Statistics: Overseas

Curent statistics online

Some of the major overseas government statistical agencies, the equivalents of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, provide comprehensive, free information from national to local levels.

FedStats gateway is the United States portal to Federal Government agencies' statistics.

Office for National Statistics provides statistics on the United Kingdom's economy, population and society at national and local level.

Eurostat is the European Union's statistical information service, and is also available in French and German language versions.

United Nations Statistical Databases provides global statistical information from a single entry point.

Statistics New Zealand is New Zealand's major source of official statistics.

Print resources in the National Library

Start with the Library Catalogue
  • select the Browse alphabetically tab
  • choose subjects from the drop-down list  
  • Type your keywords in the search bar

Example: Statistics -- Canada

To find statistical publications on specific countries browse the Reference Collection from RF 314 to RF 319

The Europa World Year Book Provides statistical summaries for all countries on population, health, agriculture, finance, industry, economics, transport, media and education.  This publication has changed title over the years and each new title has its own record in the catalogue.  See the Former Title section of the catalogue record.  The latest issue is held in Reference. 

Whitaker’s Almanack Provides statistical summaries for all countries, including area, population and finance.  This publication has changed title over the years and each new title has its own record in the catalogue.  See the Former Title section of the catalogue record.  The latest issue is held in Reference. 

The SBS World Guide Provides a fact file on every country, including statistical information on population and demography, economy, bioresources, industry, communications, education, and defence.  
 
Eurostat Yearbook Official yearbook of Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities.  Provides statistical information on population, economics, environment, science, finance and agriculture presented in graphical form.  The latest issue is held in Reference. 
 
Monthly Bulletin of Statistics Published by the United Nation’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs this publication presents monthly economic statistics for most of the countries and territories of the world.  This publication has changed title over the years and each new title has its own record in the catalogue.  See the Former Title section of the catalogue record. 

Case Study

Historical statistics

A researcher needs to find the following information for the years 1950 to 2008:

  • Annual lists of countries in the world by GDP per capita
  • Annual lists of countries in the world by GDP growth rate
  • Annual Balances of Payments of Vietnam , Singapore , Malaysia , Philippines , Thailand, China

Because of the range of dates needed, we will need to use both print and online resources to find this information. 

Data is available online from the United Nations Statistical Division website. Lists include GDP for all countries, in National Currency and US Dollars, and countries in the world with growth rate by GDP. The lists are given from 1970.

Printed sources include:

Some of the later figures may be found online at the various national statistical agencies, for example we could try a search of Statistics Singapore