European statistics

European Statistical System (ESS)

The European Statistical System (ESS) is the partnership between the Community statistical authority, which is the Commission (Eurostat), and the national statistical institutes (NSIs) and other national authorities responsible in each Member State for the development, production and dissemination of European statistics. Its objective is to provide comparable statistics at EU level. Member States collect data and compile statistics for national and EU purposes. The ESS functions as a network in which Eurostat’s role is to lead the way in the harmonization of statistics in close cooperation with the national statistical authorities.

Grafik 3 The ESS Vision 2020 website presents details on strategic aims of the ESS.

The ESS Report – 2016

The aim of “The ESS Report" (PDF, 8 MB) is to allow its readers an insider's view into the world of European statistics, produced and disseminated by the European Statistical System (ESS). The current issue takes a closer look at a number of topics such as energy, income consumption and wealth as well as managing an National Statistical Institute in these times. The report also features a number of interviews. Commissioner Marianne Thyssen notes her appreciation with the work of the ESS, the heads of Statistics Netherlands and the Slovak Republic look back at their presidencies, Austria presents DGINs and colleagues from Austria, Slovenia, Finland and Hungary outline their work at national level on the main topics of this edition.

Eurostat Infographics

The life of women and men in Europe - The digital publication “The life of women and men in Europe – a statistical portrait” aims at comparing women and men in their daily lives. It also shows how similar or different the everyday life of women and men is in European countries.

Quality of Life – Find out more about the well-being of Europeans

Young Europeans – Compare yourself with other 16 to 29-year-old Europeans regarding job, family, free time and internet

You in the EU – Compare your way of living with men and women of your age in your country as well as with EU average and other EU member states

Economic Trends – Visualisation of selected economic indicators of European countries, such as unemployment, inflation and GDP

My capital in a bubble – The interactive data visualisation tool allows you to compare the capitals of the EU Member States, EFTA countries and Turkey for more than 30 indicators. Discover European statistics in an easy and playful way!

My country in a bubble – The interactive data visualisation tool "My country in a bubble" allows you to compare your country with other European countries for more than 50 statistical indicators. Discover European statistics in an easy and playful way!

Themes in the spotlight –Data visualisations which are published on the occasion of special days and events, such as Europe Day, International women’s day, World Tourism Day etc. are presented.

Government expenditure in the EU – The interactive data visualisation tool "Government expenditure in the EU" allows you to view the government expenditure by function for European Union (28 countries).

A look at the lives of the elderly in the EU today – This is a new web tool based on the chapter "An ageing society — focus on the elderly" of the flagship publication “People in the EU: who are we and how do we live? The web tool contains several statistical indicators focusing on the elderly, such as life expectancy, place of birth, travelling and internet use.

Inflation Dashboard – A tool for graphical and dynamic data display of harmonised indices of consumer prices (HICP). It allows you to select countries and individual product groups and displays relevant data simultaneously in a map, a bar chart and two line charts.

Inflation Statistics Illustrated – The tool gives an overview of the price changes and weights of the main product groups included in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) for the European Union and the euro area. The gradient of a rectangle indicates how much the prices have changed over a year. The rectangle's size is proportional to the share of the product group in the index.

Regional Statistics Illustrated – With this interactive tool, you can now visualise Eurostat's regional data. Regional Statistics Illustrated contains more than 50 indicators by NUTS 2 regions, grouped into 10 statistical domains.

EU2020 Statistics Illustrated – The Europe 2020 Statistics Illustrated is a group of tools that displays the crosscutting nature of the eight 2020 indicators in tabular form and a radar chart.

Country Profiles – This graphic tool enables you to compare countries and to group indicators according to the country and the region.

Statistical Atlas – With this interactive map viewer for statistical and topographical maps you 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.

Frequently queried tables

These 19 tables, linked directly to the Eurostat database, belong to the most frequently queried among Eurostats wide range of statistical tables. For more European data please refer to Eurostat.

People & Society

Harmonised unemployment rate by sex 
Employment rate by sex, age group 20-64 
People by age group 
Population by citizenship - Foreigners 
Life expectancy at birth, by sex 
Crude birth rate


GDP per capita in PPS 
Real GDP per capita, growth rate and totals 
Gross domestic product at market prices 
General government gross debt 
General government deficit (-) and surplus (+) 
Total general government expenditure 
HICP - all items 
Industrial production - total industry (excluding construction) 
Industrial domestic output prices - total industry (excluding construction) 
Building permits 

Energy, Environment, Innovation, Mobility

Electricity prices by type of user 
Electricity generated from renewable sources 
Greenhouse gas emissions by sector (source: EEA)

Urban Audit

The project “Urban Audit 2013-2014” covers the collection of about 160 variables on several aspects of the quality of life in European cities and agglomerations. The data collection in Austria comprises the following six cities (in descending order of number of inhabitants): Vienna, Graz, Linz, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt.

Information on European statistics

Eurostat – the Statistical Office of the European Union (EU) – provides a wide range of statistics for all countries and regions of the EU. For information on data or methodological aspects please contact the user support service in your favourite language.

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