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Essex - the golden mean

Or so Eurostat's findings would suggest. Based on 2005 "GDP per inhabitant, expressed in terms of purchasing power standards" figures, Essex rated 99. 7 of the EU average, while that lot on the other side of the Thames estuary fare slightly better at 101.0.

Inner London is the EU richest region, at 303% of the average, and Nord Est Romania (what folk might, with a touch more lyricism, call northern Moldavia) the EU's skid row at 24% etc etc.

Meanwhile, every region of the Irish Republic is above the EU average, so doubtless Ahern will ask for the money to be turned off as a matter of urgency.

A truly bizarre finding is that the only Dutch region to fall below the average is Flevoland, which all people of my vintage will know is a polder reclaimed from the Zuiderzee / Ijsselmeer. I suspect that there is a moral to be drawn on what happens when states attempt to make land.


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Blogger Ed said... 2:49 pm

Woohoo I am three times richer than the receptionist who lives in Kent!  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:57 pm

There's scope for gloating at Lewesmania too.  

Blogger Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said... 5:31 pm

Meanwhile, every region of the Irish Republic is above the EU average,

That's really saying something.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 5:40 pm

Point scoring to one side, our Hibernian chums only have two regions listed: 'Border, Midland and Western' and 'Southern and Eastern'.

What's wrong with Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster (bits thereof)  

Anonymous dearieme said... 9:53 pm

Whatever happened to Meath?  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 12:06 am

essex is not nice

i been :D  

Blogger Croydonian said... 6:21 am

Dearie Me - as in the Meath police dismisseth us? Meath is a county, as opposed to an ancient kingdom, of Ireland.

Anon - I grew up there and am rather fond of the place.  

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