Urban Iceland, suburban Switzerland and rural Norway

Published 12-10-2015
The number of people living in urban, rural and intermediate areas varies a lot between European countries, as shown by data from 2014 published by Eurostat.

With two thirds, Iceland had the largest share of people living in cities of all EFTA and EU countries, followed by the United Kingdom (58.6%) and Cyprus (54.7%). In Luxembourg, by contrast, half of the population was living in rural areas in 2014. Meanwhile Norway, with 42.0% of its population living in rural areas, was well above the EU average of 27.8%. People living in intermediate areas such as towns and suburbs were predominant in Belgium (57.1%), followed by Switzerland (49.6%), Malta (44.5%) and Italy (43.0%).

Urban residents in Iceland, Norway and Switzerland were satisfied with their cities' recreational and green spaces. Together with the Nordic EU Member States, they reported the highest levels of satisfaction.

These data are from the EU Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS) and EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC). Liechtenstein does not participate in these surveys.

For further information, see Eurostat's news release 172/2015 and the dedicated website on World Habitat Day for a better urban future.


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