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Penn world tables version 6.3

Constructed by Robert Summers and Alan Heston of the University of Pennsylvania, together with the late Irving Kravis, the Penn World Tables are the definitive source for real national accounts data. The national accounts for each country, initially in their own currencies, are adjusted using detailed price data to obtain real national accounts in a common currency (U.S. dollars) across countries. These data are invaluable for making comparisons of Gross Domestic Product across countries, and for all manner of research on development and growth.

WHO mortality database

The WHO Mortality Database is a compilation of mortality data by age, sex and cause of death, as reported annually by Member States from their civil registration systems.

The most recent version of the database is available online from the World Health Organization (link below). Note that the Map & Data Library has also archived a copy of the 2008 edition, which is also available upon request.


The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization.

The GLOBOCAN project provides estimates of the incidence of, mortality and prevalence from major types of cancer, at national level, for countries around the world.

Cancer incidence in five continents

Cancer Incidence in Five Continents (CI5) is the result of a long collaboration between the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the International Association of Cancer Registries. The series of monographs, published every five years, has become the reference source of data on the international incidence of cancer. The CI5 databases provide access to detailed information on the incidence of cancer recorded by cancer registries (regional or national) worldwide.

Trends in international mathematics and science study (TIMSS) / Progress in international reading literacy study (PIRLS)

TIMSS was launched in 1995 and reports every four years on the mathematics and science achievement of fourth and eight grade students worldwide. Started in 2001, PIRLS reports every five years on the reading achievement of fourth grade students worldwide.

International IDEA voter turnout database

The International IDEA Voter Turnout Website contains the most comprehensive global collection of voter turnout statistics available. This include regularly updated voter turnout figures for national presidential and parliamentary elections since 1945, as well as European Parliament elections and are presented country by country using both the number of registered voters and voting age population (VAP) as indicators. Where available, data on spoilt ballot rate for each election is also included.