Based on 2003 statistics, a Finn has on average 31mÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â² of living space. This despite the fact that Finns have the most outdoor space per capita. Among the 15 EU countries, the 31mÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â² is the fifth lowest, followed by Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Spain, each of which have only marginally less living space. The Danish live most comfortably, by having 52mÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â² of living space, also above 40mÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â² of space are Luxembourgers, Swedes and the Dutch.
Finland is the sparsest populated country in the EU, yet the fifth lowest living space? That’s distressing.
In regards to house loan rates, Finns fare well in second place. The variance of new loans is quite small, however, ranging from 3.1% (Netherlands) to 4.3% (Germany). In comparison of debt levels, Finnish house loans are the third lowest relative to GDP. Relative to others, the average house loan of a Finn is also the second lowest.
Maybe if Finns spent more on houses, they’d have bigger homes?