Seven out of ten EU citizens live in their own homes and apartments

Dec. 12, 2015

Seven out of ten EU citizens live in their own homes and apartments

Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) published a study of living conditions of European citizens.

For example, more than half (59.3%) of the EU population live in private homes, and 40.0% - in the flats. Most people in the EU have their own housing, but more than two-thirds of the population (70.1%) live in rented accommodation, and 29.9% of them offer their housing for rent

As for housing availability, in 2014 11.4% of the EU population faced with the problem of high prices - they were forced to spend on housing more than 40% of their income. As for the quality of living conditions, the main problem is the lack of living space (17.1% of respondents).

The largest share of the population living in private households, is observed in the United Kingdom (84.7%) and Croatia (80.8%), followed by Belgium (77.6%), the Netherlands (77.1%), Cyprus (72.7 %) and Slovenia (70.3%).
Apartments are the most common type of housing in Spain (66.5%), Latvia (65.1%), Lithuania (58.4%) and Greece (56.9%).

The highest percentage of owners of their own homes - in Romania (96.1%), Slovakia (90.3%), Lithuania (89.9%), Croatia (89.7%) and Hungary (89.1%). The lowest - in Germany (52.5%) and Austria (57.2%), where traditionally more than half of the population live in rented accommodation. Followed by Denmark (63.3%), UK (64.8%) and France (65.1%).

In general, with an average score of 7.5 on a scale of 0 to 10, the housing conditions satisfaction of the inhabitants of the EU of 16 years of age and over stands second after the satisfaction of personal relationships. Among EU Member States, the highest level of satisfaction with living conditions is in the Nordic countries - Finland (8.4 / 10), Denmark (8.3 / 10) and Sweden (8.2 / 10), as well as in Austria (8 3/10) and the Netherlands (8.1 / 10). At the opposite end of the scale are  Bulgaria (6.0 / 10), Latvia and Greece (both countries 6.6 / 10).

According to the materials of Eurostat