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Joint EFTA/Eurostat/UNECE Seminar on “Global Assessments of National Statistical Systems”
EFTA, in cooperation with the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) organised a high-level seminar for South-East Europe, Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia and non-EU Mediterranean countries on global assessments of their national statistical systems.
EFTA countries among the most expensive in Europe
In a recent analysis published by Eurostat, Norway was found to be the most expensive country for food, beverages and tobacco. Norway was followed by Switzerland in most subcategories, whereas Iceland showed substantially lower prices but still belonged to the upper quarter.
Increasing Number of Asylum Applications in EFTA States
The total number of asylum applicants in the four EFTA countries reached almost 39’000 in 2012. This represents an increase of roughly 17% compared to one year before. In 34% of all cases a positive decision was granted in first instance.
Sharp Drop in Living Standards in Iceland
According to a recent Eurostat publication, living standards in most countries of the EEA area dropped in 2010 compared with a year earlier.
EFTA countries among the safest in the world
According to Control Risks, an independent British risk consultancy, the four EFTA countries, together with Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Slovenia and Sweden, are the safest countries in the world.
Eurostat update: Norway and Iceland confirmed as biggest fishery nations in Europe
In 2010, Norwegian and Icelandic vessels caught 2 563 and 1 063 tonnes of fish respectively. As a comparison, the two countries' combined catches were the equivalent of 73.3 % of total EU catches (4 944 tonnes). The largest fishery nations in the European Union were Denmark (828 tonnes) and Spain (739 tonnes).
Eurostat update: Who are our new fellow citizens?
Have you ever listened to or taken part in a discussion about citizenship granted in your country? Statistics is frequently used in these discussions, often without a proper reference. Next time you have the chance to be prepared. In a recent publication Eurostat provides the answers to the questions you might have on the subject.
Eurostat takes the pulse on the debt level
The deficit (net lending/borrowing) of the general government sector in Iceland was -4.4 % of GDP in year 2011 and the gross consolidated debt was 98.8 % of GDP. The Norwegian general government had a surplus of 13.6% in 2011, and a gross consolidated debt of 29.0% of GDP.
EFTA Performance in Light of the Europe 2020 Strategy
The EFTA States have the highest employment rate in Europe and the lowest share of people at risk of poverty and social exclusion. The EFTA countries are also among the countries in Europe with the highest level of tertiary educational attainment.