Romanians are the Europeans who travel the least in

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Romania has the lowest percentage of the population that travels annually for personal purposes, being surpassed by Bulgaria in this chapter, according to a project by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Foundation Romania has published an infographic on the number of Romanian citizens who have allowed themselves to travel for personal purposes in recent years compared to the European average.

According to data cited by SpotMedia, Romanians are the Europeans who travel the least for personal reasons:

18% of Romanians between the ages of 15 and 65 traveled for personal interest at least one day in 2020. 27% of the Bulgarian population traveled at least one day in 2020. 68% of Finnish or Dutch citizens of the same age traveled in 2020.

According to the quoted source, the figures are influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic that started in 2020, but Romania previously occupied the last place in this top. In 2019, only 28% of Romanians between 15 and 65 traveled at least one day for personal purposes, while the percentage in Bulgaria was 37%, in Finland 81% and in the Netherlands 84%.

“The most pronounced discrepancy is registered among the population over 65 years old, where barely 7% of Romanian citizens traveled in 2020, compared to 54% of the Dutch and 49% of the Finns. Before the pandemic, only 13% of citizens over 65 in Romania traveled, in contrast to 74% of the Dutch or 40% of the Poles”, the study shows.