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EU Countries That Travel the Least

Only 15% of Romanian citizens have traveled outside the European Union.

Most countries in the European Union (EU) have beautiful scenery, and many of their cities are well known for their restaurants, nightlife, museums, and great architecture. Countries like France and Italy are laced with ancient buildings that attract tourists from around the world. With plenty to see and experience, it is not surprising that some Europeans have never left the EU.

EU Countries That Travel the Least

Romania

Romania is a country located in Southeastern Europe and a member of the EU. According to a 2011 census, Romania had a population of 20,121,641. The country is a popular travel and tourism destination, attracting over 1.9 million tourists recorded in 2014. It is estimated that 77% of tourists that visit Romania come from other countries in Europe. However of all EU countries, Romanians travel the least. In fact, only 15% of Romanians have traveled outside the EU. This is surprising given that Romania borders three countries that are not members of the EU: Serbia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

Portugal

Portugal is a country located in Southwestern Europe and a member of the EU. It is a sovereign state officially known as the Portuguese Republic. According to a 2011 census, Portugal had a population of 10,379,573. Portuguese citizens travels the second least of all EU countries, and only 18% have traveled outside of the European Union. Portugal borders the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south, while the country's only land border is shared with Spain in the north and east.

Hungary

Hungary is a country in Central Europe and a member of the EU. According to the 2011 census, Hungary had a population of 9,937,628, making it the fifth most populous country in Central and East Europe. Hungary borders five countries that are also EU members, as well as Serbia and Ukraine, which are not EU members. Hungarians travel the third least of all EU countries, and only 19% of its citizens have traveled outside the EU.

Poland

Poland is a country in Central Europe and a member of the EU. Officially referred to as the Republic of Poland, the country has a unitary semi-presidential republic government. With a population of more than 38.5 million, Poland ranks as the sixth most populous country in the EU. The country is the sixteenth most visited country in the world, but only 25% of Poland’s citizens have traveled outside the EU. Citizens of Poland travel the fourth least of all EU countries.

Tourism in the EU

Most countries in the European Union receive a large number of tourists. The most significant percentage of these tourists come from other EU countries, meaning that EU citizens travel primarily within the union. Tourism is a significant economic sector in the EU, and it has a broad impact on employment, economic growth, and social development. However, tourism within the union is facing numerous challenges, including security and safety, economic competiveness, technological challenges, and market competition.

EU Countries That Travel the Least

RankCountryPercentage of Citizens Who Have Traveled Outside the EU at Least Once
1Romania15%
2Portugal18%
3Hungary19%
4Poland25%
5Lithuania25%
6Greece26%
7Bulgaria27%
8Spain29%
9Malta37%
10Italy37%

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