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In 2019, 6.9% of the European Union (EU) population said in an EU-wide survey that they could not afford to heat their home sufficiently. This share peaked in 2012 (10.8%), and has fallen continuously in subsequent years.

The situation in the EU Member States varies. The largest share of people who said that they could not afford to keep their home adequately warm was recorded in Bulgaria (30.1%), followed by Lithuania (26.7%), Cyprus (21.0%), Portugal (18.9%), Greece (17.9%) and Italy (11.1%).


In contrast, the lowest shares (around 2%) were recorded in Finland, Austria, Sweden, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Estonia and Germany.

For more information, have a look at the newly released interactive publication Housing in Europe.


  • This article shows the situation before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which might affect the 2020 data to be published next year.
  • The European Union (EU) includes 27 EU Member States. The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020. Further information is published here.

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