Eurostat: Latvia has EU's highest rate of overcrowding
Rahvusvahelised uudised 24 Feb 2011  EWR
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Oskars Magone, The Baltic Times
BRUSSELS - The latest report from Eurostat, the EU's official statistics agency, has found that Latvia suffers from the highest rate of overcrowding in the EU.

The report found that 58% of Latvians live in an "overcrowded dwelling" - measured by the "relation between the number of persons in a household and the number of rooms in each dwelling". The EU average is 17.8%, while Lithuania and Estonia saw rates of 49% and 41.2%, respectively.

The report also found that the three Baltic States, along with Spain, have the highest proportion of people in the EU living in apartment buildings. Once again, Latvia topped the list at 66%, followed closely by Estonia and Spain at 65% and by Lithuania at 58%. The EU average was 41.7%.

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