Map of the month - Wealth gap between regions narrowing
The gap between the richest and poorest EU regions has narrowed since 2000, according to the latest GDP per head figures (2008).
The GDP per head map shows the situation in each of the EU's 271 so-called NUTS regions (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) relative to the EU average.
In 2008, 64 regions had a GDP per head below 75% of the EU average. This represents 119 million people, compared with 131 million people in 69 regions in 2000.
High growth rates in less developed regions have helped them to narrow the gap with the EU average since 2000.