OECD Regions at a Glance 2011

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OECD Regions at a Glance is the one-stop guide for understanding regional competitiveness and performance, providing comparative statistical information at the sub-national level, graphs and maps. It identifies new ways that regions can increase their capacity to exploit local factors, mobilise resources and link with other regions. Measuring such factors as education levels, employment opportunities and intensity of knowledge-based activities, this publication offers a statistical snapshot of how life is lived – and can be improved – from region to region in the OECD area. 

This fourth edition of OECD Regions at a Glance showcases the contribution of regions to stronger, fairer and cleaner economies, drawing on both the latest comparable data and past trends across regions in OECD countries. It highlights the persistence of regional disparities, underscores unused resources that can be mobilised to maximise regions’ competitive edge, and shows the common characteristics of performing regions. The report includes data on the four newest OECD member countries: Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia. Where available, data on Brazil, China, India, the Russian Federation and South Africa are also included. This publication provides a dynamic link (StatLink) for each graph and map, which directs the user to a web page where the corresponding data are available in Excel®.

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The growth of urban land in oecd regions

Monitoring changes in land cover is crucial to understanding how urbanisation impacts the natural environment. Detailed spatial information on these changes can help identify which areas have been exposed to larger urban pressure, guiding targeted policy interventions where this expansion threatens the quality of the landscape or bio-diversity. In 2001, urban land ranged from very low levels in sparsely populated countries (less than 0.1% of the national territory in Iceland and Canada) to significant levels in densely inhabited ones (more than 10% in Belgium and the Netherlands) (Figure 27.1). Emerging economies had generally low-intermediate levels of their territory covered by artificial surfaces (from 0.5% in Brazil to 1% in India).

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