Quality of life
Findings from Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) show that many of the quality of life indicators are lower in Serbia than on average in the EU28. For instance, the WHO-5 Mental Well-being Index was lowest in Serbia among all the surveyed countries in the EQLS, at 52 in 2016 versus an EU28 average of 64 (on a scale of 1–100). However, 68% of respondents in Serbia were optimistic about their children’s or grandchildren’s futures in 2016, a significantly larger share than the EU28 average of 57%.
The share of respondents reporting difficulties in making ends meet has decreased in Serbia from 75% in 2011 to 69% in 2016. However, this is still significantly higher than the EU28 average of 39% in 2016. Furthermore, the share of respondents reporting that they felt free to decide how to live their lives has decreased in Serbia from 36% in 2011 to 23% in 2016, falling slightly below the respective EU28 average of 26%.
|Life satisfaction||Mean (1-10)||-||-||6.3||6.3|
|Taking all things together on a scale of 1 to 10, how happy would you say you are?||Mean (1-10)||-||-||7.1||7.0|
|Optimism about own future||Agree & strongly agree||-||-||-||58%|
|Optimism about children’s or grandchildren’s future||Agree & strongly agree||-||-||-||68%|
|Take part in sports or physical exercise||At least once a week||-||-||20%||19%|
|In general, how is your health?||Very good||-||-||31%||26%|
|WHO-5 mental wellbeing index||Mean (1-100)||-||-||54||52|
|Making ends meet||With some difficulty, difficulty, and great difficulty||-||-||75%||69%|
|I feel I am free to decide how to live my life||Strongly agree||-||-||36%||23%|
|I find it difficult to deal with important problems that come up in my life||Agree & strongly agree||-||-||-||31%|
|When things go wrong in my life, it generally takes me a long time to get back to normal||Agree & strongly agree||-||-||-||28%|