Demographic Yearbook (Ser. R)

English, French
2412-0006 (online)
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The United Nations Demographic Yearbook collects, compiles and disseminates official statistics on a wide range of topics. Data have been collected from national statistical authorities since 1948 through a set of questionnaires dispatched annually by the United Nations Statistics Division to over 230 national statistical offices. The Demographic Yearbook disseminates statistics on population size and composition, births, deaths, marriage and divorce on an annual basis. Demographic Yearbook special topics issues cover a wide range of additional topics including economic activity, educational attainment, household characteristics, housing, ethnicity and language, among others.
United Nations Demographic Yearbook 2008

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02 Feb 2011
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The Demographic Yearbook 2008 is the sixtieth in a series published by the United nations since 1948.It contains general tables including a world summary of selected demographic statistics, statistics on the size, distribution and trends in national populations, fertility, foetal mortality, infant and maternal mortality, general mortality, nuptiality and divorce.Data are shown by urban/rural residence, as available.In addition, the volume provides Technical Notes, a synoptic table, a historical index and a listing of the issues of the Yearbook published to date.
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  • Topics of the Demographic Yearbook series: 1948 - 2008
  • Explanations of symbols
  • Introduction (English)
    The Demographic Yearbook is an international compendium of national demographic statistics, provided by national statistical authorities to the Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The Yearbook is part of the set of coordinated and interrelated publications issued by the United Nations and its specialized agencies, designed to supply basic statistical data for such users as demographers, economists, public-health workers and sociologists. Through the co-operation of national statistical services, official demographic statistics are compiled in the Yearbook, as available, for more than 230 countries or areas throughout the world.
  • Technical notes on the statistical tables
    These Technical Notes are designed to provide the reader with relevant information for using the statistical tables. Information pertaining to the Yearbook in general is presented in the sections dealing with geographical aspects, population and vital statistics. In addition, preceding each table are notes describing the variables, remarks on the reliability and limitation of the data, countries and areas covered, and information on the presentation of earlier data. When appropriate, details on computation of rates, ratios or percentages are presented.
  • Introduction (French)
    L'Annuaire démographique est un recueil de statistiques démographiques internationales qui est établi par la Division de statistique du Département des affaires économiques et sociales de l'Organisation des Nations Unies. Il fait partie d'un ensemble de publications complémentaires publiées par l'Organisation des Nations Unies et les institutions spécialisées, qui ont pour objet de fournir des statistiques de base aux démographes, aux économistes, aux spécialistes de la santé publique et aux sociologues. Grâce à la coopération des services nationaux de statistique, il a été possible de faire figurer dans la présente édition des statistiques démographiques officielles pour plus de 230 pays ou zones du monde entier.
  • Notes techniques sur les tableaux statistiques
    Les notes techniques ont pour but de donner au lecteur tous les renseignements dont il a besoin pour se servir des tableaux statistiques. Les renseignements qui concernent l'Annuaire en général sont présentés dans des sections portant sur diverses considérations géographiques, sur la population et sur les statistiques de natalité et de mortalité. Les tableaux sont ensuite commentés séparément et l'on trouvera pour chacun une description des variables et des observations sur la fiabilité et les lacunes des données ainsi que sur les pays et zones visés et sur les données publiées antérieurement. Des détails sont également donnés, le cas échéant, sur le mode de calcul des taux, quotients et pourcentages.
  • Demographic yearbook 2008 synoptic table: Availability of data by country/area, table and sex, where applicable
  • World summary
  • Population (English)
  • Fertility
  • Foetal mortality
  • Infant and maternal mortality
  • General mortality
  • Nuptiality
  • Divorce
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