Groningen listed among EU's wealthiest

20th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

Due to a wealth in natural gas reserves, Groningen is ranked as EU's fourth richest.

GRONINGEN—Eurostat has placed the Dutch province of Groningen as the fourth richest region in the European Union. The move comes despite Groningen asking that the statistics office stop reporting what it calls "persistent nonsense."

Much to the province's irritation, Eurostat counts the total natural gas profits of the Netherlands as part of Groningen's earnings. Its high position in Eurostat's 271-region-strong league table makes it hard for Groningen to receive EU subsidies.

London city centre is listed as the EU’s wealthiest area, followed by Luxemburg and Brussels. The Dutch province of Utrecht is placed 15th and North Holland 18th. Northeastern Romania is again named as the poorest region in Europe, with wealth estimated at just a quarter of the EU average.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica

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