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  1. During Q2 2021, there were some 103 895 first-time asylum seekers applying for international protection in countries of the EU. This was up by 115% when compared with Q2 2020 (48 370 first-time applicants), and up by 9% when compared with the Q1 2021 (95 265). However, it was still below the pre-pan...
  2. In 2019, asthma affected almost 6% of the EU population, a small increase compared with 2014 (+0.3 percentage points).  Among EU countries, Finland stood on the top of the list, with 9% of the people reporting to have asthma, followed by Germany and France (both 8%). In contrast, only 2% of people...
  3. Knowledge of foreign languages is an essential tool for cultural exchange. It is widely known that such skills are required and encouraged in many workplaces and that they can facilitate communication in several other contexts. In 2019, 59% of pupils in upper secondary general education (ISCED leve...
  4. In 2020, 10.8 million people aged over 15 were employed in transport occupations in the EU. The number went down by 6% compared with 2019 (11.6 million). These transport jobs include heavy truck and bus drivers (35% of people employed in transport occupations), transport and storage labourers (22%)...
  5. More people started to work from home following the introduction of the social distancing measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, 12% of employed people aged 20-64 in the EU usually worked from home, while this share had remained constant at around 5 or 6% over the past decade. Amon...
  6. For at least 30 years, Luxembourg has recorded the highest motorisation rate among the EU Member States. In 2019, there were 681 passenger cars per thousand inhabitants in that country. This figure may be influenced by cross-border workers (i.e. not inhabitants) using company cars registered in th...
  7. In 2020, 84% of the EU population aged 20-24 years had at least an upper secondary level of education. This is an increase of 7 percentage points compared with 2002 (77%).  The 3 regions that recorded the highest share of young people aged 20-24 years with at least an upper secondary level of educa...
  8. Over the last decade, the EU trade surplus in chemicals with non-EU countries increased from €88 billion in 2010 to €178 billion in 2020. This is equivalent to an average annual growth of 7%. Last year, chemicals worth almost €233 billion were imported to the EU, representing a €79 billion increa...
  9. The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 5) 'Gender equality' aims to end all forms of discrimination, violence, and any harmful practices against women and girls. It also calls for the full participation of women at all levels of political and economic decision-making. In an EU context, SDG 5 focuses...
  10. Today, Eurostat released the September edition of the interactive European Statistical Recovery Dashboard. The dashboard contains monthly and quarterly indicators from a number of statistical areas relevant for tracking the economic and social recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, across countries a...
  11. In 2020, men accounted for 83% of the 2.7 million people in the EU who were employed and who had an information and communication technology (ICT) education. Among the EU countries, Latvia recorded the highest share of men in the total number of the employed with an ICT education (94%), followed...