The minimum wage is very different between the countries of the European Union: where is Belgium located?

Minimum wages vary widely across the European Union, ranging from 700 to 1,500 euros per month, according to statistics released Friday by Eurostat, the European Statistical Office.

21 Member States of the European Union, including Belgium, have introduced a minimum wage. Denmark, Italy, Cyprus, Austria, Finland and Sweden are the only ones not to have done so.

Six states in western and northern Europe have the highest minimum wages:

  • France (1,555 euros),
  • Germany (1,614 euros),
  • the Belgium (1.626 euros),
  • the Netherlands (1,685 euros),
  • Ireland (1,724 euros),
  • and Luxembourg (2,202 euros).

In January 2021, the 10 Member States with the lowest minimum wages were all from Eastern Europe. It is:

  • Bulgaria (332 euros),
  • Hungary (442 euros),
  • Romania (458 euros),
  • Latvia (500 euros),
  • Croatia (563 euros),
  • Czech Republic (579 euros),
  • Estonia (584 euros),
  • Poland (614 euros),
  • Slovakia (623 euros)
  • and Lithuania (642 euros).

In five member states in southern Europe, the minimum salary is between 700 and a little over 1,000 euros per month:

  • Greece (758 euros),
  • Portugal (776 euros),
  • Malta (785 euros),
  • Slovenia (1,024 euros)
  • and Spain (1,108 euros).

For comparison, the federal minimum wage in the United States is 1,024 euros.

Finally, it is in France that the minimum wage was the highest compared to the median income, of which it reaches two thirds (66%, 2018 figures). The minimum wage also exceeds 60% of the median income in Portugal, Slovenia and Romania. In Belgium, it represented 50% of median monthly income, according to the European Statistics Office.

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