Quality of life
Findings from Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) show that many of the quality of life indicators are below the EU28 averages in Albania. For instance, average life satisfaction in Albania is lowest of all the countries surveyed in the EQLS, at 4.9 in 2016 versus the EU28 average of 7.1 (on a scale of 1–10). Moreover, 76% of respondents in Albania had difficulties in making ends meet in 2016, a much larger share than the respective EU28 average of 39%.
However, 67% of respondents in Albania were optimistic about their own future in 2016, which was higher than the EU28 average of 64%. Furthermore, 75% of respondents were optimistic about their children’s or grandchildren’s future in 2016, again higher than the corresponding EU28 average of 57%.
|Life satisfaction||Mean (1-10)||-||-||-||4.9|
|Taking all things together on a scale of 1 to 10, how happy would you say you are?||Mean (1-10)||-||-||-||5.2|
|Optimism about own future||Agree & strongly agree||-||-||-||67%|
|Optimism about children’s or grandchildren’s future||Agree & strongly agree||-||-||-||75%|
|Take part in sports or physical exercise||At least once a week||-||-||-||12%|
|In general, how is your health?||Very good||-||-||-||33%|
|WHO-5 mental wellbeing index||Mean (1-100)||-||-||-||63|
|Making ends meet||With some difficulty, difficulty, and great difficulty||-||-||-||76%|
|I feel I am free to decide how to live my life||Strongly agree||-||-||-||32%|
|I find it difficult to deal with important problems that come up in my life||Agree & strongly agree||-||-||-||57%|
|When things go wrong in my life, it generally takes me a long time to get back to normal||Agree & strongly agree||-||-||-||61%|