International Data Sources

Google Public Data Explorer — Grabs data from a variety of datasets and charts and maps it over time.

WorldMapper — University of Sheffield, The Leverhulme Trust, University of Michigan, Geographical Association
Want to see the world in a whole new way? This site presents maps using equal area cartograms, which are also known as density-equalizing maps. The cartogram re-sizes each territory according to the variable (such as births, youth literacy, population under 1, etc.) being mapped. The maps and data files cover 200 territories, mainly United Nation Member States plus a few others to include at least 99.95% of the world’s population.

International Health Data Reference Guide– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Provides information on the availability of selected national vital, hospital, health personnel resources, and population0based health survey statistics. Information for the nations included in the guides is obtained from the government and official agencies that are listed in the guide for further reference.

Population Reference Bureau: World Data
This database contains data on 95 demographic variables for more than 220 countries, 28 world regions and sub-regions, the world as a whole, the United States as a whole, and the U.S. states. (Not all countries have data on all variables.)

HealthMap: Global Disease Alert Map (Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology)
HealthMap brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. This freely available Web site integrates outbreak data of varying reliability, ranging from news sources (such as Google News) to curated personal accounts (such as ProMED) to validated official alerts (such as World Health Organization).

International Programs Center (IPC)– US Census Bureau

United Nations and Agencies

UNdata: Data compendium of 33 statistical databases with over 60 million records

World Health Organization

Child Mortality (UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation)

United Nations Population Fund

United Nations Development Program Human Development Reports

Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS Data and Analysis

United Nations Economic and Social Affairs Population Division

UNICEF Publications

  • Childinfo Contains data from their major publication, State of the World’s Children. Includes data for HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, Maternal Health, Education, Child Protection, and Newborn care.
  • State of the World’s Children A special topic is covered each year. Past years have included: child rights; girls, education, and development; childhood under threat; and child labor.

LABORSTA (International Labour Office)
View and download labor data and metadata for over 200 countries or territories.

Data by Topic (World Bank)

CANCERMondial (International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC))
This site has attempted to gather cancer statistics for 5 continents. They readily acknowledge that their data is incomplete, but it is as comprehensive as possible given the circumstances.

Global Health Policy (Kaiser Family Foundation)

  • Look at the topics for data resources.

UC Atlas of Global Inequality
The Atlas of Global Inequality explores aspects of inequality using online, downloadable maps and graphics. All materials can be reproduced without charge if they are attributed to the UC Atlas of Global Inequality.

OECD Statistics Portal: Data by Topic

Subscription-based databases with statistics (SPH community only)
“Welcome to, a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF and OECD.”

Development Gateway
Links to various intergovernmental agencies and non-profit organizations that provide support for developing countries. Includes:

  • AidData
    • Get data on funds received by countries from various governmental and intergovernmental organizations.
  • Mapping for Results (in collaboration with the World Bank)

International Monetary Fund World Outlook Report
Financial reports for countries.