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Learner's Lunch:
Lies, More Lies and Statistics -- Finding International Data

Starting Points

Find Articles & More Research and Subject Guides Database
This database contains all the guides produced by librarians at CU-Boulder. While there are guides to statistics in here, there are also guides to topics that might lead you to the group that produces a particular statistical resource. In addition, if you are looking for information on a particular country, each country in the world has a guide.

Statistics Guide
This is an introduction to statistical sources from the Government Information Library

United Nations

The United Nations has been collecting statistics on it's member states since its inception in 1945. While the historic data is not all available online, it is a wonderful source for current data.

UNdata provides a easy-to-use central source for statistics from the various UN agencies. You can find basic country information as well as more in-depth data on resources such as greenhouse gases, tourism, population, and much more.

World Bank

World Bank data 
On the main WB data web site, find and download data for a specific country, topic or indicator.  The Data Catalog is a list of all available World Bank datasets.

The World dataBank has an interactive search engine which makes it great for comparing countries and indicators over time. Here are a few of our favorite sources:

  • World Development Indicators  
    WDI contains data for over 800 development indicators (social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental) and time series data from 1960—2008 (some 2009 data) for over 220 countries and country groups.
  • Global Development Finance  
    GDF covers external debt stocks and flows, major economic aggregates, and key debt ratios as well as average terms of new commitments, currency composition of long-term debt, debt restructuring, and scheduled debt service projections for 128 countries and country groups.
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