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Norwegians live large

While inhabitants in other countries get by with smaller apartments, two of three Norwegians live in spacious houses.

Numbers from the European Union and Statistics Norway indicate that Norwegians have in average the largest floorage per home in Europe, according to the Norwegian daily, Aftenposten.

Every Norwegian had an average of 36 square meters living space in 1980, while the number has now increased to over 50 square meters.

“Norwegians are spoiled,” said Jon Guttu, researcher at Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR) to the paper.

According to Statistics Norway, 3.4 persons lived in each dwelling in 1950. The number had decreased to 2.3 persons in 2001.

Guttu claims there are built enough homes in Norway today, and he said he disagrees with housing analysts who state that the high housing costs are due to lack of housing. The housing market is more about the demand for space and division of space, he concluded

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