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The EU in the world in thirteen statistical themes

Sep 19, 2014 | News

(19 September 2014) – Eurostat releases today the latest edition of “The EU in the world”, in which the EU and the 15 non-EU G-20 countries are compared across many statistical fields using a range of harmonised European and international statistics.

The 13 statistical themes are: Population; Living conditions; Health; Education and training; Labour market; Economy and finance; International trade; Industry, trade and services; Research and communication; Transport; Agriculture, forestry and fisheries; Environment; Energy.

Some examples of the statistical indicators covered in the publication are presented below:

  • The world had 7.0 billion inhabitants in 2012. The EU, with 505 million inhabitants, accounted for 7% of the world population. The five most populous countries in the world were all G-20 members: China (1 351 million inhabitants or 19% of the world population), India (1 240 mn or 18%), the United States (314 mn or 5%), Indonesia (247 mn or 4%) and Brazil (199 mn or 3%).
  • In 2011, the EU had a life expectancy at birth reaching 80 years. Japan (83 years), Australia and Canada (both 82 years) and South Korea (81 years) had the highest life expectancies among the non-EU G-20 members, and South Africa (58 years), India (65 years), Indonesia and Russia (both 69 years) the lowest.
  • World GDP was €56 600 billion in 2012. The EU accounted for 23% of the total, followed by the United States (22%), China (12%) and Japan (8%).
  • Over the last ten years, the economies of the G-20 members have followed different trends. The highest annual average growth in GDP between 2002 and 2012 was registered in China (10%), followed by India (8%). On the other hand, annual average growth of less than 2% was observed in Japan, the EU, the United States and Canada.

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