Malta gets a bronze medal placing for having the darkest houses in Europe

The Maltese percentage has dropped in recent years. Photo: Eurostat

According to data published by Eurostat, in 2020 more than 9% of Maltese stated that they considered their home to be too dark, thus classifying domestic environments not bright enough.

The issue stems from the construction of high-rise buildings in Malta. This restricts light and ventilation to the lower level dwellings, which is a basic requirement for happiness.

The Maltese percentage has dropped in recent years. In 2018, 11.2 percent of Maltese citizens complained about a lack of natural light in their homes. In 2019, this figure fell to 10%.

In 2020, 5.9% of people in the EU reported not having enough daylight in their dwelling, meaning their dwelling seemed too dark and was viewed as a problem for the household.
Photo: Eurostat

The presence of natural light inside homes helps to greatly reduce the use of artificial lighting by reducing the cost of electricity bills, without considering the benefits that derive health and well-being of the whole family.

Spain (10.6 %), followed by France (9.5 %) and, very little detached, Malta (9.4 %) is leading the European ranking of the “dark” dwellings according to the popular opinion. The three countries recorded shares almost double the European average, set at 5.9 %.

The lowest percentages were recorded by Slovakia (2.6 %), Italy (2.6 %), Cyprus (2.8 %) and the Czech Republic (3.1 %).

Photo: Eurostat