Using the chart:

The European Union bond yield chart displays data for six countries at a time. You can select the countries of interest to you. Simply click (or tap) on a country label and choose the country you wish to replace it with from the drop-down menu.

Hover on the timeline data points to view historic data. Click or tap on the red stars to reveal key events in the EU economic crisis.

EU Government bond yields

The yield on long term government bonds is a useful barometer of the status of a national economy. The return demanded by investors reflects the level of risk perceived by the market in investing in a national economy. The higher the yield, the greater the perceived risk of default on repayment and vice-versa.

The yield figures reported in this chart are calculated as monthly averages. They refer to central government bond yields on the secondary market, gross of tax, with a residual maturity of around 10 years.

How to use this chart
Data source: ECB and European Commission.ECB Eurostat