It is with pleasure that we present this first European Design Report of national facts and figures from 27 European countries. A total of 410,000 designers in Europe today generate an annual turnover of 35 billion euros. This represents 5.4 % of the added value of the EU Business Service Sector in 2002.
The Netherlands has a highly-developed service sector where 46,000 designers generate an added value of 2.6 billion euros, on a par with the petroleum industry and the air transport industry (0.7 % of the Dutch GDP).
Facts & Figures have been compiled from national studies, surveys and polls conducted by offical institutions and private interest organisations. Measuring design as an industry and identifying design in official statistics is problematic.