In 2022, Portugal recorded the fourth highest rate in the European Union (17.5%) of people who were unable to heat their homes properly, with the European Union (EU) average standing at 9.3%, according to Eurostat.
According to data released today, the number of people struggling to pay for home heating has increased in the EU by 2.4 percentage points compared to 2021.
Among the member states, Bulgaria (22.5%) recorded the highest percentage of people having trouble heating their home, followed by Cyprus (19.2%), Greece (18.7%), Portugal and Lithuania (17.5% each), Spain (17.1%) and Romania (15.2%).
At the other end of the spectrum, with the lowest rates, are Finland (1.4%), Luxembourg (2.1%), Slovenia (2.6%), Austria (2.7%), the Czech Republic (2.9%), Sweden (3.3%) and Estonia (3.4%).
The energy price crisis worsened in 2022 with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (on February 24), prompting the EU to adopt measures to control increases and end energy dependence on Moscow.