• On average, 17.1% of households in the EU are overcrowded, according to Eurostat.
  • Montenegro has the highest percentage of overcrowded houses, at 63%.
  • Eurostat classes a household as overcrowded if there aren't enough rooms for people to live comfortably.
  • For instance, if there isn't a minimum of one room in the household per couple, or for each single person aged 18 and over.
  • Cyprus boasts the lowest percentage of overcrowded households, at 2.2%.

According to the latest Eurostat statistics, 63 percent of households in Montenegro are overcrowded. According to the source's definition, a household is considered overcrowded if it does not have a minimum of one room for the household, one room per couple, one room for each single person aged 18 and over, one room per pair of single people aged 12-17 and/or one room per pair of children aged under 12. At the other end of the scale, Cyprus boasts just 2.2 percent of households falling into this category - comfortably below the 17.1 percent average for the European Union.

a chart showing overcrowding in Europe
Image: Statista

What is the World Economic Forum doing to encourage healthy living in cities?

It can be tough to stay healthy when living in a big city. The Forum is responding through its Healthy Cities and Communities initiative by working to create innovative urban partnerships, which are helping residents find a renewed focus on their physical and mental health.

In 2020, the project continued to expand to new locations and has effectively helped communities impacted by COVID-19. Our work is continuing with concrete actions in 2021 where best practices and learnings from all partner cities will be shared, allowing other cities to replicate and scale.

In Jersey City, USA the Healthy Cities and Communities initiative is working with AeroFarms to deliver locally sourced vertically farmed greens to people in need. The initiative is also helping homeless people who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

In Mumbai, India (home to more than 20 million people) the initiative is working with the local startup community and engaging them on multiple sanitation challenges.

Learn more and find out how to join the initiative in our impact story.