Regional Social and Environmental indicators
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For any question or comment, please write to: GOV.RegionStat@oecd.org

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Latest update: July 2015.

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The Regional Database contains annual data from 1995 to the most recent available year (generally 2014 for demographic and labour market data, 2013 for regional accounts, innovation and social statistics).

The data collection is undertaken by the Directorate of Public Governance and Territorial Development (GOV). Statistics are collected through an annual questionnaire sent to the delegates of the Working Party on Territorial Indicators (WPTI), and through access to the web-sites of National Statistical Offices and Eurostat.

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For any question or comment, please write to: GOV.RegionStat@oecd.org

Source Periodicity

The Regional Database contains annual data from 1995 to the most recent available year (generally 2014 for demographic and labour market data, 2013 for regional accounts, innovation and social statistics).

The data collection is undertaken by the Directorate of Public Governance and Territorial Development (GOV). Statistics are collected through an annual questionnaire sent to the delegates of the Working Party on Territorial Indicators (WPTI), and through access to the web-sites of National Statistical Offices and Eurostat.

Regional statistics introductory pagehttp://www.oecd.org/gov/regional/statisticsindicatorsOECD Regional Social and Environmental indicators dataset - Metadatahttp://stats.oecd.org/wbos/fileview2.aspx?IDFile=3212fa32-9d25-4c1a-b4aa-9db9b9ea69df
Date last input received

Latest update: July 2015.

Geographic coverage

OECD countries: Large regions ; Small regions (Predominantly urban, rural and intermediate regions) ; Non-OECD member countries: Large regions

The OECD has classified two levels of geographic units within each member country: large regions (Territorial level 2 or TL2) composed by 362 regions, and small regions (Territorial Level 3 or TL3) composed by 1802 small regions. TL3 regions are further classified as predominantly urban (PU), predominantly rural (PR) and intermediate (IN). All the territorial units are defined within national borders, and each TL3 region is contained in one TL2 region, with the exception of the United States and one region in Germany (Ost-Friesland DE12). National values have been computed based on regional estimates. For this reason, it is possible that in some cases these values differ from national statistics.

Regions of OECD member countrieshttp://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/35/60/42392313.pdf
Item coverage

Territorial Level and Typology ; Regions ; Demographic Indicators by Age and Gender ; Highest and lowest regional values

Key statistical concept

In any analytical study conducted at sub-national levels, the choice of the territorial unit is of prime importance. The territorial grids (TL2 and TL3) used in this database are officially established and relatively stable in all member countries, and are used by many as a framework for implementing regional policies. This classification - which, for European countries, is largely consistent with the Eurostat classification - facilitates greater comparability of regions at the same territorial level. The differences with the Eurostat NUTS classification concern Belgium, Greece and the Netherlands where the NUTS 2 level correspond to the OECD TL3 and Germany where the NUTS1 corresponds to the OECD TL2 and the OECD TL3 corresponds to 97 spatial planning regions (Groups of Kreise). For the United Kingdom the Eurostat NUTS1 corresponds to the OECD TL2.

Due to limited data availability, labour market indicators in Canada are presented for a different grid (groups of TL3 regions). Since these breakdowns are not part of the OECD official territorial grids, for the sake of simplicity they are labelled as Non Official Grids (NOG).

Dissemination format(s)

Regional statistics can be visualised with the interactive interface OECD eXplorer, which combines maps with other visual presentations.

OECD eXplorerhttp://www.stats.oecd.org/OECDregionalstatistics/