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Regional Development Composite Index
Regional Development Composite Index
Regional Development Composite Index - 2013
15 June 2015

In 2013, according to the results of the regional development composite index, four out of the 25 Portuguese NUTS 3 level regions exceeded the national average in terms of the overall regional development – the metropolitan areas of Lisboa and Porto, Alto Minho and Região de Aveiro.
The territorial image of the competitiveness index shows that the regions with more favourable performances are concentrated in the mainland coast and especially in the territories centred in the two metropolitan areas. The metropolitan area of Lisboa was the leading region in the competitiveness index.
As for cohesion, the results display a more balanced country than the one resulting from the competitiveness index, since in eight of the 25 level 3 NUTS regions the cohesion index stood above the national average. In this dimension of regional development, the 2013 results suggested a more cohesive territory in the mainland centre sub-regions and in coastal Northern regions, especially in the metropolitan area of Lisboa, the territory formed by Região de Coimbra and Região de Leiria and, in the coastal north, Alto Minho and Cávado.
Regarding the environmental quality index, the 2013 results highlight the inner mainland and the two autonomous regions given the better environmental quality. The national average was exceeded in 14 of the 25 NUTS 3 regions and the territorial disparity was weaker than the one observed for the other components.

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