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Regions: Statistical Yearbook 2006

"Regions: Statistical yearbook 2006
Regional variety through statistical eyes
Data on the 268 regions of the EU25, Bulgaria and Romania

In which region of the EU is the population increasing and where is it decreasing? Where can you find the highest labour productivity? Which regions have the highest employment rates for the age group 55-64? Answers to these questions and to many more can be found in the Statistical Yearbook of the EU Regions1 published by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities.
The publication presents data which cover the 254 regions of the 25 EU Member States, defined by level 2 of the Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics2 (NUTS 2003). The publication also covers the 14 regions of Bulgaria and Romania3.
The publication contains chapters on population, GDP, household accounts, labour market, labour productivity, urban statistics, science, technology and innovation, business, health, transport and agriculture. New this year is the chapter on labour productivity. In the other chapters, efforts have been made to focus on aspects not recently covered.
The regional data is shown in the form of maps and graphs, commented by texts. A CD-ROM contains the data series used to draw the maps, the PDF versions of each of the three language editions of the yearbook and documentation on the NUTS 2003 nomenclature.

Highest population increases in Guyane, Flevoland and Illes Balears
The total population change at a regional level is the result of the difference between the number of live births and deaths and the regional net migration. There were 29 regions in the EU25 that reported an increase of the total population by more than 10 per 1000 on average per year between 2000 and 2003: ten regions in Spain, five in France, three in the United Kingdom, both regions in Ireland, two in the Netherlands, one each in Belgium, Greece, Italy and Portugal. Cyprus, Luxembourg and Malta also had a population increase of more than 10‰. The regions with the highest increase were Guyane in France (34.0‰), Flevoland in the Netherlands (31.6‰) and five regions in Spain: Illes Balears (31.2‰), Canarias (26.3‰), Murcia (24.4‰), Madrid (23.9‰) and Valenciana (23.2‰).
Population decreases of more than 5‰ on average per year between 2000 and 2003 were reported in 18 regions: seven each in Germany and Poland and one each in Slovakia, Finland and Sweden. The population in Latvia also decreased by more than 5‰. Six regions in Germany had the highest decreases: Dessau (-16.5‰), Halle(-12.5‰), Chemnitz (-11.0‰), Magdeburg (-10.0‰), Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (-8.1‰) and Thüringen(-7.9‰), as well as one region in Poland: Opolskie (-7.9‰)."
(extracto de Eurostat press releases on the Internet, 134/2006 - 5 October 2006;

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