Malta is one of 13 EU member states registering below average Actual Individual Consumption (AIC), that is, how comfortably off a household is, across 2017.
According to figures from Eurostat, Malta sat in the bracket of between 20% and 30% below the European average.
That puts the country in line with Slovenia, Slovakia, Greece, Poland and Estonia.
The AIC is a measurement of the affluence of households. When equated with Purchasing Power Standards, the EU avergage was 54% within Bulgaria, with the highest above average recorded in Luxembourg with 132%.