It’s no coincidence that two of the strongest autonomous communities in Spain, battling for many years to gain a sovereign space on the Iberian Peninsula or, said more directly, to separate from Spain. They have various numbers that become powerful reasons for gaining independence.
For example, Catalonia’s GDP in 2014 (with a population of more than 7.5 million) grew 1.4% compared to 2013, or rather, a rate of 26 tenths higher than 2013, when it marked 1.2 percent. In 2014, the amount of the GDP rose to 199,786 million Euros which helped put Catalonia as the number one economy in Spain for GDP volume in the indicative ranking related to the autonomous communities.
Likewise, the Catalan per capita GDP in 2014 was €26,996, the equivalent of 330 Euros higher than 2013, which recorded €26,666. To understand the evolution of the per capita GDP, it’s interesting to look a few years back and compare these data with those from 2004, when the per capita GDP in Catalonia was only 23,991 Euros; taking into account that just like the GDP helps us to know the condition of an economy, the per capita GDP reveals the welfare of the majority of its citizens. If we put the autonomous communities in order of their per capita GDP, Catalonia is found in a very good place regarding its population’s standard of living, since it occupies the 4th spot in the per capita GDP ranking.
It should be clear the autonomous community of Catalonia was the society with the strongest GDP in all of Spain before the 2008 crisis, and not only did it continue until today, but it was also the community that most increased its participation in the mess from which the decline began. If the Catalan economy assumed 18.5% of the national total in 2008, it increased to 18.8% in 2014, after a reinforcement of 0.36%.
This way, its advantage over Madrid rose, continuing from before, and represented 17.9% of the total GDP at current rates, at the end of 2014, representing 0.15 percentage points than five years before and the second greatest increase, according to regional accounting data published by the National Institute of Statistics (INE). On the other hand, the Valencian and Andalusian Communities who were most weakened in the Spanish economy. The fact that these two communities, once the richest in Spain, have reduced their share in the combined economy also reflects how the economic and financial crisis has aggravated the more-or-less dynamic rift between regional economies.
The tendency is clear with these per inhabitant GDP data: the gap between poorest, Extremadura, and the richest, in Basque Country, has increased. In 2008, the Extremadurans were 68.4 points above the Spanish average of 100, while he Basques were at 129.7, giving a difference of 61 points, whereas in 2014 they were at 67.4 and 134,5 points, respectively, widening the gap to 67 points.
However, regarding the Basque Country, its Gross Domestic Product grew1.2% during 2014 compared to the preceding year with 64,295 Euros, placing it in fifth place in the GDP ranking of the autonomous communities. Regarding the per capita GDP, it rose to 29,683 Euros, 276Euros less than 2013. Just the same: these are also powerful reasons to gain independence.
If we put the autonomous regions in order according to their per capita GDP, the Basque Country is found in a very favorable position as regards its inhabitants’ life-style, since it holds second position in per capita GDP.
And an extra fact: the Spanish GDP grew 1.0% in the second trimester of 2015 compared to the preceding trimester. This rate is 10% higher than the first trimester of 2015, which was 0.9%. The year-on-year variation of the GDP has been 3.1%, 4 tenths greater than the first trimester of 2015 which was 2.7%.
This way, the amount of the GDP in the second trimester of 2015 was 274,030 million Euros, so that Spain has a per capita GDP of €5,901 Euros higher than the first trimester of the previous year, which was 5,600 Euros.