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Lars Backer is no longer with us

Lars Backer

Lars Henrik Backer passed away Wednesday 13th of May. Lars is known as the initiator and co-founder of the European Forum for Geography and Statistics (EFGS) and acted for years as its executive director. Lars was a passionate geostatistician with excellent skills in human relationships. A creative and hard working person whit liked holistic approaches in a pragmatic way. He was an  openhearted and visionary man, which main target was to define an overriding project (metanarrative) for the development of Spaceship Earth.  For this he suggested an agreement on a Global Integrated Information System of Systems (GIISS) for sustainable development of the Earth.


EFGS 2015 Vienna conference

The EFGS 2015 Vienna Conference is to be held from 10th-12th November 2015 at Hotel Mercure Wien Westbahnhof in Vienna, Austria. This year's conference will be hosted by Statistics Austria with the support from Eurostat and in co-operation with the Austrian Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying (BEV). 

Please visit our conference website which provides you with further information on the conference details, the location as well as other useful travel information. The registration can be done via the conference website.

If you have any questions please contact the local EFGS2015 team at 


Map of the Month - Population in private households with foreign background in Austria. 

Population in private households with foreign background in Austria.
Do you know how much of total population in Vienna have foreign background? Answer is in iMap of Statistics Austria. Mapping application of statistical institutions are the quick tools to tell and present the true stories. Free to use in your presentation, research and studies.  
New dataset released 

The 2011 population grid dataset can be found here. The GEOSTAT projects, with the aim to map the European Population on a 1km² grid-net, has completed its first and second (1A and 1B) iteration and released a new European grid dataset for the reference year 2006 (link). The data set combines national data from the GEOSTAT consortium and voluntary contributions from several NSIs with disaggregated grid data for those countries where national data were not available. The final 1A report (link) outlines a vision and sets the methodological foundations for European population grid datasets. The final 1B report is also available (link) The GEOSTAT project was supported by Eurostat within the Framework of the ESSnet program ( ).

NFGS 2015 Stockholm conference

In September 2013 the Nordic Forum for Geostatistics met in Copenhagen for interesting discussions on geography and statistics in combination. Now Statistics Sweden would like to invite You to continue the discussion in Stockholm. Find inspiration and share experiences with your Nordic geodata colleagues! The forum will take place in Stockholm on 9-10 September 2015.

Call for global action - A voluntary cooperation  


EFGS call for action to establish a Global Forum for Geography and Statistics (GFGS).  
After the Lisbon 2011 conference the goal has been to cover the whole world of NSIs and NMAs interested in the true integration of geograhy and statistics. The EFGS has taken the initiative to establish a Task Force for Global Forum for Geography and Statistics


Conferences and membership

The 7th EFGS Conference " Together now for a better future"  was held on 22-24 October, 2014 in Krakow, Poland. The conference was a great sucsess due to excellent hosting and hospitality by Statistics Poland. Conference photos are available here

There are no bindings to membership, but national contact persons have to be employees at national statistical institutes (NSIs) or mapping/cadastre agencies (NMCAs).
All members are invited to annual conferences.  

EFGS is also on FaceBook, you could find your friends here:  


Geostat project map

Upcoming Events
INSPIRE Conference 2015 May 25, 2015 - May 29, 2015 — Lissbon, Portugal
UN-GGIM - New York Aug 05, 2015 - Aug 07, 2015 — New York
NFGS 2015 Stockholm, Sweden Sep 09, 2015 - Sep 10, 2015
UN-GGIM: Europe Plenary Session Oct 07, 2015 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM — Belgrade, Serbia
EFGS 2015 Vienna conference Nov 10, 2015 - Nov 12, 2015 — Vienna
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