During 2019, 29% of residents of EU Member States which are aged 16 or older could not afford to pay for an annual one-week holiday, according to statistics published by Eurostat.
The European statistics body claimed that this has decreased gradually since 2010, with the figure being 39% in the past.
However, due to lockdown measures and travel restrictions, as well as plenty of people being cut off their jobs, the statistic’s downward trend is set to be halted, with more people now reportedly being unable to afford a trip.
The statistics showed that among the EU Member States, Romania was the country that had the highest share of individuals in this situation, with a staggering 54% not being able to go on an annual one-week holiday during 2019.
Greek residents came in second with 49%, closely followed by Croatians with 48%, Cypriots with 45% and also Italians with 44%.
At the other end of the scale, only 10% of the people in Sweden were unable to afford a one-week annual holiday, being the lowest figure out of all of the Member States, closely followed by Denmark and Luxembourg, each having 11%.
Malta fared just above the EU average, being around 31%, with the EU average being around 29%.
When compared with 2010, the percentage of people that could not afford a one-week holiday away from their home declined every year across every Member State, apart from Italy and Greece which saw increases of 4% and 3% respectively.
Since 2010, Malta has recorded the second-largest decline with a fall of 30%, being only second to Latvia with a fall of 35%.