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Russia's Economy The Size Of Belgium's?

Wed Jun 26, 2002 6:26 am

I was watching a programme about Russia and the cold war, and they mentioned that Russia'a economy is the same size as Belgiums economy now, is this true? If it is, it's quite suprising.

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RE: Russia's Economy The Size Of Belgium's?

Wed Jun 26, 2002 6:31 am

Wow, that would be quite surprisingly. Either the Belgians have their act together, or Russia needs to get theirs.

On a sidenote, since moving to Europe I've been absolutely amazed at the progress made in 60+ years by these countries. They're virtually industrial powerhouses considering what they had to go through at the end of the last world war. Take Austria, for instance, a totally destroyed economy 60 years ago, and just look at what they've achieved today. These are nothing short of miracles, and I wish we could apply their solution to the rest of the world. I know, it's wishful thinking, but it's really a success story.
 
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RE: Russia's Economy The Size Of Belgium's?

Wed Jun 26, 2002 6:45 am

Ummm...See the way to measure and economy is by looking at the size of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The Russian GDP, with purchasing power parity, is $1.12 trillion or $1,112 billion.
The Belgian GDP, with purchasing power parity, is $259.2 Billion.
By looking at the above, obviously Russia has an economy many times larger then Belgium. HOWEVER when i looked up their nominal GDPs i was quite surprised my self. The nominal GDP was Russia,after shrinking for the past few years, is about $260-270 Billion and Belgium has a GDP of around $230-240 Billion. So yes by measuring their NOMINAL GDP it seems that Belgium and Russia have a similar economy size.
 
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RE: Russia's Economy The Size Of Belgium's?

Wed Jun 26, 2002 8:18 am

Hmm...I think the Russians need to get their act together, from being a superpower with a big economy, to the depths of a fallen giant. Few years ago, i heard they were rationing food in in Russia.  Wow!

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RE: Russia's Economy The Size Of Belgium's?

Wed Jun 26, 2002 8:20 am

We need to remember that Belgiums numbers are probably an accurate measure of her economy whereas Russia has a black economy estimated at 3 times it's official one.

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