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This article is part of an online publication and presents information relating to tourism in the European Union (EU) and the countries that form the European Neighbourhood Policy-South (ENP-South) region, namely, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia. More ...
This article is part of an online publication and provides information on a range of education statistics for the enlargement countries (except Iceland), in other words the candidate countries and potential candidates. More ...
Inflation in the euro area
Updated 17/04/2015
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 ...
Wages and labour costs
Updated 16/04/2015
This article compares and contrasts figures on wages and labour costs (employers’ expenditure on personnel) in the European Union (EU) Member States and in EU candidate and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries. More ...
Being young in Europe today is an online Eurostat publication presenting recent statistics on the situation of children and young people in the European Union (EU); it is also available in paper format and as a downloadable PDF file (latest edition), ISBN 978-92-79-43243-9, doi: 10.2785/59267, Cat. No: KS-05-14-031-EN-N. More ...
This article presents the main results from quarterly statistics on maritime transport of goods in the European Union (EU), plus figures for Iceland, Norway and Turkey. It covers the gross weight of goods handled in the main European ports, by type of cargo, direction, reporting country and various partner maritime geographical areas. These data are complemented by maritime transport flows with the main extra-EU partners, and with individual results for the major European ports. More ...
This article describes the house price index (HPI) in the euro area and the European Union (EU), presenting data on this indicator both at European and Member State level. It also provides examples of possible use of this indicator in relation to other statistics, such as consumer price indices, rent price indices and household disposable income. Finally, a summary description of the methodology used in the compilation of the HPI is given. More ...

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Ireland had the youngest population in the EU with a median age of 36 years in 2013 (EU-28 average 42.2 years). Read more...

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Tourism statistics
Country of origin for outbound tourism trips, 2013 (¹) (average nights spent abroad per inhabitant aged 15 years or more) YB15.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.

Main statistical findings

Tourism — demand and supply

Residents (aged 15 and above) from within the EU-28 [1] made 1.1 billion tourism trips in 2013, for personal or business purposes. Short trips (of one to three nights) accounted for more than half (57.5 %) of the total number of trips made (see Table 1), while three quarters (75.3 %) of all trips made were to domestic destinations, with the remainder abroad.

In some EU Member States, over half of the total number of tourism trips made in 2013 were to destinations abroad; this was the case for Luxembourg, Belgium, Malta and Slovenia (as well as Switzerland). However, less than 10 % of the trips taken by residents of Romania, Spain, Greece (data are for 2012) and Portugal were abroad. These figures appear to be influenced by both the size of the Member States and their geographical location (smaller and more northerly countries tended to report a higher propensity for their residents to travel abroad).

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  1. EU-28 aggregates for the number of trips and the number of nights spent by EU residents were made for the purpose of this publication and do not include data for Poland or Sweden.