Experimental statistics — Overview


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Experimental statistics use new data sources and methods to better respond to our users' needs in a timely manner.

For example, Eurostat is measuring the relationship between income, consumption and wealth at household level. Another example is the use of Wikipedia as a new source to produce statistics on the visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is to measure not only the popularity of the sites but also the public's ‘cultural consumption’.

Experimental statistics logoAs these statistics have not reached full maturity in terms of harmonisation, coverage or methodology, they are always marked with a clearly visible logo and accompanied by detailed methodological notes.

On the webpage of each of the experimental statistics, you can use the ‘Send us a message’ function to give us your feedback on how to improve our experimental statistics.

All topics covered in this page are summarised in a table under ‘Published statistics’. They are also available via the ‘topics’ section below. Eurostat's early work on this subject as well as discontinued experimental statistics and can be found in our ‘Archive’.

To find out about the experimental statistics produced by the national statistical institute of other countries, please visit the experimental statistics hub of the European Statistical System.