Romania’s living standards in 2017: a third of households have cars, half own computers

Sorin Melenciuc 21/06/2018 | 12:40

Romania’s households have gradually improved their standard of living during the last couple of years, as their income increased and unemployment declined, but there is still a major difference compared to the Western quality of life, official data show.

A report released by the National Institute of Statistics (INS) show that, in 2017, 33.7 percent of Romania’s households owned a personal car, 39.1 percent – a bicycle, 48.7 percent – connection to the internet, 52 percent – a computer, 56 percent – a modern refrigerator, 76.2 percent – an automatic washing machine, and 97.8 percent – cooking stoves.

In 2016, 30.5 percent of Romania-s households owned a personal car, 35.4 percent – a bicycle, 45.9 percent – connection to the internet, 49.9 percent – a computer, 53.4 percent – a modern refrigerator, 72.5 percent – an automatic washing machine, and 97.1 percent – cooking stoves.

Romania’s households are well equipped with colour TV (158.6 per 100 households in 2017) and mobile phones (183.5 per 100 households), official data show.

Households located in Bucharest-Ilfov, Transylvania and Banat are better equipped with cars and electronics than those living in poorer regions (Moldova and Wallachia).

According to Eurostat, 15 percent of Romanian households didn’t afford a computer and 29.6 percent didn’t afford a personal car in 2017, the highest rates among the 28 European Union member states.

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