New data from Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, show that Luxembourg has the lowest proportion of self-employed people in the EU.

In the EU as a whole, self-employed people account for 14% of total employment. The highest rate of self-employment is found in Greece (30%), Italy (22%), and Poland (18%). Luxembourg (8%) can be found on the opposite end of the spectrum together with Denmark (also 8%), followed by Sweden and Germany (both 9%).


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According to Eurostat, around 21,300 people were self-employed in Luxembourg in 2018 (compared to 24,400 in 2017, and 24,000 in 2016). Looking at what self-employed people tend to do in Luxembourg, the largest share is made up of 'professionals'* (9,800 people), followed by technicians and associate professionals (3,100), service and sales workers (2,200), skilled agricultural/forestry/fishery workers (1,700), and managers (1,600).

*This broad category includes sub-categories such as science and engineering, health, teaching, business and administration, ICT, legal, and social professionals.