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About 48 percent of workers in the European Union were working remotely at least on a part-time basis last July because of the coronavirus crisis, according to a survey by the EU research agency Eurofound.

That’s up from 10 percent  before the pandemic hit, the poll said. It surveyed 90,000 workers in the bloc.

Belgium had the highest proportion of remote workers in the EU, at more than 50 percent, followed by Ireland, Italy, Spain and France, all at more than 40 percent, according to the survey, which was published on Feb. 24, 2021.

Portugal ranked sixth, with almost 40 percent of its workers telecommuting.

Almost 80 percent of workers surveyed said they would prefer to work from home at least occasionally, even absent the pandemic and restrictions imposed by governments.

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