People in Munster can expect to live to almost 82 years from birth, compared to 85.5 in and around Madrid, and just over 73.5 in Severozapaden in northwestern Bulgaria.
This is just one of the comparisons to be found in Eurostat’s Comparison of European Regions, which examined various factors in more than 330 separate areas.
Eurostat, which is the data analysis arm of the European Commission, examined a wide range of life-related factors for its regional manual, including comparisons in areas such as broadband access, higher education, car ownership, employment and nights spent by tourists.
Currently, data shows that when it comes to land in Ireland, around 27.5% is considered urban, while 72.5% is either rural or predominantly rural.
Southern Ireland, which mainly comprises the six counties of Munster as well as Wexford, has a population of over 1.62 million, ranking 150th out of 331 regions in Europe.
By comparison, the Île-de-France region, which surrounds Paris, the national capital, has more than 12.25 million inhabitants, the largest number in the EU, while Åland, a group of Autonomous islands in southwest Finland, which is also a member of the EU, have only 29,000.
Åland leads the EU regions in terms of employment, with 86.5% of the population aged 20-64 working.
Southern Ireland has just over 72% of the 20-64 working age group, while the region with the lowest employment levels in the EU is in Sicily, the island off the coast of Mainland Italy, with only 44.5%.
When it comes to owning a car, which environmentalists say is a major obstacle to removing emissions that worsen the climate crisis, southern Ireland is considered below the EU average .
The rate of passengers per car in Southern Ireland is 468 per 1,000 inhabitants, compared to 540 on average in the regions of the block.
The highest concentration in the EU is found in the Alpine region of Valle d’Aosta, Italy, with 1,488 per 1,000 inhabitants, while in Peloponnese, Greece, there are only 179. per 1,000 inhabitants.
Other transport-related data show that the Italian region of Lombardy had the highest number of passenger cars (6.2 million) in all regions of the EU.
Among EU regions, Prov Luxembourg in Belgium recorded the highest incidence of fatalities in road accidents in 2019, with 171 deaths per million inhabitants, while Paris-Charles de Gaulle in France was the busiest passenger airport in the EU, with 76.1 million passengers carried. 2019.
When it comes to online connectivity, the south of Ireland has almost 90% of households with internet access. This compares to 99% of people in Limburg in the Netherlands and Severozapaden in Bulgaria at 71%.
Those who say they have never used a computer in the south and east of Ireland stand at 16%, while in Puglia, which is the heel of the Italian boot, almost half of people say not having used any.
Unsurprisingly, given its huge connectivity rates, only 1% of the population of Zeeland in the western coastal region of the Netherlands report not having used a computer.
According to the regional handbook, there are 19 regions across the EU where the population is expected to increase by at least 15% over the next three decades.
Particularly high projected growth – over 25% – is envisaged for the east of Ireland and the Midlands, as well as for the Swedish capital Stockholm.
Some of the most economically disadvantaged regions in the EU have recorded the highest death rates, according to the regional handbook.
“In 2017, the Região Autónoma da Madeira in Portugal had by far the highest share (20.5%) of deaths caused by diseases of the respiratory system. The following highest shares were recorded in the region of the Spanish capital, Comunidad De Madrid (14.5%) and Ireland (14.2%). Diseases of the respiratory system accounted for less than 10.0% of all deaths in more than three quarters of EU regions “, did he declare.
By 2020, just over two-fifths of the EU’s population aged 25 to 34 had completed postgraduate training, while Dublin was among the highest in the bloc.
“There were nine regions in the EU where at least six in ten people aged 25 to 34 had a higher level of education in 2020. They included the capital regions of Lithuania, Poland, France, from Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden and Ireland, as well as Utrecht (a research hub, with one of the largest universities in the Netherlands) and País Vasco in northern Spain (where l The regional economy specializes in innovation, research and high-tech manufacturing, ”the manual says.
Relatively high third-tier participation shares were also recorded in several other regions specializing in high-tech research and manufacturing activities – including Munster, according to Eurostat.
“For example, Prov Brabant Wallon (Belgium), South (Ireland) or Midi-Pyrénées (France). Regions like these – along with capital regions – seem to act as a magnet for highly qualified people, exerting” effects “considerable attraction” thanks to the various educational, employment and social / life opportunities they offer, ”he said.