According to Statistics Estonia, in 2019, individual household members spent an average of €489 euros per month, €81 more than in 2016.
Last year, expenditure on food and dwelling accounted for 36.8 per cent of the household budget to be precise, and on average came to €180 per month per household member.
Compulsory expenditure, meaning unavoidable food and dwelling expenses in a household budget, increased by €18 per month per household member, a 3 percent increase in share, since 2016.
In 2019, the average household member spent €104 per month on food and non-alcoholic beverages, which accounted for 21.2 percent of total expenditure, Statistics Estonia reports.
Breakdown by category and region
Average expenditure per household per month in 2019:
- Dwelling place: €76 per month.
- Transport: €72 per month (the largest increase by category since 2016 at €22).
- Leisure: €52.
- Housekeeping: €36.
- Clothing and footwear: €27.
- Largest expenditures of households were in Hiiu* (€598 per indivudal per month), Harju (€553) and Viljandi (€515) counties.
- Smallest figures reported for Võru and Ida-Viru counties (€325 and €327 per month per household member, respectively).
* The Hiiu County sample included households that had large one-time expenses, Statistics Estonia says.
Urban areas versus rural areas
|Urban households||Rural households|
|Average dwelling expenditure||€84||€64|
|Eating out/hotels expenditure||5.9 percent||4.1 percent|
|Transport expenditure||13.7 percent (€69 per month)||16.8 percent (€77 per month)|
|Per household member|
|Food and non-alcoholic beverages expenditure||20.4 percent||22.8 percent|
More details are available on Statistics Estonia's website here.
Editor: Andrew Whyte