(14 December 2017) – Actual Individual Consumption (AIC) is a measure of material welfare of households. Across the Member States in 2016, AIC per capita expressed in Purchasing Power Standards (PPS) varied from 53% of the European Union (EU) average in Bulgaria to 132% in Luxembourg.
The highest level in the EU was recorded in Luxembourg, 32% above the EU average, ahead of Germany (more than 20% above). They were followed by Austria, the United Kingdom, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Sweden which all recorded levels between 10% and 20% above the EU average.
In Italy, Ireland and Cyprus, the levels were 10% or less below the EU average, while Spain, Lithuania, Portugal and Malta were between 10% and 20% below. The Czech Republic, Greece, Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland and Estonia were between 20% and 30% below the average.
Latvia, Hungary and Romania were between 30% and 40% below, while Croatia and Bulgaria had AIC per capita more than 40% below the EU average.
In 2016, GDP per capita expressed in PPS ranged between 49% of the EU average in Bulgaria and 258% in Luxembourg.