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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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Hourly labour costs
Updated 30/03/2015
This article provides recent statistics on hourly labour costs in the European Union (EU). In 2014, average hourly labour costs were estimated at EUR 24.6 in the EU-28 and at EUR 29.2 in the euro area (EA-18). However, this average masks significant gaps between EU Member States, with hourly labour costs ranging between EUR 3.8 and EUR 40.3. More ...
This article presents statistics on net social protection expenditure in the EU. These statistics are collected through the European system of integrated social protection statistics (ESSPROS). More ...
This article focuses on the short-term evolutions in the nights spent at tourist accommodation in the European Union (EU). The data of the most recent reference month available (December 2014) are compared with the same month of the previous year. In addition, the article includes estimates for the annual comparison of the entire year 2014 with 2013. More ...
Eurostat disseminates early results for severe material deprivation rates so that trends in poverty levels can be tracked more closely. 2014 data are available for over half the European Union (EU) Member States, and Iceland. The coverage and the timeliness is expected to increase in the coming years. More ...
Municipal waste statistics
Updated 26/03/2015
This article shows trends in municipal waste generation and treatment in the European Union (EU) from 1995 to 2013. There is a very distinct trend towards less landfilling as countries move steadily towards alternative ways of treating waste. Municipal waste accounts for only about 10 % of total waste generated when compared with the data reported according to the Waste Statistics Regulation (tab env_wasgen). More ...
Job vacancy statistics
Updated 20/03/2015
This article gives an overview of recent job vacancy statistics in the European Union (EU), notably the job vacancy rate (JVR). Job vacancy trends over the last decade are analysed in another article. The News Release with quarterly data on the job vacancy rate is available here. More ...

Did you know that....

In 2013, the share of employees working part-time was highest in the Netherlands (52.4 % of employees), followed by Germany (27.6 %) and Austria (26.5 %), while the lowest shares were recorded in Romania (0.7 %), Bulgaria (2.2 %) and Slovakia (5.1 %). Read more...

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Crime statistics
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This article presents recent statistics on crime and criminal justice in the European Union (EU). The statistics currently available reflect the diversity of policing and legal systems within the EU: as such, comparisons of crime statistics between EU Member States should focus on trends over time, rather than directly comparing levels between countries for a specific year, given that the data can be affected by a range of factors, including different levels of criminalisation, the efficiency of criminal justice systems, and police recording practices. Furthermore, not all crimes are recorded by the police.

Main statistical findings

Crimes recorded by the police

The crime statistics presented in this article cover offences recorded by police in EU Member States and some other European countries. These data do not purport to describe all crime in Europe: some crime goes unreported and changes in rates of particular offences may be affected by new policing strategies or methodological changes.

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