What better way to honor World Statistics Day?

Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:07am EDT
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By Emily Coleman

BRUSSELS (Reuters Life!) - To celebrate the first World Statistics Day on Wednesday (20.10.2010), the European Union took the unusual step of issuing some more statistics.

In a new publication, the EU's official statistics agency, Eurostat, has unveiled a welter of facts and figures that shed light on the European Union's place in the world, and highlight a few interesting trends in other countries too.

With the world's population reaching 6.9 billion this year, the EU and its 27 member states account for just 7 percent of the total, at 500 million people.

But economically the EU is far more powerful, with its gross domestic product of 12.5 trillion euros ($17.2 trillion) accounting for 30 percent of total global output, according to Eurostat.

For full access to the statistics, please click on: here

The United States comes second with 23 percent of the 41.2 trillion euro global production (using 2008 figures), Japan third (8 percent) and China fourth (7 percent), although China's rapid growth is expected to catapult it into second place behind the United States for individual economies this year.

Demographic trends are also highlighted in the publication, including infant mortality rates, which have fallen sharply in the EU over the past 50 years, from 36 in every 1,000 live births in 1960 to 4.5 per 1,000 in 2008.

Turkey, which had the highest infant mortality rate among G20 countries in 1960 (176 per 1,000), now has one of the lower rates at 28, below South Africa (49) and India (55), and only marginally above China (23) Brazil (24) and Indonesia (27).   Continued...