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This is a tool to help you answer questions about global development using data. Gapminder has two free products: Gapminder World, which is available online and Gapminder Desktop, which is software you can install on your computer. Both tools sit on top of substantial and well arranged collections of statistics from the World Bank, the United Nations and other international organisations. Gapminder encourages you to compare different indicators from different countries over time and experiment with various ways of combining datasets.

Gapminder's main innovation is the motion chart, which animates how statistics about any issue change over time. Two other neat features are being able to select and highlight different countries as a way of making comparisons, and flick between viewing chart and world map views of the data.

Gapminder was created and run by a non-profit foundation of the same name. Its founder Hans Rosling is well-known for his punchy, distinctive style of presenting. His many videos about development statistics use the Gapminder tools to tell stories and present analysis. They're great for thinking about the sorts of stories you could tell with your data, and for explaining to others why data is useful.

its huge build-in data catalogue makes it likely to have something relevant to your work, and will help you present it in a stylish way.

not being able to put your own data into the tool.


You can either use it online or on installed on your desktop.

Open the website or download and install the software. You'll be asked to choose the data you want to look at from a catalogue of over 600 datasets about development. You can then customise how the data are arranged on the charts. If, however, you want to make motion and bubble charts with your own data, take a look at the many other tools in this section that allow you to do that.


Gapminder Desktop is a browser for viewing and presenting existing data. It is not possible to put your own data into it. In this sense, privacy is not an issue.

The Gapminder Foundation and Google.


 A video where Professor Hans Rosling uses the Gapminder software to show how hard it is to measure democracy using statistics.