Housing too cramped under EU standards for half of all RomaniansAccording to Eurostat, 52 percent of all Romanians suffered from overcrowded living conditions in 2014. Eurostat’s calculation not only takes into account the number of rooms per person but also the composition of the household. Under the European standard, over 25 percent of the population in many other countries across eastern and southern Europe are living in houses that are in fact too small. This is the case for less than 10 percent of the population in western Europe; in the Netherlands, it applies to 3 percent.
More rooms per person in rural areasHouseholds living in rural areas generally have more spacious dwellings than those in the city. In the larger cities across the EU, the average size was 1.5 rooms per person in 2014, in rural areas 1.7. Norway, Malta and Cyprus were exceptions: city-dwellers had more living space than the rural population.
Rooms per person by degree of urbanisation, 2014/15