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Blackout Countries / European Union Blackout Countries 2024

Austria

Potential European Union blackout countries include Austria. This nation began to prepare for possibly living without electrical power in the last quarter of 2021. Austria became the first to warn people that live there about an EU blackout. Rise in gas prices and dwindling fuel supplies contributed to this decision.

Switzerland

This country also reportedly began to talk about preparing for a blackout in 2021. Switzerland could end up without power for at least two days by 2025. The Swiss government plans to incorporate renewable energy sources, including hydropower, however. They may not need as much electricity as they used to anyway.

However, Switzerland does also face losing some of the electrical supply they have if they sign an agreement with the European Union. Apparently, this country currently has power in more than one way right now.

They currently may have a potential monopoly of the Star of Laufenburg located in the Canton of Aargau, but they may lose support from the EU if they continue the power project alone. This may mean higher energy costs for the country at least until the renewable resources are fully implemented.

Spain

Along with other countries making the same preparations, the country of Spain found out they might end up without power for a few weeks. News spread from Austrian Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner to here and several other locations.

Tanner urged citizens to prepare with blankets, candles, non-perishable foods, and other emergency supplies. European University of Valencia Business Professor Roberto Gómez agreed.

Venezuela

A blackout did occur in Venezuela on October 14, 2021. It affected Caracas, the country’s capital city. Districts without power include the Plaza Venezuela, Los Palos Grandes, El Marqués and Altamira.

This country has become accustomed to power failures because of its subsidized electricity supply. It could mean the people here may have prepared more so than in other locations.

Australia

“The issue isn’t confined to Europe,” warned Strange Sounds staff in November 2021 concerning the EU blackout warning. Australia experienced some technical problems when attempting to connect to power, an issue at the time blamed on the wind.

This Aussie incident took place in 2016. Still, it causes a scare in some people because they already had an outage that affected 850,000 homes. They're probably not looking forward to possibly another one that serious.

The United States

In California, a total of 50, 015 blackouts occurred that affected more than 51 million people from 2017-2019. However, reports indicate that the state plans blackouts to reduce wildfire danger during extreme heatwaves, like what occurred in 2020. Los Angeles, San Jose, San Diego, San Francisco, Fresno and other large cities still have blackouts as of 2022.

Other U.S. states may have blackouts you don’t know about too. However, they may not always occur in the same magnitude as in California in 2020.

For instance, Arizona, Washington D.C., or Nevada had shorter (or less serious) outages than in California or Maine, Louisiana, or Alabama from 2013-2020. Most of these are weather-related and not connected to the 2021 EU warnings.

Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan and several other locations, such as Peshawar, Lahore, Quetta and Karachi experienced power outages in January 2021.

New York Times Reporter Salman Masood called this incident “one of the biggest power failures to hit the country of 200 million people.” Energy Minister Omar Ayub Khan said an engineering fault at the Guddu Thermal Power Plant in Sindh may have caused it.

  • Data indicates the number of blackouts during a given year as reported to the World Bank by various enterprise businesses.
  • Some EU member countries were excluded from the survey and are therefore unlisted.

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Country
# of Blackouts
Data Year
EU Members
Pakistan75.202013
Bangladesh64.502013
Papua New Guinea41.902015
Iraq40.902011
Yemen38.802013
Nigeria32.802014
Central African Republic292011
Benin282016
Niger222017
Republic of the Congo21.502009
Gambia21.102018
Burundi16.602014
India13.802014
Zambia13.302019
DR Congo12.302013
Afghanistan11.502014
Myanmar112016
Burkina Faso9.802009
Sierra Leone9.102017
Tanzania8.902013
Nepal8.702013
Guyana8.502010
Ghana8.402013
Ethiopia8.202015
South Africa7.702020
Cameroon7.602016
Dominican Republic7.402016
Madagascar6.702013
Malawi6.702014
Uganda6.302013
Senegal62014
Togo5.502016
Mauritania5.302014
Guinea Bissau5.202006
Solomon Islands4.902015
Angola4.702010
Gabon4.602009
Samoa4.602009
Chad4.502018
Zimbabwe4.502016
Guinea4.502016
Liberia4.502017
Mali4.202016
Saint Kitts and Nevis4.202010
Sri Lanka4.102011
Botswana4.102010
Kenya3.802018
Eswatini3.702016
Ivory Coast3.502016
Sudan3.402014
Algeria3.202007
Cape Verde3.202009
Saint Lucia32010
Suriname2.802018
Antigua and Barbuda2.802010
Dominica2.802010
Venezuela2.602010
Jamaica2.502010
Armenia2.502020
Belize2.502010
Rwanda2.402019
Honduras2.402016
Georgia2.202019
Lesotho2.202016
Bahamas2.202010
Azerbaijan2.102019
Tonga22009
Uzbekistan1.902019
Paraguay1.702017
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines1.702010
Brazil1.602009
Mexico1.602010
Mozambique1.602018
Nicaragua1.602016
Djibouti1.602013
Vanuatu1.602009
Albania1.502019
Cambodia1.402016
Fiji1.402009
Guatemala1.302017
Tajikistan1.302019
Costa Rica1.302010
Bosnia and Herzegovina1.302019
Romania1.202019
Ecuador1.202017
El Salvador1.202016
Mauritius1.202009
North Macedonia1.102019
Barbados1.102010
Tunisia0.902020
Greece0.902018
Kyrgyzstan0.902019
Egypt0.802020
Colombia0.802017
Argentina0.802017
Bulgaria0.802019
Uruguay0.802017
Timor Leste0.802015
Turkey0.702019
Chile0.702010
Serbia0.702019
Grenada0.702010
Bolivia0.602017
Czech Republic0.602019
Hungary0.602019
Lebanon0.602019
Panama0.602010
Moldova0.602019
Namibia0.602014
Montenegro0.602019
Indonesia0.502015
Ukraine0.502019
Peru0.502017
Kazakhstan0.502019
Slovakia0.502019
Eritrea0.502009
Mongolia0.502019
Trinidad and Tobago0.502010
Bhutan0.402015
Morocco0.302019
Portugal0.302019
Lithuania0.302019
Slovenia0.302019
Russia0.202019
Vietnam0.202015
Thailand0.202016
Poland0.202019
Belgium0.202020
Jordan0.202019
Belarus0.202018
Laos0.202018
Finland0.202020
Croatia0.202019
Latvia0.202019
Cyprus0.202019
Malta0.202019
China0.102012
Philippines0.102015
Malaysia0.102015
Netherlands0.102020
Israel0.102013
Ireland0.102020
Estonia0.102019
Luxembourg0.102020
Italy2019
Sweden2020
Denmark2020
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Which country has the most blackouts?

Pakistan experiences the most blackouts.

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