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Harju County, Tallinn account for majority of Estonian GDP

Harju county and its major city, Tallinn, continues to be the hub of economic activity for Estonia.

The area around Tallinn accounted for 61.3 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the country in 2013, according to flash estimates by Statistics Estonia.

Last year, the GDP of Estonia at current prices was calcuated at 18.7 billion euros. Harju County accounted for 11.5 billion euros of that total, while the city of Tallinn made up 9.3 billion euros.

Harju county was followed by Tartu and Ida-Viru counties, the shares of which in the GDP of Estonia were 10 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively.

Harju, Tartu and Ida-Viru counties totaled 84 percent of the value added in services and almost three-quarters of the value added in industry and construction.

The counties which contributed the least to the total GDP of Estonia were Hiiu, Lääne and Põlva. The total share of these counties in the GDP of Estonia accounted for 2.5 percent.

In 2013, 67 percent of the total value added of Estonia was created in services, 29 percent in industry and construction, and 4 percent in agriculture, forestry and fishing.

The service sector was the biggest sector in all counties besides Ida-Viru county. The share of services was the largest in Harju county (75 percent), which receives much of Estonia’s tourism, and Tartu (69 percent) county, the seat of the nation’s largest university.

The share of the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector was the biggest in Jõgeva county (22 percent). The share of industry and construction was the largest in Ida-Viru county (53 percent), which shows the important role of mining and energy in this county’s economic activity.

In 2013, Estonia’s GDP per capita was 14,218 euros. Compared to 2012, that was an increase of 884 euros.

Statistics Estonia is the Estonian government agency responsible for producing official statistics regarding Estonia. It is overseen by the Ministry of Finance.

Editor: S. Abel, S. Tambur

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