Of all Dutch people over the age of sixteen, 14.6 percent are too poor to be able to go on holiday for a week a year. This is shown on Monday by figures from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
The agency looked at the financial situation of the residents of the 27 EU Member States, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Switzerland and Norway for 2019. It revealed that one in seven Dutch people is unable to finance a week’s holiday. That number is about the same as in 2018, when the percentage came out at 14.4 percent.
In 2013, almost one in five Dutch people could not go on holiday (18.9 percent). Since then, this number has decreased every year. The increase in 2019 was the first increase in six years. Figures for 2020 are not yet available, but European auditors expect the corona outbreak to do no good to the financial situation.
The Netherlands does better than the European average, which is 29 percent. The country with the worst score is Romania. More than half of the Romanians (54 percent) have too small a wallet to be able to leave home for a week. Greece and Croatia were numbers two and three, with 49 and 48 percent, respectively.
Sweden scored best. Only 10 percent of the inhabitants of the Scandinavian country do not have enough money to take a week away. Numbers two and three are Denmark and Luxembourg (both 11 percent), although Luxembourg is a figure for 2018. The Netherlands ranks tenth out of 31 countries surveyed.