The V-Dem Dataset

Includes the world's most comprehensive and detailed democracy ratings. The latest version of the dataset and associated reference documents can be downloaded below.

How to download the V-Dem dataset

Each ZIP includes: Dataset, Codebook, What's New, Cautionary Notes, and Suggested Citations.


Decide which type of dataset fits your purpose

Country-Year, Country-Date or Coder-Level.


Choose the size you would like to download

V-Dem Core or V-Dem Full+Others.


Select your preferred format



Download the file

To download the file, click on the format in the column 'download' that corresponds to your preferred choice (e.g. 'R' or 'CSV'). The dataset and documentation are now ready to be used.

V-Dem Dataset Version 11.1

Note: For v11, there was a mistake in aggregating a number of A and A* variables from country-date to country-year by using the wrong aggregation method, most often using maximum instead of last or last instead of maximum per country-year. Most indices were not affected by this as they get calculated using country-date inputs. The following indices were affected and were recalculated for v11.1, the number of changed observations in comparison to v11 are in parenthesis: v2x_horacc (all), v2x_accountability (all), v2x_veracc (all), v2x_diagacc (all), v2x_divparctrl (45), v2x_feduni (8), v2x_regime (24), v2x_regime_amb (25), v2x_ex_confidence (17), v2x_ex_direlect (8), v2x_ex_hereditary (21), v2x_ex_military (52), v2x_ex_party (27). The affected A and A* variables were re-aggregated using the correct method for v11.1.

Reference Documents


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