ArcticStat is a statistical databank dedicated to the countries, regions and populations of the circumpolar Arctic. It was created for the purpose of facilitating the comparative study of the socio-economic living conditions of the inhabitants of the Arctic by centralizing in one location data that already exists but that is dispersed and often difficult to find. So far, ArcticStat is the only socio-economic databank entirely dedicated to the circumpolar Arctic regions.
ArcticStat covers 30 Arctic regions belonging to 8 countries: Alaska; Canadian North; Greenland; Iceland; the Faroe Islands; the northern regions of Norway, Sweden and Finland; as well as the Arctic regions of the Russian Federation. The indicators included in ArcticStat refer to the population, language, health, education, migration, economy, labour market and other social realities. ArcticStat provides easy and direct access to more than 5,300 tables.
ArcticStat is available via the Internet and is free. It basically operates as a portal by directing the users to the tables in the sites where they are published. When this is not possible, users can access a copy of the tables stored in the ArcticStat database. The site was designed in a way that makes it easy to use. The search engine is in fact made up of three menus from which users are required to make a choice: countries and regions; indicators and sub-indicators; years. A search may also be made from an interactive map.
ArcticStat is updated on a regular basis, and new indicators are added periodically. A page of metadata operating on the same principle as the statistics page is available, and it, also, is updated on a regular basis.
The data included in ArcticStat come primarily from the national statistics agencies. They are grouped into a coherent and systematic corpus, making it possible to describe, analyze, interpret and compare the living conditions of the Arctic populations. In addition to contributing to drastically reducing the time spent on locating data, ArcticStat can help the decision-making process by facilitating access to valid and up-to-date information. It can also be used as a pedagogic resource for teaching, research and distribution of knowledge, especially for those who are involved in programmes dedicated to the Arctic and to aboriginal people such as those offered by the universities affiliated with the University of the Arctic.
The ArcticStat project is officially recognized by the Arctic Council. It is also a major Canadian contribution to the International Polar Year.
ArcticStat was primarily financed by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), by the Louis-Edmond-Hamelin Chair for Nordic social sciences research as well as by the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.