Q: What are "themes"?

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A: Themes help us organise our large collection of statistical information, and enable you to access them in two ways:

  • The Statistical Atlas offers a national picture of our data, and the ten themes form the chapters of this atlas. The labels for the themes give you an idea of what they cover, and a snippet of information. Once within a theme, you will be able to read background information about sources and overall trends, and see maps of how "rates", i.e. key statistical indicators, have changed over time.
  • The data held for individual administrative units is also organized into themes, including graphs of changing rates which compare each unit with the national average. These pages also contain links to datasets (nCubes) which hold the actual statistics for the unit, presenting them in both chart and table format.

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