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Belgian minimum wage Europe’s second highest
The legal minimum wage in Belgium, which stands at €1,502 gross per month, is the second highest in Europe, just behind Luxembourg (€1,874), Le Soir and De Standaard report today, citing figures from Eurostat. The Belgian minimum wage increased by 29% in ten years in Belgium and by 36% in Luxembourg. Both countries are closely followed by the Netherlands, where the minimum €1,478 (+18% in ten years), Ireland (€1,462) and France (€1,430). At the other end of the spectrum are Bulgaria (€159) and Romania (€179); however, the standard of living is totally different in the two former Eastern Bloc countries which joined the EU in 2007. Germany, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Finland have no minimum wage.