The latest figures from the EU published yesterday put the Prague region and the Bratislava region among the richest areas in the EU, even though in general there are still large east-west differences.
The GDP per capita in Prague is around EUR 43,200 in terms of purchasing power, while in Bratislava it works out as EUR 41,800.
What is surprising, is that both Bratislava and Prague are officially wealthier than anywhere in Austria, Greece, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Portugal or Spain, for instance.
Bratislava has made most headway in this respect, because just six years ago it did not make it into the top 15 in the EU. Even so, the 15 poorest regions in the EU can all be found in post-communist countries, with Bulgaria and Romania holding the bottom end of the ranking, chasing Hungary and Poland above them.
For the sake of comparison, the poorest region in the world according to the World Bank is Burundi, which has a GDP per capita of a mere EUR 121, while the monarchy of Monaco posts a figure in excess of EUR 150,000.