Which countries' politicians earn the most in Europe?

Europe is in crisis but certain country’s politicians are raking it in and earning like it’s 2007

The good citizens of Europe are experiencing difficult times. The smell of austerity lingers in towns and cities all over the continent as governments struggle to address their debt problems and get their economies motoring again.

The European public are suffering jobs losses, pay freezes and increasing costs of living - but certain countries’ politicians are still earning nicely, thank you very much. Thanks to research by Business Insider, we can have a nose into MP’s wallets and find out precisely which countries’ MPs have cash to splash, and which are saddled with the lowest incomes.

One might reasonably expect that the list of best paid politicians should bear some resemblance to the GDP of the various countries. It doesn’t.

Rather smugly, we can report that Cameron et al are not in the top five. What a thrifty bunch we are. But who comes out on top? Who pays their MPs through the nose in the face of crumbling economies?

Feast your hungry eyes:

20. Poland’s MPs earn an average base salary of $33,000 annually

19. Spain’s MPs earn an average base salary of $40,000 annually

18. Estonia’s MPs earn an average base salary of $41,000 annually

17. Cyprus’s MPs earn an average base salary of $44,000 annually

16. Portugal’s MPs earn an average base salary of $47,000 annually

15. Slovenia’s MPs earn an average base salary of $58,000 annually

14.  Hungary’s MPs earn an average base salary of $66,000 annually

13. Greece’s MPs earn an average base salary of $70,000 annually

12.  Luxembourg’s MPs earn an average base salary of $73,000 annually

11. Finland’s MPs earn an average base salary of $76,000 annually

10. Sweden’s MPs earn an average base salary of $78,000 annually

9. Denmark’s MPs earn an average base salary of $83,000 annually

8. The UK’s MPs earn an average base salary of $98,000 annually

7.  Ireland’s MPs earn an average of $103,000 annually

6. French MPs earn an average of $115,000 annually

5.  Belgium’s MPs earn an average base salary of $120,000

4. Germany’s MPs earn an average base salary of $120,000 annually

3. Austria’s MPs earn an average of $125,000 annually

2.  The Netherlands’ MPs earn an average base salary of $135,000 annually

1. Italy’s MPs earn an average base salary of $175,000 annually

 

Italy comes out on top, eh? Why are we not surpirsed…



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