Bulgaria Tops Europe's Chart of Private Home Ownership

Business | January 30, 2003, Thursday // 00:00

Bulgaria is the Europe's leader in terms of number of private homes. This is the conclusion of a survey conducted by the National Statistical Institute on the basis of the 2001 nation-wide census.

Almost 97 percent of Bulgarian homes are private-owned. The owners inhabit 94 percent of them while 5 percent are rented out. The runner-ups among EU aspirants are Romania and Lithuania with 92 percent of private ownership based 1996 data.

In terms of utilities, the survey found a wide gap between Bulgarian homes in urban and rural areas. Although on average 58 percent of the residential units have electricity, running water and sewerage infrastructure, only 14 percent of rural homes offer such utilities, whereas in urban area the percentage is as high as 85 percent.

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