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Nuclear energy statistics
Updated 05/02/2016
This article provides recent statistics on nuclear energy in the European Union (EU). The production of electricity in nuclear plants within the EU-28 countries peaked at 1 008.4 thousand gigawatt hours (GWh) in 2004, then slowly decreased to 876.3 thousand GWh in 2014. In 2014, nuclear plants generated around 27 % of the electricity produced in the European Union, with nuclear reactors operating in 14 Member States. More ...
This article presents quarterly statistics on balance of payments in the EU-28, the euro area and the Member States. Balance of payments, which is a summary of the transactions of a given economy with the rest of the world, comprises the current account, which covers international transactions in goods, services, income, and current transfers, More ...
Energy saving statistics
Updated 04/02/2016
The European Union (EU) has committed itself to a 20 % energy saving by the year 2020. This objective is also known as the 20 % energy efficiency improvements objective. This article provides statistical evaluation of the progress made towards this objective and describes the statistical method for its measurement. More ...
In 2013, in the European Union (EU-28), there were 90.6 million people aged between 15 and 29[1] (17.9 % of the population). For young people, just as for the population as a whole, the cost and quality of housing is key to living standards and well-being, an element of social inclusion. More ...
This article focuses on the short-term evolution of the net occupancy rates of bed places and bedrooms of hotels and similar accommodation establishments in the European Union (EU) and contains the first publication of data for September 2015. More ...
This article reports on three forms of unemployment in the European Union (EU) which are not covered by the ILO definition of unemployment. They are: underemployed part-time workers, jobless persons seeking a job but not immediately available for work and jobless persons available for work but not seeking it. These three groups do not meet all criteria of the ILO unemployment definition i.e. being without work, actively seeking work, and being available for work. More ...

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In 2014, tax revenue in the EU-28 stood at 40.0 % of GDP. The ratio of tax revenue to GDP was highest in Denmark (50.8 %), Belgium and France (both at 47.9 %), while the lowest ratios were recorded in Romania (27.7 % of GDP), Bulgaria (27.8 % ) and Lithuania (28.0 % ). Read more...

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Tourism statistics
Number of nights spent at tourist accommodation establishments, EU-28, 2004–14 (¹) (billion nights spent by residents and non-residents) YB16.png
This article provides information on recent statistics in relation to tourism in the European Union (EU). Tourism plays an important role in the EU because of its economic and employment potential, as well as its social and environmental implications. Tourism statistics are not only used to monitor the EU’s tourism policies but also its regional and sustainable development policies.

In 2012, one in ten enterprises in the European non-financial business economy belonged to the tourism industries. These 2.2 million enterprises employed an estimated 12.0 million persons. Enterprises in industries with tourism related activities accounted for 9.0 % of the persons employed in the whole non-financial business economy and 21.9 % of persons employed in the services sector. The tourism industries' shares in total turnover and value added at factor cost were relatively lower, with the tourism industries accounting for 3.6 % of the turnover and 5.5 % of the value added of the non-financial business economy.

Main statistical findings

Tourism — demand and supply

Residents (aged 15 and above) from within the EU-28 made an estimated 1.2 billion tourism trips in 2014, for personal or business purposes. Short trips (of one to three nights) accounted for more than half (57.4 %) of the total number of trips made (see Table 1), while three quarters (74.9 %) of all trips made were to domestic destinations, with the remainder abroad.

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  1. Bookmark – Population on 1 January by five years age group and sex.