The Helgi Library was born from an idea about a way to find information fast, easily and cheaply, whether it be a number or a report. From very limited objectives at the beginning, the project grew from a little snowball into a large one as more information was added and sources were discovered. The Helgi Library is now an open platform, to which data and reports are being added every day from all over the world. It began as an idea when I was writing a report. Finding the right data was always the most time-consuming job. It could also be the most expensive part of the exercise when making an analysis as only a limited number of providers offer the necessary data, often without much added value. And living and working in the region of Central and Eastern Europe, where information is even scarcer than in the more developed world, the idea of providing proper information at a reasonable price became further cemented.
He spent nearly two decades analysing companies in the region of Central and Eastern Europe, primarily in the area of financial services. Jiri built and headed Equity Research at Wood & Company, a Central European brokerage firm, and got several awards (such as The Best Equity Research or The Best Analyst by Euromoney). Jiri received his degree from the University of Economics in Prague in 1997 and spent a few years in London working in the City. In addition to his Helgi Library pursuit, he is a founding partner of Helgi Analytics, a consulting firm.
A: The word Helgi represents trust, security or inviolability. It is an old Norse word for the sacredness of a person, or a holy place, which describes the values we believe in nicely. We have however no close connection to the Scandinavians.
A: We are based in the Czech Republic and mostly analyse the region of Central and Eastern Europe. But our data cover more than 95% of the world's population and the global economy.
A: Unlike many data providers, we offer plenty of information for free. With us, you can also buy a single data series you are interested in for peanuts without the need to register or buy an expensive subscription for months. And unlike many others, we care about the numbers rather than just passively reproducing them. We use the data in our own reports, so we often mix the sources to complete time series.
A: We take most of our information from public sources such as statistical offices and central banks and have licencing agreements with various associations and multi-national organisations to reproduce their data. We often mix them together and create our own ratios when useful.
A: Absolutely; just send us your request (to firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will let you know if what you want is available, or how much time it would take/cost to find. We also do special proprietary analyses by special request; see more in the report section
A:: First of all, we aim to continuously improve the quality of the current data, so we will continue adding more figures to the existing database. We will also add more ratios to the existing topics and will be extending the time horizon and adding more monthly and quarterly figures to the existing annual indicators.