Hello darkness, my old friend

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In 2020, 5.9% of people in the EU reported not having enough daylight in their dwelling, meaning their dwelling seemed too dark and was viewed as a problem for the household, according to Eurostat data published November 1.

In Latvia the figure was 5.2%, down from 7.9% in 2019, so someone must have opened the curtains.

"Access to daylight in dwellings helps improve the health and wellbeing, while it can also help improve energy efficiency by reducing the need for artificial lighting," said Eurostat.

EU houses that are too dark
EU houses that are too dark

Interestingly, it is not the northernmost EU member states who have the biggest problems with daylight. In 2020, over 10% of people living in sunny Spain considered their dwelling too dark (10.6%), which was the highest share recorded among the EU Member States. Spain was followed by France (9.5%; provisional data), Malta (9.4%) and Hungary (7.7%). In contrast, the lowest shares were recorded in Slovakia (2.6%, provisional data), Italy (2.6%, 2019 data), Cyprus (2.8%) and Czechia (3.1%).


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