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Inter-Parliamentary Union: New Parline

Readers interested in accessing data on national legislative bodies from around the world would do well to check out New Parline, the open data platform of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). This resource "allows you not only to find information on national parliaments but also to compare the data for all parliaments or a particular region." Visitors can search for a particular country and legislative chamber from the main page, and they can also explore several ready-made visual comparisons on topics like how different countries' parliaments are structured and what percentage of their membership is made up of women. Those interested in creating their own comparisons can choose among a variety of aspects, including the average age of all members, electoral system, and the number of laws adopted by parliaments per year. Users can download the data and visualizations from New Parline, and the site is available in both English and French. Established in 1889, the IPU describes itself as "the global organization of national parliaments," and as of this write-up has 179 parliaments in its membership.
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