EUROSTAT has published the latest statistics on household costs in the EU member states. Expenditure on transport took second place out of all household costs with on average 13.2% of all household costs. It is surpassed only by housing costs (24%) and ranks even before average spending for food and non-alcoholic beverages.
The range of expenditures per household between member states varies significantly. At the extremes, Slovakian households are spending 6.6% which is only a third of Slovenian households at 16.9%. Cutting out the extreme values at each end of the scale, the range is much lower between 11.2% in Romania and 14.1% in France. Romania stands for the largest decrease in expenditures for transport per household: in 2008 expenditures of an average Romanian household were still at 15.1% seeing a decrease of 3.9% over the last 10 years. Bulgaria, Cyprus and Luxembourg saw larger decreases between 2% and 2.5%. Increases were more modest compared to percentage points with the biggest one in Poland (1.2%) followed by Slovenia (1.0%).
In total more than €1.1 trillion was spent purely on transport in 2018 by households which equates to 7.2% of the EU’s GDP or respectively €2,200 per EU inhabitant.
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Article published first at EUROSTAT on 8 January 2020.