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*

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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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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Release date
November 2018
Region
Europe
Survey time period
July, 2018
Supplementary notes
* The numbers provided are from the same source but were all mentioned in different media:
1) Czechia, Georgia, Poland, Hungary, Netherlands, France and Belgium were mentioned at Spaargids.be;
2) Germany and Luxembourg were quoted at RTLZ.nl;
3) The UK was mentioned in a press release from MasterCard.
4) Romania saw a mention on Adhugger.net and on Wall-Street.ro.
5) Bulgaria was quoted here.
6) Italy was mentioned on an Italian press release from MasterCard.
7) Switzerland was used as an example in a German article.
8) Spain was quoted on the Spanish website of Mastercard.
9) Austria was mentioned on Cash.at.
10) Portugal had an entry on this website.
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