Bulgaria was the EU member state with the lowest gross domestic product (GDP) per capita last year, the EU's statistics office said.
The country's GDP per capita, expressed in purchasing power standards, was 56% below the EU's average in 2011, which placed Bulgaria at the bottom of the table together with Romania whose GDP per capita was slightly higher at 51% below the average for the union, data published by Eurostat showed.
Greece was some 21% below the EU's average last year, while Cyprus improved to only 6.0% below average.
Luxembourg topped the table with GDP per capita more than two and a half times the EU's average. Germany was 21% above, France and the U.K. registered GDP per capital nearly 10% above the average, while Italy and Spain were around the average level for the region.