New research undertaken by Inequality Briefing reveals that 9 out of 10 the poorest areas in northern Europe are located in the United Kingdom, standing apart from countries such France, Germany and Belgium.
Northern Europe also includes: the Netherlands, Lithuania, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Iceland, Norway and the Faroe Islands.
Due to not being in the EU: Iceland, Norway and the Faroe Islands are not measured by Eurostat. That’s why it’s potentially not a totally accurate statement.
West Wales is the Poorest Region of Britain
Reporting on information from the data agency of the European Union, Eurostat, The Telegraph states:
“West Wales is the poorest region in Britain, France, Germany, Austria, the Nordic states, Belgium or Holland”. West Wales is followed by “Cornwall, Durham, Lincolnshire, Northern Ireland, Hainut in Belgium and East Yorkshire”.
The following image considers the “near neighbours” of the UK, which are France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Austria, Ireland, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, and as Dina Rickman reported in the Independent. They excluded neighbouring countries such as Italy, Spain and Greece, that have areas poorer than or just as poor as the UK.
London is the Richest
The Sunday Times listed London as the richest area in Northern Europe. Despite the fact that London has more billionaires than any other city in the world, many other parts of the UK are among the poorest areas.
UK Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, asked members of the public to submit ideas in order to “help him slash the north-south divide”, The Manchester Evening News reported.
Clegg claimed that much has already been done by the UK government to help Manchester become a major player nationally and internationally, saying:
“Whether you’re a local teacher, business owner, cab driver or academic, we want to hear your suggestions. That’s why I have launched a new project called Northern Futures, where I am looking for the answer to a very specific but vitally important question – how do we build on the strengths in the north to create an economic core in the heart of the region that can compete with the biggest cities in the world?”
The Inequality Briefing mentions that their findings are particularly strange considering the similarities in progress and financial institutions between the countries included in the list. One has to then wonder: why are there such differences in inequality?