Contactless payments market share at POS in Europe 2018, by country

Share of contactless payment transactions at POS (points of sale) in selected countries in Europe in 2018*

by Raynor de Best, last edited Jun 3, 2019
Contactless payments market share at POS in Europe 2018, by country This statistic shows the share of contactless payment transactions at POS (points of sale) in seventeen countries in Europe as of 2018. Within Europe there is a lot of diversity when it comes to the use of payment methods. Every country has its own way of paying money, with credit/debit cards, checks, mobile apps, NFC (Near-Field Communication, or contactless payments) and digital wallets being the most well-known digital payments methods in Europe.
The numbers provided are from the same source, but were taken from multiple outlets. Some countries (such as Sweden, Norway and Finland) were not published, whilst others (Denmark, Croatia, Greece and Russia) only got a brief mention that contactless transactions were "above 50 percent". On average, 48 percent of all payment transactions made each month and that were processed by MasterCard were contactless. This was considerably higher in Eastern Europe, whilst the percentage in Belgium was four percent. In 2017, the leading payment scheme in Belgium was Bancontact in 2017.
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Share of contactless payment transactions at POS (points of sale) in selected countries in Europe in 2018*

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Share in total POS transactions
Czechia93%
Georgia89%
Poland83%
Hungary82%
Romania70%
Spain57%
Netherlands51%
Italy50%
Austria50%
Bulgaria49%
European average48%
United Kingdom46%
Switzerland31%
France25%
Luxembourg23%
Germany14%
Belgium4%
Portugal3%
Share in total POS transactions
Czechia93%
Georgia89%
Poland83%
Hungary82%
Romania70%
Spain57%
Netherlands51%
Italy50%
Austria50%
Bulgaria49%
European average48%
United Kingdom46%
Switzerland31%
France25%
Luxembourg23%
Germany14%
Belgium4%
Portugal3%
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by Raynor de Best, last edited Jun 3, 2019
This statistic shows the share of contactless payment transactions at POS (points of sale) in seventeen countries in Europe as of 2018. Within Europe there is a lot of diversity when it comes to the use of payment methods. Every country has its own way of paying money, with credit/debit cards, checks, mobile apps, NFC (Near-Field Communication, or contactless payments) and digital wallets being the most well-known digital payments methods in Europe.
The numbers provided are from the same source, but were taken from multiple outlets. Some countries (such as Sweden, Norway and Finland) were not published, whilst others (Denmark, Croatia, Greece and Russia) only got a brief mention that contactless transactions were "above 50 percent". On average, 48 percent of all payment transactions made each month and that were processed by MasterCard were contactless. This was considerably higher in Eastern Europe, whilst the percentage in Belgium was four percent. In 2017, the leading payment scheme in Belgium was Bancontact in 2017.
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