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Housing conditions in Europe in 2009

12 pages
Population and social conditions
Social questions - town planning and housing
Target audience: Specialised/Technical
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Population and social conditions Authors: Anna RYBKOWSKA, Micha SCHNEIDER
S t a t i s t i c s i n f o c u s 4/2011
Housing conditions in Europe in 2009 30 million people in the EU suffered both lack of space and poor housing conditions 1 As stated by the European Commission housing In 2009, 6.0 % of the EU population suffered from deprivation is one of the most extreme examples of severe housing deprivation (see methodological poverty and social exclusion in society today. notes). The most frequent problems were noise Although access to affordable accommodation is a from the neighbourhood (22.2 %), overcrowding fundamental need and right, guaranteeing this (17.8 %) and pollution, grime or other right still represents a significant challenge in environmental problems (16.5 %). several Member States. In addition, 12.2 % of people in the EU lived in households affected by high housing costs. COM(2010) 758 final Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. “The European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion: A European framework for social and territorial cohesion” December 2010
Figure 1: Severe housing deprivation rate (% of population), 2009
Source: Eurostat (online data code:ilc_mdho06a)