More than half of Cypriots cannot afford a one-week annual holiday away from home, according to Eurostat figures released on Wednesday.
The proportion is down from 52.3 per cent in 2017 to 51 per cent in 2018, but up from 2009 when 44.7 per cent of Cypriots could not afford the holiday.
It is estimated that 28.3 per cent of the EU population aged 16 or over could not afford a one-week annual holiday away from home in 2018. In 2013 the corresponding proportion was 39.5 per cent.
Among the 28 EU member states, the countries with the highest proportions of individuals in this situation were Romania (58.9 per cent), Croatia (51.3 per cent, provisional data), Greece (51 per cent) and Cyprus (51 per cent, provisional data).
In contrast, the EU member states with the lowest percentage of people unable to afford a one week annual holiday in 2018 were Luxembourg (10.9 per cent, 2017 data) and Sweden (9.7 per cent).