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Housing arrangements covers the whole population and refers to the type of housing in which a person usually resides at the time of the census. This covers all persons who are usual residents in different types of living quarters, or who do not have a usual residence and stay temporarily in some type of living quarters, or who are roofless, sleeping rough or in emergency shelters, when the census is taken.

Occupants are persons with their usual residence in the places listed in the respective category.

Type of building can also be derived from the number of dwellings and the use of building, by distinguishing between the residential and non-residential buildings the criterion of the type of construction is also considered. The number of dwellings does not include occupied provisional premises, occupied business premises, dwellings used only for business purposes and collective living quarters. Thus, the buildings are divided into four categories:

·        One-dwelling building is a building with one dwelling

·        Two-dwelling building is a building with two dwellings

·        Three- or more dwelling building is a building with three or more dwellings

·        Non-residential and other buildings are buildings mostly used for non-residential purposes or buildings which mostly contain premises other than dwellings (business buildings, schools, various homes, etc.)

Type of building with regard to use is defined according to the way the building is used; whether it is used only for residential purposes or it is used also for other purposes. If the building is not used for residential purposes only, its use is defined regarding the major part of floor space used for a certain purpose.

A living quarter is housing which is the usual residence of one or more persons. The terms ‘Conventional dwellings’, ‘Other housing units’ and ‘Collective living quarters’ are defined as under the topic ‘Housing arrangements’.

Building with dwellings is a structure containing at least one dwelling. Buildings containing only premises other than dwellings by definition (occupied provisional premises, business premises, collective living quarters) are not counted. The sum of occupied conventional dwellings and other housing units represents ‘housing units’.

Conventional dwellings are structurally separate and independent premises at fixed locations which are designed for permanent human habitation and are, at the reference date, (a) used as a residence, or (b) vacant, or (c) reserved for seasonal or secondary use.

Separate’ means surrounded by walls and covered by a roof or ceiling so that one or more persons can isolate themselves.

Independent’ means having direct access from a street or a staircase, passage, gallery or grounds.

Dwellings for seasonal or secondary use are dwellings for leisure and recreation and dwellings for the time of seasonal work.

Dwellings by type of building refers to the number of dwellings in the building in which the dwelling is placed.

Dwellings by period of construction refers to the year when the building in which the dwelling is placed was completed.

Average number of dwellings per building is the ratio between the number of all dwellings in the buildings and the number of all buildings with dwellings in a certain administrative spatial unit

Other housing units are huts, cabins, shacks, shanties, caravans, houseboats, barns, mills, caves or any other shelter used for human habitation at the time of the census, irrespective if it was designed for human habitation.

Collective living quarters are premises which are designed for habitation by large groups of individuals or several households and which are used as the usual residence of at least one person at the time of the census.

Occupied conventional dwellings, other housing units and collective living quarters together represent ‘living quarters’. Any ‘living quarter’ must be the usual residence of at least one person.

Occupied conventional dwellings are conventional dwellings which are the usual residence of one or more persons at the time of the census. 

Unoccupied conventional dwellings are conventional dwellings which are not the usual residence of any person at the time of the census. This category includes dwellings for seasonal or secondary use. Conventional dwellings with persons temporarily present but not included in the census are classified under the category "Dwellings for seasonal or secondary use", therefore are treated as unoccupied conventional dwellings.

A dwelling for business activity is a dwelling in which nobody lives and is entirely used for performing business activity. In architectural sense, the dwelling is not converted into business premises. This dwelling is not included in the number of dwellings.

Type of ownership refers to the ownership of the dwelling and not to that of the land on which the dwelling stands.

Owner-occupied dwellings are those where at least one occupant of the dwelling owns parts or the whole of the dwelling.

Cooperative ownership refers to ownership within the framework of a housing cooperative.

Rented dwellings are those where at least one occupant pays a rent for the occupation of the dwelling, and where no occupant owns parts or the whole of the dwelling.

A rented dwelling can be:

Useful floor space is defined as:

     the floor space measured  inside the outer walls excluding non-habitable cellars and attics and, in multi-dwelling buildings, all common spaces; or

     the total floor space of rooms falling under the concept of ‘room’.

Useful floor space of a dwelling is the sum of useful floor space of all rooms, kitchen and other utility spaces (bathroom, toilet, and hallway). The area of the room and kitchen, which are architecturally separated from the dwelling but are used as a part of the dwelling all the year round, is also taken into account. The area of terraces and balconies, architecturally separated utility spaces, garages, cellars and attics unsuitable for living is not taken into account. As regards attics, only floor space where the height of the ceiling is at least 1.6m is taken into account.

Average useful  floor space of the dwelling is the ratio between the total useful floor space of dwellings and the number of all dwellings in certain administrative spatial unit.

Average useful floor space per person is calculated per each individual dwelling occupied by persons. It is the ratio between the useful floor space of dwelling minus floor space for business activity  and the number of persons in this dwelling

Net floor space is the surface area of all spaces that make up a dwelling (e.g. kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, nursery, balcony, garage, basement). If a dwelling has several floors, the sum of the surface area of all floors is considered.

A room is a space intended for living and separated from other residential area with walls. It has direct daylight and at least 6 m2 of floor space. A kitchen is not counted as a room. If  a kitchen is in a larger space that it is being used also for other purposes (e.g. as a living room), this space is considered as a  room too. Constructively separated rooms that are used as a part of the dwelling and rooms for performing business activity are also taken into account.

The number of occupants of a housing unit is the number of people for whom the housing unit is the usual residence. Population are persons with registered permanent and/or temporary residence in Slovenia who live or intend to live in Slovenia for one year or more and are not temporarily absent from Slovenia for a year or more.

Density standard relates the useful floor space in square metres or the number of rooms to the number of occupants, as specified under the topic ‘number of occupants’. Member States report on the density standard measured by the ‘useful floor space’, or, if not possible, by the ‘number of rooms’.

Dwelling characteristics

A has installation of water supply, sewage, electricity, gas or central heating if certain installation is in at least one premise of the dwelling. It does not matter if the installation is connected to a public system or some other object.

Water supply system refers to the piped water in the housing unit.

Toilet facilities refer to the flush toilet in the housing unit.

A bathing facility is any facility designed to wash the whole body and includes shower facilities (fixed bath or shower).

Type of heating: a housing unit is considered as centrally heated if heating is provided either from a community heating centre or from an installation built in the building or in the housing unit, established for heating purposes, without regard to the source of energy.

Material of the bearing structure of the building is the material which constitutes the most of the construction (bearing) walls and in the case of the skeleton construction the frame of the building. Floors in a building are counted from the ground floor up. The ground floor and the attic are not counted as floors.

The position of dwelling in the building shows the location of the dwelling in the building – in the basement, ground floor, floor above the ground floor, in two or more floors or attic. Floors are counted from the ground floor up. The ground floor and attic are not counted as floors. If a dwelling is in two or more floors but in a multi-dwelling or multi storey building (e.g. block of flats, skyscraper), the position of the dwelling is defined by the number of the floor on which the entrance to the dwelling is located. A dwelling has a telephone if there is a connection to a stationary telephone network in the dwelling.

Utility spaces in the dwelling are kitchen, bathroom and toilet. A dwelling does not have these premises if they are in the same building but out of the dwelling or if they are outside the building in the yard (e.g. toilet).


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