Presidents and Paupers II: How much do Western European presidents earn?

After my last blog post on presidents’ salaries in Central and Eastern Europe became the most-read post on my blog within less than 48 hours after posting it (thanks to those who shared it on Facebook and Twitter), I decided to write a second post on presidents’ salaries – this time on the income of presidents in Western Europe.

Austrian president Heinz Fischer is the highest paid president in Western Europe (if you do not count the Chairman of the Swiss Confederate Presidency) | photo by GuentherZ via wikimedia commons

So once again you will find answers to questions “How much do presidents actually earn? Did the crisis have an impact on presidential salaries? And how do their earnings relate to other factors?” in the figures below.

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Presidents and Paupers: How much do CEE presidents earn?

– You might also be interested in my post on presidents’ salaries in Western Europe –

In times of austerity and crisis freezing or cutting public servants’ and politicians’ salaries has been a popular measure across Europe and presidents are not exempt form this trend (although they usually initiate these cuts themselves). Earlier this year, Finnish president Sauli Niinistö proposed to cut his salary by 25% and then Czech president-elect Milos Zeman announced to cut his own salary in order to lower public debt. The salary of Slovenia’s new president Borut Pahor was also cut (although not on his own initiative) so that he receives 17% less than his predecessor Danilo Türk. Unforgotten is also Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych who cut his salary in half.

gasparovic_basescuBut how much do CEE presidents actually earn? And how do their earnings relate to average income and other factors? Find answers to all these question in the figures below.

– You might also be interested in my post on presidents’ salaries in Western Europe –

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