Online Databases

The following databases are maintained and regularly updated by the MPIDR, together with various research partners. Access to the data is free to researchers and other interested persons after a brief process of registration.

  • Human Mortality Database (HMD)
    Death rates and life tables calculated for 41 regions, including the input data (death counts from vital statistics, census counts, birth counts and population estimates).
  • Human Life-Table Database (HLD)
    Population life tables from various countries, mostly published by national statistical offices; as well as non-official life tables produced by researchers.
  • Human Fertility Database (HFD)
    Detailed, high-quality and internationally comparable data on cohort and period fertility by age of mother and birth order. Short-Term Fertility Fluctuations (STFF) data series, providing up-to-date data on monthly births.
  • Human Fertility Collection (HFC)
    The HFC has been designed to supplement the Human Fertility Database and to incorporate a greater variety of international fertility data that are valuable for fertility research but do not meet high quality standards of the HFD.
  • The Human Cause-of-Death Database
    Time series of cause-specific mortality for 16 countries, comparable in time and across countries due to a common classification of causes of death, to which data from original vital statistics for each country are reassigned.
    A global database of COVID-19 cases and deaths in harmonized 5 and 10-year age groups. Both national and subnational data.
  • The Scholarly Migration Database (SMD)
    The database provides detailed data about the mobility of scholars. Scientists, journalists and policy analysts who are interested in the movements of published researchers can access high-quality datasets and estimates via this website.
  • Comparative Family Policy Database
    Family allowances and parental leave regulations for 22 OECD countries.
  • Demography of Ageing across the Tree of Life Database (DATLife) 
    A curated data source for the comparative analysis of mortality and fertility across animals. In this context, “curated” means that the quality of information is assessed and recorded in the database. 
  • Compadre Database
    The COMPADRE database holds demographic data on reproduction, survival and growth for 600 plant species.
  • Longevity Records: Life Spans of Mammals, Birds, Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish
    Online book and data tables containing the highest documented ages for over 3,000 vertebrate species/subspecies.
  • Kannisto-Thatcher Database on Old Age Mortality
    Data on death counts and population counts classified by sex, age, year of birth and calendar year for more than 30 countries.
  • Rostock Archive of Historical Vital Statistics Micro Data (RAPHIS)

    Micro Data from historical censuses, church registers, and burial records of the city of Rostock in 1800 to 1905.

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.