Three of Greece’s 13 regions – Eastern Macedonia-Thrace, Epirus and Western Greece – were among the 20 poorest regions in the European Union in terms of per capita GDP in 2015, according to figures released by Eurostat on Thursday. For 11 of the 13, their per capita GDP was less than 75 pct of the EU average.
Bulgaria’s Severozapaden (Northwestern) region was the poorest in Europe, with a per capita GDP that was just 29 pct of the EU average, while another four Bulgarian regions, five Polish regions, four Romanian regions, two Hungarian regions and one overseas French region were in the bottom 20.
For Greece, the average per capita GDP for the country was at 68 pct of the EU average and only Attica (93 pct) and the Southern Aegean (76 pct) had a per capita GDP exceeding 75 pct of the EU average in 2015. Next highest at 63 pct of the EU average were Western Macedonia and the Ionian Islands, followed by Central Greece and Crete with 58 pct, the Peloponnese with 56 pct, Central Macedonia and the Northern Aegean with 52 pct, Thessaly with 51 pct, Western Greece with 50 pct and Eastern Macedonia-Thrace and Epirus with 48 pct.
The EU regions with the highest per capita GDP were inner London-West (580 pct), Luxembourg (264 pct), Hamburg (206 pct) and Brussels (205 pct).