Back Owning or renting? What is the EU's housing situation?


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In 2020, 70% of the population in the EU lived in a household owning their home, while the remaining 30% lived in rented housing. 

The highest shares of ownership were observed in Romania, where 96% of the population lived in a household that owned their home, followed by Slovakia (92%), Hungary and Croatia (both 91%).

In all Member States, except for Germany, owning is most common. In Germany’s case, half of the population lived in a household owning their home and the other half in a rented home. The shares of homeownership were lowest also in Austria (55%) and Denmark (59%). 

Eurostat recently updated the interactive publication Housing in Europe - 2021 interactive edition, so make sure to visit and browse to know more about housing in the EU.

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