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World Bank Data Visualizer tool

Below you find the Data Visualizer tool of the World Bank which employs 'bubble charts' to display data in four dimensions. In each chart, the size of the country circle represents a volume measure, such as population or GDP. The position of the bubbles is determined by the indicators selected for the horizontal and vertical axes.


The time series used in Data Visualizer is a subset of the 2010 World Development Indicators database. The tool contains 49 indicators for 209 countries and 18 aggregates from 1960-2007. Data includes social, economic, financial, information & technology, and environmental indicators.


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The World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is an international institution. It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit Foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests, working in close cooperation with all major international organisations. committed to improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation in the spirit of global citizenship. Many widgets can be found on the website of the Forum. Below you can find the widget based on the Global Competitiveness Index 2013-2014.


Population Reference Bureau

The site of the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is a goldmine if you are looking for population data. Try out the following interactive data map from the PRB. Share it on Twitter or on Facebook with your friends.











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Websites with free data


World Fact Book (CIA)
This online book with facts about every country in the world is updated periodically throughout the year by the CIA. For more current information on leadership, see World Leaders.

UNdata (UN)
The new statistical database of the United Nations.

World Bank Data Visualizer (The World Bank group)
The time series used in Data Visualizer is a subset of 2009 World Development Indicators database. It contains 49 indicators for 209 countries and 18 aggregates from 1960-2007. Data includes social, economic, financial, information & technology, and environmental indicators. You should really look into this. It is fun and very educative.

Demographic Yearbook system (UN)
The Demographic Yearbook disseminates statistics on population size and composition, births, deaths, marriage and divorce on an annual basis. Demographic Yearbook special topics issues cover a wide range of additional topics including economic activity, educational attainment, household characteristics, housing, ethnicity and language, among others.

PBR (Population Reference Bureau)
This website is a goldmine if you are looking for population information. You can read excerpts or full text of many PRB publications, search across the websites for information tailored to your needs, and create customized data tables. Click here to quickly see what is available on this great site. Click here to see a fine example of the use of media on the site.

Total Economy Database (University of Groningen and The Conference Board)
This database is downloadable for research purposes. It is a comprehensive database on output and labor productivity with annual numbers of GDP, population, employment, hours and productivity for about 123 countries in the world.

UNcomtrade (UN)
The largest depository of international trade data for all available countries and areas since 1962. It contains well over 1.1 billion data records.

Monthely Bulletin of Statistics Online (UN) not freely available
An online UN database that presents current monthly economic statistics for most of the countries and areas of the world. In addition, a selection of tables that are updated less frequently than the regular monthly tables is included. These tables present annual and/or quarterly data on a variety of subjects illustrating important economic trends and developments.

Consumer Price Indices (UN)
Consumer Price Indices  per month for all available countries.

Millennium Indicators Database (UN)
48 indicators, to measure progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Declaration development goals.

National Accounts Main Aggregates Database (UN)
Contains a complete and consistent set of time series of main national accounts aggregates from 1970 onwards.

World Bank Data and Statistics (The World Bank group)
The data presented here are the most widely-used, official-source development data from the World Bank and other international agencies.

Global Competitiveness Report (World Economic Forum)
The Global Competitiveness Report series has evolved over the last three decades into the world's most comprehensive and respected assessment of countries competitiveness.

NationMaster (Nation Master)
The number one site on statistics made easy. It offers a database that allows users in an easy way to graphically compare nations in thousands of ways. What makes it special are sports, disaster and lifestyle statistics.

Country Profiles (UNESCO)
A selection of UNESCO national statistics.

More UNESCO statistics:
Custom tables
Pre defined tables

Population of large cities (UN)
Population of city proper urban agglomeration.

Demographic and social statistics (UN)
Population and housing census information.

Population and Vital Statistics  (UN)
Quarterly report on the latest census and mid-year population; latest vital statistics of births, deaths and infant deaths.

Service Trade Statistics (UN)
The United Nations database with Statistics on International Trade in Services, contains annual detailed trade in services data.

Social Indicators  (UN)
Tables with social indicators covering a wide range of subject matter fields such as education, housing, health, water.

Statistics and indicators on women and men (UN)
Statistics and indicators on six fields of concern: population, families, health, education, work and politics and human rights.

Doing business (The World Bank group)
Take a trip around the world to discover how easy (or difficult) it is to do business in 178 economies.

Doing business Rankings (The World Bank group)
Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business with first place being the best.

OECD.STAT (OECD) beta version. Statistics on several themes for OECD and several non-OECD countries. Click on the following OECD link to go to the OECD site

Worldwide Governance Indicators (World Bank)

The Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) project from the World Bank reports aggregate and individual governance indicators for 215 economies over the period 1996–2012, for six dimensions of governance.

Topics (The Economist)
News, country profiles, forecasts, statistics and more on many countries.

World Atlas (Holt, Rinehart and Winston)
Maps and descriptions of countries with statistics.

Places Directory (National Geographic)
Multimedia site with much information on places and countries.

World Statistics
New portal that gives free and easy access to data provided by International Organisations, such as the World Bank, the United Nations and Eurostat. It offers user-friendly access to a selection of indicators. All these indicators can be easily searched, visualized as tables, maps or graphs, and downloaded for further processing.

Statista provides users with an innovative and intuitive tool for researching quantitative data, statistics and related information. Most of the information on Statista is for free. Some products are aimed at business clients and academics and are only accessible for paying members.

Global firepower
Global Firepower (GFP) provides an analytical display of data concerning world military powers. Over 100 world military powers are considered in the ranking. The website is developed for entertainment purposes and is derived from publicly available sources and when not available from estimated guesses.