Ireland is the loneliest country in Europe, according to a new survey.
The study carried out by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre finds that more than one-in-five people in Ireland feel lonely.
The EU average sits at 13%, with those people experiencing loneliness most or all of the time over the past four weeks.
Some 35% of people in Europe reported being lonely at least some of the time in the past month.
Ireland has highest levels of loneliness in Europe - the first ever EU-wide survey on loneliness has found the highest levels of loneliness in Ireland with over 20% of respondents reporting feeling lonely, followed by Luxemburg, Bulgaria and Greece.
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Luxembourg, Bulgaria and Greece have the highest levels of loneliness after Ireland.
Meanwhile, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Croatia and Austria have the lowest levels of loneliness – all below 10%.
The study is the first EU-wide survey on loneliness – and its authors note that the differences across countries can be explained differences in culture and demographics.