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Statistics Explained, your guide to European statistics. Statistics Explained is an official Eurostat website presenting statistical topics in an easily understandable way. Together, the articles make up an encyclopedia of European statistics for everyone, completed by a statistical glossary clarifying all terms used and by numerous links to further information and the latest data and metadata, a portal for occasional and regular users.

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Expenditure on education may help foster economic growth, enhance productivity, contribute to people’s personal and social development, and help reduce social inequalities. Within the European Union (EU) the proportion of financial resources devoted to education is one of the key choices made by national governments. More ...
This article presents statistics concerning the European Union’s (EU’s) resource productivity as well as information on the extraction of natural resources consumed by the EU economy. The article is based on domestic material consumption (DMC) and its components, as defined in the material flow accounts. More ...
Causes of death statistics
Updated 26/06/2015
This article gives an overview of recent statistics on causes of death in the European Union (EU). By relating all deaths in the population to an underlying cause of death, the risks associated with death from a range of specific diseases and other causes can be assessed; these figures can be further analysed by age, sex, country where the death occurred / residency of the deceased, and region (NUTS level 2), using standardised death rates. More ...
This article presents an overview of European Union (EU) statistics related to surgical operations and procedures. The article provides information for approximately 30 surgical operations and procedures. More ...
Tax revenue statistics
Updated 25/06/2015
This article presents recent data on tax revenue and its relationship to gross domestic product (GDP) in the European Union (EU) and the euro area (EA-19). The latest year for which detailed tax revenue statistics are available for all Member States is 2013. More ...
This article analyses recent statistics on trade in goods and services between the European Union (EU) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). More ...

Did you know that....

In 2013, the highest shares of gross final energy consumption from renewable sources were recorded in Sweden (52.1 %), Latvia (37.1 %) and Finland (36.8 %), while the lowest were observed in the Netherlands (4.5 %), Malta (3.8 %) and Luxembourg (3.6 %). Read more...

Focus on

Agricultural products
Production of cereals, EU-28, 2013 (¹) (%, based on tonnes) YB15.png
There is a wide diversity of natural environments, climates, economic conditions and farming practices across Europe. They are reflected in the broad array of food and drink products that are made available for human consumption and animal feed, as well as a range of inputs for non-food processes. Indeed, agricultural products contribute to the cultural identity of Europe’s people and regions.

Main statistical findings

Crops

In 2013, the EU-28 produced 306 million tonnes of cereals (including rice). This was the highest level of production since a peak in production in 2008. The EU-28's production of cereals in 2013 was 20.9 million tonnes higher than in 2012 (+7.3 %).

The EU-28 produced 109.1 million tonnes of sugar beet in 2013, which was 5.7 million tonnes less than in 2012. The production of the other main root crop in the EU-28 — potatoes — was 53.9 million tonnes.

Oilseeds production has followed an upward pattern in recent years mainly due to the increased use of oilseeds for bioenergy production. Rape and turnip rape, and sunflower seeds are the main types of oilseeds produced in the EU-28. In 2013, 21.0 million tonnes of rape and turnip rape were produced, a much larger volume than in 2012 (+9.2 %). By comparison, an estimated 9.2 million tonnes of sunflower seeds were produced across the EU-28 in 2013.

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