EU survey reveals differences in affordability of food for social occasions

By Niamh Michail contact

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More than one in 10 people in the EU say they cannot afford to get together with friends or family for food or a drink, rising to over a third in some Eastern European countries, according to figures released by Eurostat.

The figures, which date from 2014, were released today by Eurostat, the official statistics office for the European Union.

They show a marked different across the bloc with Eastern European and Southern Mediterranean countries in the top five.

Around 36% of Hungarians, 35% of Romanians and 30% of Bulgarians said they could not afford to eat or drink out with friends or family, followed by 20% of Greeks and 19% of Maltese citizens.

Meanwhile Nordic countries were most likely to be able to afford to share food or a drink with loved ones.

The survey on material deprivation across the EU found that less than 1% of Swedish respondents across all age groups felt unable to get together for a social occasion around food followed by just 1.5% of Finnish respondents and 3.2% of Danes.

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Source: Eurostat

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