Eurostat Regional Yearbook 2012 and Online Interactive tools launched

In which EU region does agriculture contribute the most to the economy? And where is Research and Development most significant? Which region is the most densely populated? Where is the unemployment rate lowest and where is the GDP per inhabitant highest?

The answers to these questions and many more are found in the 2012 regional yearbook published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. The publication gives an overview of the most recent economic, social and demographic developments in the 271 NUTS level 2 regions2 and, for some indicators, the 1 303 NUTS level 3 regions2 of the 27 Member States of the European Union as well as, when available, the regions in the four EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), the acceding country (Croatia) and three of the candidate countries (Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey).

As the publication contains many maps, which are the most user friendly way to present regional statistics, a new interactive tool, the Statistical Atlas, is also launched today on the Eurostat website. This tool contains maps of all regions in the EU (down to NUTS level 3) as well as the possibility to display rivers, cities and roads. On these maps, the full range of statistical indicators included in the Regional Yearbook can be selected and displayed in a clear and readable way.

Further information

The Eurostat regional yearbook 2012 includes fourteen chapters on economy, population, health, education, labour market, structural business statistics, tourism, information society, agriculture, transport, science, technology & innovation, European cities, coastal regions and territorial typologies.

To illustrate the diversity of the regional data found in the Eurostat regional yearbook, this News Release presents a small selection of indicators from different statistical fields.

Expenditure on Research and Development (R&D) was equivalent to 2.01% of GDP in the EU27 in 2009. The share of R&D expenditure in GDP was 3% or more in 35 regions, which accounted for nearly half of all R&D expenditure in the EU27. Among these regions, eleven were in Germany, eight in the United Kingdom, four in Sweden, three each in Denmark and Finland and two each in Belgium, France and Austria.

The EU27 regions with the largest shares of R&D expenditure in GDP in 2009 were Braunschweig (7.93% of GDP) in Germany, Brabant Wallon (7.63%) in Belgium, Pohjois-Suomi (6.58%) in Finland, Cheshire (6.51%) in the United Kingdom, Stuttgart (6.44%) in Germany, East Anglia (5.59%) in the United Kingdom and Hovedstaden (5.27%) in Denmark.

Source: EC Press release

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Entry created by Danaja Lorencic on October 23, 2012
Modified on October 23, 2012