html)
Statistics, Budget and Accounting (eng.dgbas.gov.tw/mp.asp?mp=2)
Thailand: National Statistical
Trinidad and Tobago: Central
Tunisia: Institut National
de la Statistique (INS) (www.ins.nat.tn/)
Turkey: Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) (www.turkstat.gov.tr/)
United Kingdom: Office
for National Statistics (www.ons.gov.uk)
Bureau of Economic Analysis (www.bea.gov/)
Bureau of Justice Statistics (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs)
Bureau of Labour Statistics (stats.bls.gov)
Bureau of Transportation Statistics (www.bts.gov)
Census Bureau (www.census.gov)
Department of Commerce (www.commerce.gov)
FedStats (Gateway to Statistics) (www.fedstats.gov)
National Centre for Health Statistics (www.cdc.gov/nchs)
National Centre for Education Statistics (nces.ed.gov)
Uruguay: Instituto Nacional
de Estadistica (INE) (www.ine.gub.uy)
Instituto Nacional de Estadistica (INE)
Zambia: Central Statistics Office (http://www.zamstats.gov.zm)
Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) (http://www.zimstat.co.zw)
4. International organisations
5. Regional organisations
6. Resources on methodology, standards and good
practice in international data
7. Data visualisation
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