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Regions, Metropolitan regions and Cities

This section provides a single access point to Eurostat's sub-national statistics. These consist of a wide variety of data for the regions and cities of EU countries.
Regional and cities' statistics are used for a wide range of purposes, including:

Regional Statistics Illustrated iconRegional Statistics Illustrated

With this interactive tool, users can now visualise Eurostat's regional data. Regional Statistics Illustrated contains more than 50 indicators by NUTS 2 regions, grouped into 10 statistical domains.


Using the interactive map, individual regions can quickly be selected while different visualisation options allow to compare and analyse regional data in an user-friendly way. An animated timeline shows how regions have performed over time.

Regional Statistics Illustrated features the following visualisations:

  • Choropleth map
  • Distribution plot
  • Scatter plot
  • Bar chart
  • Data table

The tool accesses the latest available data in the Eurostat database so that the selected indicators always show the latest figures. For more information about the functionalities of the tool please see the help file.



Eurostat regional yearbook 2014 Eurostat regional yearbook 2014

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 2014 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 11 subjects: population, health, education, the labour market, the economy, structural business statistics, research and innovation, the information society, tourism, transport, and agriculture. In addition, four special focus chapters are included in this edition: these look at the environment, land cover and land use, European cities, and regional competitiveness.

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 in Statistics Explained, which also contains translations of all of the articles in German and French as well as three articles in the 18 official Community languages.
Statistical atlas iconStatistical Atlas

The Statistical Atlas is an interactive map viewer for statistical and topographi­cal maps. The user can combine geographical information from various "base maps", such as the borders of the NUTS regions or the Urban Audit cities, with information from statistical maps.

Various functionalities are offered to view the details of the map display:

  • Zooming in and out on Europe and outermost regions
  • Changing the transparency settings of the map layers
  • Retrieving the code, geographical label and statistical value of a specific NUTS region or Urban Audit city.
The Statistical Atlas contains all the maps from the Eurostat regional yearbook 2013 sorted by publication themes and chapters.

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Coastal regions: people living along the coastline, integration of NUTS 2010 and latest population grid - Issue number 30/2013

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Economic ebb and flow in maritime sectors - Issue number 5/2013

Most EU maritime economic sectors suffered due to the economic crisis or following long-term trends. However, since 2009 some maritime sectors have started to recover.
The economy of EU rural regions - Issue number 30/2012

Most of the rural regions (81%) recorded a GDP per inhabitant below the EU average in 2009
Maritime service areas - Issue number 41/2011

Highlighting the impact of coastal maritime activities on the hinterland
Last update 14.10.2014