Data in Gapminder World

May 7th, 2014

Life expectancy updated

We have made a number of revisions to “life expectancy”. We have guesstimated how much life expectancy dropped during a number of wars, epidemics and other disasters. We have also added short explanations for many of these disasters. These explanations are available in the excel file available here You find a FAQ that explains the Read more …

March 21st, 2014

Income per person

We have updated the indicator “Income per person (GDP/capita, PPP$ inflation adjusted)” to version 14. We added interpolations to all years, assuming a constant growth (instead of a constant increase in dollars). This gives a more realistic picture for fast growing economies with sparse data (such as the oil-rich gulf countries). We also made some Read more …

November 21st, 2013

We added Penn World Table 8.0

We added GDP per capita from Penn World Table 8.0. We used the variable labaled “RGDPE” in the database, and divided itby population. The indicator is available unde “for advanced users” -> “Alternative GDP indicators”. It can be viewed here

October 23rd, 2013

GDP per capita updated

We updated GDP per capita to version 13. We did some revisione of our guesstimates for the historical GDP per capita for the Baltic states. For details, see the files at the documentation page  

October 9th, 2013

Children per woman updated

We have updated Children per woman (total fertility rate) with new data from World Population Prospects, including projections (1950-2099). The year 2012 is now included in the data set. We also did some backward revisions and additions (e.g. for China & Greenland). Finally, we did some extrapolations to make sure all countries with data were Read more …

September 25th, 2013

HIV data updated

We updated data for Annual HIV Deaths, New HIV Cases (number of people, all ages and percentage of population aged 15-49) and ART coverage. Backward revisions were performed by UNAIDS. See the latest data in the Gapminder World.

July 25th, 2013

Life expectancy updated

We updated Life expectancy with new data from World Population Prospects (2012 version). A number of backward revisions was also done and we have added guestimates for a couple of disasters (Haiti earthquake, Somalia famine, Syrian civil war). Both Life expectancy and Life expectancy with extrapolations have been updated. This data set is version 6 Read more …

July 1st, 2013

“gdp growth over next 10 years” updated

We used the new updated income per person. See the data here:

June 28th, 2013

Income per person updated

We have updated “Income per person” and “Income per person with projections”. This will be version 12. The new data can be viewed here The documentation for the new data can be viewed here: The following updates have been made: (a) new updates from IMF and a few other complementary sources, we now have data Read more …

April 26th, 2013

Adults living with HIV (%) and number of people living with HIV updated!

We updated the data for proportion of adults living with HIV and number of people living with HIV. The % of adults had been slightly revised.  The dataset for “Number of people living with HIV” had been revised backwards up to 1990 by UNAIDS. See the newest estimates in the Gapminder World.

April 26th, 2013

MMR and number of maternal deaths updated!

We updated maternal mortality ratio and the number of maternal deaths with the most recent IHME data. You can also find WHO’s most recent MMR estimates (up to 2010) under “For advanced users”. See the updated maternal health data in the Gapminder World. 

February 27th, 2013

Aid received per person updated

We updated the aid received per person. The data source is the World Bank and values are displayed in current US$. See the bubbles in the Gapminder World.

February 27th, 2013

Hydroelectric and nuclear electricity production updated

We updated hydroelectric and nuclear electricity production (total and per person). We changed the source for both indicators. We also changed the indicator for nuclear power, which now displays electricity produced by nuclear power plants used to generate electricity. See the new indicator in the Gapminder World.

February 25th, 2013

We updated Oil Production and Electricity Use

We updated Oil Production (total and per capita) and Electricity use (total and per capita). We changed sources for both indicators. To see the new data, go to the Gapminder World.

February 22nd, 2013

We updated democracy score

We updated the democracy score, so it now extends to 2011. It is based on Polity IV, but we also added some gapfilling for year under foreign occupation and some other extensions. You can see the data in gapminder world. For information on how we extended the data set, see the data sheet.