Google announced a free version of Google Data Studio at the company's Performance Summit event last month. The visualisation and dashboard tool has been a part of Google Analytics 360, but is now available to everyone, for free.
Except those people that don't live in the USA. Which is more or less everyone.
There is a workaround that doesn't require too much dirtying of hands. It unlocks the free version of Google Data Studio for non-US folk, and it appears to work pretty solidly.
How to access Data Studio outside the USA
There are two steps.
First, you'll need a VPN service that has an endpoint in the USA. We haven't tested a bunch of VPNs, but we know that ExpressVPN works a charm. (Edit: from feedback we've had, Private Internet Access does NOT work. ExpressVPN does at the moment.)
Fire up Express VPN, and select a location in the USA:
With the VPN connected, head over to https://accounts.google.com/SignUp to set up a new Google Account.
When creating your new account, make sure that the country stays locked to USA:
Edit: some have confirmed that they're able to access Data Studio with a preexisting Google account.
And that's it.
You'll need to add your new Google account to your Google Analytics Property to start importing the data sources and playing around, but you're pretty much done. Happy visualising!