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Called the rich and poor EU states

June 24 2008
03:54

According to the EU's statistical office, the richest country of this regional organization in 2007 on the basis of purchasing power parity and the proportion of gross domestic product per capita was found Luxembourg, the poorest country recognized by Bulgaria, RIA News .

According to Eurostat, purchasing power parity and the proportion of gross domestic product per capita in Luxembourg is almost three times the average for 27 EU countries and is 276 points. Such a high rate Luxembourg related to the presence in the country large numbers of foreign workers who are not being residents, increase the country's GDP.

Purchasing power parity - is an artificial value, which does not affect the difference in prices in EU countries. In the second place with 146 points was Ireland, which is one of the largest countries, "the donor of the European Union. In third place in the list of the richest and most prosperous countries in the EU is the Netherlands - 131 item, the fourth - Austria with the index 128 points.

Next on the list followed by Germany, which has the most efficient economic system among EU member countries (113 points), France (111 points), Spain (107 points) and Italy scored the 101 points. Completing the list of "rookies" of the EU - Bulgaria and Romania that joined the bloc last year and scored 41 and 38 points respectively.

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