Nearly 70% now work in the EU’s service sector

Almost 70% of employed persons (which includes both employees and self-employed) in the 27 EU member countries, worked within the service sector in 2011. This was a sharp increase from the 62% recorded in 2000. These figures are according to the Labour Force Survey and have been made available this month by Eurostat. There is a distinction made in the … Continue reading

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Big divergence in labour costs within the EU

The average hourly labour costs were estimated to be €23.1 in the EU27 business economy in 2011, and €27.6 in the euro area (EA17), according to statistics just published by eurostat. However, this average masks significant differences between Member States, with hourly labour costs ranging from €3.5 to €39.3. Labour costs are made up of costs for wages and salaries, … Continue reading

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Surge in the use of renewable energy in the EU

Between 1999 and 2009 the share of renewable energy in the EU27 rose from 5% of total gross inland energy consumption in 1999 to 9% in 2009. Renewable energy comprises hydro, wind, biomass, geothermal and solar energy. All Member States showed increases in the share of renewable energy over this period but the largest increases were in Denmark (from 8% … Continue reading

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32 million foreigners living in the 27 EU States last year

The biggest driver of population growth in most EU Member States in recent years has been immigration. In fact, between 2004 and 2008, 3 to 4 million immigrants settled in the each year. This is according to the third Demography Report just published by the EU. In total, in 2010, there were 32.4 million foreigners living in an EU27 Member … Continue reading

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6.4% of EU 27 population made up of foreign citizens

Analysis just published by eurostat shows that on 1 January 2009, 31.9 million foreign citizens lived in the EU27 Member States, of which 11.9 million were citizens of another EU27 Member State. The rest were citizens of countries outside the EU27, in particular from other European countries (7.2 million), Africa (4.9 million), Asia (4.0 million) and the American continent (3.3 … Continue reading

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GDP per head in the EU varies between 41% and 268% of the average

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per inhabitant of the EU27, and expressed in Purchasing Power Standards, varied from 41% to 268% of the average in 2009, based on first preliminary estimates, and just published by eurostat. In Finland, France, Spain, Italy, Cyprus and Greece, GDP per inhabitant was within 10% of the EU average. Ireland, the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, the … Continue reading

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