Statistical information is so close to everyday life and – at the same time – often so far from our personal experience. It’s all about averages, medians … .

Attempts to bridge this gap exist.

Inflation is one prominent example. Several National Statistical Offices have developped inflation calculators giving users a tool to adapt data to specific personal situations and to give better insight in the methods (see the explanations introducing the calculators).

DESTATIS’ personal inflation calculator (using SVG)
DESTATIS-inflation-calculator

This calculator has been adapted to other countries. So by ONS (UK) or INSEE (France)

ONS Personal Inflation Calculator PIC

ons-inflation-calculator

INSEE Simuler un indice des prix personnalisé
insee-inflation-calculator

There is also a Slovenian version and

a Dutch one in Flash (thanks Katja!)

CBS-inflation-calculator

Statistics Switzerland has developed another flavour of such a calculator

swiss-inflation-calculator

swiss-inflation-calculator2

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