Statistische Nachrichten - Summaries May 2020

Inpatient Health Care 2018

... in public and private hospitals

Inpatient health care is one of the most important sectors of the health care system. In 2018, there were 267 hospitals with 64 285 beds and 141 704 jobs (full-time equivalents) in Austria. The central indicators of inpatient care are key figures on infrastructure (the number of hospitals and beds as well as the number of health personnel in the various care sectors), the number and duration of hospital stays as well as the volume and spectrum of surgical and non-surgical procedures carried out in the inpatient sector. In this article, special emphasis is placed on diseases treated in hospitals and medical services provided; particular attention is paid to the trends from “public to private” and from “full-time inpatient to day-care”.

Wine Production and Stock 2019

In 2019, 2.32 million Hectolitres (hl) of wine were produced in Austria. This corresponds to the five years production average (+1.4%), but means a reduction (-15.6%) compared to the notably high wine production in 2018. The harvest comprised 1.62 million hl of white wine (-12.7% to 2018) and 700 000 hl of red wine (-21.6% to 2018). Due to the unusually warm weather in June and a relatively hot and dry summer, Burgenland (-27.8%), Lower Austria (-12.1%) and Vienna (-15.3%) yielded lower amounts of wine than in 2018 whereas the wine production in Styria (-0.4%) remained at the same level as in 2018. The stock of wine amounted to 2.98 million hl (+12.4% to 2018). Both the volume of stored white wines (1.73 million hl, +13.9%) and the stock of red wines (1.26 million hl; +10.4%) increased.

Livestock Survey of 1 December 2019

In December 2019 a livestock (sample) survey was carried out; about 7 000 agricultural units had to send data to Statistics Austria within a certain period of time. Compared with the results of the survey in December 2018 the final results for 2019 (after extrapolation) showed a relatively steady number of pigs (-0.1% to 2.77 million head), while the population of sheep decreased (-0.9% to 403 000) and the number of goats rose (+1.1% to 92 500). Over the same period the stock of cattle (determined by administrative sources) declined by 1.7% to 1.88 million head.

2017 Turnover Tax Statistics

Main results and analysis about branch-spezific characteristics

The turnover tax statistics of the year 2017 presents a total of 690 221 cases of assessment, which accounted for a taxable turnover of EUR 735.1 billion. Compared to the previous year the number of taxpayers increased by 7 814 (+1.1%) and the volume of taxable turnover by EUR 27.1 billion or 3.8%. Nearly one third of the taxable turnover (32% or EUR 238.3 billion) remained tax free. From the turnover which was assessable for tax, 76.4% or EUR 354.3 billion were subject to the standard tax rate of 20% and EUR 94.6 billion (20.4%) to the reduced tax rate of 10%. The reduced tax rate of 13%, which was newly implemented in 2016, accounted for EUR 14.4 billion (3.1%).

In 2017 wholesale and retail trade once more turned out to be the economic activity with the highest turnover. With 15% of all taxable units it accounted for 31% (EUR 226.7 billion) of the taxable turnover, followed by manufacturing industries (4% accounted for EUR 167.6 billion or 23% of the taxable turnover). From a total of 690 221 taxable units 526 187 (76%) were liable to income tax and 164 034 (24%) were liable to corporation tax. The actual amount of tax payable was EUR 24.1 billion including EUR 21.1 billion of acquisition tax (VAT on intra-EU imports).

CPI of March 2020

The inflation rate of the Consumer Price Index (CPI, base year 2015) in March 2020 amounted to 1.6% (February 2020: 2.2%). Lower prices for fuels were mainly responsible for the decrease of the March inflation rate. Price increases for housing, water and energy (+2.4% compared to March 2019) remained the most important price driver, followed by those for restaurants and hotels (+3.2%). The index level of the CPI was 108.1 in March 2020. Compared to the previous month, the average price level increased by 0.3%. The index level of the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP, base year 2015) in March 2020 was 108.50, with the harmonised inflation rate amounting to 1.6%.

The measures against the spread of the corona virus had only a very limited impact on the calculation of the March inflation rate. The price surveys for the consumer price index were mainly carried out in the first half of the month, before the COVID-19-related shop and business closings.

How’s Austria with the topic safety?

Special issue oft the project Hows Austria

Personal security and safety are considered as essential aspects of quality of life. Data from EU-SILC can be used, for example, to show that the feeling of physical insecurity and (subjective) life satisfaction are related. The special chapter of “How is Austria? 2019” therefore deals with questions of physical and mental security and safety. After providing an overview of the data situation in Austria the results of the Fundamental Rights Survey 2019 on victimisation experiences were published for the first time. The survey was conducted from Statistics Austria in 2019 on behalf of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

The results show clear differences in the security situation of different population groups. For instance, domestic violence mainly affects women: In the last five years, 242 000 women have experienced violence in private rooms. On the other hand, significantly more men (348 000) are exposed to violence in publicly accessible places. Experiences of violence are more frequent at a young age and decrease significantly with age. One third of men aged 16 to 29 have experienced violence in the past five years. According to the survey, around a quarter of burglaries in Austria are not reported to the police. The number of unreported cases of violence is even higher. Approximately three quarters of those who have experienced physical violence in the past five years have not reported the last incident to the police.