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REGIONS : MAJOR DIFFERENCES IN REGIONAL GDP PER CAPITA.

In 2010, GDP per capita, expressed in terms of purchasing power standards (PPS)(1), in the EU27's 270 NUTS-2 regions(2) ranged from 26% of the EU27 average in the region of Severozapaden in Bulgaria to 328% of the average in Inner London in the UK, said Eurostat, on 21 March.

The leading regions in the ranking of regional GDP per capita, in 2010, were Inner London in the UK (328% of the average), the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (266%), Bruxelles/Brussels in Belgium (223%), Hamburg in Germany (203%), Ile de France in France and Groningen in the Netherlands (both 180%), Bratislava in Slovakia (176%), Praha in the Czech Republic (172%), Stockholm in Sweden (168%) and Wien in Austria (165%).

Among the 41 regions exceeding the 125% level, eight were in Germany, five each in the Netherlands and Austria, four in Belgium, three each in Spain, Italy and the UK, two each in Finland and Sweden, one each in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, France and Slovakia, as well as the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

The lowest regions in the ranking were all in Bulgaria and Romania, with the lowest figures recorded in Severozapaden in Bulgaria (26% of the average), followed by Severen tsentralen in Bulgaria and Nord-Est in Romania (both 29%) and Yuzhen tsentralen in Bulgaria (30%). Among the 68 regions below the 75% level, fifteen were in Poland, seven each in the Czech Republic, Greece and Romania, six in Hungary, five each in Bulgaria and Italy, three each in France (all overseas departments), Portugal and Slovakia, two in the UK, one each in Spain and Slovenia, as well as in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

(1) PPS is an artificial currency that takes into account differences in national price levels

(2) Level 2 of the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS)

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Title Annotation:gross domestic product
Publication:European Report
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4E
Date:Mar 22, 2013
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