Some key figures of the Portuguese social economy in 2010

16.05.2013 Blog

The Portuguese National Institute of Statistics published last April the Satellite Account for the Social Economy with data referring to 2010. Unlike the previous edition published in 2011 with data referring to 206 based on the concept of “non profit organisations”, this edition uses the concept of “social economy organisations” free from the “non-distribution constraint”. So, this time, all co-operatives and mutualities are included, as proposed in the ““Manual for drawing up the satellite accounts of companies in the social economy: co-operatives and mutual societies” published by the Centre International de Recherches et d'Information sur l' Economie Publique, Sociale et Coopérative (CIRIEC). 

According to this publication, some key figures of the Portuguese Social Economy in 2010 are as presented in the following table:

Compared to other elements of the Portuguese economy, the Social Economy ranks as follows:
- In terms of share in the total Gross Value Added, it is more important than the following branches: electricity and gas; agriculture, forestry and fisheries; agroindustry; telecommunications; textile industry; wood, pulp and paper industries;
- In terms of share in the total paid employment, it is more important than the following branches: health; textile industry; transportation and storage; agroindustry; agriculture, forestry and fisheries; finance and insurance; wood, pulp and paper industries; telecommunications; electricity and gas.

Breaking down those figures by field of activity, the situation is as presented in the following table: