Northwestern Bulgaria Ranks EU’s Poorest Region

Northwestern Bulgaria Ranks EU’s Poorest Region

Bulgaria's Northwestern region ranks as the EU's poorest region in terms of gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, expressed in purchasing power standards, with only 26% of the EU's average, Eurostat said.

The last nine places in the rankings were all for regions in Bulgaria and Romania, where GDP per capita did not exceed 45% of EU's average, data published by Eurostat on Thursday showed.

Inner London region topped the rankings with GDP per capita at 328% of EU's average. Luxembourg's Grand Duchy and Brussels in Belgium followed with 266% and 223%, respectively. Greece ranked in the middle of the table with seven regions among the 68 EU's regions below the 75% level.

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