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GLOBALSTAT: Database on developments in a globalised world

GlobalStat’s website provides users with a comprehensive collection of data in which indicators are disaggregated as far as possible. Whenever possible, country level data is presented for 193 UN countries and for the longest period available, starting in 1960. Apart from statistical data, data on global trends is collected to highlight potential future paths.

With its ‘3-click to data’ approach, GlobalStat facilitates the search for, access to and use of data collected from various bodies. Additionally, the website allows for multiple data visualisations. Tables, rankings, bar and line charts offer different graphical representations of the data chosen. Filters by period (selection of years) and by groups (selecting countries, continents and/or other entities) are available for targeted in-depth analysis.

Metadata, that means information explaining the statistical data, is an integral part of GlobalStat. It is compiled and presented for every single indicator to better explain and understand what the figures exactly represent. Definitions of concepts, the methodology adopted by the original sources, the statistical operation to produce data, notes on data relevance, on specific years and countries are provided alongside the data table together with the original data and web source. In this way, GlobalStat makes every effort to accurately describe the ‘story’ behind the indicators, in order to help users understand the context and to access the original source for further information if desired.

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