Where the Wages Are in Europe

Even on basic pay, a small but wealthy country is doing better than others

Luxembourg isn’t only the European Union’s richest country -- at 1,990 euros ($2,431) a month it also has the bloc’s highest minimum wage, according to Eurostat data. The bottom of the list was made up by eastern member states, with even the highest, Poland, falling short of the lowest western country, Portugal. By comparison, the federal minimum wage in the U.S. was about $1,260 per month in January, the EU’s statistics office said.

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