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Car, dishwasher, flat-screen television: are they standard or luxury equipment?

This graphic shows an old radio (© Galló Gusztáv -

Many of us remember the old days when, back in the 1960s, laundry and dishes had to be washed by hand, coffee was first ground in a grinder and then brewed using a filter cone, and people listened to sports broadcasts on the radio on Saturdays. Purchasing a washing machine, a dishwasher or a television set certainly was at the top of a household’s wish list at that time.

Today, households are focused on different things. Innovations of the past are standard today, while the most recent entertainment electronics, the internet, mobile PCs and mobile phones are in great demand. In particular households with children are well equipped in this respect, and the older generation is catching up.

Using up-to-date figures from the 2013 Sample Survey of Income and Expenditure, the current STATmagazin examines how the equipment of private households with consumer durables has changed over the past 50 years.

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