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ArcticStat is a permanent, public and independent statistical database dealing with the countries, regions and populations of the Circumpolar Arctic.
ArcticStat was born out of the desire to facilitate comparative research on the socioeconomic conditions of the peoples of the Arctic by bringing together already existing data which are dispersed and often hard to find.
For the most part, the data indexed in ArcticStat come from national statistical agencies of the countries of the Arctic or their regional offices. These data are made public, produced on a recurrent basis, and are methodologically valid. In some cases, tables using data provided by statistical agencies were produced by the ArcticStat editorial team.
ArcticStat database is a portal that takes users directly to the table they are looking for, whether it is located on the web site of a statistics agency or in the ArcticStat database. A map and a list of easy-to-use indicators help users to do research.
ArcticStat is updated periodically to contain, wherever possible, the most recent data available. While ArcticStat brings together data on a wide range of socioeconomic realities of Arctic regions, it does not cover all possible aspects. ArcticStat is not responsible for the policies and practices of statistics agencies, the errors in the tables originating from these agencies, or the use made of such tables. Users are asked to consult the methodology notes which are directly accessible via hyperlinks found in the tables and on the metadata page.
ArcticStat was created by the Canada Research Chair on Comparative Aboriginal Condition of Université Laval. It is officially supported by the Arctic Council and it is an official activity of the International Polar Year. Most of the national statistical agencies, the list of which being provided in the links page, has agreed to cooperate with ArcticStat.
The core financial contribution was provided by the Canada Foundation for Innovation; additional financial contributions were provided by Louis-Edmond-Hamelin Chair for Northern Research in Social Sciences and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.
ArcticStat is located at the Faculté des sciences sociales, Université Laval, Québec, Canada. Groupe DSI is responsible for the computer design.
Most of the tables are available directly through web sites of the partners’ agencies. A browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Fire Fox must be installed in order to consult them. Some of the tables are available in a PDF format. In order to consult them Adobe Acrobat Reader must be installed. To import the tables using copy / paste operations to to a spreadsheet or a word processing software, Adobe Acrobat Standard will give the best results. This site is available in any screen resolution, although the design is optimized for a 1024x768 setting.