During the coronavirus pandemic and the imposed social distancing measures to limit the spread of the virus, people were forced to stay at home. During this time, it has become very important where you live - in an apartment or in a house. Many citizens of the EU countries, including Cypriots, began to give preference to the second option. Thus the popularity of homes has skyrocketed in 2020. Although, a year earlier, the situation was radically opposite.
The Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) published a fresh report for 2019, that tells us which citizens of the EU countries prefer to live in apartments, and which - in houses.
It turned out that almost half (46%) of the population of the EU member states in 2019 lived in apartments, more than a third of EU residents (35%) prefer in private houses, and almost a fifth (19%) dwell in maisonettes or penthouses.
As for Cyprus, the preferences of local residents were distributed as follows:
- 45% of the country's population lived in private houses,
- 28% - in maisonettes or penthouses,
- 26% - in apartments,
- 1% chose alternative options.
Apartments were the most common type of housing in 14 EU countries, especially in Latvia (66%), Spain (65%) and Estonia (61%).
Ireland (8%) and the Netherlands (21%) topped the list of countries with the smallest share of the population living in apartments.
At the same time, more than two thirds of the population lived in private houses in Croatia (68%), Slovenia (66%), Hungary (65%), Romania (65%) and Denmark (54%). The Netherlands and Ireland were the only EU member states where more than half of the population lived in maisonettes (58% and 53%, respectively) in 2019.
In the same year, 70% of EU residents lived in their own house or apartment. Thus, there were more owners than tenants in all EU member states. The highest ownership shares were observed in Romania (96%), Hungary (92%), Slovakia (91%) and Lithuania (90%). The lowest proportion of owner-occupied dwellings was in Germany (51%) and Austria (55%).
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