Majority of Romanians and Croatians cannot afford a one-week holiday, Eurostat says

About a third of the EU's population cannot afford a one-week vacation in the sun. [Patrick/ Flickr]

A significant number of EU citizens from Eastern and Southern Europe cannot afford a one-week annual holiday, according to a new Eurostat survey.

EU statistics office Eurostat published on Monday (31 July) a new survey focusing on whether Europeans can afford to spend a one-week summer vacation away from home.

According to the findings of the survey, around a third (32.9%) of the EU population cannot afford a break of that length.

But this rate has decreased by 5.1% between 2011 and 2016, Eurostat said.

40% of EU citizens can't afford a vacation

Taking one week off from work per year is now considered a luxury for European workers.

Highest rates in Romania

The lowest rates were recorded in Northern Europe, with Sweden topping the list (8.2%), followed by Luxembourg (13.1% in 2015), Denmark (13.7%), Finland (14.2%), Austria (15.4%) and the Netherlands (16.2%).

On the other hand, Eurostat pointed out that more than 6 in 10 people could not afford a one-week annual holiday away from home in Romania (66.6%) and Croatia (62.8%).

Over half the population in Bulgaria (56.4%), Greece (53.6%), Cyprus (53.5% in 2015) and Hungary (50.7%) were also in this position.

Eurostat stressed that the percentage of people not being able to afford vacation has been in decline the last 5 years and the only increases were marked in Cyprus (from 47.6% in 2011 to 53.5% in 2015), Denmark (from 10.5% in 2011 to 13.7% in 2016) and Greece (from 51.2% in 2011 to 53.6% in 2016).

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