With over 300 million statistical data, Eurostat is a mine of statistical information and covers all areas of European society.
The macroeconomic and social databases were created for all those who require high-quality statistical information as an aid to decision-making. They are subdivided into several domains, each covering a specific sector. You can:
- access statistics with all the detailed background information, related publications, methodology and links by browsing in 'Statistics by theme' (EU policy indicators and 9 Themes with 37 subthemes) or by browsing in 'Statistics A-Z'
- access and extract data with 'Browse / Search database' function. The search function enables you to find all the datasets which contain your keyword(s) in the heading or description of the dataset.
There are two main interfaces to access and extract data from the database:
- Database by themes – data accessible through extraction tools, identified by or , where a specialist can find more sophisticated data and define his/her own extraction;
- Tables by themes or Tables on EU policy – predefined tables, identified by , containing main data for each theme as well as data on key EU policy indicators. Here occasional users can find the data they are looking for.
For more information on data extraction tools, consult the extraction tools page.
Links to the methodology Metadata icon provide supporting information on aspects such as collection methods, data treatment, classifications and definitions. The Methodology follows the common Euro-SDMX Metadata Structure (ESMS/SDDS).
Access to microdata
The current legal framework enables access to anonymised microdata available at Eurostat only for scientific purposes. For more details, see the Access to microdata page.
EU Policy indicators
- Europe 2020 - a strategy for jobs and smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, is based on five EU headline targets which are currently measured by eight headline indicators.
- Euro-Indicators / PEEIs - offering the most important short-term economic indicators like the balance of payments, business surveys, consumer prices, external trade, industry, commerce and services, labour market, monetary and financial indicators and national accounts.
- Sustainable Development Indicators - following the EU Sustainable Development Strategy they cover economic development, poverty and social exclusion, ageing society, public health, climate change and energy, production and consumption patterns, management of natural resources, transport, good governance and global partnership.
- Employment and social policy and equality indicators - various sets of indicators covering different areas of employment and social policy. These indicators are used to monitor and report progress on several EU policies and strategies.
- Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure - the indicators in the Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure (MIP) Scoreboard are used to identify emerging or persistent macroeconomic imbalances in a country.