Northern European Union nations such as Sweden, Finland, Germany and the United Kingdom are the most confident that their economic situation is strong and will continue to be so for the next 12 months.

A striking split between north and south emerges in the latest findings by the European Commission’s survey of EU regions. Those living in southern European regions were more likely to take a dim view of both the current state of their economy and their short-term prospects than their northern counterparts.

Statistics prepared by the European Commission are collected on a regional rather than national basis, which is why in some countries there is a mix of both green and red.

The EC survey drew on 62,511 interviews conducted in September 2015, covering all 28 EU member states.

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Author: Donald Armbrecht is a freelance writer and social media producer.

Image: A rainbow is seen behind European flags. REUTERS/Eric Vidal