Guide to the Eurostat New Cronos


Situated in Luxembourg, Eurostat is the Statistical Office of the European Communities. Its key role is to provide the European Union with a high-quality statistical information service that enables comparisons between countries and regions. Eurostat's principal database contains high quality macroeconomic and social statistics data. With over 4 600 datasets containing more than 1.2 billion statistical data values, Eurostat is a mine of statistical information and covers all areas of European society.

The Eurostat database contains monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual data from 1960 onwards, depending on the variable and country selected.

Data are available for all EU countries but coverage does depend on the variable and time period required. Data is also available for the sub-national areas within the EU countries. Other countries covered include Japan, the United States, the central European countries and other main economic partners of the Union.

The data within the Eurostat interface are organised into nine main themes.

Main topics

  1. General and regional statistics - Major indicators for the Member States of the European Union, non-member countries, applicant countries and regions.
  2. Economy and Finance - Data on national accounts, prices and purchasing power parities, such as statistics on currency and the finance sector.
  3. Population and Social Conditions - Statistics on population, health, employment, consumption and living conditions.
  4. Industry, Trade and Services - Indicators and statistics on industrial activity, production, wholesale and retail trade, banks and services in Europe.
  5. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - Accounts, indices, prices and statistics on agriculture and fisheries.
  6. International Trade - Statistics on intra- and extra-European Union trade.
  7. Transport - Data on air, rail, road and inland waterway transport in the European Union.
  8. Environment and Energy - Statistics and indicators on the impact of population on the environment (production of waste, emissions and pollutants, climate, biodiversity, etc.) and on the impact on the economy (environmental spending).
  9. Science and Technology - Information on research and development, innovation and employment in the advanced-technology sectors, available for the Member States of the European Union and non-member countries.

For further information on the contents of each of the Eurostat themes, see the themes section of the Eurostat website which includes links to all accompanying metadata.

Eurostat uses data collected from national statistical institutes to produce these statistics and harmonises them according to a single methodology.


Access Eurostat

Access to the Eurostat data is currently via Eurostat's own data dissemination interface.  

Note: The UK Data Service aim to ingest this data into the UKDS.Stat interface in the future, so it will be searchable alongside the rest of the international macrodata portfolio.  

User Resources

Eurostat produces the following documentation:       

  • the Eurostat website provides free data and documentation for the New Cronos database
  • Thematic Statistics Glossary contains definitions, brief and simple but linking to further information, of all terms used
  • Metadata - links to further information
  • Statistics Explained is a tool that offers an easy access to Eurostat's statistical information
  • the Eurostat Concept and Definitions Database (CODED)
  • RAMON, Eurostat's classification server, aims at making available as much information as possible relating to the main international statistical classifications in various fields: economic analysis, environment, education, occupations, national accounts, etc
  • the European Statistical Support Centre in the UK is another useful source of information - contact is via the online form on the Help/User Support UK section of the Eurostat website
  • the Eurostat website also provides several visualisation and data extraction tools


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