Statistical information is an important tool for understanding and quantifying the impact of political decisions in a specific territory or region. The Eurostat Regional Yearbook 2015 gives a detailed picture relating to a broad range of statistical topics across the regions of the Member States of the European Union (EU), as well as the regions of EFTA and candidate countries. Each chapter presents statistical information in maps, figures and tables, accompanied by a description of the policy context, main findings and data sources. These regional indicators are presented for the following 12 subjects: Regional policies and Europe 2020, population, health, education, the labour market, the economy, structural business statistics, research and innovation, the information society, tourism, transport, and agriculture. In addition, three special focus chapters are included in this edition: these look at gender issues, the quality of life, and information relating to life in European cities.
The Statistical Atlas is an interactive map viewer, which contains statistical maps from the Eurostat regional yearbook and provides the possibility to download these maps as high-resolution PDFs.
The most recent version of the Eurostat regional yearbook is available in Statistics Explained, which, in addition to the Excel files, also contains translations of all of the articles in German and French as well as three articles in the 18 official Community languages.