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How much is spent on family benefits in the EU?

31/05/2019

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The EU Member States spent over €350 billion on family benefits in 2016 (2.4% of EU GDP). This represented 9% of the total spent on social protection benefits.

Over the last few years, the share of social protection expenditure on family benefits in the EU remained stable (it was also 9% in 2008). Social protection encompasses interventions from public or private bodies intended to relieve households and individuals of the burden of a defined set of risks or needs.

 

Share of expenditure on family benefits highest in Luxembourg, lowest in Greece and the Netherlands

The share of social protection expenditure on family benefits varied significantly between EU Member States. It accounted for more than 15% of total social benefits in Luxembourg, followed by Estonia and Poland (13%), and Hungary (12%). The lowest shares were registered in Greece and the Netherlands (both 4%), followed by Spain and Portugal (both 5%).

 

Family benefits 2016

The source dataset is accessible here .

 

The annual family benefits expenditure per inhabitant was also highest in Luxembourg (€3,000 per inhabitant), followed by Denmark (€1,700), Sweden (€1,400), Germany and Finland (both €1,200). In 2016, four countries had family benefits expenditure below €200 per inhabitant: Romania and Bulgaria (both €120), Lithuania (€150), and Greece (€170).

 

Family benefits per inhabitant 2016

The source dataset is accessible here .

 

This news item marks International Children’s Day (1 June).

 

In this article, ‘family benefits’ refer to ‘family/children benefits’ as classified by the European system of integrated social protection statistics (ESSPROS) methodology. They  include support (except healthcare) in connection with the costs of pregnancy, childbirth and adoption, childcare and caring for other family members.

For more information: Eurostat’s website section dedicated to social protection statistics.

 

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