In 2016, 26.2 per cent of Maltese had a problem with noise within their neighbourhood, ranking first in Europe, according to a study by Eurostat which was published yesterday.

The study, analysing ‘Noise from neighbours or from the street’ ranks Malta much higher than the European Union (EU) average, which lies at 17.9 per cent.

Malta’s percentage is even higher than that reported from people living in EU cities. 23.3 per cent reported suffering from noise in cities in the EU, whilst 10.4 per cent reported suffering from noise in rural areas with the EU.

Germany and the Netherlands ranked second and third place with 25.1 and 24.9 per cent respectively. Ireland placed last with 7.9 per cent.

In 2015,the year prior, research showed Malta placing second, after Germany.