Expenditure on housing benefits

Expenditures on housing is classified as a benefit in kind and comprises of housing benefits for families and pensioners.

Characteristics of the Nordic countries

In all Nordic countries, except the Faroe Islands, housing benefits can be paid to people in rented housing or to home-owners.

Expenditures on housing in relation to GDP has been stable since year 2000 for all countries except from Iceland and Finland. In Iceland, the expenditures increased rapidly from 2007 to 2011, but has since 2011 decreased to almost the same level as in 2006. In 2019, the Nordic countries except from Norway and Finland has expenditures for housing at a level of about 0.5 per cent of GDP.