Groningen in top ten richest EU regions

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Groningen comes in tenth on a ranking of the richest regions in the EU in terms of gross domestic product per inhabitant.

12 February 2008

LUXEMBOURG - Groningen comes in tenth on a ranking of the richest regions in the EU in terms of gross domestic product (GDP) per inhabitant. These figures come from the statistical bureau Eurostat which published new calculations for 2005 on Tuesday.

Eurostat added that in some regions the GDP per inhabitant figures can be significantly influenced by commuter flows. Net commuter inflows in these regions push up production to a level that could not be achieved by the resident active population on its own. The result is that GDP per inhabitant appears to be overestimated in these regions and underestimated in regions with commuter outflows. See here for a link to the Eurostat report

The Utrecht region (13th on the ranking) is the second richest of the Dutch regions.

Central London tops the list of the richest regions in Europe. The gross national product per inhabitant is 303 percent of the average. London is followed by Luxembourg and Brussels.

The poorest regions in Europe are in Bulgaria, Poland and Romania.

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