The Progress of Nations: Social Indicators

Age of data

The table below gives the average age of the latest internationally available data for three key indicators - the under-five mortality rate, the percentage of children who reach grade 5, and the percentage of under-fives who are underweight.

The more up-to-date statistics used by most governments and international organizations are often interpolated and/ or extrapolated from past surveys. The table shows the number of years which have elapsed, or average, between the last national on-the-ground surveys and the year 1995.

In some cases, governments may have more recent statistics that have not yet been made available to the United Nations.

A small number of countries have no known data at all for certain indicators. Published data for such countries usually represent estimates based on neighbouring countries in similar levels of GNP per capita.

Average age of data (in years) on the three social indicators
SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
Madagascar2.3Mauritius4.7Central African Rep.10.7
Kenya2.7Niger4.7Gambia10.7
Burkina Faso3.3Cameroon5.0Mozambique10.7
Ghana3.3Zambia5.0Sierra Leone10.7
Malawi3.3Cote d'Ivoire5.3Benin11.3
Namibia3.3Nigeria5.3Guinea11.3
Tanzania3.3Uganda5.7Angola11.7
Zimbabwe3.3Eritrea6.0Chad12.0
Burundi3.7Botswana6.3Gabon12.0
Senegal3.7Togo6.3Guinea-Bissau12.3
Rwanda4.0Zaire6.3Somalia12.7
South Africa4.0Ethiopia6.7Liberia14.0
Mauritania4.3Mali7.0
Lesotho4.7Congo9.0
MIDDLE EAST and NORTH AFRICA
Turkey2.7Iraq4.3Tunisia5.3
Egypt3.3Jordan4.3Israel6.3
Morocco3.3Sudan4.3Saudi Arabia9.0
Oman3.3Algeria4.7U. Arab Emirates9.0
Syria3.7Yemen4.7Lebanon12.3
Iran4.3Kuwait5.0Libya15.0
CENTRAL ASIA
Afghanistan12*Kazakstan-Turkmenistan-
Armenia-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan-
Azerbaijan-Tajikistan-
ASIA and PACIFIC
New Zealand2.0*Philippines4.7Myanmar7.3
Australia2.5*Viet Nam4.7Singapore7.3
China2.7Malaysia5.0Mongolia8.0
India2.7Bangladesh5.3Hong Kong8.3
Japan3.0*Indonesia5.3Korea, Rep.8.3
Nepal3.0Pakistan5.3Papua New Guinea9.7
Sri Lanka4.0Thailand6.0Cambodia10.3
Lao Rep.4.3Bhutan7.0Korea, Dem.12.7
AMERICAS
Chile2.3Panama4.3Honduras5.7
Costa Rica2.3Jamaica4.7Trinidad/Tobago5.7
Bolivia3.0Paraguay4.7Peru6.0
Canada3.5*Colombia5.0Brazil6.3
United States3.5*El Salvador5.0Cuba6.3
Dominican Rep.3.7Nicaragua5.0Guatemala7.0
Uruguay4.0Venezuela5.0Ecuador7.7
Haiti4.3Mexico5.3Argentina11.7
EUROPE
Bulgaria1.5*Finland2.0*Spain2.5*
Estonia1.5*Italy2.0*Greece3.0*
Hungary1.5*Lithuania2.0*Norway3.0*
Poland1.5*Romania2.0*Albania3.5*
Russian Fed.1.5*Slovakia2.0*Netherlands4.0*
Slovenia1.5*Ukraine2.0*Portugal8.5*
Sweden1.5*Belarus2.5*United Kingdom9.0*
Switzerland1.5*Denmark2.5*Bosnia/Herzegovina-
TFYR Macedonia1.5*France2.5*Croatia-
Austria2.0*Germany2.5*Georgia-
Belgium2.0*Ireland2.5*Moldova-
Czech Rep.2.0*Latvia2.5*Yugoslavia-

New nations are excluded from this list when most of the available statistics predate independence

* Underweight not included


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