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28% of Europeans cannot afford a 1 week annual holiday

The EU Member States with the lowest percentage of people unable to afford a one week annual holiday in 2018 were Sweden and Luxembourg. In Finland the situation has improved compared to the previous year and the country appears now in fifth place in this ranking.
28% of Europeans cannot afford a 1 week annual holiday

Summer means holiday and travel for a lot of people in the European Union (EU). However, 28.3% of the EU population aged 16 or over could not afford a one-week annual holiday away from home in 2018, according to the figures published by the Statistical Office of the EU (Eurostat).

The situation has improved a bit compared to the years of the financial crisis: in 2013, the corresponding proportion was 39.5%.

Among the 28 EU Member States, the countries with the highest proportions of individuals who cannot afford a week of holiday were Romania (58.9%), Croatia (51.3%, provisional data), Greece (51%) and Cyprus (51.0%, provisional data).

Finland EU Member States holiday yearImage source: Eurostat.

In contrast, the EU Member States with the lowest percentage of people unable to afford a one week annual holiday in 2018 were Sweden (9.7%), Luxembourg (10.9%, 2017 data) and Denmark (12.2%).

Finland ranks fifth

Finland appears in this ranking in fifth place, with 13.3% of people who cannot afford a few days away from home. The situation in Finland improved compared to the previous year (2017) when 15.4% of the people declared its inability to take one week off. In 2013, the percentage was 14.9%.

Over the last five years, the largest falls in the proportion of population unable to afford a one-week annual holiday away from home were in Bulgaria (down 35.8 percentage points since 2013 to 30.5% in 2018) and in Poland (down 26 percentage points  since 2013 to 34.6% in 2018).

Greece was the only EU Member State in which the proportion increased over the same five-year period, up 2 percentage points to 51.0% in 2018.

The data contained in this information emanates from the Statistics on Income and Living Conditions made by the EU Statistical Office.

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