[CHART] Meetup Communities in Europe – Overview

[CHART] Meetup Communities in Europe – Overview

Communities in Europe chart

We already saw six of the top European Countries with the most Meetup communities. Now it’s time to see the bigger picture. What do communities in Europe love? What are the differences between the continent and single Countries?


Europe has about 10% of the world’s population, a total of 748 million people. Of these, almost 30 million people decided to stand together in some Meetup communities, creating over 63.000 of them! 

In 2020 they held almost 562.000 events with a total of 4 and a half million events participants. That’s a lot of people, but not all people do the same things, so it’s necessary to analyze every aspect and compare the average of Europe with all its countries.


With a solid 30% of all Meetup communities, in Europe the main category is Tech. This is the same also for 42 out of 44 countries and, for 33 of them, Tech is paired with Career & Business as second category as we saw in the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

There are, though, a few exceptions in this pattern, and what really changes is the second category.

Tech is paired with Health & Wellness, in the second category, in 5 countries like Spanish communities.

Health & Wellness, as second category, is paired with Career & Business just in Monaco

Italy and Kosovo still have Tech as main category, but this time paired differently: in Italy the second one is Movements, while in Kosovo it’s Sports & Fitness.

In conclusion: Tech and Career & Business are certainly the dynamic duo of Europe (and the rest of the world to be honest), which is really consistent among all its Countries. But it’s nice to see lots of tiny little differences here and there, because everyone differs one way or another.


Switching topic to Topics distribution, there’s a constant we can’t not notice: Self-Improvement. In every country we analyzed not only we find this topic, but it’s always in the first places!

Another big one is Software Development: we find this topic in a high positions also in Germany and in the Netherlands. But when we switch from detailed country to continental view we lose some big topics, like Spirituality and Meditation in the UK, Self Exploration in France and Outdoors in Spain.


The distribution of Meetup communities in Europe is not that balanced. As we can see, the eastern side reaches higher values than the western side. 

But if we look closer at single cities, we can notice something very interesting. If we sum up all the cities with the most communities of the top 6 countries in Europe, the number is still few hundreds less than the number of Meetup communities just in London! And this comes as no surprise since we already know that the United Kingdom is the first market in Europe for Meetup.


Now that we know all these things, it’s time to make a point. So what do all these data means? 

We saw a very innovative Europe, where most countries care about technologies and look forward for progress. Where that technology is being used (and not abused) as a tool to improve not only their career but also their lifestyle in general.

A Europe that’s focused on the future, and on people. 

Did you know?

We have little data on San Marino but, for what we know, it’s the only Country where Learning is the main category!

Where does this data comes from?

Those results are the synthesis of tracing more than 63.000 communities in Europe, active on Meetup as well as Facebook groups & pages, Twitter and other platforms.
The data is gathered through The Community Atlas, the worlds largest database of communities.

We considered a total of 24 topic categories.  All the topics that occurred on less than 1.5% of the total were collected under the heading “Other”.

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