STA, 3 March 2021 - Slovenia's per capita GDP measured in purchasing power standard (PPS) reached 89% of the EU's average in 2019, an improvement of two points from 2018. Western Slovenia reached 106% of the average, whereas the country's other cohesion region, Eastern Slovenia, only reached 73%, the latest Eurostat data show.
Having posted solid economic growth in 2014-2019, Slovenia's GDP gradually converged towards the EU average in this period after its gap had been widening for several years. The figure rose from 83% in 2014 to 89% in 2019.
The average development gap between the country's two cohesion regions meanwhile remained almost unchanged in 2019 over 2018 after it had been widening for several years. In both Western and Eastern Slovenia it decreased by one percentage point.
Eurostat data shows that Slovenia's GDP per capita reached EUR 23,200 in 2019, which translated into 27,700 PPS. Western Slovenia meanwhile generated EUR 27,600 or 33,000 PPS and Eastern Slovenia EUR 19,100 or 22,900 PPS.
There was a considerable variation both between and within EU member states in 2019: Bulgaria's North-West region and France's overseas region Mayotte did worst at 32% of the EU's average, while with the UK excluded, Luxembourg did best with 260%.