Quality of life
Findings from Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) show that many of the indicators about quality of life in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are slightly below the EU28 averages. For instance, average happiness in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was 6.1 in 2016, lower than the EU28 average of 7.4 (on a scale of 1–10). The share of respondents reporting difficulties in making ends meet reached 55% in 2016, also higher than the EU28 average of 39%.
However, 65% of respondents in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia felt optimistic about their children’s or grandchildren’s future in 2016, significantly higher than the EU28 average of 57%. Additionally, 30% of respondents in the country rated their health as very good in 2016, which was also better than the EU28 average of 24%. The WHO-5 Mental Well-being Index was also slightly above the EU28 average in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, reaching 67 in 2016 versus 64 for the EU28 (on a scale of 1–100).
|Life satisfaction||Mean (1-10)||-||5.2||6.7||5.1|
|Taking all things together on a scale of 1 to 10, how happy would you say you are?||Mean (1-10)||-||6.3||7.2||6.1|
|Optimism about own future||Agree & strongly agree||-||-||-||63%|
|Optimism about children’s or grandchildren’s future||Agree & strongly agree||-||-||-||65%|
|Take part in sports or physical exercise||At least once a week||-||-||17%||14%|
|In general, how is your health?||Very good||-||28%||44%||30%|
|WHO-5 mental wellbeing index||Mean (1-100)||-||54||68||67|
|Making ends meet||With some difficulty, difficulty, and great difficulty||-||72%||52%||55%|
|I feel I am free to decide how to live my life||Strongly agree||-||-||33%||28%|
|I find it difficult to deal with important problems that come up in my life||Agree & strongly agree||-||-||-||38%|
|When things go wrong in my life, it generally takes me a long time to get back to normal||Agree & strongly agree||-||-||-||40%|