Eurostat: Regional GDP per capita ranged from 29% to 611% of EU average in 2016
Eurostat, the European Commission's statistics office, has released the 2016 data on regional GDP per capita in the EU. The data shows that in 2016, regional GDP per capita, expressed in terms of purchasing power standards, ranged from 29% of the European Union (EU) average in the Bulgarian region of Severozapaden, to 611% of the average in Inner London - West in the United Kingdom. There is a considerable variation both in the EU and within the Member States.
The regions with the highest regional GDP per capita in 2016, after Inner London - West, were the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (257%), Southern & Eastern in Ireland (217%), Bruxelles/Brussel in Belgium and Hamburg in Germany (both at 200%). In total, 19 regions had a GDP per capita of 50% or more above the EU average: five were in Germany, three in the United Kingdom, two in Austria (Salzburg and Vienna), one each in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Sweden, as well as the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
The regions with the lowest regional GDP per capita after Severozapaden in Bulgaria were Mayotte in France (33%), Severen tsentralen and Yuzhen tsentralen in Bulgaria (both 34%) and Nord-Est in Romania (36%). Among the 21 regions with GDP per capita below 50% of the EU average, five were in Bulgaria and Poland, four in Hungary, three in Romania and Greece and one in France.
Eurostat points out that in some regions the GDP per capita figures can be significantly influenced by commuter flows.
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