These data are provided in the form of read-only Excel files. They relate only to the countries of the developed world, together with a few data from semi-developed countries.
They are taken from a variety of sources, mostly Eurostat, from the Council of Europe’s annual publication ‘Demographic Developments in Europe’ up to 2003, and from national demographic yearbooks. No warranty is given as to their accuracy; the most recent data in particular are often revised retrospectively by the relevant national statistical offices.
There are numerous gaps in the data and some time-series do not appear to be consistent. Any corrections or additional information would be gratefully received.
Some of these series were assembled with financial help from the UK Economic and Social Research Council and from the World Society Foundation, Zurich.