Number of debit card transactions in Europe 2018, by country

Between 2013 and 2018, the number of debit card payments in the European Union increased to 42 billion transactions. In 2018, the United Kingdom (UK) accounted for almost 19 billion of these transactions. In the same year, 11 countries in the European Union saw more than one billion debit card payments.

Rise of payment cards

Between 2010 and 2017, the number of payment cards active in Europe increased by almost 85 million. With the number of credit and debit cards rising, the need for more point-of-sale (POS) terminals has seen an increase of more than three million POS stations across Europe.

Credit cards

The share of credit card owners amongst the adult population in Europe varies by country, with Norway and Luxembourg seeing more than two thirds of adults owning a credit card in 2017. In Europe, the leading credit card brands were Visa and Mastercard which, between them had a market share of more than 95 percent.

Total number of debit card payments in European countries as of 2018

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November 2019



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