Foreign News: Wanted: More Houses

Many Europeans live in more crowded, less comfortable houses than they did in 1937. This depressing fact emerged from a housing survey published last week by the U.N.'s Economic Commission for Europe. Wartime losses—some 10 million European homes—have not yet been made up. In many countries, the number of dwellings per capita is lower than it was prewar: Greece, by 20%; West Germany, 16%; Italy, 9%; France, 6%.

All European nations, including the Soviet Union, are working hard to catch up, the report said, but the rate of home-building varies. Each year Norway is building 10.5 houses for every 1,000 inhabitants; Communist...

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