According to the 2014 Yearbook of the European Regional Statistical Office (Eurostat) published Monday, Luxembourg and Brussels are the most cosmopolitan capitals in Europe with 63.8% and 33.8% of foreign nationals, respectively. The capital of Latvia, Riga, finished third with 26% of non-national residents. However, Warsaw (0.6%), Sofia (1%) and Vilnius (1.4%) have very few foreigners among their inhabitants. The European average is 20%.
The youngest region of the European Union is French Guyana where 34.4% of the population is below the age of 15, followed by the Irish mid-east region (24.8%) and Reunion (24.3%). The European average of those under 15 is 15.6%. In Belgium, the youngest district is Virton (19.8%).
At the other end of the age spectrum, the Portuguese region of Pinhal Interior Sul (center) has the largest population of those aged 65 and over(32.4%), followed by the Evrytania, in Greece (center 32.2%). These are the only two European regions whose populations of those 65 and over exceeds 30%. In Belgium, the district of Furnes is the oldest of the country at 27.9%.
Eurostat also focused on tourism and the number of overnight stays registered in 2013. With 89.8 million overnight stays, the Canary Islands topped the list ahead of France (77.5 million) and Catalonia (70. 5 million). In Belgium, West Flanders wins 1st place with 7.8 million overnight stays.
Lorraine Thomson (Source: Belga)