Data in Gapminder World

This is a documentation of the countries and territories that we have chosen to include in Gapminder World. We also describe the principles we follow in cases where there have been border changes and other political changes.

How many countries and territories are included?

Do you have a full list of the countries and territories in Gapminder World?

Do you have a map of all the countries and territories in Gapminder World?

Isn’t there any overlap between the included countries and territories?

Is the data for Greenland included in the data for Denmark? What about other dependent territories?

How have all the border and name changes over the years been handled?

Are there some countries or territories that I should pay extra attention too?

35 responses to “About countries & territories”

  1. Hi,

    It would be great to have a list of the countries separated out in the different geos –

    Could you please provide that?


  2. Have you guys thought about making data available by major world-regions rather than just nations…IE sub-sahara Africa, Western Europe, South Pacific…etc

  3. this is very usefull of my accadamic project thank you

  4. I’ve discovered this tool today, it provides us the most complete and real information about many variables that we use in the study of International Relations and Political Sciences. Also, facts in Gap Minder are nothing but the heavy truth of the world, and they turn on the lights on false points of view of traditional myths, like extreme poverty in the “third world” or global warming, that don’t find any discussion.

  5. I love this site, and I use it in my classes regularly. However, it would be wonderful I could have the option to select certain countries, and then have all the others drop out, so that only those countries’ bubbles would move. It would be useful for specific comparisons. I know we can do that already, but then the trail lines blur everything and it can sometimes be hard to see. Also, the other bubbles can hide things (particularly when looking at small countries). Thanks!

  6. Dear Mcentellas, thanks for your comment.

    The feature you are asking for, to select a few countries for comparison and then hiding the others is available today. Simply select them and move the “opacity-of-non-selected-bar” to the left to hide the other bubbles.

    To get rid of the trail, simply uncheck the box that says “Trails” in the bottom right corner.

    What you can’t get rid of when selecting a country is the label and a line from the bubble to the label, however you can move the label around and put it at the side of the chart.

    It’s true that the other bubbles temporarily can “hide” smaller bubbles when you hold your mouse over them, but smaller bubbles always shows over the bigger one (unless when they are selected). This is unfortunatly not something we can change in the technology we are using today, maybe in future versions.

    Staffan Landin
    Web Producer

  7. Hi!

    Excellent tool – thx very much for providing it!

    Is there a possibility to split country statistics in quintiles like Prof. Rosling did in his presentation at the TED conference?

  8. Hi,

    Thank you so much for your work.

    I am in need of regional GDP per capita in PPP of all federal countries. Is it possible that you may have such data? Thank you.


  9. Hi Mohsin,
    At this stage we have GDP per person for Indian states, Chinese provinces and US states. You find the graphs by clicking the icons in the main graph labeled with “gaps within …” and a flag(s). We also hope to upload data for the states of Brazil in the future, as well as smaller units for other countries.

    The GDP per capita data is based on PPPs, but that only goes for the comparisons between counrties, not between the provinces or states within a country. However, price differences within a country is likely to be a less serious problem than between countries.

    regards Mattias, Gapminder

  10. Hello, thank you so much for your work, this is such a great project. Do you plan on including vaccine data for diseases other than measles, like flu?


  11. This just rocks majorly. I’m completely addicted to it. This has tool has answered so many questions for myself and put a lot into perspective in terms of inequities and inequalities around the world.

  12. This is amazing. Thank you and keep up the great work!

  13. There is no print preview available, or is it ?
    If yes then how to go about it. Remember you are talking to a dummy, so please…………..

    The site is great otherwise.

  14. Sorry but printout of what? If you meen the graphs, we have made chats on HIV and another one for Child mortality and Income in PDF-format available from the download-section or click here:

    or here:

    /Staffan, gapminder

  15. You state that the Uk is the principle country of the Channel Islands. This is not so the uk consits of England Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland. The Channnel Islands are independent but part of the British Isles

  16. Congrats on making available an excellent tool. I would like to use the tool for projecting other development data against the time series= year wise or even smaller units of time say months, days and hours.
    For example
    1) money spent on various aspects of police modernisation every year and the fall in crime statistics. Can I do that to analyse what contributed maximum to decline in crime?
    2) Can I also use the time series to days and hours and minutes so that I can compare the statements of witnesses speaking about the same incident? I would like to play around with their statements plotted against time and see what lies they speak? e.g. Analyse the Mumbai terror attack on 26/11 and plot all the statements of each witness and official about what they were doing to correlate each other and come to one coherent commentary.
    Once again congrats on developing the tool.

  17. Dear R.Sri Kumar,

    Thank you for your questions. The comparisons you ask about could possibly be interesting to project in Gapminder graph. The tool we are using in Gapminder World does today only allow ‘years’ as time-value and ‘countries’ as units.

    Google, that 2 years ago acquired Trendalyzer, the software used in Gapminder World, have released Motion Chart, a tool that allow you to make “Gapminder Graphs” within Google Documents. There you can add data for different time-series yourself. Motion Chart allows more time-values like month, weeks or days.

    Here is a quick guide to motion chart:

    /Staffan, Gapminder

  18. Thank you Staffan and Gapminder for the answer. I will try with Motion chart and get back if there are other queries. RSK


  20. To whom it may concern,

    I have today come across he Gapminder website. It looks very interesting. I love this sort of information.

    I have noticed that Malta is shown as part of North Africa and the Middle East. Please note in fact that Malta is a European country and a member of the European Union.

    I hope that you will be correcting this error.



  21. This seems like a very interesting project. I am convinced that Gapminder will provide us with new and valuable ways of looking at our data. Thanks very much for your work and presentations.

    When do you expect to make regional level data for Brazil available?

    Thanks again, Scott

  22. I noticed that data on Taiwan is excluded despite its ready availability.

    China likes to keep Taiwan out of international data sets because China finds Taiwan’s success embarrassing, but that does not mean that international researchers have to help them.

  23. I’m so curious for the explanation in the wild fluctuations experienced by Iceland. Does anyone know?

  24. It would be great to have Brazil divided by states. There is quite a big gap between southern and northern states, and the country can be easily explainable with that. The info is easily accessible from IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) website.

  25. How do I split a country into regions or into economics group as shown in several videoclips!?

  26. I am also curious as to how you can split a country into regions as shown in the video clips. Amazing tool!

  27. What about Puerto Rico? It is not on the lists. Will it be available?

  28. Puerto Rico is on the list, you can see it in the excel-file or go to Gapminder World to find it there. If you select an indicator where there is no data on Puerto Rico it will not appear in the graph. On the default-graph however, Puerto Rico have data, and you can find it in the scroll list to your right, or click here to see.

    /Staffan, Gapminder

  29. Dear Linus and Ben, thank you for your question, it is not possible to split the bubbles in Gapminder World, those presentation with split bubbles are standalone flash-presentations. To be able to split a bubble into regions or other sub-groups like gender or income levels you first have to have data on those sub-levels. That is ard to find for many countries and especially over time.

    But those we have and made presentations of can be found under Downloads on your left.

    /Staffan, Gapminder

  30. Great site!
    I can’t figure out how to see the data on debt for the USA. Where can I find it?

  31. I would like to select all countries to see the trace of the data for the whole world (to get the whole pictrue of convergence/divergence). is there an option so I don’t have to select each country on its own?

  32. Hi!
    Thank you for your famous cite & for the reply
    would you plz tell me how I can compare my country ‘data to other

  33. i have a question for you.. why we have to know the national territory of our country?

  34. Hi, is there any data on the major world religions and how it relates to some of the existing data?

  35. Hi Tobias,

    Thanks for your interest. There is no general database of statistics by quintiles for all these variables but see for some similar data.

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