MACEDONIANS AMONG THE POOREST IN EUROPE
Macedonians are among the three poorest nations in Europe with only 28 percent of the average EU purchasing power, European statistics bureau Eurostat reported on Monday.
Only Bosnia-Herzegovina with 26 percent and Albania with 21 percent of the average Union's purchasing power, are ranked behind Macedonia.
Eurostat's survey encompassed a total of 37 countries, including the 27 members of EU, three candidate-countries, three EFTA member-countries and four countries from Western Balkans.
The richest countries in the region are Greece (98%), Slovenia (88%) and Croatia with about half of the average EU purchasing power. Romanians, Bulgarians, Serbs, Montenegrins and Turks have purchasing power of around one-third of the EU average.
The richest EU citizens are the Luxembourgers who enjoy 250 percent more purchasing power than average. The Irish come in second place with almost 50 percent more than the average.
MD: Well that's not so suprisingly. But Macedonia used to stand before Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia some years ago. Norwegians, Swiss and Dutch people belong to the group of richest Europeans.