Slovaks' purchasing power
- The European Union has released its latest regional breakdowns of per-capita GDP expressed in purchasing power. It takes the EU time to work things out, the data are for 2008. By comparison to the previous year, the still-enormous gap between Bratislava and the rest of Slovakia has narrowed by up to 5 percent. The Slovaks got wealthier somewhat faster than the Poles, Czechs, and especially the Hungarians between 2007 and 2008.
The yellow shading shows the areas with a purchasing power within Slovakia's range -- equal or higher than East Slovakia and equal or lower than Slovakia's average:
The red areas are poorer than any of Slovakia's four statistical regions, green marks the wealthier areas. In a comparison with the parts of Europe not stunted by communism (scroll for the map below), the purchasing power in Slovakia had caught up with that in much of Portugal (an adjacent part of Spain was very close too), southern Italy, a small part of Greece, and West Wales in Britain by 2008.