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The international statistical data archives and data banks mentioned below are not specifically European comparative, although often European countries are included. They do not necessarily focus mainly on work and welfare issues, instead, they usually offer data on a wide range of topics.

  • Davidson Data Center & Networks (DDCN) : The Davidson Data Center & Networks is a worldwide network and repository for macro and micro data on transition and emerging markets. DDCN archives cover data from the beginning of the 20th century to 2005. Some data is downloadable from DDCN, but more often it is available via links.
  • Gapminder : Gapminder is a non-profit foundation, which names itself a so-called “fact tank”, promoting a fact based worldview. The data bank provides macro data concerning sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals across the globe. Data is shown in Trendalyzer software, which makes it possible for teachers and researchers to show their graphs in an enjoyable and interactive manner.
  • GenderStats : GenderStats is the gender statistics database of the World Bank. Its website provides 70 gender-sensitive macro level indicators, as well as country profiles that present country-level data. The data cover topics like human development, political participation, poverty, programmes and policies and socio-economic roles and access to economic resources. The data is accessible and downloadable for over 200 countries and cover the period 1968-present.
  • Human Development Reports (HDR) : The Human Development Reports produced yearly by the United Nations contain tables with quantitative indicators on human development in terms of human wealth and well-being for over 120 countries. The tables contain data on demographics, education, employment, health, gender, public spending and poverty, as well as on the UN's Human Development Index which is based on a series of indicators. Data are mainly available from 1997-2004, and subjects covered differ per year. The HDR-site offers advanced keyword search facilities.
  • KOF Index of Globalization : The KOF Index of Globalization measures the three main dimensions of globalisation: economic, social, and political. In addition to three indices measuring these dimensions, an overall index of globalisation is calculated, as well as sub-indices referring to actual economic flows, economic restrictions, data on information flows, data on personal contact, and data on cultural proximity. The Indexes website offers the raw data, tables and graphs. Data are available on a yearly basis for 122 countries over the period 1970 - 2004. Data can be searched by index type, year, region, and country.
  • NationMaster : NationMaster is a worldwide data source offering comparative statistics for a large number of countries. Its website offers free access to comparable statistical macro data in various fields like the economy, education, government, health, immigration, industry, labour and religion. The data is not downloadable: facts and statistics are presented in tables, graphs and plots. NationMaster offers data only from the most recent year available in their database. It compiles its data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. Its aim is to become
  • Penn World Table (PWT) : The Penn World Table is a worldwide data bank covering a large set of economic time series from a large number of countries all over the world. Its website contains statistical data about the economic circumstances in countries since 1950. The data is accessible at PWT, not downloadable. The countries, indicators and years can be selected on the website and the statistical data will be presented immediately. Comparisons can be made both between countries and over time.
  • UNESCO Institute for Statistics : The Data Centre of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics offers access to over 1000 types of indicators and raw data on education, literacy, science and technology, culture and communication. The data are from more than 200 countries from Member States and international organisations and cover a period of 1985 to 2006. The databases can be queried by topic, year, region and country.
  • UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) : The UNECE Statistical Database contains time series data for 56 countries (geographical Europe, plus USA) and has two entries. The Economic Statistics contain indicators on national accounts, labour force, price indices and interest rates, industrial production and wages, and external economic relations. The Gender Statistics contain indicators on population, families and households, work and the economy, education, and health. The time series cover different periods, but mostly range from 1990-present.
  • World Development Indicators (WDI) : The World Development Indicators reports produced yearly by the World Bank (first issue: 2007) contain tables with quantitative indicators for over 200 countries on issues like economy and trade, public spending, governance, health, population, and education. Underlying databases are searchable and accessible through the WDI website.
  • UNdata : The UNdata website of the United Nations offers worlwide time series data on topics like employment, health, population, education, economy and trade, population, migration, energy, agriculture, environment, human development, information and communication technology and tourism. The databases contain comparable statistical data for more than 200 countries. The UNdata website offers an advanced search facility and regularly updated downloadable data.
  • World Factbook : The World Factbook is a public information source developed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States, originally prepared for US government officials. Its website contains fact sheets of about 200 countries with quantitative and qualitative information on topics like geography, population and demographics, culture (religion, ethnicity, literacy), politics, economy, and labour market. The Fact Book runs from 1981 and is updated every two weeks. The site offers advanced search facilities and downloadable data.