20 October is the fourth European Statistics Day


On 20 October 2019, European Statistics Day is celebrated for the fourth time.

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union (EU), celebrates it with a new publication "Ageing Europe – looking at the lives of older people".

The publication provides a broad range of statistics that describe the everyday lives of the EU’s older generations. Population ageing is a phenomenon that affects almost every developed country in the world, with both the number and proportion of older people growing across the globe, and this affects most aspects of society and the economy, including housing, healthcare and social protection, labour markets, the demand for goods and services, macroeconomic and fiscal sustainability, family structures and intergenerational ties.

At the start of 2019, 101.1 million people in the EU had reached the age of 65 – 20% of the total population. By 2050, this share is projected to increase to 29%. The ageing is mainly due to a long-term fall in fertility rates and increased life expectancy.

 

On the occasion of the European Statistics Day, Statistics Lithuania traditionally organizes Statistics and Design Workshop for future designers from Vilnius College of Technologies and Design. The workshop provides an opportunity for students to learn not only how to visualize statistics but also to understand its benefit for making personal or state-level decisions.

To promote the awareness of sound statistics among young students, Statistics Lithuania joined Eurostat and 16 National Statistical Institutes in launching the third edition of the European Statistics Competition.