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Training scholarly information handling for geoscience faculty & PhDs: 2H: searching for statistics


Most statistics are available online, either free or as part of a library acquired database.

This page has info on:

  1. Statline, the official Dutch statistics
  2. Eurostat
  3. DSI
  4. World Development Indicators
  5. OECD iLibrary
  6. CBS new reports feed

You might try:

  1. Finding and downloading relevant tables from Statline
  2. Finding out the level of available regional data in Eurostat (NUTS-levels)
  3. Comparing country data available at DIS, World Bank and OECD iLibrary


What is StatLine?CBS Statline

Statline is the publications database of the Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek [Central Bureau of Statistics], abbr. CBS. In Statline you may find statistical data concerning many social and economic issues presented in the shape of tables and diagrams.

Searching StatLine
In the English version of StatLine there are three search options:

  • Search by search terms. Enter one or more search terms in the search box, then press enter or click on ‘Search’. A page will be shown with the search results corresponding to your search terms. The number of tables found is shown to the top left of the search results. The first line of every search result shows the name of the table found. Clicking on the name will bring up a preselected table.
    Attention: you will also find tables that are not updated anymore. See the "Table explanation" for more recent tables, or use "search in themes".
  • Search by theme. The StatLine tables are categorised in 22 themes. Each of these themes has sub-themes. This option enables you to navigate through the themes and choose a table to select data from.
  • Search by region (you will have to install a plugin).

Modifying tables:

  • Clicking the button cbs change selection will take you to the selection screen, where you can select different subjects, classifications and periods for the table.
  • You can use the arrows to rearrange the lay-out of your table. Use the horizontal arrows right icon and left icon and the vertical arrows up icon and down icon to move variables. The diagonal arrows diagonal up icon and diagonal down icon are to switch rows and columns.

Directions to StatLine
The website is publicly accessible:


What is Eurostat?Eurostat


Eurostat is the European Union’s statistical information service.
The Eurostat website is available in English, German and French. The Eurostat website provides direct and free of charge online access to all its statistical databases and associated electronic publications.
The Eurostat database is updated twice a day and covers:

  • the European Union 
  • the EU Member States
  • the euro area
  • Candidate countries
  • EFTA countries

The Eurostat homepage consists of 5 tabs: News, Data, Publications, About Eurostat, Help

  • The 'News' tab - section Data - offers direct links to the most popular data. By clicking on 'Complete database' one can directly access the full Eurostat database.
  • In the 'Data' tab all Eurostat's data are accessible, for instance by theme or from A-Z
  • See Help > First visit for an overview of what Eurostat has to offer. There is also a demo tour

Directly to: Eurostat

DSI - AllThatStats

What is DSI - AllThatStats?DSI - AlThatStats

DSI - AllThatStats contains statistical information from various international statistical sources: The core World Bank databases, UNIDO’s industry statistics, IMF’s financial statistics, the latest OECD data collections, the statistical series of the European Union, key statistics from various Federal Reserve Banks and national statistical offices (especially for the German, US and Euro-Area economies).


In DSI - AllThatStats you can:

  • search for tables by keywords. In the opening screen you can search across all sources. At the level of sources/databases keyword search is restricted to the choosen source.
  • browse for tables by clicking on the source, the subject, etc. Most of the times this gives better results than searching by keywords.

For more information see the DSI - AllThatStats Help.

Directly to: DSI - AllThatStats

World Development Indicators (WDI)

World BankWorld Development Indicators (WDI) is the primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially recognized international sources. It presents the most current and accurate global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates. It contains over 800 time-series indicators for 209 countries and 18 country groups, covering 1960 to last year. Included are sets of country tables, covering specialized topics such as social indicators, economic indicators, education, and population projection.

WDI is part of the World Bank DataBank. You can create your own queries; generate tables, charts, and maps; and easily save, embed, and share them. Watch the tutorial and read the FAQs.


Directly to: World Development Indicators

OECD iLibrary

OECD iLibrary

OECD iLibrary is OECD’s Online Library for Books, Papers and Statistics and the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data.

Utrecht University Library subscribes to 8 themes in OECD iLibrary:

However, many content areas are freely available to any site visitor, such as the OECD Factbook, Working Papers, OECD Key Tables, and more.