The Global Diplomacy Index is an interactive web tool which maps and ranks the diplomatic networks of all G20 and OECD nations: 42 countries in total. View and compare the extent and reach of some of the most significant diplomatic networks in the world, see where nations are represented - by city, country, and type of diplomatic mission - and rank countries according to the size of their diplomatic network.

The Global Diplomacy Index map

Methodology

The data in the 2016 Global Diplomacy Index derives from a combination of sources, including desk research on foreign ministry websites of each of the 42 G20/OECD nations, secondary sources where relevant, and direct data exchanges between the Lowy Institute and the relevant ministries of foreign affairs, their embassies and consulates.

Included:
- Embassies and High Commissions
- Consulates-General and Consulates, provided they are headed by a dedicated home-based head/chief of mission with accreditation in the host country
- Permanent missions and representations or delegations to multilateral organisations such as the UN, EU, NATO and OECD, which are headed by a separate head/chief of mission
- Representative offices or delegations to countries where there is no formal diplomatic relationship, provided they are headed by a dedicated home-based head/chief of mission

Excluded:
- Honorary consulates
- Offices which are exclusively trade, development/cooperation offices or cultural institutions
- Consular sections of embassies
- Consular branches or offices which are not headed by a dedicated home-based head of mission with accreditation in the host country
- Embassies or posts which are temporarily closed


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