News Archive

Area Database 3.5.0 released

27 April 2019
Version 3.5.0 of our Area Database released! New data have been added for Albania, Congo Brazzaville, Lao, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Thailand.

SHDI Database now available on our website

14 March 2019
The complete SHDI Database 1990-2017 for 1625 regions in 161 countries is now available on our website under "Human Development Index". This SD-2019 version of the database is equal to the database connected to our Data Descriptor paper "The Subnational Human Development Database" published in "Scientific Data". This paper can freely be downloaded from

SHDI Database 2.2 released

16 January 2019
Today a new version (2.2) of the SHDI Database has been uploaded, with data for 1625 subnational regions in 161 countries. New data has been added for Equatorial Guinea. The data has been updated for Somalia, Kosovo, East Timor, Argentina, Venezuela, Malaysia, EU-countries and small improvements have been made in data for other countries.

Working paper on SHDI Database updated

16 January 2019
The GDL Working paper (18-101) about the SHDI Database has been updated with more detailed information about the construction of the database. The paper is available under 'Publications' and at the 'Human Development Index page and under 'Download'.

Subnational Human Development Index launched

31 May 2018
Today we have launched a subnational version of the Human Development Index (HDI) of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). This SHDI shows the variation in human development among1600+ regions within 160 countries from all regions of our world. The SHDI is available under "Human Development Index" in the top menu. A blog about the SHDI has been posted today on the UNDP website. It is available under "Blog UNDP" in the top menu of our Human Development Index page.

Paper on role of grandparents for African children's stunting

18 April 2018
Paper on role of grandparents for African children’s stunting using GDL data has come out in Social Science & medicine. Download here:

Area Database now connected to Dollarstreet

27 February 2018
The countries in the Area Database now have a link to the nearest houses in Dollarstreet, so that users can get an impression of the way people live in the region where the country is located.

Area Database 3.2.0 released

6 February 2018
Version 3.2.0 of our Area Database released! New data have been added for India 2016. We also increased the number of regions for Colombia to 33.

Area Database 3.1.0 released

28 November 2017
Version 3.1.0 of the GDL Area Database released. Data has been for Angola, Armenia, Botswana, Ethiopia, Iran, Fiji, Mexico, Senegal and South Africa added. Urbanization was added as a new indicator.

Area Database 3.0.0 released

12 September 2017
Version 3.0.0 of the Area Database has been released. The database has been extended with indicators for six East-European countries: Belarus, Bosnia Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia. Also new data has been added for Albania, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Sao Tome & Principe, Somalia, and Swaziland. The total number of low and middle income countries for which indicators are available is now 125. We also have improved and extended the indicators for child mortality.