In 2021, in the EU, the proportion of young people aged 15-29 living in overcrowded households was estimated to be more than one quarter at 26%. The overcrowding rate for young people was 9 percentage points higher than the overcrowding rate for the total population (17%).
Among the EU members, there were considerable differences in the overcrowding rates for young people aged 15-29. Romania (60%), Bulgaria (57%), Latvia (54%), Greece (48%) and Poland (47%) registered the highest overcrowding rates for people aged 15-29, while the lowest registered rates were reported by Cyprus and Malta (both recorded close to 4%), Ireland (5%), the Netherlands and Belgium (both close to 8%).
Young people vs total population: highest differences in rates in Denmark, the Netherlands and Finland
The overcrowding rate for young people was more than twice as high as the percentage for the population in Denmark (21.6% for young people vs 9.2% population of all ages), the Netherlands (7.5% vs 3.4%) and Finland (15.6% vs 7.4%).
The lowest differences between young people and the general population were recorded in Ireland (1.1 percentage points – pp), Cyprus and Malta (both 1.3 pp), Belgium (2.3 pp) and Luxembourg (2.6 pp).