21 December 2005
Family support, social contacts and an adequate work–life balance are essential factors in overall quality of life for individuals. However, time constraints resulting from changing work and family patterns are having a negative impact on personal life. People are finding it difficult to find time to look after older people and children and due to work pressures often put off starting a family until they are older. A recent Foundation report explores quality of life from the point of view of households and families in Europe. This paper is a short summary of the main findings of the report.
11 October 2005
This report explores how families, social networks and work–life balance issues affect quality of life. The survey shows that time constraints in the workplace impact negatively on overall quality of life, formation of families and family life. It highlights that people, particularly in the new Member States, often find it difficult to provide the necessary care for children and the elderly because of work commitments.
16 June 2005
The Foundation launched its European Quality of Life Survey in 2003. The first results of this ambitious attempt to explore quality of life issues in 28 countries – the EU25 and three candidate countries, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey – provide a comprehensive portrait of the face of an enlarged Europe. With comparisons between countries as well as between demographic, social and economic groups, the report documents material conditions, employment situations, living and working conditions, family and community life, health and housing in the 28 countries. It looks at the views of Europe’s citizens on these conditions, their subjective well-being and their assessments of the society in which they live.