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Average dwelling area in Latvia – 67 m2

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe total useful floor space in all Latvia apartments and individual houses comprises 68.12 million m2 and average useful floor space in a single housing constitutes 67 m2, according to the data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

Information on housing area per occupant indicates that the share of dwellings in which useful floor space per inhabitant is smaller than 20 m2 is reducing; nevertheless, one third of the population is occupying such dwellings (in 2000 – 42%). While housings average useful floor space of which comprises less than 30 m2 per occupant are resided by 58% of the population (in 2000 – 69%), and 5.6% of the country residents are living in dwellings with more than 80 m2 of useful floor space per inhabitant.

In comparison with the results of the previous Population and Housing Census (of 2000), an increase can be observed in the number of persons occupying comparatively larger useful floor space: all groups of dwellings with area starting from 30 m2 per occupant and ending with 80 m2 per resident,e.g., the number of population residing 40 – 59.9 m2 per inhabitant has grown by 4.2%.

Statistical data shows that 84.4% of all dwellings have piped water in the housing unit, and 73.4% of the housings have fixed bath or shower. Rise in the number of such facilities was recorded in all Latvia housings, still the highest increase was recorded in Vidzeme region – there, as compared to 2000, the share of housing units having piped water has risen by 9.1 percentage point and the share of dwellings having fixed bath or shower has increased by 8.8 percentage points. In Riga rise in the number is less explicit, as there most housings had those facilities already prior.

69.0% of the total Latvia population are living in houses with central heating, 89.2% have dwellings with piped water and 78.8% – housing with fixed bath or shower. Number of population having mentioned facilities in Latvia as a whole has grown, while the most notable rise was observed in Vidzeme region – there, as compared to 2000, availability of central heating has went up by 4.6 percentage points, of piped water – by 15.0 percentage points and of fixed bath or shower – by 14.0 percentage points.

The largest share of persons residing dwellings with central heating was recorded in Riga (87.5%), whereas the smallest – in Vidzeme region (48.4%). Almost all Riga residents are occupying housings having piped water (99.0%), while the lowest share of persons living in houses equipped with such facility was observed in Latgale (76.0%). Fixed bath or shower in housing unit is available for 90.6% of Riga residents, while in Latgale region – only for 62.6%.

In addition, data acquired within the EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) survey of 2012 show that more than four fifths of Latvia population (85%) are satisfied with their dwelling. 15% of those households admitted that they are very satisfied, while 70% – satisfied. Nevertheless, 15% of households mentioned that they are dissatisfied with the dwelling. The highest share of such households was recorded in Zemgale (18.6%) and in Riga (16.5%), while the smallest – in Pierīga (11.0%).

18.9% of the households mentioned that they have problem with a shortage of space in dwelling. This issue is more common in urban areas. 21.8% of the households located in urban areas indicated that they have this problem, while in rural areas this issue was mentioned by smaller number of households – 11.8%. Shortage of space in dwelling is more problematic for families with children; while the highest satisfaction with dwelling space was observed in households consisting of single person aged 65 or over. Only 4.6% of such households indicated that they have a problem with a shortage of space in dwelling.


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