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EU governments spent €32.9 billion on fire protection in 2020

In 2020, general government expenditure in the 27 EU Member States on "fire protection services" amounted to €32.9 billion, a 6.4% increase from 2019, when expenditure was around €30.9 billion. The share in general government total expenditure was 0.5%. Overall, in the EU, government expenditure on fire-protection services remained stable at around 0.4 – 0.5% of total expenditure.

The share of government expenditure on fire protection as a ratio of total expenditure varies among the Member States.

In 2020, Denmark reported the lowest share of expenditure on fire protection services in total expenditure at 0.1%, followed by Iceland with 0.2% and Belgium, Malta, Austria, Portugal and Slovenia with 0.3% of their general government total expenditure.

In contrast, Romania had the highest share of expenditure on fire protection services with 0.8%, followed by Bulgaria, Czechia, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Lithuania and Luxembourg with 0.6%.

Eurostat, 9 August 2022