Guðrún is a 23 year old Icelandic woman and Antonio García a 25 year old man from Spain. They are in a new relationship and have just moved in together. For them, some statistical facts about each other’s country can be helpful. The video explains some facts about young people in Iceland and Spain, e.g. the proportion of those who have flown the nest, smoke, socialise etc. These statistics will probably not predict their future marital status but it is likely that they will affect their relationship in one way or another.
Visitors to the EFTA States are frequently astonished at the high prices for goods and services. Official statistics confirm that the price levels in Iceland, Switzerland and Norway are the highest in Europe. In 2017, the overall price level in Iceland was 72 percent higher than the EU average, while the corresponding figures for Switzerland and Norway were 66 and 52 percent.
Although there have been substantial changes over time, Norway and Switzerland have been among the most expensive countries in Europe at least since the 1990s. High productivity of the work force, with corresponding high salaries, is an important factor behind the high price levels. Other factors influencing a country's price level are exchange rates and inflation.
You may know that as part of the EEA agreement, Eurostat publishes EFTA data. However, information about EFTA States is not always part of any analysis in our publications.
To overcome this and provide users with complementary data, the EFTA office has decided to start publishing ad-hoc statistical bulletins. These bulletins will include detailed EFTA figures together with analysis. They intend to provide such bulletins, covering various subjects, at least twice a year.
The first of the series was published in July. The “Trade in Goods and Trading Partners of EFTA Member States 2017”, takes a look at the trading patterns of the four states generally and in one table with the UK in particular.
All data is taken from COMEXT with Statistics Norway supplying additional data.
More than 90 participants, many of them from Eurostat and other Commission services, were gathered at the Cultural Centre of Neumünster Abbey in Luxembourg, on 18 February 2016 for the Introductory Seminar on the European Economic Area (EEA). The seminar was hosted by the EFTA Statistical Office and was the first of its kind in Luxembourg.
The EEA comprises the 28 EU Member States and the three EFTA States Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The seminar participants received briefings on the history of EFTA and its role in the broader European integration process, the origins of the EEA and how EU law becomes EEA law, EU-EFTA cooperation in the field of statistics, the EFTA States' contribution to European cohesion efforts, and the role of the EFTA Surveillance Authority and the EFTA Court.
After the seminar, the participants were invited to a reception to mark the 25th anniversary of the EFTA Statistical Office.