The Consumer Climate Europe Study, which is published by market research institute GfK and compares purchasing power in different countries, has rated Liechtenstein positively. Even the Swiss cant afford as much as people in Liechtenstein on average.
GfK has forecast that every Swiss will enjoy average purchasing power of EUR 42,300 in 2016, according to a press release. Overall purchasing power in Switzerland excluding Liechtenstein amounts to EUR 349 billion. Per capita purchasing power is highest in Canton Zug and lowest in Canton Jura, where it is still significantly higher than the region in Germany with the highest spending power.
There is also a big difference in comparison to Liechtenstein, as exemplified by a GfK diagram and an article in newspaper Liechtensteiner Vaterland. Purchasing power in Liechtenstein amounts to EUR 63,011 much higher than the average in Germany and Switzerland. However, with EUR 64,990, inhabitants of Switzerlands top canton Zug are forecast to have higher purchasing power than the Liechtensteiner.
According to the newspaper report, the average income in Liechtensteins neighbouring canton St.Gallen is EUR 36,905, or EUR 26,106 less than in Liechtenstein.
GfK defines purchasing power as the region-specific sum of net income levels. Also calculated are government benefits and capital income. Purchasing power is calculated on the basis of salary and income tax statistics, as well as other statistics that record state payments or forecast economic development.