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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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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 (March 2015) are compared with the same month of the previous year. In addition, data for a three months' period are compared with the same period one year earlier. Furthermore, the article includes estimates for the annual comparison of the entire year 2014 with 2013. More ...
Lifelong learning statistics
Updated 07/07/2015
This article provides an overview of lifelong learning statistics in the European Union (EU), on the basis of data collected through the labour force survey (LFS), supplemented by the adult education survey (AES). More ...
This article analyses global trends in the structure of general government expenditure breakdown by their main socio-economic function (according to the Classification of the Functions of Government - COFOG). More ...
This article is part of the Eurostat online publication Tourism trips of Europeans, providing recent statistics on tourism demand in the European Union (EU) and EFTA countries. The present article takes a closer look at the destinations chosen by the residents of those countries for their trips in 2013. More ...
Coal consumption statistics
Updated 06/07/2015
This article explains how consumption and supply of coal in the European Union (EU) has evolved, highlighting the trends in production and consumption of the main types of solid fossil fuels: hard coal and lignite. In addition the article gives a breakdown of the origin of hard coal imported into the EU in 2014 and figures on the supply of coke for 2013 and 2014. More ...
This article presents an overview of European Union (EU) statistics related to preventive services, notably cancer screening and vaccination against influenza. This article is one of a set of statistical articles concerning healthcare activities in the EU which forms part of an online publication on health statistics.]], More ...

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In 2014, the share of enterprises using cloud computing was over 35 % in Finland, Italy, Sweden and Denmark, while it was less than 10 % in Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece, Poland, Latvia and Romania. Read more...

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Information society statistics - households and individuals
Use of internet on mobile devices, by age group, sex and type of mobile device, EU-28, 2012 (% of individuals) YB14.png
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.

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