Public social expenditure (euros per inhabitant)
and change 2010-2015 in the EU28, EA19 and Member States
(2005, 2010, 2015)
Public social expenditure (at 2010 prices) per inhabitant was higher in 2015 compared to 2005 in all Member States (no 2005 data available for Croatia). However, the evolution of social expenditure per inhabitant differed between the 2005-2010 and 2010-2015 periods. While it increased everywhere between 2005 and 2010, between 2010 and 2015 it fell in Ireland and in all the southern countries (Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Cyprus). All of these countries had to receive direct (Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus) or indirect (Italy) financial support for their governments or their banks in exchange for tough economic adjustment programmes of fiscal austerity and structural reforms. Wherever social expenditure per inhabitant increased between 2010 and 2015, the increase was smaller than between 2005 and 2010, with the exception of Sweden.
source: Eurostat – ETUI