What does one unit of GDP per capita buy you (on a PPP basis) in the US and what does it buy one across Europe? http://mjperry.blogspot.com/2010/01/paul-krugman-extols-europes-economic.html 1. Portugal would rank #51 as a U.S. state, below Mississippi in per capita GDP. 2. Italy and Greece as U.S. states would rank between the two poorest U.S. states - West Virginia and Mississippi. 3. If France became a U.S. state it would rank #48 out of 51 by per capita GDP, just barely ahead of America's two poorest states - West Virginia and Mississippi. 4. Belgium, Finland, U.K. Germany and Spain would rank in the bottom 20% of U.S. states by per capita GDP, just barely ahead of Arkansas but below Kentucky. 5. Although Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark are among Europe's wealthiest countries, as U.S. states they would be between 14.5% and 18% below the U.S. average.