Slovakia was the 18th richest country – or the 10th poorest – within the EU27 last year in terms of GDP per capita, the European statistics office Eurostat announced in a preliminary estimate on Thursday, June 20. Slovak GDP – expressed in terms of Purchasing Power Standards (PPS) – reached 75 percent of the EU average, the TASR newswire reported, citing the Eurostat figures. This means that Slovakia was at the same level as Portugal and Greece, whose GDP also reached 75 percent of the EU average in 2012.
GDP per capita in EU member states expressed in PPS in 2012 ranged from 47 percent to 271 percent of the EU average. From this point of view, Luxembourg remained the richest EU country, followed by Austria (131 percent), Ireland (129 percent), and the Netherlands (128 percent). Romania and Bulgaria were at the bottom of the ranking, reporting 49 and 47 percent respectively.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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21. Jun 2013 at 10:00