World Statistics Pocketbook

2015 Edition

The World Statistics Pocketbook, 2015 edition is an annual compilation of key statistical indicators prepared by the United Nations Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Over 50 indicators have been collected from more than 20 international statistical sources and are presented in one-page profiles for 224 countries or areas of the world. This issue covers various years from 2005 to 2015. For the economic indicators, in general, three years - 2005, 2010 and 2013 - are shown; for the indicators in the social and environmental categories, data for one year are presented.

The topics covered include: agriculture, balance of payments, education, energy, environment, food, gender, health, industrial production, information and communication, international finance, international tourism, international trade, labour, migration, national accounts, population and prices. The technical notes contain brief descriptions of the concepts and methodologies used in the compilation of the indicators as well as information on the statistical sources for the indicators. Reference to primary sources of the data is provided for readers interested in longer time-series data or more detailed descriptions of the concepts or methodologies.

Note: The present World Statistics Pocketbook, 2015 edition (Series V, No. 39) is an update of the previous edition which was released in 2014 and entitled World Statistics Pocketbook, 2014 edition (Series V, No. 38).