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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.

14 March 2019

The complete SHDI Database 1990-2017 for 1625 regions in 161 countries is now available at 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

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.

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'.

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.

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:

27 February 2018

Today we have connected our Area Database with Dollarstreet ( of Gapminder. If you click on the "Dollarstreet" link in the blue bar with the country name, you can see how people live in the country or region.

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.

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.

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.