When compared with its EU neighbors, the UK is a country of economic extremes, containing both the richest region in northern/western Europe (inner London) as well as nine of the 10 poorest regions (with Wales, Cornwall, and Durham -- all former coal-mining areas -- leading the list). static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/styles/story_medium/public/indy100/eJ0axHCqmx/18477-6rv6cn.jpg It is worth noting that the frame of reference for this map is (a) the UK's neighbors in northwestern Europe (which is why poorer EU countries such as Spain, Greece, Poland, et al. are not included in this analysis) and (b) EU countries (which is why Norway and Switzerland, for example, are not included on the map).
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