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by matcrazy1

Majority of Vilnians (is it correct name in English?) live in the suburbs in mostly huge Soviet-style apartment buildings in small or very small apartments/flats.

Problem No 1 for young Vilnians
I was talking about it with young couple of locals who asked me how it works in Poland. Each of them lived together with their parents in 5 or 6 person family in a small flat - just 2 or 3 small rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. They both started to work in 2003 (after University) and complained that they would never earn enough to buy own even the smallest flat/apartment or to hire it in Vilnius where prices were very high (in relation to their salaries). Hmm... in my country, Poland it works similar. Young folks and even not so young have the same problem and no way to leave their parents.

This is NOT America
My friends from the USA asked me how many bathrooms, how many living-rooms etc. my house or apartment had. Haha, it was quite different world. Typical, small Soviet-style flat/apartment ALWAYS have 1 bathroom and 1 living room and 1 sleeping room. And when more than 2 people live inside (= almost always) it's difficult to say which room is a living room which a sleeping room (both). And that's why we always define the size of a flat/apartment by putting number of rooms (usually 2 or 3) and its area in square meters. Their prices are given just by square meter.

Well, it seems that housing problems started to change very slowly in that part of our globe. At least in Poland, young folks complain a lot but more and more (still minority and usually with strong family support and/or bank credits)... buy their first own small flat/apartment. Hmm... in my hometown it costs approx. minimum 40-50 total average monthly salaries just for 2 small rooms in huge Soviet-style building.

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  • Updated May 31, 2004
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