Around one third of the population in Romania (35.7 percent) said they could not afford to get together with friends/family for a drink/meal at least once a month, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, data for 2014 show.
In the same situation is also Hungary – 36.5 percent and Bulgaria – 30 percent.
High shares were also observed in Greece (20.7 percent), Malta (19.2 percent), Ireland (18.4 percent) and Lithuania (17.4 percent). The elderly in Romania are particularly affected: in the age group over 65, the share there reaches 43 percent. In Hungary, the share is higher among the young (40 percent).
At the opposite end the scale, the share was below 1 percent in all age groups in Sweden. Less than 5 percent of the population feel unable to get together with friends/family for a drink/meal at least once a month also in Finland (1.5 percent), Denmark (3.2 percent), the Netherlands (3.3 percent), the Czech Republic (3.4 percent) and Luxembourg (4.1 percent).
According to Eurostat, across Member States in 2014, more than half (56.1 percent) of the population in Romania could not afford to regularly participate in a leisure activity, followed by Bulgaria (37.5 percent), Lithuania (35.2 percent) and Hungary (32.4 percent).
In contrast, less than 5 percent of the population feel unable to regularly participate in a leisure activity in Finland (3.2 percent), Luxembourg (4 percent) and Sweden (4.2 percent).
In most Member States, the working age population is particularly affected. The only exceptions are Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom, where the share is higher among the young, and Estonia, Romania and Latvia, where it is higher among the elderly.
13 percent of the population aged 16 or over living in the EU reported in 2014 not being able to get together with friends/family for a drink or meal at least once a month due to lack of resources, while17.8 percent could not afford to regularly participate in a leisure activity.