Inadequate dwelling

In 2017, 18.5% of the population in Belgium lived in a dwelling with a leaking roof, damp walls, floors or foundations, or with rot in the window frames or the floor. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must decrease. This objective will not be reached by continuing the trend since 2003. The proportion of people living in inadequate dwelling conditions is therefore developing unfavourably.

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Inadequate dwelling - Belgium and international comparison

percentage of total population

 20032005201020122015201620172017//20032017//2012
Belgium13.715.019.018.718.219.318.52.2-0.2
EU28----16.115.115.215.4------
//: Average Growth Rates

break in time series: 2009 BE, estimate: 2017 EU28

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), ilc_mdho01, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 17/10/2018).

Inadequate dwelling by sex - Belgium

percentage of population

 20032005201020122015201620172017//20032017//2012
females14.415.419.218.818.219.618.71.9-0.1
males12.914.618.718.518.218.918.42.6-0.1
//: Average Growth Rates

break in time series: 2009

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), ilc_mdho01, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 17/10/2018).

Inadequate dwelling by age - Belgium

percentage of population

 20032005201020122015201620172017//20032017//2012
<1815.418.423.021.622.022.522.02.60.4
18-6413.914.719.019.218.619.919.62.50.4
>6410.411.513.613.012.413.511.20.5-2.9
//: Average Growth Rates

break in time series: 2009

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), ilc_mdho01, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 17/10/2018).

Inadequate dwelling by household type - Belgium

percentage of population

 20032005201020122015201620172017//20032017//2012
single person15.216.419.819.918.419.618.41.4-1.6
single person with dependent children22.628.832.432.129.128.824.80.7-5.0
two adults12.710.613.814.514.616.314.51.00.0
two adults with one dependent child13.113.720.715.214.215.617.62.13.0
two adults with two dependent children12.111.615.717.318.416.516.32.2-1.2
two adults with three or more dependent children16.420.221.420.924.024.125.03.13.6
//: Average Growth Rates

break in time series: 2009

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), ilc_mdho01, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 17/10/2018).

Inadequate dwelling by income - Belgium

percentage of population

 20032005201020122015201620172017//20032017//2012
below 60% of median equivalised income19.725.130.227.230.930.427.72.50.4
above 60% of median equivalised income12.613.317.017.116.017.216.82.1-0.4
//: Average Growth Rates

break in time series: 2009

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC), ilc_mdho01, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 17/10/2018).

UN target: 11.1 - By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums.

UN indicator: the selected indicator corresponds to indicator 11.1.1 - Proportion of urban population living in slums, informal settlements or inadequate housing.

Sources

  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

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