In 2015 according to the results of the regional development composite index five out of the 25 Portuguese NUTS 3 level regions stood above the national average in terms of the overall regional development – the metropolitan areas of Lisboa and Porto, Alto Minho, Região de Aveiro and Região de Leiria.
The territorial image of the competitiveness index shows that regions with more favourable performances are concentrated in the Portuguese mainland coast. The metropolitan area of Lisboa was the leader in the competitiveness index. The Região de Aveiro, the metropolitan area of Porto and, marginally Alentejo Litoral also stood above the national average. The Regional Development Composite Index (ISDR) relies on a conceptual framework which benefits from abroad view of development that encompasses competitiveness, cohesion and environmental quality.
With the release of the 2015 results, Statistics Portugal continues the production cycle of ISDR’s version 2, comprising a data series for the 2011-2015 period, in line with the organization of the level 3 NUTS regions set by the Commission Regulation (EU) No. 868/2014, August 8 (NUTS-2013).
According to the EU-SILC (EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions) survey (definitive data), 2.6 million at-risk-of-poverty or social exclusion.
In 2016 2,595 thousand residents were at-risk-of-poverty or social exclusion, i.e., 25.1%, 1.5 percentage points (p.p.) less than in the previous year. Of those in poverty or social exclusion, 18.8% (around 487 thousand) were aged less than 18 years, and 18.0% (about 468 thousand) were aged 65 or over.
Poor housing conditions, such as an insufficient number of rooms available for the household, the lack of basic sanitary facilities in the dwelling or problems in the general condition and insufficient light inside the dwelling, mostly affect people at-risk-of-poverty and households with dependent children.
Almost 30% of the resident population with lower incomes lived overburdened by the housing costs in 2016.
Statistics Portugal and Statistics Spain are launching jointly the 13th edition of The Iberian Peninsula in figures. This publication presents official statistical indicators, grouped into 14 themes, allowing comparisons between the two Iberian countries and set the position of each one in the European Union context. In many cases, the statistical information is presented at regional level.
The publication is made available in three languages (Portuguese, Spanish and English) and presents texts concerning a substantial part of the charts, tables and maps.