Top 10 richest countries in Europe
According to the ranking EU statistical bureau, the richest country is Luxembourg Union: ratio of per capita GDP and purchasing power of residents here is 276 points, nearly three times more than the average for the EU.
The richest countries of Europe
№ Country Factor
1 Luxembourg 276
2 Ireland 146
3 Netherlands 131
4 Austria 128
5 Sweden 126
6 Denmark 123
7 Belgium 118
8 Finland 116
9 Great Britain 116
10 Germany 113
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At closest pursuer – Ireland – 146 points, while third place went to the Netherlands by a factor of 131. None of the countries of the former socialist camp was not hit even among the top fifteen – the richest of them, Slovenia, scored just 89 points and took 16 th place.
Surprising Results of Luxembourg in Brussels representatives explained rather prosaic: the relationship between GDP and purchasing power of the population artificially inflated due to employees working in its territory, but living in neighboring Belgium, Germany and France. Gainful employment of many residents had a positive impact on GDP of Luxembourg, but the calculation of GDP per capita has been held without taking into account their size. Completing the top five richest EU countries, Austria and Sweden, with 126 and 128 points respectively.
Incidentally, it is high quality of life in Ireland, runner-up in the rankings, many experts and politicians explain the recent failure of the referendum on the Lisbon treaty. Living in the country just afraid that if the EU becoming a federation they would share their revenues with the poor countries belonging to him. And there are quite a lot in the EU, and the vast majority of the bottom of the rankings are recent members of the former socialist camp. So, malopochetnoe 27 th place went to Bulgaria (38 points), and only 3 points ahead of Romania – the countries just last year joined the EU and, according to the European statisticians have not yet fully gotten rid of “the totalitarian legacy of communist past . Baltic former Soviet republics also can not boast of the results: Estonia was only 20 th place, while Lithuania and Latvia, and does include the five poorest countries in the EU. Illustrative is the fact that the first places in the ranking of statisticians is a country which has virtually no industrial production, while Eastern European countries are gradually turning into one large industrial zone of the European Union, forms the second half of the list.