Statistics Explained is Eurostat's new way of publishing statistics on the internet. Its main purpose is to explain European statistics, by presenting data and pointing out what is interesting or surprising about them, with all the background needed for understanding them. The data discussed are recent, but not necessarily the very latest available. Statistics Explained offers deep and specific links to the most recent figures on Eurostat's website, as well as to metadata, additional information about the data such as definitions, methodological explanations, legal texts, etc. In this way, it can also serve as a portal to European data on any topic, even for specialists.