Friday, October 25, 2013

Few European regions reach the overall EU target on R&D expenditure

From: http://www.espon.eu/export/sites/default/Documents/Publications/ATLAS2020/194650_ESPON_ATLAS_-_Final_version.pdf

In understanding the territorial dimension of Europe 2020, this Atlas illustrates major trends, potentials and challenges facing European regions and cities (for a selected number of indicators - one example below).


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Eurostat - Sweden and Eurozone same yearly increase in government debt ratio

From: http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_PUBLIC/2-23102013-AP/EN/2-23102013-AP-EN.PDF

Compared with the second quarter of 2012, twenty-four Member States registered an increase in their debt to GDP ratio at the end of the second quarter of 2013, and four a decrease. Sweden (SE) and Eurozone countries (EA17) show about the same increase in their government debt ratio.



Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Sweden ranks top of the Global AgeWatch Index

From: http://www.helpage.org/global-agewatch/data/global-rankings-table/

AgeWatch report card: Sweden

Global AgeWatch rank

1out of 91
Global AgeWatch value
89.9
Shows how near a country is to the ideal value of 100.
Total population
9.5 million
Population over 60
2.4 million
% of population over 60
25.4%

Overview

Sweden ranks top of the Global AgeWatch Index. In 1913, it introduced the world's first universal social pension scheme. The 100 year-celebration underlines that many years of development of social welfare is behind Sweden's ranking on the Index.
About half of Sweden's elderly are members in one of the five national pensioners’ organisations. Over the years they have been strong advocates for the rights of older people.
Indexes built on aggregated national data do not take into account economic, gender, social and other inequalities. At present pensioners’ organisations are concerned that the economic gap between pensioners and wage-earners is increasing. They strongly oppose the widening of this gap due to a tax system that puts higher taxes on income from pensions than on corresponding income from salaries.