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The "Basque Statistical Yearbook 2019" collects the most important statistical data from the Basque Country

The “Basque Statistical Yearbook 2019” is published by Eustat for the purpose of disseminating the most relevant statistical data available in 2019 that has been produced in the economic, social, cultural and political spheres of the Basque Country. The data is also collected for each province, its regions and municipalities.

The Yearbook is structured into five main areas: Population, Economy, Society, Territory and Environment, and Information Society and R&D&I.


The publication indicates that the total Population of the Basque Country in 2018 was 2,180,449 people. By gender, the number of men was 1,057,944 and the number of women was 1,122,505.

In the section dedicated to the Economy, the chapter on businesses and establishments shows that in 2018 there were 173,849 establishments, in which there were 889,853 employees: 497,810 men and 392,043 women. Furthermore, in this period 68.8% of the Basque Country's GDP originated in the service sector, 24.3% in industry, 6.0% in construction and 0.9% in the primary sector in 2018. In relation to GDP distribution by province, 50.6% corresponded to Bizkaia, 33.2% to Gipuzkoa and the remaining 16.2% to Álava.

The chapter on Foreign trade shows that of the total number of industrial products exported by technological content in 2018, which reached a total value of 24,780,586,000 euros, 49.8% were exports at a medium-high technological level, 39.6% were at a medium-low technological level, 7.9% were at a low technological level and 2.7% were at a high technological level.

The Job market is one of the subjects reflected in the area of Society, and data is presented on, amongst other items, the employment and unemployment rates. The employment rate in the Basque Country reached 67.8% in 2018, 1.5 percentage points more than the previous year. The unemployment rate fell on average in 2018 to 10.3%, one percentage point fewer than in 2017.

The chapter dedicated to education reports that of the 386,290 students in general education who pursued their studies in the 2018-2019 academic year, a total of 253,877 did so following the D model, 69,559 followed the B model, 60,586 used the A model and 2,268 did so via the X model. In terms of centre ownership, 200,695 students enrolled in public centres, and 185,595 enrolled in private centres.

Additionally, the chapter on Social habits and income indicates that, in 2018, the female working population of the Basque Country spent an average of 2.1 hours a day on household chores and 4.7 hours looking after children/minors, whereas the male working population spent an average of 1.4 hours and 3.3 hours on these tasks respectively.

The land use situation in the Basque Country can be seen from the data collected in the area of Territory & environment. In 2018, residential land made up 2.6% of the total land area, for economic activities it was 1.9%, land occupied by general systems made up 3.9% and land not subject to development accounted for 91.5%.

Also included in this section is Drinking water, 98.1% of which was satisfactory, 1.6% was tolerable and 0.3% was unsatisfactory.

The complete electronic edition of the Basque Statistical Yearbook 2019 can be found at the following link: Basque Statistical Yearbook 2019 (Spanish/Basque).

For further information:

Eustat - Euskal Estatistika Erakundea / Basque Statistics Institute C/ Donostia-San Sebastián, 1 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz Press Service: servicioprensa@eustat.es Tel: 945 01 75 62

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