European Union consist of 28 member states. Some would say  - Europe is United. Is it so? Let's figure out, who lives better and who not. 

  2012 2013 Change $ Growth %
Luxembourg 103859 111162 7303 6.569691081
Denmark 56364 58930 2566 4.354318683
Sweden 55039 58164 3125 5.372739151
Austria 46792 49074 2282 4.650120227
Netherlands 45961 47617 1656 3.477749543
Ireland 45922 47400 1478 3.11814346
Finland 45649 47219 1570 3.32493276
Belgium 43396 45387 1991 4.386718664
Germany 42598 45085 2487 5.516247089
France 39759 41421 1662 4.012457449
United Kingdom 38649 39351 702 1.7839445
Italy 33814 34619 805 2.32531269
Spain 28282 29118 836 2.87107631
Cyprus 26352 24928 -1424 -5.712451861
Greece 22395 21910 -485 -2.213601095
Slovenia 22059 21816 -243 -1.113861386
Malta 20839 21339 500 2.343127607
Portugal 20175 21029 854 4.061058538
Czech Republic 18690 18861 171 0.9066327342
Estonia 16887 18478 1591 8.610239203
Slovakia 16893 17045 152 0.8917571135
Lithuania 14172 14688 516 3.513071895
Latvia 13947 14588 641 4.394022484
Croatia 13159 13530 371 2.742054693
Poland 12721 13432 711 5.293329363
Hungary 12560 12698 138 1.086785321
Romania 8437 9499 1062 11.18012422
Bulgaria 7022 7296 274 3.755482456
         
Average 31156.85714 32345.85714 1189 3.675895787

As we can see from Table above, GDP per capita has increased in almost every EU member state, with except - Cyprus (-5.7%), Greece (-2.2%) and Slovenia (-1.1%).

In overall GDP per capita in European union has raised by average 3.6% and totals in $32.345 thousands per capita.

By now I would like to divide this table in smaller units, those who receive the most and those who receive less.

  • Lets take average GDP per capita in EU and divide those who are above and those who are bellow.
  • In total 12 European economies has GDP per capita higher than average median in whole EU - Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Netherlands, Ireland, Finland, Belgium, Germany, France, United Kingdom and Italy.
  • The rest of member countries are bellow average median GDP per capita in EU in 2013.

I would like to Make another table dividing European states in groups:

  Country Population  % of Population   
> 50 thousands Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden  15.6  3.05%  
40-50 thousands Austria, Netherlands, Ireland, Finland,Belgium, Germany, France  193.9  38.02%  
30-40 thousands United Kingdom, Italy  124.1  24.33%  
20-30 thousands Spain, Cyprus, Greece, Slovenia, Malta, Portugal  72.7  14.25%  
10-20 thousands Czech Republic, Estonia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Poland, Hungary  75.02  14.71%  
< 10 thousands Romania, Bulgaria  28.6  5.21%  
     509.92  100%  

I created this table to measure how much of population in European Union has GDP per capita higher than average median, as well to compare population of those countries dividing each group by 10K.

  • In total in European Union lives about 509 million inhabitants, 65% of them lives in countries which GDP per capita is higher than average European Union in 2013 - $32.34 thousands. It is about 333 million people.
  • The rest or about 35% of European Union population lives in countries which GDP per capita is less than EU average median. Total count is about 176 million people.

Speaking of my predictions for next (this 2014) year:

  • I would forecast that Austria could probably join the 50K Club. Spain could join 30K club, but I doubt that Spain will reach average median GDP per capita in EU 2014.
  • Probably Czech Republic and Estonia could leave 10K club and join 20K Club.
  • While I would predict that Romania will left 0-10K club and join 10K club, leaving Bulgaria for couple of years alone in 0-10k club.

In overall last (2013) year showed a growth in GDP per Capita in almost every European Union member state, with Exception - Cyprus, Greece and Slovenia.

In 2013 in terms of GDP per capita growth there was one country reaching 2 digits number, and I would call it fastest growing economy in European Union for 2013 - Romania.

GDP per capita in European Union 2013/How divided is Europe?

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