Portugal has lowest minimum wage amongst EU 15 countries

14 July 2006

Brussels, Belgium, 14 July – Portugal’s minimum wage, which is currently 437 euros per month, is the lowest amongst the 15 “original” European Union countries, behind the figure for Spain (631 euros) and Greece (668 euros), the European Union’s statistics agency, Eurostat, reported.

There are even two new EU member-states that have a higher minimum wage than Portugal – Slovenia at 512 euros and Malta at 580 euros.

The figures published by Eurostat put Luxembourg at the top of the list of countries with the highest wage – 1,503 euros per month – followed by the United Kingdom with 1,269 euros, Ireland with 1,293 euros, the Netherlands with 1,273 euros and France with 1,218 euros per month.

At the other end of the scale are Latvia with 129 euros, Lithuania with 159 euros, Slovakia with 183 euros and Estonia with 192 euros. (macauhub)