EU citizens: Can you afford to pay your bills? millions of people in enforced inability 


Share of severely materially deprived people down to 7.8% in the EU.

Around 39 million people in this situation in the EU, according to early estimates for 2016.

In 2016, 7.8% of the population or around 39 million people in the European Union (EU) were severely materially deprived.

This means that they cannot afford at least four of the following items, which are considered by most people to be desirable or necessary to lead an adequate life: pay their bills; keep their home adequately warm; face unexpected expenses; eat meat regularly; take a one week holiday away from home; a TV; a washing machine; a car; a telephone.

In 2016, the proportion of persons severely materially deprived in the EU continued the downward trend observed since its peak in 2012 (9.9%).


Source: eurostat

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