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Brussels second wealthiest EU region

Brussels is the European Union’s second wealthiest region after London. However, Eurostat notes that Brussels’ wealth is mainly attributable to its daily influx of commuters. The European statistical office bases its figures on regions’ gross national product (GNP) per inhabitant. Brussels has a GNP of 217 per head, compared with a European average of 100.

Other wealthy regions include London, Luxembourg and Hamburg. Belgium as a whole scores well above the average. Poor areas of the EU include the French overseas territories, Greece and Portugal. Among the regions in the candidate member states, only the Czech capital, Prague, scores higher than the European average.

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30 January 2002

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