Rui Rio says that Portugal was surpassed in GDP “per capita” by Estonia and Lithuania. You’re right?
“Six Budgets left on the left. Result: Portugal at the tail of Europe. You’ll see the GDP per capita Portuguese relative to Europe and we downloaded it. We were overtaken by countries like Estonia and Lithuania, countries of the former Soviet Union, poor countries that have been with us in the European Union for a short time, have already surpassed us”, previous yesterday Rui Rio, leader of the PSD, without the first day of appreciation in general of the proposed State Budget for 2022 (OE2022 ) in the Assembly of the Republic.
It is confirmed that Portugal was surpassed in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita by countries like Estonia and Lithuania?
According to latest data compiled in Pordata, both Estonia and Lithuania surpassed portugal no GDP per capita (PPS) during the year 2017. And since then that maintain higher levels to Portugal in this economic indicator.
In the same statement, Rui Rio also pointed to a comparison with the European Union average, claiming that we “downloaded” over the last six years of PS governance.
And also in this context we find factual support US compiled data on Pordata.
In 2015, when the first Government led by António Costa took office, the GDP per capita of Portugal was located in 78% of the average of the European Union. The following year it remained at the same percentage. But in 2020 it dropped to 77%, thus distancing Portugal from the European Union average.
Also in this indicator, logically, Estonia (86%) and Lithuania (87%) are above Portugal.
Therefore, we classify Rui Rio’s statement as factually correct.