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This Eurostat report reveals the concentration of R&D activity in different European regions. The ten EU regions which devoted the largest proportion of their GDP to expenditure on R&D were located in four countries: Germany (5), Finland (2), France (2) and the United Kingdom (1). While expenditure on research and development (R&D) accounted for an average of 1.87% of GDP in the EU in 1998, the four regions that were most active in this field, all in Germany, each spent more than 4% of their GDP on R&D activities. In absolute terms, the Ile de France region spent most (EUR 13.4 billion) on R&D in 1999 and alone accounted for almost 9% of all R&D expenditure in the EU. Overall, spending on R&D was highly concentrated, with 28 out of 211 regions accounting for more than half of all spending in 1997.

The Statistics in Focus series is published regularly by Eurostat and provides up-to-date summaries of the main results of statistical surveys, studies and analyses. It consists of about four to eight pages per issue. .

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Authors: LAAFIA I, Eurostat, Luxembourg (LU)
Bibliographic Reference: Statistics in Focus: Science and Technology - Theme 9 - Issue 2/2002, pp.8.
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KS-NS-02-002-EN-C Statistics in Focus can be downloaded free of charge from the Eurostat web site:
ISBN: ISSN: 1609-5995
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