The first GEOSTAT project was launched at the beginning of 2010 by Eurostat in cooperation with the European Forum for Geography and Statistics (EFGS), to promote grid-based statistics and more generally to work towards the integration of statistical and geospatial information in a common information infrastructure for the EU. GEOSTAT is now in its fourth round with GEOSTAT 4.

The aim of the GEOSTAT projects is to develop common guidelines for the collection and production of spatial- and grid-statistics within the European Statistical System. The results from GEOSTAT projects can be found under the subpages for each Geostat project and under the information base and data of this website.


“Representing census data in a European population grid dataset”

Eurostat launched in 2010 the GEOSTAT 1 project aiming for representing 2011 population census data as grid statistics.

GEOSTAT 1 was divided into three phases:


“A point-based foundation for statistics”

The GEOSTAT 2 is a two year ESSnet grant over the period of 2015 and 2016. The project is built on the results from its predecessors GEOSTAT 1A and 1B. More about GEOSTAT 2.


“A statistical geospatial framework for sustainable development”

A new, two year ESSnet grant the GEOSTAT 3 has started in February 2017. The project is following the paths of previous GEOSTAT projects (1 and 2). More about GEOSTAT 3.


“Geospatial statistics”

A new ESSnet grant the GEOSTAT 4 has started in February 2020. The project will continue the work done in the earlier GEOSTAT projects. In practise, the project
will complete the GSGF Europe and support its implementation in the organisations in the field. More about GEOSTAT 4.