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“Knowledge raises awareness and is empowerment. For this reason we created GlobalStat: a public information tool for users around the world that will expand and evolve over time. It offers an incredible amount of statistical data free of charge from international sources for all 193 UN member states, from 1960 to present day, and presents them in a user-friendly way for each and every one of us to learn more about how we live, the freedoms we enjoy and the limitations we face in our globalised world.”

Gaby Umbach, GlobalStat Director

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Methodological Guide 

Transparency and accountability of GlobalStat’s data collection and aggregation methods are essential in order to make data easy to use, understandable and comparable. GlobalStat’s comprehensive technical report on ‘Methodology and Approach of a Multisource Open Database on Developments in a Globalised World’ offers a full explanation of the statistical methods applied by GlobalStat, the calculation formula developed and the aggregation levels chosen.

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21st Century Democracy in Europe

The main Data Dossier on ‘21st Century Democracy in Europe’ offers key statistics and data visualisations on main topics of the EUI’s The State of the Union 2019 conference to provide a first insight into Democratic Transition in Europe, Political Parties and Elections, Inclusive and Sustainable Democracy, Trust and Single Market and EU External Action and Global Governance.
The contents and data narrative have been conceptualised and written by the GlobalStat team. Based on this, Christian Dietrich, a data scientist and graphic designer, has developed and designed the magnificent data visualisations. For the EUI’s 2019 State of the Union Conference GlobalStat reflects on some of the ‘hottest’ topics of the current ‘21st Century Democracy in Europe’ debate.

Solidarity in Europe

Solidarity between EU member states was one of the driving forces of the EU’s founding fathers and is a fundamental pillar of European integration. It has recently come under stress because of multiple crises challenging Europe. For the EUI’s 2018 State of the Union Conference GlobalStat reflects on some of the ‘hottest’ topics of the current ‘Future of the EU’ debate.

Demography: Ageing Europe

Get a better idea of population trends in EU member states and the percentages of foreigners (EU and non-EU) among the population as well as the number of asylum seeks per population of 1.000 citizens within our dynamic visualisation of these phenomena.

Access to Citizenship and Political Participation

Learn more about the acquisition of citizenship through descent, birth and naturalisation as well as about voting rights of expatriates and third country nationals at national and local elections within our dynamic visualisation.

Attitudes Towards Citizenship and Immigration in Europe

Take a dynamic view on the attitudes of EU citizens towards immigration from inside and outside EU, their feelings as citizens of EU as well as their knowledge about their EU citizenship rights within our dynamic visualisation.

The material presented has been created by the Global Citizenship Observatory and GlobalStat Database at the EUI’s Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in close cooperation with NCCR – on the move, a Swiss National Center of Competence in Research based in Neuchatel. The videos were produced for the EUI’s State of the Union 2017 conference in Florence, 4-6 May 2017.


GlobalStat will present two papers on “Disentangling Data Narratives: The Impact of Migrants on European Welfare Systems” and ‘Of Number and Narratives’ at the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress in Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia, 18-23 August 2019.

Online applications for GlobalStat’s Executive Training Seminar on EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY-MAKING: FROM DATA TO DECISION-MAKING, taking place from 12 to 14 June 2019 at the European University Institute in Florence, are open until 2 June 2019. Scholarships are available. Deadline for scholarship requests: 19 May 2019.

Data dossier on ‘21st Century Democracy in Europe’, written by GlobalStat and realised by Christian Dietrich, EUI State of the Union 2019 Conference, 2-4 May 2019.

Living In The EU, written by Giulio Sabbati (EPRS) in cooperation with Caterina Francesca Guidi (GlobalStat), 1 May 2019. GlobalStat has recently released a series of Briefings in cooperation with the EPRS, to provide data on Living in the EU. PDFs are also available under our Publications Section.

GlobalStat GGP Policy Brief ‘Evidence-based policy making: from data to decision-making‘ 2018/15 on the Executive Training Seminar, held on 7 to 9 June 2018.

GlobalStat is now one of the official sources of data for the International Health: Data and Statistics webpage of Berkeley University of California and for the Portoguese Embassy in Brazil. Moreover GlobalStat is listed as source among those of the European Data Portal and Wikiprogress Knowledge Base.

Data dossier on ‘Solidarity in Europe’, written by GlobalStat and realised by Christian Dietrich, EUI State of the Union 2018 Conference, 10-12 May 2018.

Solidarity towards refugees and asylum seekers: understanding the impact of the refugee crisis in the EU and EFTA countries, written by GlobalStat and nccr-on the move, realised by Andreas Perret (nccr-on the move) and Giorgio Giamberini (RSCAS), EUI State of the Union 2018 Conference, 10-12 May 2018.

Demographic Outlook for the European Union 2017, written by GlobalStat and EPRS, December 2017.

Building a People’s Europe, written by GlobalCit, GlobalStat and NCCR – On the Move and realised by Giorgio Giamberini (RSCAS), EUI State of the Union 2017 Conference, 4-6 May 2017.

Empowering women in the EU and beyond, EUI Times, written by Hellen Halliday.

GlobalStat has recently released a series of Briefings in cooperation with the EPRS, to provide data on Empowering women in the EU and beyond. PDFs are also available under our Publications Section.

GlobalStat has recently released a series of infographics sheets in cooperation with the EPRS, to provide essential data on existing economic relations between the EU and other big world’s economies. PDFs are also available under our Publication Section.


Statistics play an increasingly vital role in many domains of our political and societal life. As a consequence, the astonishing proliferation of statistics and the widespread use of indicators as instruments to evaluate our societies increase the demand for reliable and publicly available statistical resources. However, the enhanced relevance of statistical data only slowly translates into a transparent visibility of statistics within the public domain. In order to close this gap, new tools are needed to improve the clarity and speed with which statistical data can be accessed in order to promote the use of these important independent sources of information within the wider public.

This need for visibility and accessibility is even more vital in the era of globalisation, in which sources of information multiply at a speed that is hardly traceable by the individual. Within this process, not only the number of sources amplifies every day. Also the areas, issues and processes affected and affecting the individual do so. Moreover, as a fundamental process impacting on most different aspects of our daily lives, globalisation constitutes a phenomenon that goes far beyond global economic interrelations and integration. Through dense inter-linkages it impacts on the personal, societal, social, cultural, political, economic and environmental spheres of human lives. This broad impact extends the need for information beyond political and economic data and puts knowledge on environmental, societal and cultural developments to the core of the need to learn more about the sustainability of global interrelations.

Presenting data as diverse as income distribution, water resources, dwellings, migration, land use, food production, nutrition, or life expectancy materialises this broad view on globalisation. With this approach, GlobalStat contributes to a better understanding of the interrelations between human living conditions and globalisation trends.

GlobalStat indicators are grouped in 12 thematic and three horizontal areas. Each thematic area is divided into sub-themes that include statistical data series. Horizontal areas offer insight into data on sustainable livelihood, national wealth, human well-being and quality of life.


Metadata, that means information explaining the statistical data, is an integral part of GlobalStat. It is compiled and presented for every single indicator to better explain what the figures exactly represent. Definitions of concepts, the methodology adopted by the original sources, the statistical operation to produce data, notes on data relevance, on specific years and countries are provided alongside the data table together with the original data and web source. In this way, GlobalStat makes every effort to accurately describe the ‘story’ behind every indicator, in order to help users understand the context and to access the original source for further information if desired.

Transparency and accountability of GlobalStat’s data collection and aggregation methods are essential in order to make data easy to use, understand and compare. Therefore, a comprehensive Methodological Guide provides a full explanation of the statistical methods applied by GlobalStat.

GlobalStat’s data collection process benefitted from the collaboration with many international experts who, on behalf of their institutions, cooperate with GlobalStat. More than 80 international institutions and entities contribute to GlobalStat, underlining their commitment to disseminate their information to the wider public. GlobalStat’s collaboration partners include among many others Eurostat, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the Fund for Peace, the Legatum Institute, the International Labour Organisation, the International Monetary Fund, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Sustainable Society Foundation, Transparency International, the United Nations and the World Bank.

With its particular features and characteristics, GlobalStat brings together the expertise of the European University Institute’s Global Governance Programme and the Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation. It strongly benefits from the broad range of the GGP’s global governance research and the FFMS’s experience with online statistical databases, namely PORDATA, POP and Conhecer a Crise.

GlobalStat is a public information tool for users around the world. It will expand and evolve over time further after the online launch (The State of The Union, May 2015). All data and metadata are accessible free of charge for personal information purposes and research.


Gaby Umbach

Gaby Umbach

Project Director
Caterina Francesca Guidi

Caterina Francesca Guidi

Research Fellow
Olga Griaznova

Olga Griaznova

Research Associate

Former Collaborators

Laura Bartolini, Research Associate

Luca Mancini, Research Associate

Martiño Rubal Maseda, Research Associate

Marta Russo, Research Associate

Trajche Panov, Research Associate

Laura Puccio, Research Associate