Since the outbreak of the corona pandemic, an EU average of almost 14 percent of employees aged 20 to 64 has usually worked from home. This corresponds to an increase of more than double since 2019, according to figures from the EU statistics office Eurostat for 2021. Two years earlier, almost 6 percent normally worked from home.

The region around Stockholm, the so-called capital region of Sweden, was in first place – in 2021 there were two out of five workers (around 41 percent). The Irish Midlands, which includes Dublin, and the east of the country were in second place with around 39 percent, followed by the Uusimaa region in Finland with 37 percent. In Germany, Hamburg took first place with just under 30 percent.

Between 2019 and 2021, the proportion of people working from home increased by 8 percentage points on average in the EU. The Irish Midlands were at the forefront with an increase of around 33 percentage points and Stockholm with almost 33 percentage points. This means that in both capital regions the increase was more than four times higher than the EU average. In Germany, the increase in working from home was also particularly clear in Berlin, at a good 20 percentage points.