Euro area: average number of transactions 2016, by payment method

This statistic shows the results of a survey conducted to establish the average number of transactions per person per day in Euro area countries in 2016. As can be seen, in all but two countries in the Euro area the use of cash was still more prevalent then card payments with a Euro area average of 1.2 transactions per person per day. The Netherlands was the only country reporting that used cards more often than cash for transactions with an average of 0.8 transactions per person per day in 2016.

Average number of cash and card transactions per person per day in the Euro Area in 2016, by country

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Release date

November 2017



Survey time period

October 2015 to July 2016**

Number of respondents


Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

sample of the population of each country from Kantar Public's internet panels, based on three demographic characteristics: gender, age and region of residence. Purposive sampling was used.

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview, online survey

Supplementary notes

* The regular sample excluded Germany and the Netherlands. For these countries, data from the central banks were used.

** The source states that "over two-thirds of interviews were carried out in October, November [2015] and February [2016], which are considered to be fairly average months with respect to POS payments made by consumers."

*** A total of 65,281 respondents participated in the diary survey. The total sample for the euro area – including data from Germany and the Netherlands – is of 92,080 respondents.

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