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

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Updated: Maritime ports freight and passenger statistics

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This article presents the latest statistical data on freight handling and passenger traffic in ports in the European Union (EU), Iceland, Norway, Montenegro and Turkey. It also covers maritime transport flows with the main partner geographical areas, as well as individual results for major European ports. This article contains data for 2013. The next update (with figures for 2014) is provisionally scheduled for February 2016. Please note that the 2012 and 2013 figures for France are provisional estimates which are likely to be revised. More ...

Updated: Inflation in the euro area

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The data in this article show the most recent annual rates of change for the euro area headline inflation and its main components issued by Eurostat. The figures presented are actual HICP figures. More ...

New: Road freight vehicle statistics - lorries, road tractors and trailers

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This article presents statistics on vehicles for transport of freight in the European Union (EU): lorries, road tractors, semi-trailers and trailers. It describes the development in the number of such vehicles and describes the trends in the registration of new vehicles. It also analyses the load capacity of these vehicles, which is essential for the capacity of the transport sector in the EU to move freight. More ...

Updated: Minimum wage statistics

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This article illustrates how minimum wage levels vary considerably across the European Union (EU) Member States; it also provides a comparison with the situation in the candidate countries and the United States. Minimum wage statistics, as published by Eurostat, refer to national minimum wages. More ...

Updated: Air pollution by industries and households

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This article analyses the emissions to air of five acidifying gases and ozone precursor substances in the European Union (EU) in a breakdown by industries and households that are responsible for their generation. The data source is the European environmental accounts. The article also briefly explains the differences between air emissions accounts reported under the Regulation (EU) Nr 691/2011 on European environmental economic accounts, More ...

New: Annual national accounts - how ESA 2010 has changed the main GDP aggregates

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This article analyses the impact of ESA 2010 revisions focusing on nominal GDP at the European level. Observing the main aggregates of the three approaches used in estimating GDP at market prices, it includes an analysis of the industries which have generated significant revisions to gross value added (GVA), and continues with a similar analysis of the categories of final expenditure and of the components of income. More ...

New: Agriculture statistics - family farming in the EU

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This article is part of a set of statistical articles that together form Eurostat’s statistical book on Agriculture, forestry and fishery statistics. It presents data on family farming which is based on the most recent farm structure survey (FSS) conducted across the European Union (EU) as an agricultural census in 2009/10. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) declared 2014 to be the International year of family farming. The FAO defines a family farm as “… an agricultural holding which is managed and operated by a household and where farm labour is largely supplied by that household”. More ...

Updated: High-tech statistics

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This article analyses data on high-technology or 'high-tech' sectors in the European Union (EU) and in some EFTA and candidate countries. In the global race for competitiveness, it is essential to create, exploit and commercialise new technologies. High-tech sectors and enterprises are key drivers of economic growth, productivity, and generally provide high value added and well-paid employment. More ...

Today's article

Information society statistics - households and individuals

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This article presents recent statistical data on several different aspects of the information society in the European Union (EU), focusing on the availability of information communication technologies and their use by individuals and within households. The development of the information society is regarded as critical to meet the demands of society and the EU economy.

Information and communication technologies (ICT) affect people’s everyday lives in many ways, both at work and in the home, for example, when communicating or buying online. EU policies range from regulating entire areas such as e-commerce to trying to protect an individual’s privacy.

Main statistical findings

ICT access and usage

During the last decade, ICT have become widely available to the general public, both in terms of accessibility as well as cost. A boundary was crossed in 2007, when a majority (55 %) of households in the EU-28 had internet access. This proportion continued to increase and in 2013 reached 79 %, rising by an additional 3 percentage points compared with 2012. Widespread and affordable broadband access is one of the means of promoting a knowledge-based and informed society. Broadband was by far the most common form of internet access in all EU Member States: it was used by 76 % of the households in the EU-28 in 2013, an increase of 34 percentage points since 2007 — see Figure 1.

The highest proportion (95 %) of households with internet access in 2013 was recorded in the Netherlands (see Figure 2), while Luxembourg, Denmark and Sweden also reported that at least 9 out of every 10 households had internet access in 2013. The lowest rate of internet access among the EU Member States was recorded in Bulgaria (54 %). However, there was a rapid expansion in household access to the internet in Bulgaria, as the proportion of households with access rose by 29 percentage points between 2008 and 2013. Romania, the Czech Republic and Greece were the only other Member States where increases of 25 percentage points or more were recorded over the same period. More ...