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Map of the Month - Ivory Coast mobile phone population cartogram

Ivory Coast population cartogram

A blog post on population mapping using anonymised mobile phone data from individual call records by Orange in the country of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). See blog post for more information.

Statistics Finland making use of open source web-mapping software

OSKARI Web mapping softwareLatest Positio magazine introduces Oskari. Oskari is an open source web-mapping software project started by the National Land Survey of Finland. Oskari is now developed by a growing community of developers from governmental organizations as well as from private companies. 

Statistics Finland belongs to the Oskari network, the governing body of the software. To support the use of open statistics in Oskari-based applications it is important to develop the structure of open statistical data and its metadata. For more information click here


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

EFGS held the 8th Conference on the integration of geography and statistics from 10-12 November 2015 in Vienna, Austria. Please visit the conference website which provides you with abstracts, presentations and posters. The Nordic Forum for Geography and Statistics (NFGS) conference was organized and hosted by Statistics Sweden on the 9th-10th September 2015. The conference addressed methods, baseline data, confidentiality and presentation of statistics. More information can be found at own conference page.

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:  


New dataset released 

The 2011 (and 2006) 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. 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 GEOSTAT project was supported by Eurostat within the Framework of the ESSnet program ( ).