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The Institute of Brazilian Issues would like to thank you for using our database over the past several years. At this time, however, we have decided to suspend updates due to the World Bank's new Open Data Initiative:

April 20, 2010—The World Bank Group said today it will offer free access to more than 2,000 financial, business, health, economic and human development statistics that had mostly been available only to paying subscribers. The decision-part of a larger effort to increase access to information at the World Bank-means that researchers, journalists, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), entrepreneurs and school children alike will be able to tap into the World Bank's databases via a new website,

Experts say the Bank's open data initiative has the potential to stimulate more evidence-based policymaking in developing countries by bringing more researchers and innovative analysis into the development process. The move is also likely to stimulate demand for data and increase countries' capacity to produce it, they say. And, for the first time, data will be available in languages other than English, with an initial 330 indicators translated into French, Spanish and Arabic.

“It’s important to make the data and knowledge of the World Bank available to everyone," World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick said. "Statistics tell the story of people in developing and emerging countries and can play an important part in helping to overcome poverty.”

World Bank Database

Further material can also be found by accessing The United States Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook. The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities. Their Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.

CIA World Factbook BRAZIL



The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics
The Central Bank of Brazil
The Gertulio Vargas Foundation
The Ministry of Mines and Energy
The Institute of Applied Economic Research

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Brasilia Desk