Since the end of the Second World War more dwellings have been built in Europe than ever before. To quote the examples only of the countries I shall be referring to later, the period between 1945 and 1982 has seen the completion, in France, of 11.6 million dwellings, equal to 48.9 per cent of the 1982 housing stock; in Great Britain, of 10.5 million, equal to 49.3 per cent; in West Germany, of 17.5 million, equal to 67 per cent; in the Netherlands, of 3.4 million, equal to 67 per cent; in Sweden, of 2.6 million, equal to 69.3 per cent.