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The Atlas of the Human Planet 2019 provides key figures about urbanisation in 239 countries across the globe.

This edition of the Atlas focuses on key figures on urbanisation and human settlements dynamics. It is organised in 239 country briefs and analyses the development of the past 40 years (1975 – 2015). This data and fact book is based on a harmonised definition to identify settlement classes across the globe. It is implemented with the GHSL Settlement Model that applies the European Degree of Urbanisation method to the globe. The application of the European Degree of Urbanisation definition to the globe provides novel statistics and understanding of human settlement dynamics.

The Atlas of the Human Planet 2019 contributes directly to the voluntary commitment to develop a people-based Global Definition of Cities, Urban and Rural Areas. The definition is essential for monitoring of progress in achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The monitoring across regions of the world requires common approaches to reporting and data collection.

You can download a single country brief (PDF format) by selecting a country and clicking on the miniature