Central & Eastern Europe regional overview
Central and Eastern Europe represents a market of about 190 million people and has enjoyed an outstanding level of economic development over the past 30 years. A total of 10 countries joined the EU as of May 1, 2004, including 8 Central/Eastern European countries, Malta and Cyprus. Another two CEE countries – Bulgaria and Romania – joined the EU on January 1, 2007. Finally, Croatia joined as of 1 July, 2013. The table below provides a comparative regional overview of all 21 countries of the Central and Eastern Europe, of which 11 are EU members and 10 are not.
|COUNTRY||CAPITAL||AREA||POPUL.||UNEMPLOY.||GDP/CAPITA||GDP||GDP real growth rate (annual percent change)|
|(sq. km)||(mil.)||(%, 2022)||(PPP, USD 2022)||(current p., USD billion, 2022)||(2021)||(2022)||(est. 2023)|
|BA||Bosnia & Herzegovina||Sarajevo||51,197||3.5||17.3||17,899||23.7||7.4||3.8||2.0|
Source: CIA – The World Factbook; European Commission Forecasts; International Monetary Fund; *2021
GDP real growth rate
The 2022 best performing economies were Montenegro (7.2%), Croatia (5.9%) and Slovenia (3.7%). For 2022, the IMF forecasts mostly modest growth for all of the CEE countries, with the exception of Russia and Ukraine.
GDP per capita (purchasing power parity)
In terms of GDP per capita, Slovenia (population 2 million) is the region’s leader, followed by the Czech Republic (population 10.5 million). The following graph shows GDP per capita in the 13 CEE countries covered by EasyLink’s market research and international trade consultancy services.
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