Housing conditions in terms of facilities and noise

This indicator tells us about the housing conditions and noise disturbance in the neighbourhood where the dwelling is located. These conditions are an important aspect of quality of life and may indicate a risk of social exclusion.

From an integration perspective, a decrease in the percentage of people facing at least one significant issue linked to housing and in the share of people living in a neighbourhood that is too noisy indicates an improved situation.


The indicator uses two criteria to analyse housing conditions:

1) Share of persons facing at least one of the following four major housing problems:

• damp housing (leaking roof; damp walls, floors or foundations; rotten window frames or floors),
• too dark,
• no shower or bath,
• no private indoor flushing toilet.

2) Share of persons living in a noisy neighbourhood.

A single member of the household is asked these questions and the answers are imputed to all household members. For households comprised of several adults with a different migration status, the same value is entered for persons with a migration background and for those without.

From 2020, the information needed to construct this indicator is collected every 3 years.

Following changes to the survey framework and improvements in the weighting model, results from 2014 onwards can no longer be directly compared with those from previous years (series break). See the document below for further details.


Federal Statistical Office Section Demography and Migration
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel



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