Demographic Yearbook System
The United Nations Statistics Division collects, compiles and disseminates official demographic and social statistics on a wide range of topics. Data have been collected since 1948 through a set of questionnaires dispatched annually to over 230 national statistical offices and have been published in the Demographic Yearbook collection. The Demographic Yearbook disseminates statistics on population size and composition, births, deaths, marriage and divorce, as well as respective rates, on an annual basis. The Demographic Yearbook census datasets cover a wide range of additional topics including economic activity, educational attainment, household characteristics, housing characteristics, ethnicity, language, foreign-born and foreign population.
International Travel and Migration Statistics
DYB Special Issues - data from 2000 and 2010 rounds of censuses (1995 to present):
- Tabulations on economic characteristics
- Tabulations on households' characteristics
- Population Censuses' Datasets
DYB Annual Issues:
Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Regular Issues 2021 & 2022
Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Regular Issues 2011 - 2020
Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Regular Issues 2000 - 2010
Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Regular Issues 1990 - 1999
Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Regular Issues 1980 - 1989
Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Regular Issues 1970 - 1979
Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Regular Issues 1960 - 1969
Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Regular Issues 1948 - 1959
Previous DYB Special Issues:
- 1999 - Natality statistics - individual tables & notes - Order CD copies
- 1997 - Historical Supplement - individual tables & notes - Order CD copies
- 1991 - Population Ageing and the Situation of Elderly Persons - complete book in pdf (33Mb) - Out of print
- 1978 - Historical Supplement - complete book in pdf (50Mb) - Out of print
For Housing Data click here
Population Censuses' Datasets (1995 - Present)
The United Nations Statistics Division collects from all the National Statistical Offices several population censuses' datasets. The data are collected via the Demographic Yearbook census questionnaires. The censuses' datasets reported by the National Statistical Offices for the censuses conducted worldwide during the period 1995 - Present are available below.
Demographic Yearbook Metadata
Below are made available the completed Demographic Yearbook metadata questionnaires of the recent reporting years, received from national statistical offices along with the respective completed Demographic Yearbook data questionnaires.
Last update: 3 April 2023
The questionnaires of the Demographic Yearbook
The Demographic Yearbook data are collected on the basis of the following questionnaires sent to countries.
Population Estimates Questionnaire
Vital Statistics Questionnaire
Questionnaire on International Travel and Migration Statistics
The following census questionnaires and a census metadata questionnaire are sent to a country when it is known that a census has been conducted:
Population Census Metadata Questionnaire
- English - Metadata
Population Census Questionnaire: General Characteristics
Population Census Questionnaire: Economic Characteristics
Population Census Questionnaire: Economic Characteristics - Annex Tables
Population Census Questionnaire: Household Characteristics
Housing Census Questionnaire: National data
Housing Census Questionnaire: Data for selected cities
The technical reports review the instruments used by the Demographic Yearbook to collect data from national statistical offices in terms of how well they adhere to relevant international guidelines in terms of concepts, definitions and classifications used.
The technical reports also review the experience of countries with regard to reporting of the requested data to the Demographic Yearbook for the period 1961 to 2000, and relate national practices with respect to classifications to relevant international recommendations for the topics being reported. The main international recommendations that are the focus of the assessment are, as appropriate, the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 1, the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Revision 2, and Recommendations on Statistics of International Migration, Revision 1.