How Do Housing Conditions Compare Around the World? [Infographic]

Living conditions vary massively, wherever you live in the world.

The UK is one of the most advanced countries in the world, yet new houses are just over a third of the size of those in the USA, so how do other countries weigh up? And what other factors are related to the both the size of your house and the country that you live in?

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The UK currently has the smallest average size of new-build houses (76 sq metres of floor space on average) in all of Europe, closely followed by Italy and Ireland. Denmark boast some of the biggest floor spaces in Europe, at almost twice the size of those houses in the UK. That’s why the UK have to make the most of their small spaces with internal bi-folding door sets to make them appear larger! Patio doors also extend the house into the outdoor space.

However, when you look at highly developed nations in other areas of the world, houses in Europe are dwarfed by those in New Zealand, Australia and the US; new-build houses in these areas of the world often have floor spaces upwards of 200 sq metres.

55% of new English homes have less floor space than the London Housing Design Guide recommends (University of Cambridge) and in comparison, houses in the US and Australia are over 260% larger!

There are several downsides to living in small accommodation; it can cause anxiety, stress, depression and even physical illnesses such as asthma. It can also be a decisive factor in relationships breaking down due to the inability or unwillingness to entertain guests.

In richer nations of the world, there is a strong correlation between the size of your house and the amount of people that live in it. For example, in the UK there is an average household size of just 2.3 people, compared with 2.6 and 2.7 in the US and Australia respectively.

Comparing this to poorer nations, it’s typically smaller houses that hold more people. In India, the average number of people per household is 5.3, in Palestine it’s 5.8 and the highest (on record) in the world is Burkina Faso, with 5.9 people per household.

The world’s busiest city (in terms of population density) is Dhaka in Bangladesh, with over 112,000 people per square mile. Compare this to some of the world’s most popular cities, with which London has the most dense population – 14,600 people per square mile, almost 10% of that in Dhaka.

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