No. 5




The Estonian Housing Economy’s Outlook

14 June 2002


RiTo No. 5, 2002

  • Anneli Kährik

    Anneli Kährik

    Researcher, Institute of Geography, University of Tartu

House and home have considerable impact on people’s health, well-being and level of opportunity. Estonia’s transitional society has not addressed residential issues very much.

In ten years, Estonia has made a transition from a social housing economy to a liberal system, due to which Estonia is different from the EU’s welfare states and many other transition states. The results of reform are already partly apparent, but unfortunately a myriad negative consequences have accompanied the changes, and the residential sector has not taken the desired shape. Without the adoption of additional political measures, it is not likely that the sector will start functioning effectively. The article briefly sums up the reforms to date, analyses their socioeconomic effects on society and suggests several political tactics that could render the residential sector more stable and effective.

Full article in Estonian