Analysis of the Current Housing Situation in Romania in the European Context

Cristina ALPOPI, Cristina IACOBOAEA, Andrei STĂNESCU

Abstract


In this paper the authors perform an exten- sive analysis of the housing situation in Romania in relation to other EU countries. The following indicators, and others, are examined: the number of dwellings per 1000 inhabitants, the average number of rooms per dwelling, overcrowding, the degradation rate of housing, the rate of util- ities. The type of ownership of the buildings is also analyzed. The implications of the fact that Romania has one of the highest percentages of private homes in Europe are also discussed. In order to highlight these issues and others (which have been the subject of the authors’ previous studies), in the present work, the dynamics of housing construction in Romania are studied over a long period – namely the period between 1950-2011 – with the aim of highlighting the pres- ent position of Romania compared to other EU countries in terms of housing. The analysis leads to the conclusion that on most housing indicators Romania occupies lower ranks compared to oth- er EU countries. 


Keywords


habitation, housing, private ownership, overcrowding rates

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