Relatively few homeworkers in Latvia last year

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While working from home became more commonplace with the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, data from European Union statistics agency Eurostat suggests it was less common in Latvia than many might think.

In 2020, 12% of employed people aged 20-64 in the EU usually worked from home, while this share had remained constant at around 5 or 6% over the past decade.

In contrast, working from home was less common in Latvia and some eastern and southern regions of the EU. In 2020, less than 5% of the workforce was usually working from home in Latvia, Croatia, Cyprus and Bulgaria, in most of Hungary and Romania (except for the capital regions) and in Greece.

Among the EU regions, Helsinki-Uusimaa, the capital region of Finland, recorded the highest share in 2020 (37%), followed at a distance by two Belgian regions: Province du Brabant wallon (27%) and the capital region, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest (26%).

Around one in four employed usually worked from home in these capital regions: Eastern and Midland in Ireland (25%), Wien in Austria and Hovedstaden in Denmark (both 24%) as well as Île-de-France in France, Utrecht in the Netherlands, Luxembourg (single region) and Área Metropolitana de Lisboa in Portugal (all 23%).

Growth in homeworking, 2020
Growth in homeworking, 2020

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