Together with the green and digital transitions, demographic change is the third transformation shaping the future of Europe. A good understanding of how demographic change and the local, regional and national realities interact is key to tailor EU policies to the changing conditions on the ground.
Demographic knowledge is cross-cutting: demographic drivers and implications of territorial disparities across EU regions provide unique and detailed insights to tackle societal challenges and to even better understand political attitudes. Demographic insights will help inform the development and implementation of policies that are closer to citizens’ needs.
The Atlas of Demography is a new interactive knowledge management tool that enables policy-makers and citizens to observe, monitor and anticipate demographic challenges. It aims at informing several policy areas - such as health, labour, education, access to services and amenities, territorial and cohesion policies, to name a few - with timely, robust, comparable demographic data and knowledge at the finest level of geographical detail (down to the level of a single municipality).
Key features of the Atlas
High-resolution geographic coverage: a quick access to a comprehensive body of demographic data and knowledge featuring a strong territorial and forward-looking approach at the EU, national, regional and local level. The Atlas contains official statistics and projections from Eurostat and new data at high spatial resolution produced by the JRC.
Thematic sections: the Atlas will contain thematic stories linking demographic trends to specific policy contexts. In the first edition, the stories represent facts and figures related to the main findings of the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) report Demographic Landscape of EU Territories: Challenges and Opportunities in Diversely Ageing Regions.
The Atlas is a living tool, it will evolve in the future, incorporating new indicators and analyses and will extend its scope from EU boundaries to global coverage.
29 April 2021AoD 1.0 Launch eventDemographic data at the EU, national, regional and local level
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December 2021AoD 2.0Integration of demographic determinants and projections
December 2022AoD 3.0Global coverage with national demographic data and projections
Content of the tool in this release:
- Geographic dimension: European Union's population structure at different geographic scales, from an EU overview to national, regional and local levels
- Eight stories build on the report Demographic Landscape of EU Territories: Challenges and Opportunities in Diversely Ageing Regions
- Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography
- Knowledge Centre for Territorial Policies
- Joint Research Centre
Factsheet and media
Alvarez Alvarez, M., Boccardo, S., Bosco, C., Choumelova, D., Conte, A., Ghio, D., Goujon, A., Kalantaryan, S., Loeschner, J., Mcmahon, S., Natale, F., Schumacher, G., Scipioni, M., Sermi, F., Tarchi, D., Tintori, G. and Kompil, M., Atlas of Demography, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2021, JRC124598.
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