Shock news: west London is rich.
Still, the extent of its wealth is quite something to behold. Eurostat notes today that its GDP per capita was some 580 per cent of the EU average in 2015 – the highest anywhere in the region where it still, just about, belongs, and hugely out of line with the UK national average.
Second in line is Luxembourg, with a relatively piffling 264 per cent of the EU average.
A caveat: As Eurostat points out, “in some regions the GDP per capita figures can be significantly influenced by commuter flows”.
Nonetheless, it’s notable that several south-east English hotspots, plus the oil-focused parts of Scotland, feature prominently in the EU’s rich list.