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15 Sep 2017

Eurostat publishes 2017 Regional Yearbook

Eurostat, the European statistics office, has published its Regional Yearbook for 2017. According to Eurostat, comparing data at a regional or subnational level is often more meaningful than at national level. This kind of analysis may also highlight potential disparities within countries. As such, subnational data help to increase the understanding of the diversity that exists within Member States and across the EU as a whole.

The 2017 edition of the Eurostat regional yearbook provides a taste of the wide range of regional statistics available for the 276 NUTS level 2 regions (or even 1 342 NUTS level 3 regions for some indicators) of the 28 Member States of the EU as well as, when available, in EFTA and candidate countries. It also includes a separate chapter on research and innovation. 

Amongst others, the Regional Yearbook includes the following topics:

  • an overview of regional policies in the EU and European Commission priorities at subnational level,
  • four chapters with statistics on people: 'Population', 'Health', 'Education and training', as well as the 'Labour market',
  • one chapter each on 'Economy' and 'Structural business statistics',
  • a separate chapter on 'Research and innovation'
  • regional data for specific sectors and economic activities: 'Digital economy and society', 'Tourism', 'Transport' and 'Agriculture'. 
  • two new focus chapters, one on 'Cities', focusing on population, transport and the environment, and another on 'Rural areas', which displays specific data on poverty and social exclusion, housing, health, education, the labour market and the digital society and economy.

Currently published in an electronic format and as a set of Statistics Explained articles, the paper version of the Eurostat regional yearbook 2017 will be available mid-October.

For more information:

Eurostat - press release

Eurostat regional yearbook 2017 (pdf version available for download)

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