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Switzerland   81.45
Estonia   79.06
Ireland   76.74
UK   76.43
Luxembourg   75.94
Netherlands   75.80
Lithuania   75.78
Denmark   75.05
Sweden   74.91
Latvia   74.75
Iceland   74.39
Finland   73.99
Norway   73.97
Germany   73.80
Czech Rep.   73.34
Austria   72.27
Macedonia   70.74
Romania   69.65
Poland   68.26
Bulgaria   67.86
Belgium   67.85
Cyprus   67.85
Malta   67.69
Hungary   65.79
Slovak Rep.   65.73
Turkey   65.23
Albania   64.35
Spain   63.57
France   63.30
Portugal   62.58
Italy   62.53
Montenegro   61.98
Bosnia & H.   60.22
Croatia   59.38
Slovenia   59.20
Serbia   58.88
Belarus   58.59
Moldova   57.96
Russia   57.10
Greece   55.00
Ukraine   48.09
 

 

 

Europe: Economic freedom rating

Scores are from 0 to 100, higher scores are more desirable i.e. more conducive to economic growth. The lower the score, the greater the level of government interference in the economy and the less economic freedom a country enjoys.

  • Free 80 - 100;
  • Mostly Free 70 - 79.9;
  • Moderately Free 60 - 69.9;
  • Mostly Unfree 50 to 59.9; and
  • Repressed 0 - 49.9.


Source: The Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal

 

European statistics. European house price and other economic statistics vary in quality. It is often a surprise to non-Europeans to discover that swathes of this rich, highly developed continent are not covered by good housing statistics.

Northern European countries have generally good house price time-series. In particular, all the Scandinavian countries generate excellent house price statistics. In the Baltics the situation is improving rapidly. Latvia generates an official annual house price time-series, and the realtor Latio publishes a monthly index. Lithuania has no official house price or rents time-series, but the firm Inreal publishes annual prices and rents for Vilnius for a few years. Estonia has high-quality housing statistics, generated by the Statistical Office of Estonia (SOE). Data on house prices, house sales and construction activities, as well as general economics statistics are all available from the SOE.

Central Europe is mixed. German house price statistics are weak. France has very good statistics, the Netherlands has good data, Belgium and Austria have acceptable data. Spain has made giant strides, Portugal is weaker.

Southern Europe tends to have weak statistical data. There is a particular lack of housing statistics in Italy, Greece, and Turkey (though Italy has some private, for-sale, data generators).

Statistics in Eastern Europe are weak. Efforts are being made to change this, for instance Bulgaria began publishing a house price time-series in 2006. Aside from this, the Czech Republic has an official index, and in Poland, REAS Konsulting produces a for-sale index.

 





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