• A report by the Statista Global Consumer Survey shows how many people rent or buy accommodation in different countries.
  • Switzerland and Germany are firmly rental societies, where around two-thirds didn't own their homes in 2020/2021.
  • It's a very different story in China and Russia where property ownership is very much the norm.

Location is famously everything when it comes to real estate, but as data from the Statista Global Consumer Survey shows, it's not just the price which is affected by where property is located. As this infographic shows, there are stark differences between countries when it comes to the share of people that rent or own their homes.

What's the World Economic Forum doing about the future of cities?

Cities represent humanity's greatest achievements - and greatest challenges. From inequality to air pollution, poorly designed cities are feeling the strain as 68% of humanity is predicted to live in urban areas by 2050.

The World Economic Forum supports a number of projects designed to make cities cleaner, greener and more inclusive.

These include hosting the Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, which gathers bright ideas from around the world to inspire city leaders, and running the Future of Urban Development and Services initiative. The latter focuses on how themes such as the circular economy and the Fourth Industrial Revolution can be harnessed to create better cities. To shed light on the housing crisis, the Forum has produced the report Making Affordable Housing a Reality in Cities.

Switzerland and Germany are firmly rental societies, where around two-thirds didn't own their homes in 2020/2021. It's a very different story in China and Russia where property ownership is very much the norm - 83 and 87 percent of the adults surveyed by Statista said they own their current home.

Share of survey respondents saying they rent or own their current accommodation.
Switzerland and Germany are firmly rental societies.
Image: Statista