V-Dem Graphing Tools

The V-Dem Graphing Tools is a new platform for data visualization. Here you find user-friendly tools specially designed to visualize V-Dem data in various forms depending on your needs and interest. Select one of the tools to start exploring the data!

Featured Tools

We recommend that you start exploring data with our featured tools: variable graphs, country graphs, and interactive maps. Simple and user-friendly interfaces allow you to explore 450 aspects of democracy for all countries in the world over the last 100 years. 

Variable Graph

Country Graph

Interactive Maps

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Charts Tools

These brand-new tools make it possible to create even more detailed and nuanced charts, complex graphics and heat maps.

Variable Radar Chart

Country Radar Chart

Scatter Chart

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Thematic Comparison

Regional Comparison

Heat Map

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Sequence & Contingency Tools

These tools are recommended for advanced users who are keen to learn more about sequencing mechanisms and contingency conditions.

Contingency Tables

Low Hanging Fruit Tool

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Forecasting Tools


This tool provides an interactive dashboard for the Predicting Adverse Regime Transition (PART) project.


This project estimates the probability that a country will experience at least one opening event (a substantial increase) or at least one closing event (a substantial decrease) over a two-year window (2019-2020) for six different aspects of a country's Democratic Space: associational, economic, electoral, governing, individual, and informational spaces.

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Pandemic Backsliding Project (PanDem)

Pandemic Backsliding Project (PanDem)

The Pandemic Backsliding Project tracks state responses to Covid-19 and their potential effect on the overall quality of democracy within the country.



V-Dem Graphing Tool are somewhat different from line graphs you are probably accustomed to. To learn how to use the tools, please consult the  Manual Graphing Tools v9.pdf (5.0 MB) .


All V-Dem data and graphs generated by the online tools is an open source and free for anyone to use. You do not need to seek permission to use the data, but we kindly ask you to cite the data: 

Coppedge, Michael, John Gerring, Carl Henrik Knutsen, Staffan I. Lindberg, Jan Teorell, David Altman, Michael Bernhard, M. Steven Fish, Adam Glynn, Allen Hicken, Anna Luhrmann, Kyle L. Marquardt, Kelly McMann, Pamela Paxton, Daniel Pemstein, Brigitte Seim, Rachel Sigman, Svend-Erik Skaaning, Jeffrey Staton, Steven Wilson, Agnes Cornell, Nazifa Alizada, Lisa Gastaldi, Haakon Gjerløw, Garry Hindle, Nina Ilchenko, Laura Maxwell, Valeriya Mechkova, Juraj Medzihorsky, Johannes von Römer, Aksel Sundström, Eitan Tzelgov, Yi-ting Wang, Tore Wig, and Daniel Ziblatt. 2020. ”V-Dem [Country–Year/Country–Date] Dataset v10”. Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Project. https://doi.org/10.23696/vdemds20


The scores displayed in these graphs are summaries of ratings assigned by 4-5 country experts in our online surveys. Scores assigned by 3 and less country experts are not displayed in the online graphs but available throught the V-Dem Datasets. You can download the datasets here .

The process of data checking and data cleaning continues. Please use the contact form below to tell us if you find apparent errors in the indicators or indices in the V-Dem dataset.

Design & Programming

The V-Dem Graphing Tools were originally designed by the Center for Research Computing (CRC) at the University of Notre Dame 2011-2013, followed by an additional support from the independent company Imaginary Landscape in a process directed from Natalia Stepanova at the V-Dem Institute. During 2016-2019, Dr. Steven Wilson upgraded the existing tools and designed a set of new tools.


These tools were made possible by generous support from different funders. For more information, please visit our funders page.