Inflation decreases from 2.13 % to 1.71 %

Inflation decreases from 2.13 % to 1.71 %

The consumer price index has increased by 0.31 point or 0.29 % this month.

Inflation based on the health index has declined from 2.02 % to 1.64 %.

The smoothed health index amounts to 103.93 points in January.

The decrease in inflation is mainly due to the decrease of the Contribution Energy Fund in Flanders.

The most significant price increases in January have been registered for natural gas, motor fuels, mineral water, soft drinks and juices, additional health insurance contribution, alcoholic beverages, holiday villages and vegetables. However, electricity, hotel rooms and travels abroad have had a decreasing effect on the index.

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The life of women and men in Europe

At home, at work, at school…

… there are large differences between the lives of women and men in Europe, but there are also similarities. This digital publication The life of women and men in Europe – a statistical portrait aims at comparing women and men in their daily lives. It also shows how similar or different the everyday life of women and men is in European countries.

womenandmen.pngThe publication includes three chapters:

  • Living, growing, ageing... : This chapter focuses on demography and health, including for example data on life expectancy, single mothers and fathers and how we perceive our health. This chapter also shows that, despite our differences, both women and men in Europe are similarly satisfied with their lives.
  • Learning, working, earning... : This chapter includes data on education levels, reconciliation of work and family life, full-time and part-time work, the gender pay gap, female and male managers, etc. It highlights not only structural differences but also inequalities between women and men.
  • Eating, shopping, surfing, socialising... : This part focuses on nutrition and social habits, leisure activities and online practices, including for example data on smoking and alcohol consumption, body mass index, cinema attendance, use of social networks and online shopping. A final part is dedicated to childcare, housework and cooking.

This digital publication containing short texts, interactive visualisation tools, infographics, photos, etc. has been developed by Eurostat in collaboration with the National Statistical Institutes of the EU Member States and the EFTA countries and is available in most of their official languages.