Gozo branch of NSO opens next month: ‘Gozo in Figures 2014’ launched

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Gozo branch of NSO opens next month: 'Gozo in Figures 2014' launchedEarlier this week at a meeting held in Gozo for the launch of the latest edition of ‘Gozo in Figures,’ it was announced by Michael Pace Ross of the National Statistics Office, that in June the NSO will open a branch in Gozo to compile and widen the scope of regional statistics, under the auspices of the Malta Statistics Authority.

Also present for the meeting were the Minister for Gozo Dr Anton Refalo and the Finance Minister Prof Edward Scicluna.

‘Gozo in Figures’ is a compact publication and is in fact an enhancement on a similar publication launched two years ago. It compares facets of the Gozitan socio-economic fabric to mainland Malta.

This publication reflects the diversity of the Island, comparing facets of the Gozitan socio-economic fabric to the mainland. Statistical domains include the economy, demography, employment, business enterprises, private households, social protection, energy and water, waste, land and sea transport, culture, and rural characteristics.

A section is dedicated to tourism which is also an important source of income for Gozo.

Data shows that the number of marriages in Gozo and Comino in 2008 was 193, rising to 211 in 2012. The household disposable income in 2008 was €18,518 and €20,618 in 2012.

The full-time gainfully occupied population in Gozo and Comino in 2008 had 5,347 employees in the private sector and 3,559 in the public sector. This rose in 2012 for the private sector to 5,776, and 3,706 in the public sector.

Covering a land area of 67 square kilometres, Gozo is one of the smallest NUTS III regions in Europe in terms of population size. It has developed a distinct character and identity throughout the years, and this is also portrayed through official statistics, which go well beyond the statutory requirements of the European Commission regarding regions of a similar classification.

‘Gozo in Figures 2014’ is available for download here.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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