Israel’s housing conditions are among the worst among the OECD’s 36 member
states, according to the Better Life Index. In contrast to other components of
the index, where Israel is outstanding (a score of 8.5 out of 10 for life
satisfaction and 8.8 for health), Israel is failing when it comes to
Israel received a score 4.1 for housing, 4.1 for environment,
4.9 for education and a dismal 1.8 for civil engagement.
The OECD ranked
Israel No. 28 out of 36 member states in housing, below Mexico. The index cited
crowding, expenditure on housing and a home’s basic facilities.
ranked No. 30 in rooms per person, at 1.2, compared with the OECD average of 1.6
rooms per person. Canada was No. 1, with 2.5 rooms per person, and Turkey was
last, with 0.9 rooms per person.
Israelis spend an average of 22 percent
of their net disposable income on housing, more than the 19% or less spent by
Norwegians, Mexicans, Irish, Portuguese and South Koreans. Russia was
36, at 11%. New Zealand was No. 1, at 29%.
of Israelis live in homes with basic facilities, which ranked No. 27. That means
4% of Israelis, or 300,000 people, lack a toilet at home. Denmark, the
Netherlands, Spain and the United States topped the list, with 100% of residents
in homes with basic facilities.
Nonetheless, 83% of Israelis said they
were satisfied with their homes, which was still below the OECD average of 87%.