Bulgaria came in dead last in an EU report on productivity that showed huge disparities among the European nations. Ireland and the Netherlands recorded levels about 50% and 30% respectively above average, while Sweden, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Finland and Germany were between 15% and 25% above the EU27 average.
The proportional Gross Domestic Product in the European Union was highest in Luxemburg in 2007, where each inhabitant produced 267% of the EU’s average individual GDP. Bulgaria has the lowest proportional GDP of the Union, with each individual only producing 37% of the average. Albania, which is not a member of the EU, reported the lowest of all European countries, at 24%.