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?

Country Card_Netherlands.pngHere 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
Austria 3480 32,4
Belgium 3440 40,5
Bulgaria* (flat) 580 10
Croatia* 1142 24
Cyprus* 1950 20
Czech Republic (flat) 1755 24,1
Denmark 3560 36,1
Estonia (flat) 1683 18,4
Finland 2979 30,2
France 3026 29,2
Germany 3291 39,9
Greece 1803 26
Hungary (flat) 1562 33,5
Ireland 3296 19,4
Italy 2536 31,2
Latvia 1638 20*
Lithuania (flat) 1680 15*
Luxembourg 4362 29,1
Malta* 1500 15
Netherlands 3657 30,4
Poland 1871 25,1
Portugal 1750 27,5
Romania (flat)* and *** 489 10
Slovakia 1683 23,5
Slovenia 2416 33,7
Spain 2663 21,1
Sweden 2932 25
UK 3025 23,4
Other European Economic Area and EFTA countries:
Lichtenstein* and ** 5943 6
Iceland* 3738 28,7
Switzerland** 4307 16,9
Norway (flat) 3542* 27,6
Candidate Countries for EU membership:
Albania* 404 13
Republic of Macedonia*  (flat) 611 10
Montenegro* 765 11
Serbia* (flat) 581 10
Turkey**** 753 i)* 27,9
European microstates:
Andorra* 2076 5
Monaco* 2500 0
San Marino* 2500 13,53
Vatican city* 2536***** 0

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, BelgiumBulgaria, Croatia*, Cyprus*, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia**, Finland**, France**, Germany, Greece***, Hungary, IrelandItaly, Latvia, Lithuania***, Luxembourg, Malta(b), Netherlands, Poland, Portugal*, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK*.

Other European Economic Area and EFTA countries: 

Lichtenstein*, Norway, IcelandSwitzerland*,

Candidate countries for EU membership: 

Albania**, Republic of North Macedonia*, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.

European Microstates: 

Andorra****, Monaco*, San Marino and Vatican city.


*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/

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