On this page, we will add answers the questions that players often ask about the numbers in the game.
Question 1. Where are the numbers from the board and Country Cards coming from?
Here are the real statistics presented on the board. For your information, these are updated online every year.
The income and taxes on the board are drawn from available official statistics, based on the typical income and taxes that people pay and receive in a country.
Table 1. Wages and Tax Rates in Countries in the Game, 2017-2018
|EU Member States:||Wage||Tax rate|
|Czech Republic (flat)||1755||24,1|
|Romania (flat)* and ***||489||10|
|Other European Economic Area and EFTA countries:|
|Lichtenstein* and **||5943||6|
|Candidate Countries for EU membership:|
|Republic of Macedonia* (flat)||611||10|
Sources: OECD “Taxing Wages, 2017” Report and database, except:
* Data computed from national statistics for 2017-2018**national statistics, 2016; ***EUROSTAT statistics, 2011; ****national statistics, 2014;*****average wage in Italy.
Definitions: Wage (column) is a typical wage rate based on average wage in a country. It relies on statistics from recent years after 2014. The Tax rate (column) relies on the average tax rate from 2016-2017, except few countries.
To keep the game fun to count, we rounded these numbers! 😉 Also, for countries with a non-EU currency, we used XE currency convertor to convert the national currency into Euros.
The Tax Offices in the EU: https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/national-tax-websites_en
Do you want to learn more about taxes? visit TaxEdu: https://europa.eu/taxedu/home_en
Question 2. Where are the numbers in the Challenge 1 & 2 coming from?
Among the first Happy Points that you will collect are coming from Challenge 1: What is the population in the country where you currently work? and Challenge 2: What is the size of the area of the country you work?
To answer these questions with highest precision, every single statistics office of the 41 countries has been consulted for its most recent data (on 08.03.2018). DEMO9 data comes from latest 2018 reported statistics (sometimes this is declared for 2018, sometimes for 2017), here are our sources:
EU Member States:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia*, Cyprus*, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia**, Finland**, France**, Germany, Greece***, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania***, Luxembourg, Malta(b), Netherlands, Poland, Portugal*, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK*.
Other European Economic Area and EFTA countries:
Candidate countries for EU membership:
*most recent declared data is for 2017.
**on 08.03.2019, data available for 2019 as well.
*** last census, available data only for 2011 b) for 2015.
****only estimated population data is available.
By the way, if you are into population data projections here is something useful: https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/en/web/population-demography-migration-projections/statistics-illustrated
or this: European Statistical system (2019): https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/ess/