Albanians are more than three times poorer than other Europeans
Albanians are more than three times poorer than other Europeans, or more precisely three times poorer than all other countries of the EU, before joining the union.
The data of the Vienna Institute of Economic Studies put Albania the last in Europe in terms of gross domestic product per capita expressed in purchasing power, ie converted by price, which makes the indicator more realistic.
As is apparent from the graph in the video, Albania is the last on the continent with gross domestic product per capita expressed in purchasing power at 29% of the European average, at the time of membership in the union.
For other Western Balkan countries that are almost in the same stage with Albania in the accession process, this rate climbs to over 30%.
Somewhat advanced from the others is only Montenegro, with a rate of 46%, which is higher than Romania and Bulgaria at the moment of their membership.
This means that, at present, Montenegro is better off than the Romanians and the Bulgarians when they joined the union.