Note: Regional Profile Calculation Note: The values for the United Nation regions are calculated from the country values in that region. We utilized two methods for computing our regional calculations: adding country measures (population, area, etc.) and computing weighted averages of indexes and composite measures (GFI, life expectancy, etc.). When more than 50% of the nations failed to report composite measures, we did not compute regional rates.
1. The U.S. Census Bureau's International Data Base (IDB) is a computerized data bank containing statistical tables of demographic data for 227 countries and areas of the world.
2. Relying on agencies from each country, as well as a synthesis of data from United Nations divisions, Eurostate Demographic statistics, the U.S. Census international database, and its own data collection, the World Bankís Open Data site offers free and open access to data about development in countries around the globe.
3. The article by Brian Grim and Roger Finke describes the coding of the U.S. State Departmentís International Religious Freedom reports. The 2003, 2005, and 2008 reports were coded by researchers at the Association of Religion Data Archives. The GRI, GFI and SRI values reported on the National Profiles are averages from the 2003, 2005, and 2008 International Religious Freedom reports, while the Religious Persecution measure is an average from the 2005 and 2008 reports. All other measures derived from the International Religious Freedom reports were coded from the reports 2008. A data file with all of the 2008 coding, as well as data files with other cross national collections are available for preview and download from the data archive on this site. Used with permission.