59.5 million postcards were printed in the EU last year

This amount has been relatively stable since 2017, after substantial falls in the previous years. However, it fell by 41% compared to 2009, Eurostat reports.

In 2019, more than two thirds of the postcards were printed in only three countries: Sweden (14.5 million; 24% of all postcards printed in the EU), Germany (13.9 million; 23%) and Spain (11.8 million; 20%).

Decrease in the number of people working in postal and courier services

In the EU, 1.5 million people, aged 15 or over, were employed in postal services in 2019. This is a 7% decrease compared to 2009.

”Postal services” include postal and courier activities, such as the pickup, transport and delivery of letters and parcels.

Among those employed, 0.9 million were men, representing 58% of the total workers of this sector.

In 2019, at EU level, on average 40 people per 10 000 inhabitants were working in the postal services sector. This is a decrease of 8% from 2009 (43 people per 10 000 inhabitants).