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British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Martin Horwood Martin Horwood Liberal Democrat, Cheltenham

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his estimate is of the number of British nationals who had a vacation in each other EU member state in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated November 2011

As Director General of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to respond to your Parliamentary Question asking what the estimate is of the number of British nationals who had a vacation in each other EU member state in each of the last 10 years.

The estimated number of holiday visits to each of the current member states made by UK nationals who are resident in the UK are shown in Table 1. These estimates are drawn from the International Passenger Survey. For each country the estimate is the number of relevant visits abroad on which the reported country is the main destination.

Table 1: Holiday visits abroad by UK nationals who are resident in the UK. Presented in terms of main country visited on each visit
Visits (thousand)
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Austria 382 541 415 579 543 492 482 576 517 440
Belgium 736 746 832 707 784 840 923 831 652 628
Bulgaria 89 121 130 244 316 208 231 265 162 143
Czech Republic 191 249 398 507 585 528 384 309 217 179
Cyprus 1,336 1,155 1,105 1,093 1,227 1,063 1,066 1,063 800 752
Denmark 73 66 68 86 65 73 71 67 61 61
Estonia 7 7 16 27 40 44 46 22 9 11
Finland 47 45 65 77 56 83 110 88 62 41
France 6,637 7,116 6,992 6,949 6,847 6,666 7,050 7,013 6,497 5,854
Germany 497 538 422 575 679 646 761 739 565 589
Greece 2,954 2,689 2,641 2,398 2,179 2,175 2,214 1,840 1,607 1,447
Hungary 46 41 55 102 164 126 106 113 77 84
Irish Republic 1,130 1,245 1,113 1,177 1,230 1,301 1,053 1,008 765 554
Italy 1,491 1,653 1,850 1,917 2,178 2,240 2,313 2,176 1,611 1,398
Latvia 3 3 4 7 26 46 44 28 9 20
Lithuania 1 5 4 11 5 16 13 6 6 5
Luxembourg 13 13 13 11 14 9 14 15 9 24
Malta 398 392 413 431 470 425 400 418 303 350
Netherlands 948 1,038 1,000 1,045 1,012 1,100 995 875 769 727
Poland 43 28 45 72 111 215 251 244 197 170
Portugal 1,331 1,527 1,581 1,446 1,507 1,582 1,802 2,109 1,491 1,517
Romania 3 6 12 13 17 12 15 19 19 13
Slovakia 5 6 4 7 25 41 24 26 11 13
Slovenia 15 24 16 39 47 55 44 54 20 31
Spain 10,557 11,129 12,022 11,916 11,806 12,293 11,688 11,694 9,829 8,919
Sweden 78 75 65 59 55 72 82 112 52 67

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