Monday, March 27, 2006

Regional Comparison

On the 17th of March, the Czech press published standard of living statistics* for Central Europe. The overall ranking of the countries was as follows:

  1. Austria
  2. Germany
  3. Czech
  4. Hungary
  5. Slovakia
  6. Poland

Here is a little Czech-orientated summary of the categories as listed in the newspaper Mladรก fronta Dnes:

GDP – Czech came in 3rd at 73% behind Austria (122%) and Germany (108%). Poland was last at 50% (EU=100%).

Average salary – Czech was 3rd at CZK 19,000/month; Germany was 1st at CZK 105,000/month and Austria 2nd at CZK 80,000/month. Slovakia was last at CZK 14,000/month.

Price of goods – Czech was 2nd at 68%; Poland was 1st at 61%; Austria was last at 104% (EU=100%).

Number of cars per 1000 people – Czech was 3rd at 358; Germany was 1st at 541 and Slovakia last at 247.

Size of living space per person – Czech was 3rd at 29m2.

Number of mobile phones per 1000 people – Czech was 1st at 1056, Poland last at 599.

* source: Eurostat

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