This figure shows the material productivity (GDP per tonnes DMC) for selected EU member countries and selected non-EU countries between 1980 or 1992 (EU 12 countries and Norway), respectively, and 2007, or 2005, respectively.
The data are taken from external data bases (GDP from The Conference Board – Total Economy Database, DMC from IFF database, WI database, Eurostat, and OECD).
GDP in 1990 US$ (converted at Geary Khamis PPPs) per ton DMC
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