The World Statistics Pocketbook is an annual compilation of key economic, social and environmental indicators, presented in one-page profiles and selected from the wealth of international statistical information compiled regularly by the Statistics Division and the Population Division of the United Nations, the statistical services of the United Nations specialized agencies and other international organizations and institutions.

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2020 Edition

The World Statistics Pocketbook 2020 edition (Series V, No. 44) is the forty-fourth in a series of annual compilations of key statistical indicators prepared by the United Nations Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Up to 50 indicators from more than 20 international statistical sources are presented in one-page profiles for 30 world geographical regions and over 200 countries or areas of the world.

The Pocketbook profiles are organised into 5 sections; general information, economic indicators, major trading partners, social indicators, and environmental and infrastructure indicators. This issue presents data for the economic, social, environmental and infrastructure sections generally for three reference years ‐ 2010, 2015 and 2020 ‐ when available, or the most recent data previous to these years, back to 2000. For the general information and major trading partners sections the reference year is 2020 and 2019 respectively, unless otherwise footnoted. The indicators in the profiles cover the following topics: communication, crime, development assistance, education, energy, environment, finance, gender, health, international tourism, international trade, labour market, national accounts, population and migration, price and production indices and science and technology.

This issue is an update of the previous edition, released in 2019, entitled World Statistics Pocketbook 2019 edition (Series V, No. 43).

World Statistics Pocketbook 2020 - now available in Spanish and French. The app (English) is available.

كتيب الإحصاءات العالمية

  • كتيب الإحصاءات العالمية هو تجميعٌ سنوي للمؤشرات الاقتصادية والاجتماعية والبيئية الرئيسية، يُقدم في موجزات طول كل منها صفحة واحدة. وتشمل هذه الطبعة موجزات عن مناطق العالم الجغرافية الثلاثين وعن 232 بلدا أو منطقة.


  • 《世界统计手册》将每年的关键经济、社会和环境指标进行汇编,并以一国一页的形式呈现。本版本涵盖了30个世界地理区域和232个国家或地区的概况。

Livre de poche des statistiques mondiales

  • Le livre de poche des statistiques mondiales est un rapport annuel de compilation d’indicateurs clefs dans les domaines économiques, sociaux et environnementaux présenté en portraits d’une page. Cette édition comprend les profils de 30 régions géographiques mondiales et 232 pays ou zones.

Карманный справочник мировой статистики

  • Карманный справочник мировой статистики представляет собой ежегодную подборку основных социально-экономических и экологических показателей, представленных в виде одностраничных обзоров. В настоящее издание включены данные обзоров 30 географических регионов мира и 232 страны или района.

Libro de Bolsillo de las Estadísticas Mundiales

  • El Libro de Bolsillo de las Estadísticas Mundiales es una compilación anual de indicadores clave de economía, sociales y de medio ambiente, presentados en perfiles de una página. Esta edición incluye perfiles de 30 regiones geográficas del mundo y de 232 países o areas.

Technical notes

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.


Prepared by the United Nations Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the World Statistics Pocketbook responds to General Assembly resolution 2626 (XXV), in which the Secretary-General is requested to supply basic national data that will increase international public awareness of countries' development efforts.