More than 39% of Bulgarians cannot afford to heat their homes

A total of 39.2 per cent of all Bulgarians cannot afford to heat their homes adequately, according to EU statistics agency Eurostat. This percentage of Bulgarians who are suffering due to that issue is far higher than in any other EU country.

The data just released by Eurostat were collected in 2016. They show that the percentage of Bulgarian citizens who are experiencing this fundamental problem has not declined since 2015. But there is a big difference compared to the years 2006 to 2010, when the percentage was between 69.5 and 64.2 per cent.

On average, 8.7 per cent of all citizens in all EU countries can not afford to heat their homes adequately. The Bulgarian percentage is far more than four times higher.

The second-worst percentage in this regard was in Lithuania, where 29.3 per cent of all inhabitants are experiencing the issue mentioned above. The situation is similar in Greece, with 29.1 per cent.

Finland, Luxembourg and Sweden are listed on the other end of the scale. In those countries, only 1.7 to 2.6 per cent of all nationals cannot heat their homes appropriately.




The Sofia Globe staff

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