Statistical Yearbook

The Statistical Yearbook provides in a single volume a comprehensive compilation of internationally available statistics on social and economic conditions and activities, at world, regional and national levels, for an appropriate historical period. It is prepared by the Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, of the United Nations Secretariat.

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Statistical Yearbook – 58th issue (2013)

Browse contents:

  • Introduction PDF
  • Tables
    • 1. World statistics – selected series PDF
    • Part 1: Population and social statistics
      • Population
        • 2. Population, rate of increase, birth and death rates, surface area and density PDF XLS
        • 3. Selected indicators of life expectancy, childbearing, age dependency and mortality PDF XLS
        • 4. Population and rates of growth in urban areas and capital cities. PDF XLS
      • Gender
        • 5. Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament PDF XLS
        • 6. Share of women in wage employment in the non-agriculture sector PDF XLS
        • 7. Ratio of girls to boys in primary, secondary and tertiary education PDF XLS
      • Education
        • 8. Education at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels PDF XLS
        • 9. Public expenditure on education PDF XLS
        • 10. Teaching staff at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels PDF XLS
      • Health
        • 11. Health personnel PDF XLS
        • 12. Expenditure on health PDF XLS
    • Part 2: Economic activity
      • National accounts
        • 13. Gross domestic product and gross domestic product per capita PDF XLS
        • 14. Gross domestic product by type of expenditure PDF XLS
        • 15. Gross value added by kind of economic activity PDF XLS
      • Finance
        • 16. International reserves, excluding gold PDF XLS
        • 17. Short-term interest rates PDF XLS
        • 18. External debt stocks and flows, long-term PDF XLS
        • 19. External debt stocks, public and publicly guaranteed (long-term) PDF XLS
      • Labour market
        • 20. Unemployment PDF XLS
        • 21. Employment by economic activity PDF XLS
      • Prices
        • 22. Consumer price indices PDF XLS
        • 23. Producer price indices PDF XLS
        • 24. Agricultural production indices PDF XLS
        • 25. Index of industrial production PDF XLS
      • Agriculture, forestry and fishing
      • Manufacturing
      • International merchandise trade
        • 34. Total imports, exports and balance of trade PDF XLS
        • 35. Trade indices of volume and unit value/ price PDF XLS
    • Part 3: Energy, environment and infrastructure
      • Energy
        • 36. Energy commodities PDF XLS
      • Environment
        • 37. Land PDF XLS
        • 38. Threatened species PDF XLS
        • 39. CO2 emission estimates PDF XLS
        • 40. Water supply and sanitation coverage PDF XLS
      • Science and technology
        • 41. Gross domestic expenditure on research and development PDF XLS
        • 42. Patents PDF XLS
      • Communication
        • 43. Cellular mobile telephone subscribers PDF XLS
        • 44. Internet usage PDF XLS
      • International tourism and transport
        • 45. Tourist/visitor arrivals and tourism expenditure PDF XLS
        • 46. Outbound tourism PDF XLS
        • 47. Civil aviation: scheduled airline traffic PDF XLS
      • Development assistance
        • 48. Net disbursements of official development assistance to recipients PDF XLS
        • 49. Net disbursements of official development assistance from donors PDF XLS
        • 50. Socio-economic development assistance through the United Nations system PDF XLS
  • Annexes
    • Annex 1. Country and area nomenclature, regional and other groupings PDF
    • Annex 2. Technical notes PDF
    • Annex 3. Conversion coefficients and factors PDF
    • Annex 4. Tables added, omitted and discontinued PDF


Most of the statistics presented in the Yearbook are extracted from more detailed, specialized databases prepared by the Statistics Division and by many other international statistical services.

While the specialized databases concentrate on monitoring topics and trends in particular social, economic and environmental fields, the Statistical Yearbook tables aim to provide data for a more comprehensive, overall description of social, economic and environmental structures, conditions, changes and activities.

The objective has been to collect, systematize, coordinate and present in a consistent way the most essential components of comparable statistical information which can give a broad picture of social, economic and environmental processes.


The content of the Statistical Yearbook is oriented to serve a general readership.

The Yearbook endeavours to provide information for various bodies of the United Nations system as well as for other international organizations, governments and non-governmental organizations, national statistical, economic and social policy bodies, scientific and educational institutions, libraries and the public.

Data published in the Statistical Yearbook may also be of interest to companies and enterprises and to agencies engaged in market research.