This report Eurostat Regional yearbook 2016, published by Eurostat on September 2016, provides a detailed picture relating to a broad range of statistical topics across the regions of the EU Member States, as well as the regions of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and candidate countries.
Within the EU, regional statistics are based on the classification of territorial units for statistics, known by the acronym NUTS. This classification is based on harmonised conventions to define regions in a comparable manner, reflecting the diverse physical, demographic and administrative situations in the EU Member States. This classification has implications beyond the direct field of statistics as it is increasingly used in other areas. The data presented in this publication are based on the recently implemented 2013 version of the NUTS classification.
Each chapter presents statistical information in maps, figures and tables, accompanied by a description of the policy context, main findings and data sources. Regional indicators are presented for the following 12 subjects:
- Regional policies and Europe 2020
- Education and training
- Labour market
- Structural business statistics
- Research and Innovation
- The Information Society
In addition, two special focus chapters are included in this edition: a focus on commuting patterns between regions and a focus on regional population projections. Two additional tools from Eurostat, Statistical Atlas and Statistics Explained are also presented in the report.
The Statistical Atlas is an interactive map viewer for statistical and topographical maps. The user can combine geographical information from various “base maps”, such as the borders of the NUTS regions or the Urban Audit cities, with information from statistical maps.
Various functionalities are offered to view the details of the map display:
- Zooming in and out on Europe and outermost regions
- Changing the transparency settings of the map layers
- Retrieving the code, geographical label and statistical value of a specific NUTS region or Urban Audit city.
The Statistical Atlas contains all the maps from the Eurostat regional yearbook sorted by publication themes and chapters.
Statistics Explained is a wiki-based system which presents statistical topics in an easy-to-understand way; each of the chapters from the Eurostat regional yearbook is included as a separate article. Statistics Explained articles form an encyclopaedia of European statistics, which is completed by a statistical glossary clarifying the terms used. In addition, numerous links are provided to data, metadata, and further information; as such, Statistics Explained is a portal for regular and occasional users of official European statistics.