Guide to UNESCO Communication and Information Statistics


As the statistical branch of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the Institute for Statistics (UIS) produces cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication for more than 200 countries and territories. 

The UNESCO Communication and Information Statistics allows research into the ways in which people access and use media and information and generate knowledge in the digital age.  It includes over 100 indicators for 200+ countries from 1995 onwards.

Main topics

  • Global Survey 2005-2006
  • Broadcast
  • Broadcast institutions and channels
  • Journalists
  • Broadcast regulation and programming
  • Information
  • Newspapers
  • Library Statistics
  • Librairies
  • Libraries of institutions of tertiary education (only available for Europe and North America)
  • National Libraries: Collections, registered users, works loaned out, employees
  • Public Libraries

Access UNESCO data

Access to the UNESCO Statistics via UKDS.Stat is freely available to all. 

Please refer to the UIS Terms and Conditions of Data Use.


UNESCO produces the resources below to accompany the Communication and Information Statistics dataset:

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